Heartbeat – The Winner – 1988

While this was their 5th album this was their second attempt at getting on the secular charts. Surprisingly they did just make it onto the charts in Apr 88 but they only peaked out at #70. Not too bad for what was essentially a worship and studio band that just turned it up for a few albums. I have to admit as much as I kind of dislike this band I am impressed that Myrrh was able to partner with Priority Records to get this album on the radio. That said I am trying to figure out why they would included the 12″ version of the single on the album. Admittedly the song wasn’t a huge hit but still they put out a 12″ to try to get a few more sales but then they included that version on the album. That said nothing about this whole Heartbeats idea made sense to me. That said if you like a little 80’s Europop this is the album for you and it actually is pretty good.

Tracklist
1 – The Winner (7″ Version) – 3:52
2 – Common Language – 3:52
3 – Dancin’ – 3:20
4 – The Only One – 3:33
5 – Air That I Breathe – 4:25
6 – Tease Your Media Mind – 3:33
7 – Tears From Heaven – 3:22
8 – People With No Direction – 3:56
9 – One True Love – 3:51
10 – The Winner (12″ Version) – 7:21

Credits
Bass – Steve Bassett
Drums – Clive Urquhart
Executive-Producer – Barry Evans, Ray Goudie
Guitar, Vocals – Ian Townend
Keyboards – Dave Bankhead
Lead Vocals – Sue Rinaldi
Producer – Barry Evans, Simon Humphrey
Vocals – Su Reeves Bassett*

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Word (Uk) Ltd.
Copyright © – Word (Uk) Ltd.
Distributed By – BMG Records (UK) Ltd.
Recorded At – Hot Nights Studios, London
Mixed At – Hot Nights Studios, London
Mixed At – PWL Studios
Pressed By – Sonopress – C-2638

Billy Batstone – A Little Broken Bread – 1991

Though Billy was all over the Christian music scene through the 70’s and 89’s he didn’t release this his first solo album until 1991. While his high school friend David Diggs was with him on his previous work he doesn’t appear on this album. At this point in his career Billy was working with The Praise Band, later called the Tommy Coomes Band but that work went uncredited until later in the decade. Billy was also doing a ton of writing at this time and wrote hits fir several artists. As for the album it’s a easy listening album but with a great 80’s sound. I’m still not a huge fan of easy listening but this is the kind of easy listening I can get into.

Tracklist
1 – I Long For Your Love – 3:15
2 – O Lord, Come – 4:39
3 – I Will Be With You – 4:15
4 – Call For Surrender – 3:05
5 – There Will Come A Time – 4:42
6 – A Little Broken Bread – 5:18
7 – Walking On The Water – 4:04
8 – The Reign Is Over – 4:08
9 – To Every Generation – 3:38
10 – Nobody Like You – 4:41
11 – Your Throne O God – 3:39

Credits
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals – Billy Batstone*
Backing Vocals – Anne Barbour, Billy Batstone, John Barbour, John Batdorf
Bass Guitar – David Miner
Chapman Stick – Fergus Marsh
Classical Guitar [Nylon Strting Guitar] – Bob Somma
Design, Layout – Gary DeLacy
Drums – Jack Kelly
Engineer, Mixed By – Mark Heard
Harmonica – Mark Heard
Music By – Billy Batstone, John Schreiner, Wayne Brasel
Percussion – Brad Dutz
Photography By – Michael Going
Producer, Arranged By – Billy Batstone
Typography [Typesetting] – Russell Heistuman
Words By – Billy Batstone

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Maranatha! Music
Copyright © – Maranatha! Music
Published By – Maranatha Music
Published By – C.A. Music
Published By – Laurel Press
Published By – Verdugo Music
Published By – John Schreiner Music
Recorded At – Fingerprint Recorders
Recorded At – Neverland
Mixed At – Fingerprint Recorders
Distributed By – Benson Music Group, Inc.
Glass Mastered At – DADC – DIDX-010952

Billy Sprague – La Vie – 1988

This is the third album from Billy and the best one yet. If yo listen to Billy’s albums back to back in order you can hear the progression of quality of his music. This album continues his guitar heavy pop style. Unfortunately Sprague would take a break after this album due to his fiancé was killed in a car accident. That said Reunion Records did release a greatest hits package during his hiatus. Only have time for one track? ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’ is probably the best track on the album. Bottom line, La Vie is c’est bon.

