Barry McGuire – Have You Heard – 1977

Personally I kind of find this album to be another Barry filler album. I’m not saying the man wasn’t talented but he did put out a few albums that were just sort of there. This is one of those albums in my opinion. That said the track “Communion Song” is definitely a classic worship song that you will even hear today. The track that stands out to me is “Chubby, Chubby” which is a fun song about Christians being fat. It stands out to me because I hate fat shaming (especially when hidden as humour) now and I hated it then. As someone who as a kid (right around 1977) had to hear people make fun of my overweight mother I don’t see the humour in it. Sorry Barry but you struck out on this one.

1 – There Is A Peace – 3:04
2 – Sometime, Someplace – 3:19
3 – Beatitudes – 3:35
4 – Ol’ Branch – 3:11
5 – Chubby, Chubby – 3:26
6 – Communion Song – 3:48
7 – My Lord – 2:34
8 – Good Ole Gospel Feelin’ – 3:04
9 – Light Of The World – 4:13
10 – Don’t Thank Me – 2:41

Arranged By [Strings] – Jimmy Owens
Art Direction – Robert Lockart
Bass – Leland Sklar
Drums – David Kemper
Engineer – Larry Emerine, Randy Cox
Guitar, Guitar [Dobro], Mandolin – Mike Deasy
Percussion – Fred Petry
Photography By – Gary Heery
Piano – Richard Souther
Producer – Billy Ray Hearn
Remix – Larry Emerine
Vocals – Bili Thedford, Janny Grine, Katherine Ward, Matthew Ward, Mike Deasy, Shirley Matthew’s Singers, The, Terry Oerlich, Terry Talbot

Companies, etc.
Recorded At – Quad Teck
Recorded At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Mixed At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Distributed By – Word
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sparrow Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Sparrow Records, Inc.

Rockland Road – Planet Time – 1977

OK lets see if I can get the story of where these guys came from right. Follow along now. It all starts with the Oakridge Boys in the early 70’s. In 1974 the backing band for the Oak Ridge Boys put out an album using the moniker “The Oakes Band”. It was on the label “Rockland Road” (foreshadowing alert) which appears to be a tiny label owned by The Oak Ridge Boys”. Then in 1977 Skip Mitchell, Don Breland, and Mark Ellerbee from The Oakes Band did this project. Joining them was Garland Craft and vocalist Christine Lakeland. Now if you made it through that let’s talk about the music. The album was first released in Sweden with 11 tracks and was then released in the United States a few months later with 10 tracks. This is odd as they were an American band and most of the album was recorded in Nashville but I’m sure there’s a good backstory to it. The United States version omitted the #11 Track “Did You?”. That track is included in the playlist as we have uploaded the Swedish version.

The album is great and in fact I would say it is probably a notch up from most of the Jesus Music albums of the day. “For Crying Out Loud” is a pretty good 70’s rocking song but my favourite track is a blues/southern gospel song entitled “The Shelter”. That style will always be timeless. As you can see there’s a few different styles on this album which really was typical of the period. That said they do a great job with all the styles and this will go down as one my favourite 70’s albums.

1 – Planet Time – 5:30
2 – Jesus Wasn’t In It For The Dollar – 2:14
3 – The Shelter – 4:35
4 – I Could Be Forever – 3:04
5 – Somebody Lead Me – 3:38
6 – Alpha And Omega – 1:35
7 – For Crying Out Loud – 3:52
8 – Children – 4:10
9 – All His Love – 3:12
10 – Heaven Is A High Place – 3:12
11 – Did You? – 3:52 (Swedish Version Only)

Skip Mitchell – Guitar
Don Breland – Bass
Mark Ellerbee – Drums
Garland – Keyboards
Christine Lakeland – Voclas

The Archers – Fresh Surrender – 1977

This really was the album that put The Archers on the map. Billy Masters and Nancy Short were out and Janice was finally officially in though she had been with the band on tour for quite awhile at this point. The album took a far more upbeat style that was very well received as was Janice. I’m pretty sure that hair sold a few albums in the male listener market. (Hand Up) The studio was filled with A list musicians and the the quality reflects that. The album had an astounding seven charting singles and was nominated for A Dove award but lost out to Dallas Holm and Praise. Really? OH those were some pretty terrifying times for the Gospel Music Association. Anyway give it a listen, if you’re a Jesus Music fan you’ll like it.

1 – I Need You – 3:33
2 – Fresh Surrender – 3:55
3 – With Every Breath I Take – 4:28
4 – Water Into Wine – 3:16
5 – Give Him Praise – 4:48
6 – I’m Gonna Rise – 3:12
7 – Change – 3:31
8 – Sanctified Life – 3:33
9 – Make Me An Instrument – 4:41
10 – You Know The Future – 4:23

Arranged By [Instrumental] – Larry Muhoberac, The Archers
Arranged By [Vocals] – The Archers
Bass – David Hungate, Reinie Press, Wilton Felder
Concertmaster – James Getzoff
Drums – Dennis Holt, Jim Keltner, Mike Baird, Paul Leim
Engineer – Billy Taylor, Dennis Drake, John Guess, Larry Emerine, Steve Maslow, Wally Duguid
Guitar – Ben Benay, Dean Parks, Fred Tackett, Lee Ritenour, Tony Sena
Keyboards – Larry Muhoberac, Phil Kristianson
Lead Vocals – Janice Archer, Steve Archer, Tim Archer
Orchestrated By – Larry Muhoberac
Strings – James Getzoff

