Benny Hester – Be A Receiver – 1982

This is a re-release of Benny’s self titled album from 1978. OK so this is the first, second, third, and fourth album Benny put out. How is that possible you ask? Well there was a first album “Benny…” but almost no copies of it reached the public before being destroyed in a fire so the original version of this album was really the first album people could get of his but technically is his second album. Then he released “Nobody Knows Me Like You” in 1981 and then this album was released with a new name “A Receiver” as his third or fourth album . Anyway all that aside lets talk about this album. This album actually pushed the limits of Christian music at the time with some heavy guitar work which while becoming more common at the time was still being cautiously received. I like this album because it doesn’t sound like a leftover 70’s sound instead it has a fresh fun rock sound. It fit well into this 1832 period due to even has a bit of a pop feeling. All in all a great album.

Tracklist
1 – Be A Receiver – 3:18
2 – Squeeze You – 3:51
3 – Sure Of Your Call – 3:20
4 – Jesus Came Into My Life – 3:05
5 – The Door – 4:06
6 – Gonna Happen Here – 3:14
7 – Only You – 3:40
8 – Such A Relief – 3:20
9 – All You Can Do – 2:12
10 – We All Know He’s Comin’ – 3:03

Credits
Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals – Benny Hester
Arranged By [Strings] – Greg Nelson
Bass – Ed Arnold
Composed By – Benny Hester
Design – Stan Evenson
Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals – John Parenti
Electric Guitar – Dan Flannery
Engineer – Brent Maher
Engineer [Assistant] – Rich Schirmer
Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Jeff Lams
Photography By – Gary Heery
Producer – Brent Maher
Strings – Shelly Kurland Strings

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Benny Hester – Benny Hester – 1978

This is Benny’s self titled release from 1978 on Spirit Records. It was re-released in 1982 by Myrrh Records but was renamed “Be A Receiver”. OK so this is the first, second, third, and fourth album he put out. How is that possible you ask? Well there was a first album “Benny…” but almost no copies of it reached the public before being destroyed in a fire so this is really the first album people could get of his but technically is his second album. Then he released “Nobody Knows Me Like You” in 1981 and then this album was re-released with a new name “A Receiver” as his third or fourth album . Anyway all that aside lets talk about this album. This album actually pushed the limits of Christian music at the time with some heavy guitar work which while becoming more common at the time was still being cautiously received. I like this album because it doesn’t sound like a leftover 70’s sound instead it has a fresh fun rock sound. It even has a bit of a pop feeling which was ahead of its time. All in all a great album.

Tracklist
1 – Be A Receiver – 3:18
2 – Squeeze You – 3:51
3 – Sure Of Your Call – 3:20
4 – Jesus Came Into My Life – 3:05
5 – The Door – 4:06
6 – Gonna Happen Here – 3:14
7 – Only You – 3:40
8 – Such A Relief – 3:20
9 – All You Can Do – 2:12
10 – We All Know He’s Comin’ – 3:03

Credits
Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals – Benny Hester
Arranged By [Strings] – Greg Nelson
Bass – Ed Arnold
Composed By – Benny Hester
Design – Stan Evenson
Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals – John Parenti
Electric Guitar – Dan Flannery
Engineer – Brent Maher
Engineer [Assistant] – Rich Schirmer
Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Jeff Lams
Photography By – Gary Heery
Producer – Brent Maher
Strings – Shelly Kurland Strings

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Peter Beveridge – Grinding Wheel – 1983

This is the re-release of the 1982 “Static on the Frequency” album from Peter Beverage. As far as I can tell the Album was originally released in Australia as “Static On The Frequency ” and then re-released worldwide as “Grinding Wheel”. I don’t have a lot of information on Peter other than this was his second album and his last solo effort. In 1990 he released an album with Darlene Zschech using the band name of “Present History”. This is a pretty good pop album and must have been quite popular in Australia to warrant a worldwide release shortly after. Interesting point of trivia on the album is that Eminem sampled the track “Static on the Frequency” on his song “Detroit vs. Everybody”. Don’t really know who approved it but really they shouldn’t have as the Eminem song is garbage. I would not suggest you seek it out and listen to it.

