After the Fire – 80f – Original Mix Version – Acetate – 1980

I’ll start off by explaining what this is. It is taken from the original acetate recording/mix for the 80-f album. This is the version that was produced by Tony Mansfield (no relation) and ultimately rejected by CBS records. CBS had the band go to Germany with ex-Fly’s drummer Peter King, to re-record the album. It was remixed and reproduced by Reinhold Mack. Three songs were killed (Another World / Operator / Satellite In Orbit) and three new songs were added (Wild West Show / Why Can’t We Be Friends / Joanne). I am guessing that some of you are intentionally reading this review just to hear me lose my mind and I will not disappoint. Exactly what the suits at CBS were thinking completely mystifies me. I mean had they even listened to the 2 Cars albums that had come out at this point and were dominating the charts. ATF were exactly as good if not better than The Cars and this mix was exactly that sound that was dominating the charts. Furthermore what was wrong with Nick Brotherwood’s drumming? The drum track on this album is dead on and absolutely perfect. Tony nailed this mix and we had a 3 or 4 single album here. In the end we are blessed that this version leaked and we want to thank friend of the channel Randy Layton (Alternative Records) for getting us a copy of what was probably going to be one of the top albums of 1980. Instead CBS dumbed it down and destroyed it. SIGH

1 – Starlight – 4:24
2 – High Fashion – 3:18
3 – Another World – 3:36
4 – Can You face It? – 3:20
5 – Operator – 3:45
6 – Love Will Always Make You Cry – 4:00
7 – 1980-F – 2:37
8 – Satellite In Orbit – 3:18
9 – Who’s Gonna Love You – 4:21
10 – Billy, Billy – 4:30

Bass, Lead Vocals – Andy Piercy
Drums – Nick Brotherwood
Keyboards – Peter Memory Banks
Lead Guitar – John Russell
Producer, Engineer – Tony Mansfield

Companies, etc.
Lacquer Cut At – Tape One

Andraé Crouch & The Disciples – Live In London – 1978

Well for some reason we waited 5 years before even scheduling an Andraé Crouch album. Kind of silly when you think about it as he really was one of the most important artists of the period. I didn’t really know which album to pick but I kept reading how great this album was so it is the one I chose. Now if you have been following me you know that again this is not my chosen genre to listen to but wow did Andraé ever nail this concert or should I say concerts as it was recorded live at Hammersmith Odeon, London and at Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England. I understand why there is high praise for this album as it really is very good. Note that I have carved up the album very differently than it was originally chopped up so as to have a greater flow. Listening to a YouTube album with 30 second tracks just doesn’t work.

1 – Perfect Peace – 4:23
2 – I Surrender All – 4:20
3 – You Don’t Have To Jump No Pews – 4:08
4 – Take A Little Time – 6:28
5 – Tell Them – 3:37
6 – If I Was A Tree (The Highest Praise) – 5:09
7 – Hallelujah – 2:16
8 – Revive Us Again – 2:06
9 – Power In The Blood – 5:30
10 – I Just Want To Know You – 5:04
11 – Just Like He Said He Would – 6:14
12 – I’ll Keep On Loving You Lord – 4:26
13 – You Gave To Me – 3:49
14 – Oh Taste And See – 1:28
15 – Praise God, Praise God – 2:46
16 – This Is Another Day – 6:12
17 – Praise God Reprise 3:02
18 – Well Done – 5:46
19 – My Tribute – 6:00

Bass – James Felix
Drums – Bill Maxwell
Engineer – Robin Black
Guitar – Hadley Hockensmith, Jimmie Davis
Illustration [Album Illustration] – Robert August
Keyboards – Andraé Crouch, Harlan Rogers, Mike Escalante
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Andraé*, Bill Maxwell, Gordon Shryock, Richie Schmitt
Photography By – Danny Dunn, Paul Slaughter
Producer – Andraé Crouch, Bill Maxwell
Saxophone – Glenn Myerscough
Tambourine – Sandra Crouch
Trumpet – Allen Gregory
Typography [Lettering], Design – Don Zubalsky
Vocals – Andraé Crouch, Bea Carr, Danniebelle Hall, James Felix, Perry Morgan, Sandra Crouch

Companies, etc.
Recorded At – Hammersmith Odeon
Recorded At – Free Trade Hall
Published By – Heart Warming Music Co.

