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One Truth - 1980 Playing For Keeps

ARTIST: One Truth
ALBUM: Playing For Keeps
LABEL: Greentree Records
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Randall Butler - guitar, lead vocals * Andy Osbrink - bass, background vocals * Dave Etzen - guitar, lead vocals * Terry Butler - keyboards, background vocals * Smitty Price - keyboards, background vocals * Bill Dragoo - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I'll Have Enough * 02 Rock Or Sand * 03 I've Never Been There Before * 04 Teach Us To Forgive * 05 Don't Be Deceived * 06 Satisfied * 07 Lord My Desire * 08 Gonna Run * 09 Jesus Wants To Know Each One


California based One Truth released three albums within four years but never became a big player on the Christian scene. In fact, I was totally unaware of the band until picking up Ken Scott's book 'Archivist- Vintage Vinyl Jesus Music 1965-1980' last year. In the book's 4th edition which is strongly recommended as a reference tool; Scott gives an interesting overview of the band's hopelessly obscure releases. The first 1976 self-titled indie and their second 'Gospel Truth' released on the Greentree imprint the following year are compared to both early Petra and Sweet Comfort Band which is hardly a source of intrigue for this reviewer although one sentence in his description of 'Playing For Keeps'- 'suitable for enabling listeners to unleash the dormant Toto within' raised my antenna and the hunt was on.

The Songs
A cute Norman Rockwell/Saturday Evening Post influenced sleeve with each band member photo'd as individual trading cards on the back and songs listed as baseball innings; the first side of 'Playing For Keeps' knocks it out of the park with a homerun on the Toto comparison. Highlights include opener 'I'll Have Enough' which could have been a lost Hotel track and yeah, there's another reference but it's Toto all the way on 'Rock Or Sand' with a piano line ripped from 'Hydra' while the mid-tempo 'I've Never Been There Before' and the Glad influenced soft fusion ballad 'Teach Us To Forgive' will no doubt have west coast fanatics jumping in their seats. The playing is tight and the production is wonderfully dated although before the dust settles side two takes a serious turn for the worse. High marks for 'Don't Be Deceived' which runs very close to Pages and even further Toto worshiping on 'Satisfied' create a false sense of security as 'Lord My Desire', 'Gonna Run' and 'Jesus Wants To Know Each One' sound like an entirely different band. Playing in a horribly mundane early 70s Jesus rock style that could very well have been left-overs from the first couple album's sessions, they shouldn't have bothered.

In Summary
Three quarters excellent, one quarter forgettable; what we have is a near early Christian AOR classic that deserves wider recognition. Apparently One Truth changed their name to Ipso Facto and released a rare as heck four song EP sometime in the early 80s. There's been a clip on You Tube for several months if interested and while you're at it pick up 'Playing For Keeps' which shouldn't be too hard to find from your favourite internet vendor or download sans the last three tracks.

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#1 | gdazegod on December 10 2015 09:46:13
One Truth - 1980 Rock Or Sand
Nice early 80's CCM. Toto, John O'Banion styled AOR.
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#2 | gdazegod on April 12 2016 20:58:29
I found this LP online the other day. It's really good.
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