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Daybreak - 1981 And Comes A Time

ARTIST: Daybreak
ALBUM: And Comes A Time
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: Mark Adamy - keyboards, vibes, vocals * Fred Miller - drums * Don Swartzentruber - bass, vocals * Steve Walker - guitars, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lead On * 02 Jonathan * 03 Pavilion * 04 Feelings * 05 Fear Not * 06 Wrapped Up Tight * 07 Because It's True * 08 And Comes A Time

Central Pennsylvania Christian rock outfit with several releases to their credit, 'And Comes A Time' their last and hardest to find. It hasn't been easy locating information on Daybreak, but a few Christian rock blogs have their stuff available for download and Ken Scott's excellent and recommended book 'Archivist - Vintage Vinyl Jesus Music 1965-1980' has complimentary things to say about the band although I have yet to hear Daybreak's first two releases 1972's 'All Because Of You' and 'Ask' from 1974. 'And Comes A Time' has all the feel and look of a rarity and I only came across a copy with its two colour textured cover and designed for t-shirt's logo on a fluke, snapping it up based on appearance alone.

The Songs
Thankfully, it was a worthwhile investment with quality tunes found throughout. The production is as good as can be expected for an indie circa 1981 although the drums could have used a little more punch and some of the vocal arrangements need some tightening, but these are minor quibbles. The vibe is AOR rock with progressive tendencies ala Styx and not a lot of evangelical posturing which makes for a very unobtrusive listen. 'Lead On' is a solid opener and I'm somewhat reminded of the 1979 Citadel album, although 'Jonathan' is a bland acoustic ballad and a bit of a let down. Much better is 'Pavilion' and it's here where the Styx comparisons really play out with classical piano reminiscent of 'Lady' and plenty of prog moves circa 'Serpent Is Rising'. Nicely done and while the album does to tend to lag a bit on side two with middle of the road material (early Sweet Comfort Band comes to mind), the title track is another superb slice of pomp rock with great guitar, soaring keys and choppy piano borrowed from the Toto school, gradually building to a dramatic and phenomenal end.

In Summary
What happened to Daybreak after this album is anyone's guess, but they certainly had a good run and their albums have become increasingly collectable as time goes on. Early Christian albums like this can be an acquired taste for some, but rest assured Daybreak pass the AOR litmus test with flying colours. Check 'em out!

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#1 | Eric on August 16 2010 12:52:12
I plan on stepping up Christian rock/CCM reviews in the coming months...Thumbs Up
#2 | gdazegod on February 25 2014 03:41:01
That's an appalling cover isn't it? lol!
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