Tracklist
1 – I Gotta Hand It To You – 4:28
2 – What Goes Around Comes Around – 4:35
3 – La Vie – 3:58
4 – I Call It Love – 3:55
5 – Someone Is There – 4:49
6 – Heart Of The Infidel – 3:54
7 – You Can’t Walk The Wire – 5:13
8 – The Ultimatum – 4:20
9 – If I Know Love – 3:25
10 – A Little Broken Bread – 4:40

Credits
Gary Chapman – Producer
Jeff Moseley & Terry Hemmings – Executive Producers
Doug Scarret, Michael Pool – The Engineers
Jerry (Neil) McPherson – electric guitars
Phil Naish – keyboards
Keith Edwards – drums
Mike Brignardello – bass
Shane Keister – greasy grand on “Walk The Wire”
Gary Chapman – pedal steel,bazouki,sitar,danelectro six-string bass & shotgun solos on “The Ultimatum”

Phil Spence – First Light – 1980

This excellent album released in 1980 is the only one we would get from Phil in the 80’s. Phil toured Australia promoting his album and actually warmed up for acts such as Randy Stonehill and Dan Peak. He also played several music festivals and combined church events. The album actually had some secular success in his local area where radio played “Company” and “Forgiven”. Phil’s song “The Infidel” also became a hit in Papua New Guinea. The album has a strong 70’s feel and would probably done well if it had a proper distribution deal. Phil continues to make music and has a total of 5 albums at the time of writing. You can find his music on his website www.philspence.com.

Tracklist
1 – The Infidel – 3:30
2 – Jet Set Lady – 2:30
3 – Coffee Coloured Girls – 3:00
4 – Living – 5:20
5 – I’m A U.F.O. – 3:40
6 – Forgiven – 3:40
7 – Steeplechase – 3:15
8 – Company – 2:30
9 – Wanna Be Like You – 3:20
10 – Once Again – 5:15

Credits
Artwork – Greg Wardle
Bass Guitar, Harmony Vocals – Gary Terrill
Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards – Peter Wragg
Drums, Synthesizer [Drum], Percussion – Don Lebler
Flute – Doug MacDougall
Harmony Vocals – Jacky Nisbet
Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Dan Mihailovic
Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Percussion – Phil Spence
Producer – Peter Wragg
Producer, Cover [Design] – Phil Spence
Written-By – Phil Spence

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Normal Music
Copyright © – Normal Music
Recorded At – Southwind Recording Studio
Mixed At – Southwind Recording Studio

Bloodgood – Detonation – 1987

The second release from Bloodgood continues the raw metal sound they had in their first album. This album is better produce and engineered but some fans preferred the edgier first album. But that said Detonation placed 8th in a poll by Heaven’s Metal fanzine of the top 100 Christian metal albums of all time. The band toured heavily for this album and as the world was dumb in 1987 the tour was heavily protested by the more conservative element of Christianity. The tour was quite successful and continued into Europe in 1988. Bloodgood is a mainstay in the Christian metal genre and most hold up this or their first album as their best work.

Tracklist
1 – Battle Of The Flesh – 2:45
2 – Vagrant People – 3:26
3 – Self-Destruction – 3:29
4 – Alone In Suicide – 4:04
5 – Heartbeat (Of The City) – 3:25
6 – Eat The Flesh – 4:25
7 – Holy Fire – 3:10
8 – Crucify – 3:05
9 – The Messiah – 4:25
10 – Live Wire – 2:37

Credits
Arranged By – Bloodgood
Art Direction, Layout – Ed McTaggart
Bass, Backing Vocals – Michael Bloodgood
Drums – Mark Welling
Engineer – Doug Doyle
Guitar, Backing Vocals – David Zaffiro
Illustration [Cover] – John Dickenson
Mastered By – John Matousek
Mixed By – David Zaffiro, Doug Doyle, Les Carlsen, Michael Bloodgood
Other [Litho Prep] – Graphic Masters, Santa Ana, CA
Other [Stage Clothes] – Brent Flemming
Photography By – Ken Baley, Lynn DeBon
Producer – David Zaffiro, Les Carlsen, Michael Bloodgood
Vocals – Les Carlsen

