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In Another Land

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To best understand Larry Norman, you should realize that the man is a dichotomy, in the grandest sense of the word. While other rock stars existed to follow the prepackaged template to a tee - even if that meant punishing another seemingly innocent hotel room - Norman existed on an entirely different plain. He was the church boy holding his own in the decadent world of rock music, an insubordinate jester with a rebellious streak that stretched out long before the birth of punk, and a performer whose raw energy, spiritual force, and playful wit made him the endearing rock icon he is today.

1975's In Another Land is honest, raw and humble. With this album, (Part 3 of his famous Trilogy), Norman showed he was a force to be reckoned with. 1972's Only Visiting the Planet had already taken root and shook the hallowed doors of CCM. In Another Land took it farther, producing a seminal inspiration of musicians for over 30 years. Now, as his songs have been covered by everyone from DC Talk to Frank Black (Pixies), it is worth looking at the originals.

In Another Land contains some of his most well-known songs, including The Rock That Doesn't Roll, Righteous Rocker #3, Six Sixty Six, and I Am a Servant.

'He was a lone wolf. He looked different, sounded different and he presented his beliefs in a way that rang true. Larry Norman knows what he's doing and if you haven't noticed, you should.' - Frank Black (Pixies)

'The most significant artist in his field' - Time Magazine
'A maverick' - Entertainment Weekly
'Thematically controversial' - Paste Magazine
'A creative genius' - Huffington Post
'A huge inspiration' - Harp Magazine
'The most important writer since Paul Simon.' - Billboard Magazine
'Enormously influential' - USA Today
'A powerful lyricist and master of obliqueness.' - London Guardian

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 22, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Solid Rock
  • ASIN: B001E5N3FO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,097 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In my opinion - Larry has had many good cds worth buying. But there are three GREAT ones:

Only Visiting This Planet is possibly the best. Rock and Pop and ballads. Amazing!

Second up for pop fans - In Another Land. More pop oriented and the production sounds a bit home made at times, but still excellent.

Second place for blues and hard rock fans - Something New Under the Son. Blues and hard edged (psychadelic at times) blues. Another killer album (if you'll pardon the expression). The song "Watch What You're Doing" impressed Frank Black of the Pixies so much that he named their first album "C'mon Pilgrim" after part of the lyrics of that song. IT IS THAT GOOD!

Other cds worth buying (check out Larry's site at guess where) are Upon This Rock, So Long Ago The Garden, Home At Last, Stranded in Babylon and Tourniquet. I own all these except So Long Ago - I liked the original version better. The one available now is Larry's preference. There may be others that are good or great but I haven't heard them.
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"In Another Land" is honest, raw and humble. Larry Norman, with this album, showed he was a force to be reckoned with in Christian music.

1972's "Only Visiting the Planet" had already taken root and shook the hallowed doors of CCM. "In Another Land" took it farther, producing the seminal inspiration of musicians who happened to be Christian for over 30 years.

The difference was that these were not songs meant to be played at evangelical colleges, but to be heard outside the church. Many Christians in the early 1970s found Norman to be a welcome voice to syrupy lyrics, while others dismissed Norman as a rebel chasing fame, but doing so in the name of God.

He responds here with "Shot Down."

"They say I'm sinful, backslidden,
That I have left to follow fame.
But here I am, talkin' 'bout Jesus just the same."

Songs like "I Am A Servant" belie the commercialism of today's CCM music scene. Norman himself was not glossy, and, in fact, often appeared as if he lived closer to a homeless shelter than Hollywood or Nashville.

A signature song of Norman's, "U.F.O." talks about Jesus Christ coming soon, surprising people who were spending more time looking for men from Mars.

As rock music replaced the easier sounds of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby on the airwaves, Norman sang "The Rock That Doesn't Roll," a blues-inspired song about focusing on a more spiritual rock.

I fully recommend Larry Norman's masterpiece, "In Another Land."

Anthony Trendl
editor, HungarianBookstore.com
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By F. Smith on February 15, 2014
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This is the second album of Larry's ive discovered and its only sealed my desire to hear more and more of his music! Kinda like a very gritty keith green, he tells it like it is, and like Stonehill he often does it with similar humor. I originally came across both him and stonehill from reading about keith green who i originally listened to in the early eighties and was right there when i heard about his passing here in texas. I notice that Larry has a ton of music so i will be filtering his albums for some of his better works, please make suggestions my fellow amazonians, the greatest site on earth!!!
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As many listeners know, Larry Norman virtually invented gospel rock, which has little to do with radio ccm, although reviewers often use "ccm" as a blanket term covering both. That's like saying rock has something in common with CHR (Contemporary Hits Radio), Adult Contemporary, Top 40 Pop, and other radio formats formulated specifically to exclude any and all rock, and which are taken as the de facto format standards for so-called contemporary Christian radio stations.

In Another Land was the third album of a trilogy, and the only part of it released on or through a gospel label (Word Records, then owned by ABC). The other parts of the trilogy, Only Visiting This Planet and So Long Ago the Garden were released on Verve/ MGM, so it's only in retrospect that the three albums are viewed as a trilogy. Norman's own re-releases on his Solid Rock label generally include extra tracks, singles and B-sides and alternate versions. Along with Upon This Rock, Street Level, Bootleg, and Something New Under the Son, these three albums make up Norman's seven core albums, and many songs from them have been released on various collections and covered by other artists (see my Amazon list, "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?"). For more information about these albums see "A Beginner's Guide to Larry Norman" and the Larry Norman interview at alivingdog.com. Hopefully Amazon and Solid Rock can cut some sort of deal to offer these CDs retail, since many of them are being re-released by Solid Rock.
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I don't own any other Larry Norman albums ... yet. But I've always loved this one, and the remastered version available here is even better, because the sound quality is as good as it could be [and it's pretty good] and the extra tracks are fun, too.

Some of Larry's theology and eschatology is not exactly on the money, but his heart certainly is.

There are so many great tuneful songs on this album. Every time I listen to "Shot Down" lately I think it could be dedicated to Mark Driscoll, who gets a lot of stick, but keeps on "talking 'bout Jesus, just the same."

The Rock That Doesn't Roll is a great conversion song, in the tradition of "I Was Lost, But Jesus Found Me"

Righteous Rocker no 3 is Larry's modern translation of 1 Corinthians 13: I'm sure the apostle Paul would have approved

Every time I hear Look Into Jesus, I get chills, thinking about the wonder of new life in Christ and the loneliness of life without him

I Am A Servant is a great song for singing when seeking to live wholeheartedly for Christ.

Highly recommended.
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