Steven Curtis Chapman – Real Life Conversations – 1988

This is the second album from Steven Curtis Chapman. Its a pretty pop oriented album but there a few tracks that lean towards light rock. I had not listened to this one before and I was pleasantly surprised when I finally did. While it’s certainly not Rock it is pretty good and there are a few tracks here that will go in my regular rotation. The album was very successful with 2 #1 CCM chart hits, “His Eyes” and “My Turn Now”. “For Who He Really Is” also made it to #4, and “His Strength Is Perfect” to #10. “His Eyes” also won the Dove award for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song Of The Year and “His Strength Is Perfect” for Inspirational Recorded Song Of The Year. Steven also won the Dove award for Songwriter Of The Year on the heels of this album.

1 – Faithful Too – 4:00
2 – Tuesday’s Child – 4:05
3 – For Who He Really Is – 5:03
4 – Consider It Done – 3:43
5 – His Eyes – 3:33
6 – The Human Race – 3:44
7 – Wait – 4:14
8 – Truth Or Consequences – 5:00
9 – My Turn Now – 3:27
10 – His Strength Is Perfect – 4:38

Arranged By [Strings Arranged By] – Alan Moore
Arranged By [Tracks And Background Vocals Arranged By], Guitar, Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Steven Curtis Chapman
Art Direction – Barbara Catanzaro-Hearn
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Geoff Moore, Herb Chapman, Phil Naish
Bass – Mike Brignardello
Design – 5 Penguins Design, Inc.
Drums – Mark Hammond
Engineer [Assistant Engineer] – Carry Summers
Guitar – Jon Goin
Mandolin, Mandola – Mark O’Connor
Mastered By – Denny Purcell
Mixed By – Jeff Balding
Photography By – Mark Tucker
Producer [Production Manager] – Cindy Wilt
Producer, Arranged By [Tracks And Background Vocals Arranged By], Keyboards – Phil Naish
Recorded By – Ronnie Brookshire
Recorded By [Strings Recorded By] – Bob Clark
Strings – Carl Gorodetzky, The Nashville String Machine
Vocals [Guest Vocal] – Geoff Moore

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – The Sparrow Corporation
Copyright © – The Sparrow Corporation
Distributed By – C.M.C. Distribution
Mastered At – Georgetown Masters
Recorded At – OmniSound Studios
Recorded At – Gold Mine Studio
Recorded At – Downstage Studio
Recorded At – Great Circle Sound
Glass Mastered At – Nimbus, Virginia

Jeoffrey Benward – The Redeemer – 1988

Jeoffrey music career was a matter of family tradition. His father was a popular Christian singer and his son Aaron is also a popular Christian artist. Jeoffrey has performed and recorded with both his father and son. As for this album apparently there was some problem with it’s distribution. It’s was one of the early album on ForeFront Records who knew what they were doing and was an artist owned label. Apparently there was some dispute on revenue but I really can’t find much on the issue. As a result of this apparently this album just didn’t get the proper promotion that it probably deserved. The album did have a CCM charting single, “The Redeemer” made it to #36. As for the album well I’m going to describe it as Worship pop. I say this because the album has a pop sound but Jeoffrey’s voice and lyrics are more worship oriented. It’s an interesting sound that is not my preferred sound but I actually think it’s well done and should be listened to.

1 – Come O Great Jehovan – 3:33
2 – His Majesty The King – 3:00
3 – By His Power – 3:55
4 – The Redeemer – 4:51
5 – Strength For The Journey – 4:45
6 – Great And Mighty – 3:16
7 – Church Of The Living God – 3:34
8 – Calvary Casts A Shadow – 3:41
9 – So Much Love – 5:02
10 – A Man Of God – 3:36

Brian Becker – Daring 2 B Different – 1990

This is actually Brian’s 4th album. However his previous 3 were not picked up by a label and are almost impossible to find. This was his first of 2 albums with label Benson. Apparently Brian has an audio engineering and computer degree and was a pioneer of using MIDI’s in the Christian genre. I can’t really hear it in the album but that doesn’t mean much. The album is excellent. It’s a fun pop rock album and might just have been a little late for 1990. That said Brian was just warming up for his second album which was very successful. I quite enjoyed this album and there’s a few tracks that will be going into my regular rotation.

1 – Love Keeps Hanging On – 4:05
2 – Daring 2 – B Different – 3:51
3 – His Name Is Jesus – 3:36
4 – He Knows – 4:06
5 – Tender Touch – 5:00
6 – I Surrender All – 5:34
7 – Spirit Of Elijah – 5:33
8 – Written On My Heart – 3:41
9 – Still Quiet Voice – 5:19

Arranged By [Backing Vocals], Directed By [Backing Vocals] – Geoff Thurman
Arranged By [Horns] – Fred Middlekauff, Geoff Thurman, Jamie Page
Arranged By [Rhythm Tracks], Sequenced By – Paul Mills
Art Direction, Design – Phillip Spencer
Backing Vocals – Brian Becker, Geoff Thurman, Jamie Page, Kemper Crabb, Toni Becker
Choir – Andre Cormier, Benita Woods, Cheryln Cormier, Cynthia Brigham, Greater Emmanuel Church Of God In Christ Choir, Kerry Banks, Myra Cormier, Ophelia Banks, Tangerla White, Valerie Heard
Coordinator [Post-Production] – Alan Kawakami
Cymbal [Overdubs], Effects – Brian Becker
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin – Jerry McPherson
Engineer – Chuck Sugar
Engineer [Assistant] – Paul Mills, Steve Dady
Mastered By – Chuck Sugar, Hank Williams
Percussion [Overdubs] – Jamie Page
Photography By – Jim DeVault
Producer – Jamie Page
Sampler [Drums], Drum Programming – Paul Mills
Saxophone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Trombone – Fred Middlekauff
Vocals [Duet] – Toni Becker

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Rolling Shoals Productions
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Brian Becker
Copyright © – Rolling Shoals Productions
Copyright © – Brian Becker
Distributed By – The Benson Company, Inc.
Pressed By – DADC – DIDX 006928
Recorded At – Rivendell Recorders
Mixed At – Rivendell Recorders
Mastered At – Mastermix