Paul Johnson – Escape to Reality

Paul Johnson
Escape to Reality
1984 Hepcat (HC 10)
Vista, California, USA

Paul Johnson – Guitars, bass, and linndrums

Side 1:

  1. Scouse
  2. The Magnificant
  3. Front Edge of Time
  4. Before the Feasttime
  5. Kingdom Come
  6. Gird Thy Sword On

Side 2:

  1. Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus
  2. The Truth
  3. Joyful Blues
  4. La Tierra Santa
  5. Escape to Reality

This is an early release by Paul Johnson, who went on to release a couple of albums for Frontline Records. In fact, a few of the songs here were re-recorded for those albums. This is instrumental surf rock, from a time in the early 80s when the sound was enjoying a sort of revival in pop music. I kind of remember that time, but it was a short blip. I do not know much about this genre in general, but you can tell that Johnson is a skilled guitarist. This is not the shred guitar instrumental music that many are used to with metal instrumental albums. It is surf rock, and a good example of such. Seems that Johnson had a lot of releases like this as well. You can get a CD with this tape and bonus tracks online.

Paul Johnson is currently battling cancer and could use your help.

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