Tracklist
1 – Static On The Frequency – 5:26
2 – Mr. Media – 2:58
3 – Add Up The Wonders – 4:49
4 – Another Marriage On The Rocks – 3:46
5 – Make Up Your Mind – 4:11
6 – Tonight’s Your Night – 2:45
7 – Grinding Wheel – 3:21
8 – Teflon Salvation – 3:27
9 – Winter Nights – 3:47
10 – Shine Your Light – 3:43

Credits
Backing Vocals – Marty McCall, Tyana Parr
Bass Guitar – David Miner
Drums – David Kemper
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Jerry McPherson
Grand Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer, Keyboards [Fender Rhodes & Yamaha CS80] – Peter Beveridge
Percussion – Pat Bautz
Producer – Fletch Wiley
Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Bill Tillman

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Peter Beveridge – Static On The Frequency – 1982

This is the original release of the 1983 “Grinding Wheel” album from Peter Beverage. As far as I can tell the Album was originally released in Australia as “Static On The Frequency ” and then re-released worldwide as “Grinding Wheel”. I don’t have a lot of information on Peter other than this was his second album and his last solo effort. In 1990 he released an album with Darlene Zschech using the band name of “Present History”. This is a pretty good pop album and must have been quite popular in Australia to warrant a worldwide release shortly after. Interesting point of trivia on the album is that Eminem sampled the track “Static on the Frequency” on his song “Detroit vs. Everybody”. Don’t really know who approved it but really they shouldn’t have as the Eminem song is garbage. I would not suggest you seek it out and listen to it.

Tracklist
1 – Static On The Frequency – 5:26
2 – Mr. Media – 2:58
3 – Add Up The Wonders – 4:49
4 – Another Marriage On The Rocks – 3:46
5 – Make Up Your Mind – 4:11
6 – Tonight’s Your Night – 2:45
7 – Grinding Wheel – 3:21
8 – Teflon Salvation – 3:27
9 – Winter Nights – 3:47
10 – Shine Your Light – 3:43

Credits
Backing Vocals – Marty McCall, Tyana Parr
Bass Guitar – David Miner
Drums – David Kemper
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Jerry McPherson
Grand Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer, Keyboards [Fender Rhodes & Yamaha CS80] – Peter Beveridge
Percussion – Pat Bautz
Producer – Fletch Wiley
Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Bill Tillman

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Ed Raetzloff – It Took A Long Time To Get To You – 1980

Before coming to CCM music Ed recorded 2 albums with a band called Blue Jug. They were very successful and toured with most the big names in Southern Rock at the time including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, and Charlie Daniels Band. In 1980 out of nowhere came this solo Christian album that sounded like nothing else out there. This Southern Rock sound struck me at just the right moment in my life and I have many fond memories of cruising up and down the main street of the town I grew up in listening to this album. I could go on and on about how much I love this album but I’ll spare you my longwinded stories. Suffice to say this album is in my top 10 all time personal favourites. Now someone asked me what the connection between Ed and Molly Hatchet is. Now the connection is slim but follow along. While in Blue Jug, Ed wrote a song called “No Room On The Crew”. Blue Jug never recorded the song but somehow in 1989 Molly Hatchet recorded it and the writing credits went to Ed. If you ever listen to it it you can hear Ed’s influence very clearly. Now I know there is more to this story but chances are we will never know the connection of how the song ended up in Molly Hatchet’s hands.

 

Tracklist
1 – Found Someone To Love Me – 2:19
2 – Every Man – 4:31
3 – I Know The King – 2:15
4 – I Want You To Meet A Friend – 1:58
5 – It Took A Long Time To Get To You – 4:04
6 – Praise Him – 3:57
7 – Where He Goes – 3:08
8 – I’ve Been Down That Road, Too – 2:45
9 – It’s So Easy To Be Free – 2:45
10 – Jesus Loves You – 2:22

Credits
Bass – Bill Hoak, Dave Gardner
Design – Bill Brunt
Drums – Fred Satterfield, Larry DeMerritt, Taylor Rhodes
Engineer – Brent King, Mike Psanos, Warren Peterson
Engineer [Remix] – Joe Wilson
Guitar – Dave Perkins, Mark Riley
Keyboards – Atikus Finch, Mitch Humphreys
Producer – Steve Aune
Producer [Assistant], Guitar – Joe Wilson
Songwriter, Lead Vocals [Uncredited] – Ed Raetzloff
Vocals – Delores Deal, Diane Leroy, Gary Pigg, Joy Gardner, Judy Carudi, Steve Morrow