Danny Paul Wayne – Salvation Song (German)

I’m not entirely positive but I believe this is the first album from Danny and Paul Janz. It is possible there was an earlier one as the church they attended did have their own record company so they may be earlier work. This album however is the first album they did that was released in both Germany and Canada. I also found a reference that it was released in the United States but I am unable to confirm this. Anyway the album was released in Germany first with 8 German language tracks and 3 English tracks. Each version has 2 tracks that aren’t shared between the 2 versions. There are also some differences in the mix between the two. The English version was released by Image VII and Word and it sounds like they reworked the mix on most of the mutual tracks. As for the album it has a seventies folk sound and wasn’t really much of a hint of what was to come from the brothers.

1 – Wer Zeigt Mir Den Weg – 2:57
2 – Alleine Schaff Ich’s Nicht – 2:13
3 – Du Bist Mein – 2:43
4 – He’s Always There – 2:32
5 – Kann Jemand Helfen – 3:13
6 – Jesus Liebt Mich – 2:41
7 – Salvation Song – 3:39
8 – Ein Tag Geht Zu Ende – 3:55
9 – Ein Guter Freund – 2:49
10 – Du Bist Schlau – 3:09
11 – Day By Day – 2:35

Bass, Guitar – Wayne Quiring
Coordinator – Margitta Paul, Nils Kjellström
Drums – Mike Starr
Engineer, Photography By – John Dueck
Graphic Design – Helmut Mono
Keyboards – Paul Janz
Producer – Paul Janz

Danny Paul Wayne – Salvation Song (English)

I’m not entirely positive but I believe this is the first album from Danny and Paul Janz. It is possible there was an earlier one as the church they attended did have their own record company so they may be earlier work. This album however is the first album they did that was released in both Germany and Canada. I also found a reference that it was released in the United States but I am unable to confirm this. Anyway the album was released in Germany first with 8 German language tracks and 3 English tracks. Each version has 2 tracks that aren’t shared between the 2 versions. There are also some differences in the mix between the two. The English version was released by Image VII and Word and it sounds like they reworked the mix on most of the mutual tracks. As for the album it has a seventies folk sound and wasn’t really much of a hint of what was to come from the brothers.

1 – Who Can Show The Way – 2:56
2 – Summer’s Gone – 3:50
3 – Books And Calendars – 2:12
4 – Questions – 3:13
5 – Jesus Loves Me – 1:20
6 – Salvation Song – 3:39
7 – Give Me Love – 2:41
8 – Don’t Walk Away – 2:45
9 – Teach Me – 2:13
10 – Day By Day – 2:34
11 – He’s Always There – 2:32

Arranged By, Vocals, Soloist, Composed By – Daniel Janz
Composed By, Piano, Vocals, Soloist – Paul Janz
Coordinator – Margitta Paul, Nils Kjellström
Cover, Design – Helmut Mono
Drums – Mike Starr
Engineer, Photography By – John Dueck
Guitar, Vocals, Composed By, Soloist, Bass – Wayne Quiring

Companies, etc.
Recorded At – Janz Team Tonstudio
Record Company – Word
Copyright © – Word Records Limited
Manufactured By – Word Records Limited
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Image VII Records Inc. – VII7716

James Felix – White As Snow – 1980

James was a member of supergroup Psalm 150. Of course that supergroup only had one album so to keep the numbers similar this is James only album also. But that said James’s fingerprints are all over the CCM industry. After Psalm 150 he played on several Andrae Crouch albums as well as a studio musician on several other albums. In fact he was very busy throughout the 70’s. He has also written many hit’s for artists and is still working in the industry as recently as 2019 at the age of 68. James really is one of the unsung hero’s of the CCM industry. As for this album it’s a great soul album and very well produced. To be honest I’m very surprised this was his only album as he obviously has a ton of talent.

1 – I Really Love You – 4:05
2 – That’s What It Takes – 3:41
3 – White As Snow – 5:10
4 – Open Up – 4:18
5 – He Is Coming Back Again – 4:15
6 – The Light Of His Love – 5:17
7 – I Don’t Want Much – 4:43
8 – I’ve Been Runnin’ Too Long – 5:10
9 – He’s All That – 3:56
10 – Let’s Reach Out – 3:52

Backing Vocals – Charity McCrary, Howard McCrary, Kristle Murden, Linda McCrary
Bass, Guitar – Hadley Hockensmith
Bass, Guitar, Backing Vocals, Arranged By – James Felix
Drums, Producer, Arranged By – Bill Maxwell
Organ – Mike Escalante
Percussion – Alex Acuña
Piano, Arranged By – Lou Pardini
Saxophone – Steve Tavaglione
Synthesizer – Larry Williams
Trumpet – Allen Gregory, Fletch Wiley

Companies, etc.
Record Company – Lexicon Music, Inc.

