I think Caedmon’s Call lost big time when Derek Webb left the band in 2003. Even though the band went on without him, for many fans, it was as if the band had broken up. Caedmon’s Call 1.0 gave way to Caedmon’s call 2.0, and it marked the end of an era of great music.
So I’ll bet I’m not the only one who’s happy to hear that Derek is reuniting with the band. Here’s what Cliff Young said in a recent press-release:
“It was definitely a no-brainer to record with Derek again, especially when we [Caedmon’s Call] joined INO, which has been Webb’s label for years,” says Cliff Young. “We all sat down one day and thought ‘I wonder what it would be like to make an album together’. We have all grown so much over the past six years, and I know for me [and I’m sure the others] it was a natural process to switch to INO and then have Derek re-join us for this project and upcoming tour.” –Press Release
I don’t know what the album will be like. But I hope it’s as good as “40 Acres,” the album that I consider to be the high water mark of Caedmon’s Call music. It will be interesting to see how lefty Derek fits in with the old band (see my critiques of “Mockingbird” and Brent Thomas’ review of Webb’s new album). Maybe they’ve all moved to the left too. In any case, I am hoping that Caedmon’s Call 3.0 has worked out all the bugs and that the latest version will be even better than the original.