The Violet Burning – Chosen – 1989

This was the first album from The Violet Burning. The band filled a gap in CCM music for alternative new wave performance music. Their style of music was not really anything new but the fact that they mixed in a bit of performance art did make them different. This album wasn’t all that well received but I think that might have had more to do with the style of the music than the quality as I think this is a sound that was still struggling to get a foot hold in the CCM market. That said their second album was very well received and is consistently ranked in the top 100 CCM albums of all time. At this time in my personal life this is exactly the style of music I was listening to in the secular market so I thought I would really enjoy this album. Unfortunately I felt this album was just trying a little too hard. It just didn’t feel like a natural performance. That said the quality of musicianship is very high but the vocals are average for this style. All in all a pretty good album but really it was their next album that knocked it out of the park.

Tracklist
1 – There Is Nowhere Else – 4:30
2 – If You Let Me – 3:41
3 – I Will Always Stand By You – 4:31
4 – Rise Like The Lion – 4:37
5 – Love Is The Loaded Gun – 4:47
6 – The Killing – 6:47
7 – The Last Ones – 5:09
8 – Groove Baby – White Soul – 3:16
9 – Violet – 3:56
10 – Sweet Mercy – 4:16
11 – Heart Wide Open – 4:01
12 – New Breed Children Rise – 3:15

Credits
Arranged By – The Violets
Backing Vocals [Additional Backing Voices] – Chris Lizotte, Gary Are Williams, Jaime Record, Lance Whitson, Leslie Dupré, Lorri Dupré, Michael Ann Arce, Nena, Sean Wimber
Band [The Violet Burning], Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals – Kirt Gentry
Band [The Violet Burning], Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals – Lonnie Tubbs
Band [The Violet Burning], Vocals, Guitar [Guitars], Backing Vocals – Michael J. Pritzl
Engineer [Engineered By] – Chris Wimber
Guest [With], Bass Guitar [Additional Bass Guitars], Backing Vocals – Scott Tubbs
Guest [With], Guitar [Additional Guitars], Backing Vocals – Glenn Pearce
Guest [With], Guitar [Additional Guitars], Bass [Fretless Basses], Backing Vocals – Shawn Tubbs
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Jeff Dykehouse
Musician [Additional Musicians], Guitar – Dave Koval
Musician [Additional Musicians], Keyboards – Rob Watson
Musician [Additional Musicians], Piano, Keyboards – Sue Costantini
Photography By [Cover Photograph] – Vince Limongelli
Photography By [Portraits] – Tracy Albrecht
Producer [Produced By] – Chris Wimber, The Violets
Songwriter [All Songs Written By] – Michael J. Pritzl (tracks: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8 to 12)

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Vineyard Ministries International
Copyright (c) – Vineyard Ministries International
Distributed By – Frontline Music Group
Mastered At – Bernie Grundman Mastering
Recorded At – Vineyard Studios
Mixed At – Vineyard Studios

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Ray Mansfield

Author: Ray Mansfield

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

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