I have written this elsewhere on several occasions and will repeat it again here: Michael Been was the single most impressive and passionate lead vocalist to ever grace a rock and roll stage. Others may bellow, scream and prance about, but Been could stand perfectly still and show little or no emotion and still drive me to tears with the sheer passion and believability of his voice. The rich baritone that could elevate to staggering heights of emotion has simply not been matched. I miss him… Let the Day Begin was the 6th album from The Call and carried the band into the 1990’s with what should have been the coming out party. Rock radio loved the title track, making it the bands only number one single, but it just wasn’t to be. It is one of the great mysteries of rock and roll music that a band like The Call could never break into the mainstream music fans consciousness despite a consistently impressive output of amazing music. This album was that one shot. It was filled with radio friendly rock music with a slight alternative twist that seemed reared and ready for success. The first four songs (Let the Day Begin, Run, Surrender and When) should have been runaway hits and appeared on several movie soundtracks. Been’s history in Christian music is actually relatively unknown. His first known appearance (that I am familiar with) is playing bass on the first two Barry McGuire albums as well as being a musician for 2nd Chapter of Acts. He regularly appeared on Jesus Music/CCM albums before creating The Call and heading into a more mainstream world. But his Biblical worldview is present here and on every able he was connected with. It should not difficult to see the hope, grace and mercy that poured from his been and voice. Yes, he will be missed. Greatly!
Contributor David Lowman – https://legacyccmsgreatestalbums.wordpress.com/
Tracklist 1 – Let The Day Begin – 3:50 2 – You Run – 5:34 3 – Surrender – 4:07 4 – When – 5:18 5 – Jealousy – 5:38 6 – Same Ol’ Story – 3:36 7 – For Love – 6:13 8 – Closer – 5:00 9 – Communication – 5:38 10 – Watch – 4:16 11 – Uncovered – 2:24
Credits Art Direction – J.A. Design – Jeanne Bradshaw Drums, Vocals – Scott Musick Engineer [Assistant] – Matthew “Boomer” LaMonica, Paul Dieter Engineer [Studio Monitor] – Gary Sanguinet Guitar, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals – Michael Been Guitar, Vocals – Tom Ferrier Keyboards, Vocals – Jim Goodwin Mastered By – Bob Ludwig Photography By – Richard Corman Producer – Jim Goodwin, Michael Been Recorded By [Additional Recording] – Ed Cherney Recorded By, Mixed By – Rob Eaton Supervised By [Equipment Supervision] – Mike Smith Technician [Guitar Techs] – Edd Kolakowski, Rich Modica
This is Steve’s 3rd album. It is a little more uptempo than his previous release but for the main part follows right along with his previous work. It contains one of Steve’s best known songs, “Run to the Battle”. Keith Thomas wrote or co wrote several tracks and you can hear his heavy influence on the album. I going to have to classify this album as “also came out in 1981” but really it deserves more recognition than that as it is a pretty good album.
Tracklist 1 – Jesus On Our Side – 3:25 2 – Gimme What It Takes – 3:29 3 – Farther And Higher – 3:16 4 – Jesus Drawing Me – 4:12 5 – The Net Of Peter – 4:10 6 – Thank You – 3:25 7 – The Only Story (Written In My Life) – 2:36 8 – You Just Talk To Me – 3:40 9 – Run To The Battle – 3:46 10 – Back In The Furnace – 4:48 11 – For Every Man – 1:20
Credits Richard Achor – Engineer Joane Anderson – Background Vocals John Bolt – Engineer Steve Camp – Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Piano, Lead and Background Vocals Danny Carden – Handclaps Doana Cooper – Background Vocals Diana DeWitt Hanna – Background Vocals Steve Dokken – Bass Jerry Evans – Handclaps Carol Frazier – Songwriter Rob Frazier – Songwriter Sonny Garrish – Steel Guitar Jon Goin – Acoustic and Electric Guitars Randy Hammel – Synthesizer Mark Hammond – Drums Ben Harris – Engineer Don Hart – String Arranger Randy Holland – Engineer Russ Hollingsworth – Songwriter Neal Joseph – Executive Producer Paul Libman – Horn Arranger Kenny Malone – Drums Howard McCrary – Songwriter, Wurlitzer, Acoustic Piano, Fender Rhodes, Synthesizer, Organ, Background Vocals Terry McMillan – Percussion Hank Neuberger – Co-Producer, Engineer, Songwriter Larry Paxton – Bass Gary Pigg – Background Vocals Denis Solee – Flutes, Saxophone Russ Taff – Duet and Background Vocals Diane Thiel – Background Vocals Kevin Thiel – Background Vocals Denise Thomas – Songwriter, Handclaps Keith Thomas – Producer, Songwriter, Fender Rhodes, Acoustic Piano, Handclaps, Background Vocals D. Bergen White – String Arranger Hank Williams – Mastered Bob Wray – Bass
In 1989 Mark Williamson (Mark Williamson Band/Lyrix) put out an album with John Robinson on a secular label. This appears to have been a one off idea with musical support with some excellent studio musicians. Chris Eaton did write a few of the tracks so there’s also that connection to CCM. The album is a solid AOR project and the 2 artists work very well together. I am a big Mark Williamson fan but I did not know about this album until it was sent to me. I don’t know if I would say it’s his best work but it is definitely good and it’s always exciting to find “bonus” work from an artist you love.
