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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Joe English - What You Need & The Best is Yet to Come (1985)

Joe English is unique in that he is not only the drummer for the English Band, but is also the lead singer. Although he only co-wrote one song on this album (Easy Street), all the songs are originals, mostly written by band member George Cocchini. A couple of the songs are co-written by Steve Camp. Joe English also has an interesting past history as a musician before he became a Christian, as seen in his Wikipedia entry:

"Joe English (born February 7, 1949) is an American musician who, during the 1970s, played drums in Paul McCartney's band Wings and in the Southern Rock/Jazz group Sea Level, among others.

"A native of Rochester, New York, Joe English was a member of Jam Factory, a band based in Syracuse, that evolved into the Tall Dogs Orchestra of Macon, Georgia. Searching for an opportunity to expand his talent, he answered an ad for a drummer. The address led him to the basement of an old building where, much to his surprise, he found himself face to face with Paul McCartney. The audition was for Wings, and English got the job. His first album with Wings was Venus and Mars and, one album later, he would even take the lead vocals for the song, "Must Do Something About It" from Wings at the Speed of Sound. He was the drummer on the Wings Over the World tour.

"In September 1977, during the recording sessions for London Town, English became sick and returned to Macon, Georgia, where he began playing with Chuck Leavell's band Sea Level.

Following his Christian salvation experience, he formed the Joe English Band, performing as lead singer and drummer. The band toured the world, playing with other major Christian bands of the era, including Petra, DeGarmo & Key, Mylon LeFevre and Servant. The Joe English Band recorded a release without Joe's vocals called AKA Forerunner. The band included John Lawry, who left to play for Petra in 1984. In 1986, Joe English played in former Petra vocalist Greg X. Volz's band, Pieces of Eight. In the late 1980s, English joined Randy Stonehill, Phil Keaggy, Rick Cua and others as part of the Compassion All Star Band. In 1988, the band recorded live One by One, their only album together."

  • Joe English: Drums, Lead Vocals
  • George Cocchini: Guitar
  • Paul Brannon: Bass
  • Paul Mills: Keyboards
Track Listing:
  1. What You Need
  2. The Master
  3. Take The Cross
  4. The First Stone
  5. Easy Street
  6. I Will Follow You
  7. Yield to the Worlt
  8. The Joy of the Lord
  9. Children of the Light
  10. Therough a Veil
This recording is still in print and you can download it here: What You Need.

Also in 1985, Joe English released the solo album The Best is Yet to Come. This recording remains out of print.

Track List:
  1. He Still Loves You
  2. Long Line of Fools
  3. Shine On
  4. My Strength Is In The Lord
  5. Praise Him
  6. Heavenly Day
  7. Hold On
  8. Anthem
  9. First Love
  10. Dyin'
  11. Best Is Yet To Come
  12. On the Wings of My Victory
Download Links: Enjoy the Music!, or here.

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