This was essentially the final album from Vector though they did do a reunion album in 2021. They continued their style of very light evangelical lyrics giving the album a low JPM like their previous work. It is pretty strong New Wave which was really falling out of favour by 1995 which is probably why it wasn’t a very popular album. That said I love New Wave so it was a nice treat for me in 1995. The CCM genre didn’t have very many good New Wave bands in my opinion but these guys were one of them.
Tracklist 1 – The Power of Love – 5:27 2 – It Comes Down to You – 5:04 3 – All I Need – 4:41 4 – When It All Stops – 4:47 5 – Watch Over Me – 4:49 6 – I Can’t Get Enough of You – 5:48 7 – Let It Slide – 4:53 8 – Mr. Color Wheel – 5:06 9 – Rhythm of Life – 4:58 10 – Temptation – 5:05 11 – Why Did We Wait So Long – 5:10 12 – 10,000 Wishes – 5:33 13 – My Own Eyes – 6:31 14 – She Won’t Say Goodbye – 4:18
Credits Jimmy Abegg – Songwriter, Guitars, Mandolin, Vocals Steve Brewster – Drums, Percussion, Loops Dave Frank – Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocals Steve Griffith – Producer, Mixed, Songwriter, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Loops, Vocals Phil Madeira – Hammond B3, Blues Guitar Solo Stephen Murray – Background Vocals Davia Vallesillo – Vocals
Whitecross released this EP shortly after releasing their first album. I’m not entirely sure what the strategy was here as 2 of the tracks from this EP are actually on that first album. If I had to guess I think they probably wanted this to be released before their first album but something went wrong along the way and it was delayed but that is strictly a guess. As I said the album contained 2 tracks from their first album the other 2 tracks wouldn’t appear on an album until much later. Anyway this must have been a treat for Whitecross fans and with 2 unreleased tracks it must have been a must own. Interestingly it was only released on vinyl and cassette with the same four tracks simply repeated on the flip side.
Tracklist 1 – Love On The Line – 6:00 2 – I Believe – 3:52 3 – No Way I’m Going Down – 4:12 4 – Enough Is Enough – 4:04
Credits Bass – Jon Sproule Drums – Mark Hedl Engineer – Dan Rudin Executive Producer – Gavin Morkel Guitar – Rex Carroll Producer – Rex Carroll Vocals – Scott Wenzel
This was Bruce’s second album and wow was it a success. His first album was passed over by most people but this album got noticed. It had 4 top 40 hits with “Above And Beyond” making it to #4 and “Driving Nails” making it to #11 as well as two other hits at #24 and #31. It was produced by Bubba Smith who really nailed this album. The album is an AOR genre style but there are a few tracks that lean more towards Rock. I’m actually a little surprised how well it did. I’m not saying it’s not good, it’s just that like I said it has a couple Rock tracks and we know that the CCM chart people usually shied away from albums like this. But all that aside this is an excellent album and I really enjoyed it. There’s at least 2 tracks that will be making it into my regular rotation.
Tracklist 1 – Cross Your Heart – 2:24 2 – Above And Beyond – 3:13 3 – When He Reigns He Pours – 3:20 4 – Fight To Be Weak – 3:00 5 – The Richest Man In Town – 3:42 6 – Only You – 3:29 7 – Song For You – 3:41 8 – It Is Finished – 3:11 9 – He’s Always There – 4:09 10 – Forget It – 3:44 11 – Something Good Is Bound To Happen – 3:47 12 – Let Go Let God – 2:53 13 – Driving Nails – 3:36
Credits Bruce Carroll – Songwriter, Vocals Russ Barenburg – Guitars Phil Barnhart – Songwriter Eddie Bayers – Drums Mark Casstevens – Guitars Mark Douthit – EWI Stuart Duncan – Fiddle Terri Gibbs – Songwriter Carl Gorodetzky – Strings Lloyd Green – Steel Guitar Buddy Greene – Songwriter, Harmonica Chris Harris – Background Vocals Mark Heimermann – Background Vocals Gary Janney – Background Vocals Bill Kenner – Mandolin Brent King – Mixed Barbara Kinnamon – Songwriter Bruce Koblish – String Arranger Bob Krusen – Engineer Larrie Londin – Drums Phil Madeira – B-3 Organ Kenny Malone – Drums, Percussion, Tambourine John Mays – Executive Producer Jerry McPherson – Guitars Duncan Mullins – Bass Nashville String Machine – Strings Maura O’Connell – Harmony Vocals Paul Overstreet – Songwriter, Background Vocals Don Potter – Guitars Kelly Pribble – Engineer Gary Prim – Keyboards Matt Rollings – Piano Brent Rowan – Guitars Jerry Salley – Songwriter Bubba Smith – Producer, Castanets, Claves, Tambourine Paul Smith – Songwriter Bob Souerv – Songwriter
This is the last stuff we would get from Semaja as they unfortunately split up even before this album was released. If you were a fan of theirs then this was certainly a nice way for them to go out as many artists in this genre never even put out live albums. As for the band, Markus Egger has become leader of a missions society in Germany called Inter-mission, Claus Feldmann has got an recording studio, and Ulrich Plinke is working in the addictions field. The other members have moved on with normal jobs and from what I understand most of the members are involved in a church called Koinonia Calvary Chapel in Hannover.