Tracklist 1 – Heaven On Earth – 4:22 2 – I Must Be Blind – 4:14 3 – Say You Will – 3:55 4 – Anyone Out There – 4:52 5 – Caught Inside Your Heart – 4:52 6 – We Got A Way – 4:18 7 – Hold You Tonight – 5:03 8 – Straight To The Heart – 4:22 9 – This Is Killing Me – 4:52
Credits Arranged By [Horns] – Jerry Hey Bass – Freddie Washington, Neil Stubenhaus Drums, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Producer – John Robinson Electric Guitar – Michael Landau, Steve Lukather Executive-Producer – Brad Westering Guitar – Al McKay, Clem Clempson, Marty Walsh Keyboards – Aaron Zigman, Alan Shacklock, David Paich, John Van Tongeren, Larry Williams, Richard Souther Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Producer – Mark Williamson Mixed By – Chris Lord-Alge Piano – David Paich Producer – Alan Shacklock Saxophone – Kim Hutchcroft Saxophone [Solos] – Kirk Whalum Trumpet – Dan Higgins, Gary Grant, Jerry Hey Vocals [Additional] – Chris Eaton, Lance Ellington
I have to admit that I am a little confused by this album. It’s an album of covers by relatively unknown artists. Well that’s not actually true I guess. Mark Williamson (Mark Williamson Band/Lyrix) sings a couple tracks, and Dennis Holt (AD) plays drums and the rest seem to be relatively successful studio musicians. I really have no idea what the idea was behind this album other than to put out some Rock versions of some songs that weren’t really Rock. That said it covers “The Rock That Doesn’t Roll” that was definitely a Rock song. The strangest thing on the album is a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Man Gave Names To All The Animals” which is actually pretty good. I actually like a lot of the tracks but I think my favourite is a cover of Randy Stonehill’s “Shut De Do”. Give this one a listen if for no other reason than it’s nice to hear some of these songs with a different arrangement.
Tracklist 1 – The Rock That Doesn’t Roll (Larry Norman) – Gene Miller – 3:43 2 – Shut De Do (Randy Stonehill) – Carrie McDowell – 3:23 3 – Can’t Do Nothin’ Without Jesus’ Love (Darrell Mansfield) – Mark Williamson – 3:23 4 – Jesus Is Calling (Erick Nelson) – Christi Jacobs – 3:26 5 – Man Gave Names To All The Animals (Bob Dylan) – Moses Toth – 3:18 6 – Take Me Closer (Phil Keaggy) – Marty Walsh – 3:41 7 – I Love You Lord – Laurie Klein – 3:28 8 – Say It Like It Is – (Alwyn Wall, Malcolm Wild) – Mark Williamson – 3:24 9 – The Flood – Sumner Mering – 3:12 10 – Take No Chances (Love Song) – Gene Miller – 3:58
Credits Art Direction – Terry De Graff Bass – Glen C. Holmen Design – Bradley Grose Drums – Dennis Holt Engineer – Jim Scheffler, Steve Vidger, Thom Roy, Wally Grant Executive-Producer – Tom Coomes Guitar – Marty Walsh Organ [Hammond B-3] – Brad Cole Percussion, Art Direction – Alex MacDougall Producer – Roby Duke Vocals – Angel Smythe, Elizabeth King, John Randall, Julie Bonney, Linda Punt, Moses Toth, Troy Kennedy
In 1994 a version of Love Song came together to rerecord some of their top songs from their 3 albums in the 70’s along with a couple that were previously unreleased. The versions recorded here are updated and for the main part better I think and it’s nice to here Keaggy’s guitar work on these updated versions too. For me the highlight of the album is a fantastic blues rendition of “Take No Chances” which was previously unreleased at this point in history. Keaggy’s guitar work on that track is just awesome.