Donna Summer – She Works Hard For the Money – 1983

After living the previous decade as the overtly sexual queen of disco Donna Summer entered the 80s experimenting with a few different musical styles and appeared to have lost herself in the wandering. With return to her roots with more of an 80-‘s pop/rock edge, a ferocious vocal delivery and a new born again spirit Donna Summer released one of the biggest albums in her lengthy career entitled “She Works Hard for the Money.” My little Christian bookstore was probably the second store in the country to carry it after I saw it being sold at Maranatha Village. I grabbed a copy immediately, both out of fascination and also to see if it was something I could convince my bosses to carry. Once you get past the often misunderstood innuendo of the opening cut’s title and realized that it actually is a powerful, woman endorsing tribute the rest of the album was an easy fit. “He’s a Rebel” is clearly a testimonial song about her new found faith in the “rebel” Jesus Christ and has a decidedly more rock edge and clearly influenced by producer Michael Omartian. “Unconditional Love” featured popular reggae sensation “Musical Youth.” The song would later receive a punk remodel when covered by Christian punk/rock band the Altar Boys. Another mainstay in Christian Music circles, Matthew Ward (2nd Chapter of Acts) does a duet on “Love Has a Mind of It’s Own” and, as a result, received some pretty good reception of Christian radio. Summer would continue to add more Gospel tinged lyrics to future releases but would not match the success or create such an overall realized album of Christian content.

Contributor David Lowman –

1 – She Works Hard For The Money – 5:19
2 – Stop, Look And Listen – 5:46
3 – He’s A Rebel – 4:22
4 – Woman – 4:19
5 – Unconditional Love – 4:41
6 – Love Has A Mind Of Its Own – 4:16
7 – Tokyo – 4:25
8 – People, People – 4:38
9 – I Do Believe (I Fell In Love) – 4:34

Art Direction, Design – Chris Whorf
Backing Vocals – Dara Lynn Bernard, Mary E. Bernard, Matthew Ward, Roberta Kelly
Bass – Nathan East
Concertmaster – Assa Drori
Congas – Lenny Castro
Coordinator [Production] – Yvonne Garcia
Drum Programming [Simmons] – John Gilston
Drums – Mike Baird
Engineer [Assistant] – Larry Fergusson, Ross Pallone
Horns – Charlie Loper*, Chuck Findley, Dick Hyde, Gary Grant, Jerry Hey
Liner Notes – Donna
Mastered By [A&M] – Bernie Grundman
Mastered By [Future Disc] – Steve Hall
Photography By – Harry Langdon
Piano, Synthesizer – Michael Omartian
Producer, Arranged By – Michael Omartian
Programmed By [Synthesizers] – Michael Boddicker
Recorded By, Mixed By – John Guess

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Phonogram International B.V.
Copyright © – Phonogram International B.V.
Recorded At – Lion Share Recording Studios
Recorded At – Hollywood Sound Recorders
Recorded At – Rhema Studios
Mixed At – Lion Share Recording Studios
Mixed At – Hollywood Sound Recorders
Mixed At – Rhema Studios
Mastered At – Future Disc
Mastered At – A&M Mastering Studios
Pressed By – PRC Recording Company, Compton, CA
Manufactured By – Polygram Records, Inc.
Marketed By – Polygram Records, Inc.

Carman – Revival In The Land – 1989

I know I’m going to get some hate for this review but it’s my opinion and I welcome yours. I’m not really too sure what Carman was trying to achieve with this album. We have spoken tracks, conceptual tracks, theatrical tracks, a rap track, and a couple just regular song tracks. Quite frankly Carman could have done an album of nursery rhymes and it would have singled on the CCM charts. Actually I’m not so sure he didn’t do that. Anyway I truly believe that Carman was trying a little of everything in his quest to appeal to youth but the simple fact is that he was liked by our parents not us. At least that was what was happening in my circle. Carman also released a VHS of himself performing the album and I’ve seen bits and pieces of it and quite frankly it’s just bizarre. On a positive note the album did have 3 singles on the CCM charts and also won the Dove award for the Long Form Music Video of the Year for the aforementioned VHS release. Anyway that’s my take on this very bizarre album.