Companies, etc.
Published By – Broken Songs
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Frontline Records
Copyright © – Frontline Records
Distributed By – The Benson Company, Inc.
Distributed By – The Master’s Collection
Distributed By – Kingsway Publications Ltd.
Recorded At – Rocshire Records
Recorded At – 3-D Studios, Costa Mesa CA.
Edited At – Digital Brothers
Mastered At – Motown Records

Recess – Recess – 1989

I can’t really find much info on the band which is surprising because they had 3 albums and a pretty good following. I do know they were from Olivet Nazarene University and actually started out using the name Gentle Reign. As near as I can tell the leader of the band was Tim McGuire who while not doing much work in the industry is well known and highly respected. As for the album it’s a pretty fun pop album that I would have really liked in the day. Vocals are strong and the production is great. I have a feeling many of you know this one so give it a listen again all these years later.

Tracklist
1 – Born Again (And I Love It) – 5:14
2 – Reckless – 5:15
3 – Time Out – 4:12
4 – Nothin’ I Wouldn’t Do – 4:17
5 – Search Me – 4:22
6 – Dead Ain’t Always Six Feet Under – 5:03
7 – Choices – 4:15
8 – Back Off – 3:20
9 – Don’t Keep It Inside – 4:02
10 – Are We Wastin’ Time – 5:14

Salmond & Mulder – Fun Raiser – 1983

This is the fourth and final album from the duo. Roy went on to do a couple solo albums and then of course a huge producer career. Mulder on the other hand slipped behind the scenes but I understand he did continue to do some writing. This was also the first album released on Roy’s short lived label River Records INC. This is by far my favourite album from these guys but we don’t have any sales numbers so we don’t know if listeners shared my view. This album contains what is their most famous tune though, “The Turkey Song”. It would be played at many Thanksgiving parties for years. This album was only released in Canada but I have read many U.S. comments about it so it must have got some distribution in the U.S.

Tracklist
1 – Breaking Away – 2:55
2 – You Make It Easy – 3:02
3 – And He Said… – 2:02
4 – The Turkey Song – 2:40
5 – Light Shines In – 2:58
6 – Strength To Be Weak – 4:16
7 – What Am I Worth? – 3:04
8 – Government Man – 2:37
9 – Stone Cold Heart – 3:38
10 – South Side Of Chicago – 7:03

Credits
Guitar, Vocals – Mike Mulder
Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals – Roy Salmond
Guitar, Piano, BG Vocals – Jim Woodyard
Bass – Don Biggar
Drums – Phil Robertson
BG Vocals – Gayle Salmond
BG Vocals – Faye Mulder
Bass – Steve Pugsley
Synth – Dave Pickell
Drums – Kat Hendrickse

Companies, etc.
Manufactured By – River Records INC
Distributed By – River Records INC
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Riverbed Publishing Co.
Copyright © – Riverbed Publishing Co.

Carman – God’s Not Finished With Me – 1980

Carmelo Domenic Licciardello known to us as Carman came to Christ around 20 years old. A life long musician he was pretty quick to get to work on an album. This is that first album. It was released on micro label Klesis Records and had almost no distribution so most people never had a chance to hear this one. Several tracks from this album would show up on future albums so people got a chance to hear them. This album set the tone for many albums to come. His almost theatric song structure is established here as his style. This is one you may have missed so I strongly suggest giving it a listen, it’s a great album.

Tracklist
1 – God’s Not Finished With Me – 2:30
2 – I Love Jesus – 3:15
3 – Some A Dat – 3:20
4 – I Don’t Believe It – 3:54
5 – Something Changed – 3:22
6 – God Don’t Care – 3:38
7 – I Still Can Rock N’ Roll – 3:15
8 – You’re The Only One – 3:30
9 – Simple Things – 3:31
10 – You Belong To Me – 3:54