Tracklist 1 – A Love Song – 2:38 2 – Little Country Church – 2:46 3 – Let Us Be One – 3:44 4 – Little Pilgrim – 4:59 5 – Two Hands – 3:51 6 – Freedom – 3:45 7 – Take No Chances – 7:17 8 – Feel The Love – 5:14 9 – Changes – 2:21 10 – Front Seat, Back Seat – 3:04 11 – The Cossack Song – 3:43 12 – And The Wind Was Low – 3:35 13 – Welcome Back – 4:44 14 – Jesus Puts The Song In Our Hearts – 6:02
Credits Alex Acuna – Percussion John Barbour – Vocals Chuck Butler – Songwriter Tommy Coomes – Producer, Songwriter, Guitar, Vocals Denny Correll – Songwriter Koji Egawa – Mixed Fred Field – Songwriter, Violin, Mandolin, Vocals Chuck Girard – Producer, Songwriter, Vocals John Hendrickson – Engineer, Mixed Hadley Hockensmith – Guitar JB Baird – Engineer Jesse Johnston – Songwriter Phil Keaggy – Guitar Alan Pasqua – Engineer, Keyboard John Patitucci – Bass Tim Pierce – Guitar Jim Scheffler – Engineer Bill Schnee – Mixed Tom Stipe – Songwriter Chris Taylor – Engineer Jay Truax – Vocals Ron Tutt – Drums Bob Wall – Vocals
Companies, etc. Manufactured By – Word, Inc. Distributed By – Word, Inc. Mixed At – Bill Schnee Studios Mastered At – The Mastering Lab Recorded At – Bill Schnee Studios Recorded At – Roman Foods Studio Recorded At – Crossroads Studios, Santa Ana, CA Recorded At – It’s All Music Recorded At – The Salt Mine
Teri is back with her 2nd and last CCM album. Teri had frequent disputes with her record companies and is known in the industry for sticking to her guns on the issue. Unfortunately this probably robbed us from more great music from her. That said if I’ve learned one thing over time it’s that artists are almost always in the right in these disputes so I don’t blame her. Anyway this is a great pop album and is a little more upbeat than her previous CCM album. Like her other albums it was produced by her husband Bill Purse. The production is excellent and I have always wondered why we didn’t see his name on more albums but I’m assuming the friction with record companies may have made him persona non grata for other artists.
Tracklist 1 – Celebrate – 4:58 2 – Tapestry – 3:56 3 – Attitude Of Gratitude – 4:25 4 – Voices In The Wind – 4:53 5 – I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier – 4:50 6 – Truth – 4:43 7 – Ain’t Givin’ Up, No Way – 4:00 8 – All Day Thursday – 5:29
Credits Backing Vocals – Jon Joyce, Keely Koehr Backing Vocals, Psaltery – Teri DeSario Purse Bass Guitar – Bill Bodine Drums – Art Wood Engineer [Assistant] – Bruce Sugar, Steve Ford Engineer [Assistant], Psaltery – Jeff Demorris Engineer, Mixed By – Kevin Clark Flute, Recorder – Stephen Kujala* French Horn – Joe Meyer Mastered By – Doug Sax Percussion – Michael Fisher Producer, Arranged By, Piano, Synthesizer, Backing Vocals – Bill Purse Trombone – Alan Kaplan Trumpet – Roy Poper Tuba – Ross Deroche
Companies, etc. Recorded At – Middle Sea Sound Recorded At – Baby’O Recorders Recorded At – Mama Jo’s Mixed At – Mama Jo’s Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
This is the eleventh studio album from Petra who actually called themselves Petra Praise for this release. This was an entirely experimental/new idea for them. The album is mainly traditional worship songs done in a Petra style. Not all of them them are hard rock but of course those are the standouts. The album also has 2 original tracks written by Bob Hartman, “I Love the Lord” and “The King of Glory Shall Come In.” The album also released an accompaniment track for the youth groups. Pretty bold idea for the time. Actually it would be a bold idea today. It appears the idea was popular as Petra released 2 more worship albums over the years and they were even more popular than this one. The album was also released in Spanish and I’m currently on the hunt for that version as I love Spanish music. Personally I think the whole idea was perfect for the time as this was needed to dispel the anti Rock & Roll holdouts in the Church. All that aside my actual favourite tracks are the last 2. They are live versions of “I Will Call Upon the Lord” and “I Exalt Thee” but I’m always a sucker for live tracks.