1 – God’s Got An Army – 4:24
2 – I Got The Joy – 4:30
3 – A Witch’s Invitation – 6:45
4 – Get Your Business Straight With God – 3:58
5 – This Blood – 5:29
6 – Saved, Delivered And Healed – 5:40
7 – Jesus Is The Light – 4:53
8 – The Resurrection Rap – 4:05
9 – Shine Through Me – 4:34
10 – Revival In The Land – 6:30

Carman – Songwriter, Vocals
Susan Ashton – Background Vocals
Kym Barger – Gang Vocals
Shirley Bereal – Background Vocals
Ronnie Brookshire – Engineer
Curt Butler – Gang Vocals
Jacquetta Carr – Background Vocals
Steve Charles – Assistant Engineer
Christ Church Choir – Choir Vocals
Tina Clark – Background Vocals
Dan Cleary – Executive Producer
Ashley Cleveland – Background Vocals
Ed Crippen – Platoon Vocals
Eric Darken – Percussion
Willie Davis – Choir Director, Hammond B-3, Gang Vocals
Wendell DePrang – Platoon Vocals
John Destito – Gang Vocals
Barry Dixon – Assistant Engineer
Mark Douthit – Saxophone
Dave Ecrement – Platoon Vocals
David Felty – Platoon Vocals
Kim Fleming – Background Vocals
Nick Froome – Engineer
Roy Gamble – Assistant Engineer
Steve Gannon – Platoon Vocals
Landy Gardner – Choir Director and Conductor
Andrae Hammond – Gang Vocals
Mark Hammond – Drums, Percussion Programming
Vicki Hampton – Background Vocals
Chris Harris – Background Vocals
Mike Haynes – Trumpets
Mark Heimermann – Background Vocals
Tom Hemby – Guitars
Higher Dimensions Sanctuary Choir – Choir Vocals
Sgt. Penny Hollenbeck – Platoon Vocals
Ron Huff – Orchestra Conductor
Bobby Jones – Gang Vocals
Dan Keen – Platoon Vocals
Brent King – Engineer
Pamela Lee – Background Vocals
Paul Leim – Drums
Stephen L. Lyman – Gang Vocals
David McCune – Platoon Vocals
Chris McDonald – Horn Arranger, Trombone
Donna McElroy – Background Vocals
Shawn McLean – Assistant Engineer
Jerry McPherson – Guitars
James Michael – Bass
Marvin Moore – Gang Vocals
Todd Moore – Production Assistance, Assistant Engineer, Platoon Vocals
Farrell Morris – Percussion
Dave Murphy – Assistant Engineer
Phil Naish – Producer, Arranger, Keyboards
Nashville String Machine – Strings
Gary Paczosa – Assistant Engineer
Carlton Pearson – Guest Vocals
Monica Pearson – Background Vocals
Mary Ann Peterson – Background Vocals
Denny Purcell – Mastered
John Ricroft – Platoon Vocals
Chris Rodriguez – Background Vocals
Maurice Carlton Scott – Gang Vocals
Jimmie Lee Sloas – Bass
Carry Summers – Assistant Engineer
Brian Tankersley – Producer, Engineer, Mixed, Programming
Keith Thomas – Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Synthesizers, Synclavier and Drum Programming, Percussion
George Tidwell – Trumpets
Jo-Nathan Watkins – Gang Vocals
Bill Whittington – Engineer, Mixed
Daire Winston – Assistant Engineer
Don Wyrtzen – Choir and Strings Arranger

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – The Benson Company, Inc.
Copyright © – The Benson Company, Inc.
Distributed By – The Benson Company, Inc.
Distributed By – Mitchell Family Books, Inc.
Record Company – Word, Inc.
Glass Mastered At – DADC – DIDX-007290
Produced For – Yellow Elephant Music, Inc.
Produced For – GBT Productions
Recorded At – The Bennett House
Recorded At – OmniSound Studios
Recorded At – The Reflections
Recorded At – The Church Studio, Tulsa
Recorded At – Great Circle Sound
Recorded At – Nightingale Studio
Recorded At – Hummingbird Studio, Nashville, TN
Recorded At – Digital Recorders
Mixed At – Emerald Sound Studios
Mixed At – Mastermix
Overdubbed At – OmniSound Studios
Overdubbed At – Great Circle Sound
Overdubbed At – Sound Stage Studios
Mastered At – Georgetown Masters
Published By – Some-O-Dat Music
Published By – Dayspring Music
Published By – Yellow Elephant Music, Inc.
Published By – Edward Grant, Inc.

REZ – Reach Of Love – 1993

I’ll be honest that I had long lost interest in CCM by 1993 so I had never heard this album before processing it for upload to YouTube. I read some reviews and most of them sort of had a ho hum attitude towards the album. I on the other hand quite enjoyed the album. I hear a few tracks that have some of that old early 80’s feel but yes most of them were highly mixed tracks that they were doing in this era. Strangely the entire album music wise was apparently written by Bass player Roy Montroy. That definitely gives the album a different feel but there’s nothing wrong with this album. On their next album their would be quite a turn but this album is a solid piece of work.

