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July 1, 2010

Jonathan & Charles – Another Week To Go (1967)

Artist: Jonathan & Charles
Title: Another Week To Go
Year: 1967
Format: LP
Label: IVR

Jonathan was the English guy (I’m guessing he’s the one hold the gloves on the cover photo) and Charles (the one leaning on the guitar case) was the American. Originally from Oxford, Jonathan started out as an engineering major, but after discovering God he ended up in the Anglican ministry where he became interested in attracting young people to the cause. Love to know how he ended up working in a Roanoke, Virginia restaurant which is where he supposedly met Charles. A native Virginian, Charles was studying business administration and one night while he was out for a late dinner with his parents, he met Jonathan who was apparently their waiter … sounds pretty cheesy to me.

In the interests of full disclosure you should be aware that 1967’s “Another Week To Go” was released by the small Inter-Varsity label which was an offshoot of a student Christian fellowship movement. That said, for the most part these eleven original tracks avoid the cardinal sin of being overly preachy. Mind you, lyrics such as ‘Jesus gives me a song’ and ‘Jesus was a pretty good guy’ aren’t particularly subtle, but for the most part the pair avoid the in-your-face confrontation that’s become common in more recent religious works. Remember my earlier comparisons with Chad and Jeremy and Peter and Gordon? Well, musically those comments aren’t that far off.

Material such as ‘Mrs. Chisolm’s Weekend’ and ‘What Would You Say shares the same fey pop feeling found in the work of those other groups giving the album a very mid-1960s English feel. Most of the album sounds like something you would hear at one of those Saturday afternoon Catholic masses (you know, the one with the three kids playing hymns on the acoustic guitars their parents bought them). ’Loves You Too’, ‘Woke Up One Morning’ and a couple of other tracks sport full electric backing, but the psych influences that some dealers have hyped remain a mystery to me. Someone want to explain what I’m missing?

For the true fanatics out there, two different pressings existing with the second replacing the song ‘Why’ with ‘Colours and Shades’. There’s also a highly sought after UK pressing on Herald Records. (Bad Cat)

Track Listing

  1. Mrs. Chisholm’s Weekend
  2. Like A Lonely Street Lamp
  3. Songs In The Daytime
  4. Weary And Worn
  5. What Would You Say
  6. Loves You Too
  7. A Pretty Good Guy
  8. Colors And Shades
  9. Everything’s The Same
  10. Woke Up One Morning
  11. You Call Me A Fanatic
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