This is Stephanie’s 7th and final studio album. It sounds like her previous work and I get the feeling that she was struggling with finding an updated 80’s sound. I’m not faulting her but female vocalists were changing in the 80’s and Stephanie’s work was better oriented to late 70’s praise music. That said it’s … Continue reading “Stephanie Boosahda – Fearless To Follow – 1984”
This is Stephanie’s 7th and final studio album. It sounds like her previous work and I get the feeling that she was struggling with finding an updated 80’s sound. I’m not faulting her but female vocalists were changing in the 80’s and Stephanie’s work was better oriented to late 70’s praise music. That said it’s an excellent album for it’s style and there are some upbeat tracks but for the main part this is a worship oriented album.
Tracklist 1 – Who Do You Say That I Am? – 3:19 2 – Signs And Wonders – 4:11 3 – Fearless To Follow – 4:30 4 – I Will Rejoice In Him – 3:21 5 – How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place – 3:40 6 – Bless The Lord, O My Soul – 3:49 7 – He Will Not Let You Fall – 3:52 8 – On The Crest Of A Wave – 4:41 9 – A Child Is Born – 3:07
Credits Arranged By [Strings] – Alan Moore Backing Vocals – Bonnie Keen, Jackie Cusic, Marty McCall, Melody Tunney Bass – Mike Brignardello Design Concept, Art Direction – Bill Barnes Drums – Larrie Londin, Mark Hammond Engineer [Assistant] – Tom Harding Engineer, Mixed By – Ed Seay Executive-Producer – Michael DeMonico Graphics – Barnes & Company Guitar – Jon Goin Keyboards – Shane Keister Keyboards [Additional] – Keith Thomas, Phil Naish Lacquer Cut By – GM Mastered By – Benny Quinn Percussion – Farrell Morris, Terry McMillan Photography By, Design – Matt Barnes Producer – Greg Nelson Strings – Carl Gorodetzky, Nashville String Machine Written-By – B. Batstone, David Stearman, Stephanie Boosahda
This is Mark’s second Christian release. It’s not quite as Rock & Roll as his first but it is still pretty good. Mark handled most of the instruments on the album and also produced it. Personally I feel the sound is a little hollow in places but I’m always overly critical on production and engineering. The tracks are well written and Mark really started to shine as a song writer on this album. Other than that there’s not a lot to say about the album other than give it a listen.
Tracklist 1 – Wake Up… – 4:23 2 – Into The Light – 3:59 3 – New Age – 3:22 4 – Come To Me – 3:58 5 – In Your Sight – 5:23 6 – Upright Man – 3:30 7 – Rocco – 3:48 8 – If It Wasn’t For Grace – 3:53 9 – Love Power – 4:00 10 – Role Model – 5:54 11 – Like I Was Before – 3:52
Credits Backing Vocals [Background Vocals], Drums, Percussion – Mike Maple Bass, Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Lawrence Buckner Engineer – Bradley Jones Engineer [Assistent Engineer] – Dave Jahnsen, Don Pushies Keyboards – Mark Farner Keyboards, Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Michael Blair Lead Guitar – Arnie Vilches Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Gordon vanEkstrom Percussion – Mark Farner Producer – Mark Farner Rhythm Guitar – Arnie Vilches Vocals, Backing Vocals [Background Vocals], Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar – Mark Farner
This is the first of 2 demo’s from Saint Attack though I am completely unable to confirm the second one titled “First Watch”. So in the end this may be all we have from Saint Attack. They never went on to record an album and I can only find info one one member. Vocalist Frank Schepp went on to sing with Chryztyne on their one and only album. Other than Frank the 2 bands don’t appear to have anything in common so I don’t believe it was a rename. OK now onto the demo. It’s a metal album and is actually really well produced and mixed. As they were a German band I wonder why no record deal. I believe it was easier for metal bands to get record deals in Germany and that’s why we have all these oddball German metal releases. Anyway they never did an album and this is all we get form them. If your a metal head this one is for you. I predict you will really like it.
This was actually the 7th album from The Rance Allen Group. I will forgive you if you have never heard of them because they were in that segment of Christian music that some of us were never exposed to. There seems to have been a whole parallel Christian music industry specializing in soul gospel music. As I researched this side genre I discovered that it was actually huge with several large labels. That said in the early 80’s these two industries started to cross over. This album was before those days so this album is on a soul gospel label. Anyway these guys were huge but I never had any exposure to them. This is a pity because they are really good. I don’t know if I would have bought any of their albums but it would have been nice to have heard them. As for this album it is an excellent soul album and you may have missed it in the day so you should give it a listen now.