Companies, etc.
Recorded At – Sound Stage Studios
Remixed At – Glaser Sound Studios, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee

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Ron Collins – Simple Man – 1992

In the mid eighties there was a CCM band called Twenty Twenty. They had 2 albums and though not the biggest name in CCM music they were very good and had a pretty good following. I’d say almost a cult following but I hate using the word cult in connection with Christian music. The lead singer of that band was Ron Collins and in 1992 he reappeared with this album. Ron was joined by what was essentially David and the Giants and the album was released on their label, Giant Record. It is a very good album with a very strong 80’s pop sound but I think the sound might have been a little late for 1992 but what do I know. It’s 2020 as I write this and I love it.

Tracklist
1 – Run The Race – 4:41
2 – All I Know – 4:01
3 – Beautiful Day – 3:43
4 – There Is A Place – 4:07
5 – I’ll Never Stop – 4:03
6 – Sing For Freedom – 4:51
7 – Nothing But The Best – 4:22
8 – Where Do We Go From Here – 3:55
9 – Into Your Will – 4:07
10 – I Don’t Want To See You Fall Away – 4:11

Credits
Lead Vocals – Ron Collins
Keyboards, Harmonica – Rayborn Huff
Percussion, Drums – Lance Huff
Bass – Clayborn Huff
Guitars – David Huff
Keyboards – Nate Sabin
Producer – David Huff

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Bloodgood – Out of the Darkness – 1989

This was the 4th studio release for Michael Bloodgood and the band. For this album Guitarist David Zaffiro and drummer Mark Welling were out and Kevin Whisler and Paul Jackson on guitars and drums, respectively were in. Of course Michael Bloodgood maintained his position on bass and Les Carlsen continued vocals. Fans of Bloodgood said this album was a bit of as return to their previous heavier work but myself I believe it’s all in the production. This album doesn’t quite have that commercial Pop influence so it sounds much more raw which is a much better sound for Bloodgood. My personal take away track is the Rez Band reminiscent track “Hey! You”

Tracklist
1 – Out Of The Darkness – 3:43
2 – Let My People Go – 4:09
3 – America – 4:04
4 – It’s Alright – 3:44
5 – Top Of The Mountain – 6:30
6 – Hey! You – 4:05
7 – Mad Dog World – 4:25
8 – Changing Me – 6:38
9 – New Age Illusion – 3:18

Credits
Acoustic Guitar – Paul Jackson, Terry B. Shelton
Arranged By [All Songs] – Bloodgood, Kevin Whistler, Paul Jackson
Art Direction – Ed McTaggart
Backing Vocals – Les Carlsen, Michael Bloodgood
Bass – Michael Bloodgood
Co-producer [Co-Produced By] – Les Carlsen, Michael Bloodgood
Drums – Kevin Whisler
Electric Guitar – Paul Jackson
Engineer [Engineered By] – Terry B. Shelton
Illustration [Cover Illustration] – Jeff Foster
Lead Vocals – Les Carlsen
Mixed By – Les Carlsen, Michael Bloodgood, Terry B. Shelton
Orchestrated By – Brook Lizotte, Terry B. Shelton
Performer [Bloodgood Is] – Les Carlsen, Michael Bloodgood
Producer [Produced By] – Terry B. Shelton

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Intense Records
Copyright (c) – Intense Records
Distributed By – The Benson Company, Inc.
Produced For – Black Coat Productions
Recorded At – Black Coat Productions
Published By – Broken Songs
Glass Mastered At – Nimbus, Virginia

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Adrian Snell – Feed The Hungry Heart – 1984

While Adrian is probably best known for his worship musical style you might be pleasantly surprised by this album. There are 2 very good pop songs on this album. The lead track “Welcome To The Circus” is a fantastic tune once you get past the 1 minute intro. I also quite liked “Bathed In Neon” which has a great pop sound. Other than that it’s the usual high quality worship oriented music that made Adrian well known.

