Rock Power Praise – Volume 1 The Hymns – 1990

Pakaderm Records strikes again. This is sort of a compilation album of artists singing rockified hymns. Now I’ll be straight up here. When rock artists try to interpret a hymn it rarely if ever works for me. Usually this is because the arrangements basically suck. It’s not as easy as people think to take and old Hymn and turn it into a rock song. That aside the Elefante brothers wrote the arrangements for these tracks and they know what they are doing. As a result this is hands down the absolute best collection of rockified hymns that has been produced. What’s even more impressive on this album as that some of the vocalists are actually Maranatha singers who certainly are not known for Rock & Roll. Case in point is Sara Tennison covering A Mighty Fortress Is Our God which she absolutely nails and Mike Hadley’s Amazing Grace. This album is an absolute must listen. Where others have failed the Elefante brothers have succeeded.

1 – The Old Rugged Cross – 4:48
2 – He’ Got The Whole World In His Hands – 4:40
3 – A Mighty Fortress Is Our God – 4:19
4 – We Need Jesus – 4:49
5 – Holy, Holy, Holy – 4:00
6 – Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus – 3:21
7 – Amazing Grace – 4:02
8 – Go, Tell It On A Mountain – 4:27
9 – When We All Get To Heaven – 3:38
10 – I Have Decided (To Follow Jesus) – 4:41

Arranged By – Dino Elefante, John Elefante
Backing Vocals – Barney Dunn (2), Gregg Lancer, Sara Tennison, Terry Stratton
Bass – Ba-Ba
Drums – Artemus Crowe, Jack Mac
Guitar – Rock Lobster, T-Mex
Keyboards – Jack Mac, John Andrew Schreiner, John Elefante
Lead Vocals – Gregg Lancer, Jamie Rowe, John Elefante, Sara Tennison, Scott Springer, Mike Lee, Mike Hadley, Russell Painter
Producer – Dino Elefante, John Elefante
Saxophone – Greg Vail

Companies, etc.
Manufactured By – Word, Inc.
Distributed By – Word, Inc.
Pressed By – Disctronics USA

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Author: Ray Mansfield

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

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