The Melody Clouds were
founded in 1965 by the late Leo Jackson, Sr. as a family-based
endeavor and continue today with four members of the Jackson
family remaining central to the group’s muscular, groove-driven
If you think God’s
inspiration transcends whatever words are spoken in His praise,
you’ll find an earthly complement in The Melody Cloud’s musical
approach, where rocking rhythm provides the central element in
the band’s spirit-filled arrangements.
To sample The Melody
Clouds’ riveting musical style, check out “Lord, You Brought Me
Through,” with its stop-rhythm beats in the chorus, twinned
keyboard-and-fuzz-toned-guitar rolling rhythm, combined with
old-school gospel quartet harmonies.
Then there’s the
world-famous “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In,” which The Melody
Clouds transform into as a genuine reggae ballad, replete with
thumping electric bass, bouncing electronic keyboards, echoing
chorus, and fuzz-tone guitar leads.
And the band can just
as easily carve out a smooth-soul treatment, as it does on “He’s
Smiling on Me,” with its swaying rhythm, gentle guitar figures,
and high-pitched vocal, with “Amazing Grace” effortlessly
sampled in the second verse.
And The Melody Clouds
can still tap into that old-time religion, as they do on the
closing “Testify,” which owes as much to unrestrained Baptist
praising as it does the musically sophisticated back-up that