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Great Awakening

This little-known band made a short impression in 1969 with a superb instrumental version of ‘Amazing Grace’, a long time before Judy Collins popularized the song. The mantra-like fuzz electric guitar added a religious quality that was lacking from later variations. So small was known of the group that these were also known as Amazing Sophistication, and the tune as ‘The Great Awakening’! For a long time it was idea that the person accountable was guitarist David Cohen from Nation Joe AS WELL AS THE Fish; others recommended it had been by members from the Music group. Later it had been discovered that it had been a different David Cohen, helped out by Joe Osborn (bass) and Jimmy Gordon (drums). The last mentioned Cohen spent some time working as program guitarist for Bobby Darin, Tim Hardin and Frank Sinatra.

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