Tracklist
1 – Welcome To The Circus – 4:27
2 – Take Me Home – 4:16
3 – The Tongue Is Fire – 2:46
4 – Only Jesus – 4:22
5 – Cover Me – 4:40
6 – Feed The Hungry Heart – 4:17
7 – Psalm 27 (Wherever I Go You Are There) – 3:56
8 – Bathed In Neon – 3:09
9 – River, Son & Earth – 3:30
10 – Alpha And Omega – The Beginning And The End – 4:51

Credits
Backing Vocals – Mo Turner, Richard Barnes, Shirlie Roden
Bass Guitar – Paul Westwood
Drum Programming, Advisor [Good Ideas], Engineer – Johnnie Schinas*
Drums [Simmonds Drums] – Peter Boita
Electric Guitar – Dzal Martin (tracks: B5), Kevin Mann (7) (tracks: A1)
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Hugh Burns
Keyboards [Additional], Programmed By [Keyboard Programming] – Ron Edwards (6)
Piano, Keyboards – Adrian Snell
Producer – Jon Miller (4)
Soloist [Sax Solo] – Chris White (tracks: A4)

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word (Uk) Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Word (Uk) Ltd.
Printed By – Shorewood Packaging
Recorded At – Redan Recorders

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Truth – Get It From The Source – 1979

The choir that called itself Truth continued their constant output of music into late 1979 with this album. I believe it is without a doubt the most Disco CCM album ever. I was stunned when listening to this that it was still Truth. While Truth usually puts out albums that I would describe as worship oriented they went way way off script for this one. So get your boogie shoes on and give this album a listen.

Tracklist
1 – We Are Persuaded – 3:41
2 – Lord, Liar, Lunatic – 3:28
3 – Find It In The Word – 3:08
4 – Never Too Busy – 4:00
5 – Ride The Wild Horses – 2:47
6 – Love’s Gonna Change You – 3:25
7 – Pass The Salt – 2:42
8 – The Lord Will Go Before You – 3:58
9 – Love Will Last – 2:51
10 – Seek And Ye Shall Find – 4:09

Credits
Arranged By – John E. Coates
Art Direction, Design – Michael Harris Design
Artwork [Air Brush] – Andy Anderson
Directed By – Roger Breland
Engineer – Bob Whyley, Brent King, Mike Psanos
Mastered By – Hank Williams
Producer – John E. Coates
Producer [As Listed On Back Cover] – Bob MacKenzie
Producer [As Listed On Label, Production Assistance On Back Cover] – John W. Thompson

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Paragon Records
Distributed By – Word, Inc.
Recorded At – Sound Stage Studios
Remixed At – Pinebrook
Remixed At – Sound Stage Studios
Mastered At – Woodland Studios

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Crumbächer – Escape From The Fallen Planet – 1986

After the success of Crumbächer’s first album they signed a new record deal with Frontline Records. Unfortunately this meant that Ojo Taylor and Derri Daugherty weren’t involved in this album. They self produced this album and did a very good job though I think Ojo would have done a better job. This album continues the synth wave sound with some pop feeling and was a nice follow up to Incandescent. The track “Interstellar Satellite” did single on Christian rock stations. The 2010 “25th Anniversary Edition” CD release featured an A cappella version of “Alma Mater”. It is included in the playlist/tracklist.

Tracklist
1 – Solo Flight – 3:30
2 – Crashlanded (In Another Time Zone) – 4:20
3 – Identical Twins – 5:13
4 – Name Droppers – 3:50
5 – Royal Command Performance – 4:45
6 – Tourist Trap – 4:40
7 – Life Of The Party – 3:56
8 – Alma Mater – 1:39
9 – Graduating Class – 4:40
10 – Interstellar Satellite – 4:58
11 – Alma Mater (A cappella) – 1:43

Credits
Acoustic Guitar – Dan Hohulin
Backing Vocals – Dawn Wisner-Johnson, Jimmy Wisner, Stephen Crumbacher
Cover – Kerrie Erickson
Drum Programming [Rhythm Programming] – Jimmy Wisner
Drums – Jimmy Wisner
Electric Guitar – Dan Hohulin
Engineer – Bill Baumgart
Keyboards – Dawn Wisner-Johnson, Stephen Crumbacher
Lead Vocals – Stephen Crumbacher
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Photography – Linda Dillon Baley
Producer – Stephen Crumbacher
Programmed By [Sequence Programming] – Stephen Crumbacher
Written-By – Stephen Crumbacher

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Frontline Records
Copyright (c) – Frontline Records
Distributed By – The Benson Company
Recorded At – Asylomar Studios
Mastered At – Bernie Grundman Mastering – 22303
Mastered At – Bernie Grundman Mastering – 22304

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