Other than Belville and the joyful sound, one of the biggest halmarks of the Echoing Green "sound" is awesome, and at times haunting, female vocals. For the first five years of the bands existence that part was in constant flux, as six ladies: Riki Michele, Carrie Connelly, Rachael Hadley, Sherri Youngward, Robyn Standridge, and Jennifer Ancog. In 1998 they finally got things sorted out and Chrissy Jeter (nee Franklin) took over as female vocalist, and has been in charge for the last five albums.
Of course it should be no surprise. The Echoing Green has always been a band in motion. Joey has been the only constant (as well as Chrissy since 1998). Two Drummers, Five Keyboardists and three guitarists have also gone through the revolving doors of this band. Despite the changes, they did manage to put out six studio albums and one live album during act one.
- Defend Your Joy (1994)
- Hope Springs Eternal (1997)
- The Echoing Green (1998)
- Glimmer of Hope, Live at Tomfest 1998 (1999)
- Supernova (2000)
- Music From the Ocean Picture (2001)
- The Winter of Our Discontent (2005)
After The Winter of Our Discontent was released, The Echoing Green disappeared, though they never officially broke up. Belville produced other groups, among them Leiahdorous , Argyle Street , Pristina, and Vertigo Venus, and Jeter raised a family. Then, without notifying The Night Beat first, they come out with In Scarlet and Vile (2011). It's a bit darker than TWOOD, but you can't take the joy out of these guys. I just checked out the last two bands and I won't be recommending either Pristina or Vertigo Venus on language. I guess you get producing jobs where you can. I am going to share a youtube audio for Away from the latest album.
That's it for this edition of Flashback Friday. We complete another rotation next Friday when we will be talking about DC Talk. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.