Noel first met the late John Paculabo – (former managing director of Kingsway) in 1974. John was in a band called Parchment and Noel was the support act for their gig at Swansea University. Over the next 15 years, their paths seldom crossed but in 1989 Noel spent some time talking with John at an arts conference in DeBron, Holland. John had recently joined Kingsway Music.
Shortly after this meeting, John suggested that Noel record a worship album for Kingsway.
Les Moir was asked to produce this album and their friendship and collaboration continues to this day.
On choosing the songs for the album, they realised that Noel had enough strong material for 8 of the 12 tracks needed. So they decided to include songs from other writers. These were songs that Noel already used and wanted to introduce to a wider audience. Noel has continued this process on all of his subsequent albums.
By Your Side was recorded between June and August 1990 at ICC Studio 2, Eastbourne and released in the autumn of that year. It is probably Noel's most mellow album. In those days, the concept of a guitar driven rock’n’roll worship album was a bridge too far! So it has more of a soft rock feel. It also features some great musicians and singers from the world of UK black Gospel.
1 There Is Power In The Name Of Jesus
2 Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord
3 Our Confidence Is In The Lord
4 Medley: Jesus Christ Is Lord/All Heaven Declares/I Will Seek Your Face O Lord
5 Sing To The Lord (Glory To The Lord)
6 Cast Your Burdens (Higher, Higher)
7 You Laid Aside Your Majesty
8 Sovereign Lord
9 Lord You Are Calling
10 By Your Side