The Way (band)

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The Way was a Jesus music band who were active from 1971 to 1976. They released two albums on Maranatha! Records and contributed four non-LP tracks to their label's compilation series and one LP track was pulled for the first label retrospective.

History[edit]

The first recordings by The Way appeared on the Maranatha! compilation albums, The Everlastin' Living Jesus Music Concert with the song "If You Will Believe",[1][2] and Maranatha! 2 with "Jesus Is the One" and "Jesus Is All that We Need".[3][2]

Their self-titled debut album was recorded at Buddy King Studios in Huntington Beach.[4][2] It was self-produced and had a smooth mixture of folk and country rock that reminds the listener of America.[5]

With their second album the band took a giant step by adding more of a rock edge to many of the songs while staying true to their country roots.[5] It was recorded at Mama Jo's in North Hollywood and produced by Al Perkins. It was recorded in the nighttime and early-morning hours, because of Ambrosia's daytime sessions.[6][2]

In 1974 they also recorded a song for the Maranatha! 4 compilation entitled "Have You Ever Heard".[7][2] In 1979, the song "He's the Reason to Go On", off their debut album, was used by the label on Best of Maranatha, Volume 1.[8][2]

Band members[edit]

  • Ric Latendresse—(founding member), acoustic guitar (1971)
  • John Wickham—lead guitar, bass, acoustic guitar, background vocals
  • Gary Arthur—(founding member) bass, acoustic guitar, piano, percussion, vocals
  • Dana Angle—(founding member) lead & slide guitar, banjo, acoustic guitar, flute, vocals
  • Bruce Herring—(founding member) guitar, bass, vocals
  • Alex MacDougall—drums, congas & timbales, percussion (1975)
  • Micheal Fickling—drums (1976)
  • Jim Stipech (also known as James Gabriel)—guitar, piano, vocals (1976)

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Everlastin' Living Jesus Music Concert. 1971 Maranatha! Music. HS 777/1
  2. ^ a b c d e f Mike Callahan, David Edwards, and Patrice Eyries (2003). "Maranatha! Album Discography". Both Sides Now Publications. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  3. ^ Maranatha! 2. 1972 Maranatha! Music. HS 777/3
  4. ^ The Way. 1973 Maranatha! Music. HS 777/7
  5. ^ a b Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 1026. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  6. ^ Can It Be?. 1975 Maranatha! Music. HS 777/16
  7. ^ Maranatha! 4. 1972 Maranatha! Music. HS 777/10
  8. ^ Best of Maranatha, Volume 1 1979 Maranatha! Music. MM0053A

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