Tracklist 1 – Where Did I Go Wrong – 4:45 2 – Some People – 4:50 3 – I’m Coming Back To You – 6:12 4 – Can’t Get Enough – 3:27 5 – God Can Do The Impossible – 5:10 6 – I Will Forever Lean On You – 5:23 7 – Believe In Yourself – 4:32 8 – I Feel Like Going On – 3:35
Credits Arranged By – Johnny Allen Art Direction – Phil Carroll Backing Vocals – Brandye Bass – Billy Sumler Design – Kris Johnson Drums – Jerry Jones Engineer – Warren Woods Executive-Producer – Toby Jackson Guitar – Bruce Nazarian, Cecil Womack, Rance Allen Horns – Eli Fontain Keyboards – Rance Allen, Ronnie McNair Mastered By – José Rodriguez Percussion – Butch Small, James Griswold Photography By – Phil Bray Producer, Arranged By – Rance Allen, Ronnie McNair Recorded By, Mixed By – Mark Calice Strings – Betty Metzker, Carl Austin, Charles Everette, Edouard Kesner, Max James Bourbonnais, John Ronai, Marguerite Deslippe, Meyer Shapiro, Morris Hochberg, Nicholas Waselowich, Richard Piippo, Umberto Primo
Companies, etc. Distributed By – Fantasy Records Recorded At – The Sound Suite Detroit Mixed At – The Sound Suite Detroit Mastered At – Sterling Sound Published By – Stora Music Co. Published By – Roxatlanta Lane Published By – Tight Squeeze Music Published By – Dark Star Music Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Stax Records
This album was an interesting story. Louis Johnson was a member of Brothers Johnson and he decided to do a solo album, kind of. I say kind of because he actually did vocals for 4 tracks, his wife Valerie did vocals for 3 tracks, and Richard Heath did lead vocals for 2 tracks. Louis was under contract with A&M records so this is one of those rare moments when A&M released a gospel album. Strangely Impact records also had a release of this album. I’d love to hear the story on how that came about. The album single “Open Up Your Heart” made it to #13 which is pretty good for a soul track in 1981. This is a top notch soul album by a genre king that you should listen to if you like your music with a little soul.
Tracklist 1 – Have You Heard The Word – 4:34 2 – You Can’t Be Livin’ – 4:55 3 – Faith Walking People – 3:39 4 – I See The Light – 4:36 5 – The Great Flood – 3:42 6 – Open Up Your Heart – 3:55 7 – Power – 4:11 8 – Love Eyes – 3:37 9 – The Son Will Come Again – 4:03
Credits Acoustic Guitar – Louis Johnson Arranged By [Horns] – David Diggs, Louis Johnson Arranged By [Strings] – David Diggs, Gerald Lee, Louis Johnson Backing Vocals – Louis Johnson, Richard Heath, Valerie Johnson Bass – Louis Johnson Drums – John Robinson, Ricky Lawson Electric Piano [Rhodes] – Louis Johnson Engineer, Mixed By – Jack Joseph Puig Flute – Michael Perkins Guitar – Curtis Nolen, David Williams, Greg Moore, Louis Johnson Keyboards – David Wolinski, Louis Johnson, Raymond Crossley, Rene Moore Lead Vocals – Louis Johnson, Richard Heath, Valerie Johnson Percussion – Richard Heath Piano [Acoustic] – David Wolinski, Raymond Crossley Producer – Louis Johnson Saxophone [Solo] – Michael Perkins Steel Guitar – Al Perkins Synthesizer [Bass] – Louis Johnson Vocals – Louis Johnson, Richard Heath, Valerie Johnson
There’s not a whole lot out there about Stephen and this was his only album. I did find that he’s still out there doing music in Chicago so there’s that but not much more. So we will discuss the album instead of some long bio. The album has an excellent soul feel. I have discovered that through the late 70’s early 80’s there were some excellent white soul artists and Stephen is one of them. This is a style of music I wasn’t very familiar with in the 80’s as it wasn’t readily available on our local Christian record store. I’m guessing this was somewhat normal in towns like mine which were predominately white. Anyway this is a great album and I really enjoyed it. One point of trivia about the album is that it was pressed on white vinyl. This label only ever put out one other album and it was on white vinyl too. I guess it was a play on their name White Horse Records. Odd choice though because if you’re a tiny label generally you don’t want to do things that increased your costs.
Tracklist 1 – Let The Music Move Me – 4:18 2 – Lyin’ Lucifer – 3:22 3 – I’ve Got Jesus’ Love (To Hold Onto) – 4:38 4 – Just Like They Said (It Would Be) – 4:24 5 – That’s Enough For Me To Know – 4:50 6 – Walking With Jesus – 3:25 7 – Take Up Your Cross – 3:20 8 – Sing Unto The Lord – 4:53 9 – Lonely Stranger – 5:35 10 – State Of The World – 4:00
Credits Arranged By – Gary Filip Arranged By [Vocal] – Jessy Dixon Backing Vocals – Myriad, Jessy Dixon Singers, Thompson Community Singers Composed By – Stephen Alexandersen Design [Album] – Chuck Strantz Engineer [Assisted By] – Jim Commisano Engineer, Mixed By [Mixdown] – Mal Davis Executive-Producer – Ray Nenow Mastered By – Gary Hedden Musician – Dick Lux, Gary Filip, Gary Thompson, Jack Kelly, Russ Daughtry, Stephen Alexandersen Photography By – Gene Johnson Producer – Gary Filip, Mal Davis, Stephen Alexandersen