Amy Grant – Unguarded – 1985

Unguarded is the sixth studio album from Amy and was release by both Myrrh and A&M records. The Wiki entry for this album is incorrect as it states “It is Grant’s first album released by A&M”. Her previous album “Straight Ahead” had been released on both Myrrh and A&M and several previous albums were later re-released by A&M. Now it is true on this release that A&M was able to get this album a lot of secular play at record companies which is probable another fine example of payola. If you don’t know what that was look it up and yes it did exist well in to 80’s, I witnessed it. That said this is probably my favourite Amy album which is no small feat considering my musical taste. I do remember this album in our music room and even remember a tune or two making it onto a mixed tape though likely the emergency glove box tape. If you were a player in the 80’s you know what I mean. It was the #1 Contemporary Christian album of 1985 and spawned singles on both secular and Christian radio. I was surprised when researching this album that it never actually had a #1 single. It had two #2’s and was a very successful album but strangely no #1 hit. Anyway, sit back and enjoy Amy’s best pop album, at least that’s my opinion.

1 – Love Of Another Kind – 3:22
2 – Find A Way – 3:28
3 – Everywhere I Go – 4:12
4 – I Love You – 4:25
5 – Stepping In Your Shoes – 4:37
6 – Fight – 4:42
7 – Wise Up – 3:51
8 – Who To Listen To – 4:22
9 – Sharayah – 4:53
10 – The Prodigal (I’ll Be Waiting) – 5:10

Acoustic Guitar – Jon Goin (tracks: B5)
Backing Vocals – Amy Grant (tracks: A2, A3), Bill Champlin (tracks: A1, B2), Chris Eaton (tracks: A5), Chris Harris (2) (tracks: B3), Diana Hanna* (tracks: A1, A3, B3), Donna McElroy (tracks: B3), Gary Chapman (tracks: A1, A3, B1, B3), Gary Pigg (tracks: B3), Kim Fleming (tracks: B3), Richard Page (tracks: A4, B4), Steve George (tracks: A4, B4), Tom Kelly (tracks: A2, A4, B1, B4), Tommy Funderburk (tracks: A1, A2, B1, B2)
Bass – Mike Brignardello (tracks: A2 to A5, B1 to B4)
Drums – Paul Leim
Electric Guitar – Dan Huff, Jon Goin (tracks: A2, A3, A5, B1, B3, B4), Michael Landau (tracks: A2, A4, B2, B4), Paul Jackson, Jr. (tracks: B2)
Engineer – Jack Joseph Puig
Executive Producer – Dan Harrell, Gary Chapman, Michael Blanton
Keyboards – Shane Keister (tracks: A5)
Other [Explosion] – Shane Keister (tracks: A2)
Other [Music Stand] – Gary Pigg (tracks: B3)
Other [Scream] – Chris Harris (tracks: A1), Gary Pigg (tracks: A1), Kathy Burdick (tracks: A1)
Percussion – Lenny Castro (tracks: A2, B1, B3, B5)
Piano – Robbie Buchanan (tracks: B5), Shane Keister (tracks: A1)
Producer – Brown Bannister
Synthesizer – Michael W. Smith (tracks: A2, A3, B3), Robbie Buchanan (tracks: A1, A2, A4, A5, B1 to B3, B5), Shane Keister (tracks: A1, A3, B1 to B4)
Synthesizer, Saxophone – Larry Williams (tracks: B2)

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Word, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word Records Limited
Copyright (c) – Word Records Limited
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word (Uk) Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Word (Uk) Ltd.
Record Company – Word, Inc.
Distributed By – A&M Records, Inc.
Manufactured By – A&M Records, Inc.

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Author: Ray Mansfield

One of the founding cowboys of Real 80s CCM. Been listening to this stuff since 1978.

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