1 – Heart’s Desire – 3:50
2 – If Your Love Grows Cold – 3:22
3 – Numbers – 2:31
4 – Sunrise – 4:02
5 – Dead To The World – 4:23
6 – Reach Of Love – 6:04
7 – Land Of Stolen Breath – 4:07
8 – Mannequin’s Dream – 1:30
9 – Empty Hearts – 3:17
10 – Thought I’d Never Love Again – 4:09
11 – White Lies – 3:58
12 – On My Dyin’ Bed – 4:55
13 – Heart’s Desire (Reprise) – 1:03

Bass, Keyboards – Roy Montroy
Drums – John Herrin
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Stu Heiss
Engineer – Ed Bialach, Roy Montroy
Engineer, Mixed By – Roger Heiss
Mastered By – Steve hall
Producer – REZ
Producer, Mixed By – Tom Cameron
Vocals, Backing Vocals – Wendi Kaiser
Vocals, Backing Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar, Harmonica – Glenn Kaiser

Companies, etc.
Recorded At – Tone Zone Recording
Mixed At – Tone Zone Recording
Mastered At – Future Disc

Famous Names – Venetian Blinds – 1980

The band here is actually Writz but they had to do a name change for their U.S. release due to a conflicting band name. Now everything after this is up for debate as I’ve read a few different stories of how this album came to be. Apparently some time in 1981 Bev Sage and Steve Fairnie joined up with David Hewson to form the Techno Twins. Apparently this album had been recorded but not mixed or even accepted by the record company. There’s some back biting and accusations involved but I’m not going to repeat them. Simply enough I will explain it as, it’s Rock & Roll. Anyway apparently Steve Rowles had possession of the album and it found it’s way on to the internet. I tend to believe that this is a pre-production mix as it just has that feel. Anyway if you liked Writz then this should be a treat for you. I really liked it but it does suffer from a poor mix but who cares, it’s bonus music.

1 – Muscle Culture II – 4:11
2 – Observation – 3:58
3 – Techno Refugee – 4:18
4 – Blind Girl – 6:37
5 – Jack’s Party – 3:19
6 – Change – 3:43
7 – Venetian Blinds – 4:54
8 – Dance On – 3:21
9 – Boy – 4:10
10 – Pain – 3:57

Donn Thomas – Live Wires – 1980

I really can’t find much about Donn. This was his first album but he had to have done some work before this. His singing style is very similar to Andraé Crouch and he would have fit in perfectly with that group of singers but I can’t find any record of him working with them. So that leaves us with this his first album and what a great album it is. Soul is not really my preferred genre but even I can appreciate how great this album is. The album contains the song “A Shield About Me” which has been covered many times but probably the most significant a cover by Tom Howard in 1985. Something rather odd is that we were searching for this album and we found several copies. They were all in horrible condition. I suspect that is was a poor pressing as that’s a little too coincidental.

1 – Live Wires – 3:57
2 – God’s Love (Is What The World Needs) – 4:04
3 – Not Now Doesn’t Mean Never – 4:17
4 – Walking With My Father – 4:32
5 – Oh My Livin’ Brother – 5:14
6 – Soul’d Out – 3:13
7 – A Shield About Me – 2:19
8 – Can’t Make It Without You, Lord – 4:34
9 – You Got Me Through – 4:22
10 – Soul’d Out – Reprise – 1:23

Alto Saxophone – Dave Boruff
Backing Vocals – Bob Carlisle, Carol Rogers, Denise Hunt, Donn Thomas, Elicesia Wright, Lillian Tynes, Steve Hunt
Design Concept [Cover Concept] – Garry Whitlock, Harry Langdon
Design, Layout – Dennis Hill
Engineer [2nd] [Davlen] – Ernie Sheesley, Jeff Borgeson, Steve Crimmel
Flute – Dave Boruff, Jim Coile
Lead Vocals – Donn Thomas
Mastered By – Steve Hall
Mixed By – Bill Bottrell
Photography By – Harry Langdon
Producer, Arranged By – David Diggs
Recorded By – Christopher Banninger
Strings – Doug Cameron String Section
Tenor Saxophone – Gary Herbig, Jim Coile
Trombone – Alan Kaplan, Bill Reichenbach
Trumpet – Charles Davis, Danny Ackerman, Jerry Hey, Terry Winch

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Word, Inc.
Copyright © – Word, Inc.
Published By – Spoone Music Corp.
Published By – Word Music (2)
Recorded At – Davlen Sound Studios
Mixed At – Sound Castle Recorders, Los Angeles
Mastered At – MCA Whitney Recording Studios