Tracklist 1 – I Love The Lord – 3:35 2 – King Of Kings – 1:47 3 – Jesus, Jesus, Glorious One – 2:18 4 – The Battle Belongs To The Lord – 3:04 5 – Take Me In – 4:11 6 – Salvation Belongs To Our God – 2:56 7 – The King Of Glory Shall Come In – 3:10 8 – No Weapon Formed Against Us – 1:44 9 – I Will Celebrate / When The Spirit Of The Lord – 4:15 10 – I Will Sing Praise – 2:45 11 – Hallowed Be Thy Name – 4:12 12 – Friends (All In The Family Of God) – 4:20 13 – I Will Call Upon The Lord – 3:48 14 – We Exalt Thee – 3:46
Credits Arranged By [Vocal Arrangement] – Walt Harrah Backing Vocals – Kathy Riso, Charlie Hoage, John Elefante, John Lawry, Rick Riso, Sara Tennison, Walt Harrah Bass Guitar – Ronny Cates Concept By [Cover Concept] – Loren Balman Coordinator [Cover] – Terri Short Design [Cover] – Jackson Design Drums – Louie Weaver Guitar – Bob Hartman Keyboards, Backing Vocals – John Lawry Lead Vocals – John Schlitt Mixed By [Duckworth Studio] – Bret Teegarden, Tommy Greer Photography By – Mark Tucker Producer [Production Assistant on Guitars and Vocals] – Dino Elefante, John Elefante Producer, Arranged By – Bob Hartman, John Lawry Recorded By [Assistant at Pakaderm studios] – Jeff Simmons Recorded By [Pakaderm studios] – Dino Elefante, John Elefante, Mike Mierau Recorded By [Recording Arts] – Carl Tatz, Dino Elefante Recorded By [The Pond] – Gary Hedden, Howard Levy Saxophone [Sax Solo] – Greg Vail
Paul’s first solo album after leaving the Imperials was a big hit so Dayspring Records went for round 2 with this one. They must a thrown a lot of money at this album as the credit list is huge. Alas from what I have read this album did not do as well as his previous one. I’m kind of disappointed with that as I think this album is easily just as good but I wouldn’t say it’s better. This is solid pop album and while his last release was a little more AOR oriented I think this one should have done better with a more youthful audience. While there are a few too many ballads for my taste they are well done and are solid tracks.
Tracklist 1 – Faithful – 4:02 2 – Dancing Too Close – 4:20 3 – Walls – 5:07 4 – The Right Thing – 4:00 5 – I Will Be There For You – 4:51 6 – Something Better – 4:39 7 – Cantabile – 4:24 8 – Celebration (I Wanna Be There) – 5:20 9 – When Love Comes Home – 4:44
Credits Jeff Balding – Engineer, Mixed Deanna Cabaniss – Background Vocals Claire Cloninger – Songwriter Billy Crockett – Songwriter Bill Deaton – Engineer Mark Douthit – Sax Michael English – Background Vocals Bob Farrell – Songwriter Kim Fleming – Background Vocals Mark Hammond – Drum Programming Richard Headen – Engineer Deanna Hemby – Spoken Vocals Tom Hemby – Producer, Songwriter, Arrangements, Mandolin, Drum Programming, Guitars, Background Vocals JB Baird – Engineer, Mixed Neal Joseph – Executive Producer Wayne Kirkpatrick – Songwriter Phil Kristianson – Piano, Organ Gary Lunn – Bass, Drum Programming Phil Madeira – Additional Synthesizers David Martin – Songwriter Donna McElroy – Background Vocals Phil Naish – Synthesizers Brett Perry – Songwriter Kelly Raglin – Spoken Vocals Chris Rodriguez – Background Vocals Jimmie Lee Sloas – Background Vocals Paul Smith – Songwriter, Vocals, Background Vocals Keith Thomas – Producer, Songwriter, Arrangements, Synthesizers, Drum Programming Tricia Walker – Songwriter Marcia Wells – Background Vocals Bill Whittington – Engineer, Mixed Hank Williams – Mastered Kenny Wood – Songwriter
I really Can’t find much about The Brave other than they formed in 1991 in Lancaster, California. I do know that they came to the attention of John and Dino Elefante over at Pakaderm Records. This album is the result of their work together and what an album it is. I often struggle with the line between hard rock and metal and this album really dances that line for me. In the end I say it’s hard rock and is one of the best hard rock albums I’ve heard in CCM. The album has 10 solid rock tracks with two remixes thrown in as bonus material. Judging from the bonus tracks I am assuming they felt the singles were “All Together Now” and “Running All My Life”. Personally I think “Little Love” is the single of the album as the intro guitar rifts get you ready for a great song which doesn’t disappoint. All that said here’s the problem with the album. It was released in 1992 and that was right at the tail end of this style. After this much harder metal became more popular and this arena rock style just didn’t fit. Lucky for us it’s years later and we can just enjoy the album as a great hard rock album.
