Joshua – Intense Defense – 1988

This was the final album from Joshua and it was probably their best. It is reported that the album took a better part of a year to record with a $700,000 budget. Strangely after RCA invested this time and money they actually dropped the band reportedly because they included the phrase “This album is dedicated to the Glory of God” in the liner notes. I have no idea how the album went over but wow is that a dumb reason to drop a band but that’s record companies for you. They do some really stupid things. Unfortunately this silliness probably played a part in the band splitting up. Rob Rock, Greg Shultz, and Emil Lech went on to form the band Driver and Joshua Perahia changed the name of the band to Jaguar. Unfortunately neither band had any commercial success. Back to the album though, it is a very good Hard Rock/Metal album and you can hear the dollars spent in the production and engineering. This album absolutely sounds as good as anything released commercially at the time and it’s a pity it was not better received in North America because it really deserved to be.

1 – Reach Up – 4:43
2 – I’ve Been Waiting – 4:27
3 – Only Yesterday – 3:38
4 – Crying Out For Love – 4:16
5 – Living On The Edge – 4:10
6 – Tearing At My Heart – 3:47
7 – Remembering You – 5:06
8 – Look To The Sky – 4:21
9 – Don’t You Know – 4:09
10 – Stand Alone – 5:02

Arranged By – Frank Mono, Joshua Perahia
Bass – Emil Lech
Cover [Illustration] – Norbert Lösche
Drums – Tim Gehrt
Engineer [Additional Engineering] – Uli Baronowsky
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Joshua Perahia
Keyboards [Programming] – Jimmy Waldo
Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Greg Shultz
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Rob Rock (tracks: 3 to 10)
Mixed By – Pete Woodroffe
Mixed By [Mix Assited By] – Uwe Sabirowsky
Producer, Engineer – Frank Mono
Programmed By – Al Topo, Uwe Sabirowsky
Vocals [Uncredited] – Ken Tamplin (tracks: 1, 2)

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – BMG Ariola Hamburg GmbH
Copyright (c) – BMG Ariola Hamburg GmbH
Produced For – Breeze Music GmbH
Recorded At – Dierks Studios
Mixed At – Dierks Studios
Mastered At – Townhouse 3
Pressed By – Sonopress – C-4181
Published By – Breeze Music GmbH

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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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