We're talking here about an ultra deluxe remastered CD with 24 page booklet featuring exclusive photos, printed lyrics, and a song-by-song description of how and why the songs were written. Whether one has all and every album by Larry (a human impossibility) or not, this is a nice addition and of course a brilliant gift option.
"To best understand Larry Norman, you should realize that the man is a dichotomy, in the grandest sense of the world. 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.
In Norman you have it all. A man unfairly saddled with the hefty burden of the ''father of Christian rock,'' yet he is a singer whose defiant lyrics and actions were shunned by the church-going status quo. Norman is a saint in a world of sinners, and at the same time, to some, he is a sinner amongst the saints. While other rockers spent their lifetimes trying to emulate Norman, they just couldn't catch the man."
-J Bacca (excerpt from the linear notes)
Even if I may not be on the very best terms with Rolling Stones Magazine for rewriting the story of the 70s, it is nice to see their review - 4 stars of 5.
Highly deserved, though I ponder why it didn't get a 5. An ill adviced attempt to convey that the devil have even better music?