"In Another Land" is honest, raw and humble. Larry Norman, with this album, showed he was a force to be reckoned with in Christian music.
1972's "Only Visiting the Planet" had already taken root and shook the hallowed doors of CCM. "In Another Land" took it farther, producing the seminal inspiration of musicians who happened to be Christian for over 30 years. Now, as his songs are remade by everyone from DC Talk to Grammatrain to Steve Camp, it is worth looking at the originals. They survive well as rock-folk songs.
The difference was that these were not songs meant to be played at evangelical colleges, but to be heard outside the church. Many Christians in the early 1970s found Norman to be a welcome voice to syrupy lyrics, while others dismissed Norman as a rebel chasing fame, but doing so in the name of God.
He responds here with "Shot Down."
"They say I'm sinful, backslidden,
That I have left to follow fame.
But here I am, talkin' 'bout Jesus just the same."
Songs like "I Am A Servant" belie the commercialism of today's CCM music scene. Norman himself was not glossy, and, in fact, often appeared as if he lived closer to a homeless shelter than Hollywood or Nashville.
A signature song of Norman's, "U.F.O." ("He's an unidentified flying object") talks about Jesus Christ coming soon, surprising people who were spending more time looking for men from Mars.
As rock music replaced the easier sounds of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby on the airwaves, Norman sang "The Rock That Doesn't Roll," a blues-inspired song about focusing on a more spiritual rock.
The complete songlist:
* Tuning (a brief mix of Larry and the band tuning their instruments)
* The Rock That Doesn't Roll
* Top 40 Survey / Radio Airplay (blending into UFO, Larry works through the AM radio, hearing clips of news and music of the era)
* I've Searched All Around The World
* Shot Down
* Song For A Small Circle Of Friends (he appeals to friends Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and others to consider Christ)
* The Sun Began To Rain
* Looking For The Footprints
* Six Sixty Six
* Righteous Rocker #3
* If God Is My Father
* Why Don't You Look Into Jesus
* One Way
* I Am A Servant
* Hymn To The Last Generation
* Strong Love, Strange Peace (bonus, not on original LP release)
* I Love You (bonus, not on original LP release)
I fully recommend Larry Norman's masterpiece, "In Another Land."