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Prayers Of A Ragamuffin
     

Prayers Of A Ragamuffin

by A Ragamuffin Band
 
Following their acclaimed performance on the second half of The Jesus Record, Rich Mullins' former backing unit, A Ragamuffin Band, had a tough task ahead of them -- a year of touring together convinced the group's members to carry on without their former leader and carve out an identity of their own. Given Mullins' immense talent

Overview

Following their acclaimed performance on the second half of The Jesus Record, Rich Mullins' former backing unit, A Ragamuffin Band, had a tough task ahead of them -- a year of touring together convinced the group's members to carry on without their former leader and carve out an identity of their own. Given Mullins' immense talent as a songwriter and performer, that's no small feat, but it's one they pull off with Prayers of a Ragamuffin. The band confidently expands its sweet, polished folk-rock sound (Toad the Wet Sprocket might be the closest secular equivalent) to include grand spiritual anthems nearly worthy of U2, lushly orchestrated pop, and Springsteen-ish heartland rock & roll. The overall concept of the album is centered around prayer and its ability to lay the soul bare in all its flawed beauty, but the music itself is just as important in the album's cohesiveness -- it isn't only the tight instrumental work that makes A Ragamuffin Band feel like a rock-solid unit, but also the fact that each member contributes material. No one songwriting voice dominates, which gives the album a healthy variety and yet strengthens the impression that the band is of a similar mindset in the end. It may not be quite as poignant as The Jesus Record, but Prayers of a Ragamuffin is an impressive achievement in its own right.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/04/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646374726
catalogNumber:
63747

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Performance Credits

Ragamuffin Band   Primary Artist
Phil Madeira   Organ
Rick Elias   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Linda Elias   Background Vocals
Jimmy Abegg   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Hoke   Saxophone,Penny Whistle
Tom Howard   Piano,Conductor
Mark Robertson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Neal Rosengarden   Trumpet
Aaron Smith   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Jim Chaffee   Conductor

Technical Credits

Rick Elias   Producer
Jim Hoke   Horn Arrangements
Tom Howard   Orchestration
Jim Chaffee   Executive Producer
Doug DeLong   Engineer

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