Tracklist 1 – All Together Now – 4:28 2 – The Waiting – 4:33 3 – If That Ain’t Love – 4:59 4 – Running All My Life – 4:45 5 – Tears Of A Broken Heart – 4:31 6 – Little Love – 4:27 7 – Never Live Without Your Love – 4:38 8 – Big World – 4:23 9 – Ride With The Rythm – 3:53 10 – Just A Man – 4:42 11 – All Together Now (Studio Mix) – 4:28 12 – Running All My Life (Studio Mix) – 4:44
Credits Backing Vocals [Additional] – Doug Beiden, Jeff Gunn Bass – Malcolm Paris Design, Art Direction – Terry DeGraff Drums – Randy Roberts Drums [Additional], Percussion [Additional] – Dave Raven Engineer – Dino Elefante, Doug Beiden, J.R. McNeely, John Elefante Engineer [Assistant] – Chuck Swindoll Jr. Guitar – Freddie Tierra, Stayce Roberts Guitar [Additional], Bass [Additional] – J.R. McNeely Guitar [Solo, Guest] – Tony Palacios Lead Vocals – James Salters Mastered By – Chris Bellman Mixed By – Neil Kernon Photography By – Patrick House Producer – Dino Elefante, John Elefante Vocals – Freddie Tierra, Malcolm Paris, Randy Roberts, Stayce Roberts Written-By, Arranged By – Brandon Starr, Dino Elefante, Ian Sabretti, Jean-Luc Lajoie, John Elefante, The Brave
You may not know Mason Proffit but I’m guessing you do know John and Terry Talbot. Well before these brothers started their solo CCM career they formed a band called Mason Proffit. This is either their 2nd or 3rd album, I can’t really tell because they released 2 albums in 1971. I must admit this is the first album I heard from Mason Proffit and wow. I simply can’t believe this is the Talbot brothers. Now you probably already know I am not a fan of the brothers but that’s because their style of music is not for me. I do however recognize that they are some of the most talented artists in the CCM industry. They are fantastic musicians and prolific song writers, but I have a new respect for them after listening to this album. They were great folk/country/rock band back in the 70’s and this is a fantastic album. If you want to hear where the Talbot brothers started out you need to listen to this album.
Tracklist 1 – Michael Dodge – 2:57 2 – Hard Luck Woman – 2:54 3 – Children – 2:48 4 – Hokey Joe Pony – 2:22 5 – Flying Arrow – 3:30 6 – Old Joe Clark – 4:01 7 – Let Me Know Where You’re Goin’ – 2:29 8 – Melinda – 3:56 9 – Good Friend Of Mary’s – 2:44 10 – He Loves Them – 3:31 11 – Everybody Was Wrong – 5:47
Credits Acoustic Guitar – John Talbot, Terry Talbot Arranged By – Mason Proffit Artwork By [Cover Painting] – Julian Gilbert Banjo – John Talbot Bass – Tim Ayres Dobro – John Talbot Drums – Art Nash Electric Guitar – John Talbot, Terry Talbot Executive Producer – Bill Traut Fiddle – Terry Talbot Guitar – Ron Schuetter Mixed By [Remixed By] – Martin Feldman, Terry Talbot Other [Creative Assistance] – Ron Sales Percussion – Art Nash Photography By [Liner Photography] – Rich Dienethal Piano – Terry Talbot Producer – Mason Proffit Recorded By – Mal Davis, Martin Feldman Steel Guitar – John Talbot Vocals – John Talbot, Ron Schuetter, Terry Talbot
Companies, etc. Recorded At – Paragon Recording Studios Recorded At – Universal Recording Corp. Remixed At – Streeterville Studios Produced For – Dunwich Productions Published By – Rolling Meadows Music Made By – RCA Limited Mastered At – RCA Studios, Toronto