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Lexicon Music, Inc.
Published By – Lexicon Music, Inc.
Published By – Benson Pub. Co.
Published By – Libris Music
Recorded At – Western Recorders
Recorded At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Hollywood Sound Recorders
Recorded At – Devonshire Studios
Recorded At – Mama Jo’s
Mastered At – Capitol Mastering

Mike Warnke – Jester In The King’s Court – 1977

Mike Warnke is a great preacher and a funny guy. This is his early stuff, from 1977, before his wife Rose joined him in the performance. He had a serious knack for using funny messages to make strong spiritual truths. Speaking of truth, it is well known that Mike recanted much of his testimony about witchcraft. Despite that, these records are packed with truths. Communicating truth is the main point of fiction, after all. One thing that is noteworthy listening to his body of work is that even when he comes up to the edge of socially acceptable comedy, he knew how to stay within boundaries. Just like George Carlin and others of his era, Mike could tell jokes that made fun of situations without making fun of people. In doing so, the message is never lost.

It should be noted that Warnke was revealed as a liar and fraudster in 1991 by Cornerstone magazine. This recording is offered as a historic record of what was being listened to in the Christian community in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

Design [Cover] – Charles Wallis Inc., Roger Sanders
Narrator – Mike Warnke
Other [Make-up] – Joyce Ward
Photography By – John Guider Studios
Producer – Mike Blanton*, Wes Yoder

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warbird Publishing Company
Copyright (c) – Warbird Publishing Company
Mixed At – Sumet-Bernet Sound Studios, Inc.
Remixed At – Sumet-Bernet Sound Studios, Inc.

Nutshell – Flyaway – 1977

This was the second album from the trio Nutshell. Surprisingly it was also the last for 2 members of the trio. Heather Barlow and Pam Thiele left to be replaced by Paul for the next album. As such the band is really kind of Paul Field and guests. Paul went on by the way to have a successful solo career after the latter on in the 80’s. This album has a strong Jesus music feel on the more easy listening side. It was a fairly popular album at the time.

1 – Walking Into The Wind – 3:45
2 – Sara – 4:30
3 – Moonlight – 2:37
4 – Conversation Pieces – 4:27
5 – Flyaway – 4:08
6 – Feel Like A River – 5:10
7 – Safe And Sound – 2:38
8 – For Each Other – 4:57
9 – Bedsitter / Sometimes – 7:55

Arranged By [Strings Arranged By] – Rod Edwards, Roger Hand
Bass – John G Perry
Concept By [Cover] – Paul Field, Rob Kelland
Design, Illustration – Rob Kelland
Drums – Mike Giles
Engineer – Dave Harris
Engineer [Re-Mix Engineer] – Roger Wake
Lacquer Cut By – BilBo
Mastered By – Denis Blackham
Percussion – Tony Carr
Photography By – David Redfern
Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Synthesizer – Rod Edwards
Producer – Jon Miller, Rod Edwards, Roger Hand
Vocals – Heather Barlow
Vocals, Autoharp – Pam Thiele
Vocals, Guitar, Piano – Paul Field
Written-By, Composed By – Paul Field

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word
Copyright (c) – Word
Copyright (c) – Word Music (UK)
Printed By – Robert Stace & Co. Ltd.
Recorded At – Sound Associates Studio
Recorded At – Morgan Studios
Mastered At – Master Room
Lacquer Cut At – Master Room
Pressed By – CBS Pressing Plant, Aston Clinton

Gospel Seed – Growing – 1977

Gospel Seed only released one album that I can find though it appears they did have a cassette demo in 1975. The band were mainly comprised of Gary Luttrell and Mike Moore . They called in some studio musicians for the album and notable in those musicians was Don Gerber who was in Darrell Mansfield’s original band Gentle Faith. The band toured extensively around the United States playing anywhere they could to spread the message. They also had appearances on the 700 Club and The PTL Club which was a pretty big deal at the time. They are/were a great duo who’s vocals worked well together. The album has a deep 70’s sound but was actually pretty high quality for a one album band.

1 – The Singer’s Song – 4:30
2 – The Fool – 3:40
3 – Salvador – 3:16
4 – Top Ten – 3:15
5 – To The Father – 4:20
6 – Lines – 3:20
7 – A Colorful Little Tune – 2:00
8 – The Vow – 4:05
9 – Count The Cost – 2:40
10 – The Last Song (We Ever Sing) – 3:30

Acoustic Guitar – Don Gerber, Gary Luttrell
Arranged By – Bill Baker
Arranged By, Piano – Jim Stipech
Bass – Bill Batstone, Colin Cameron
Composed By, Vocals, Autoharp, Design Concept – Mike Moore*
Composed By, Vocals, Design Concept – Gary Luttrell
Drums, Percussion – Alex MacDougall
Electric Guitar – Virgil Beckham
Illustration [Cover] – David McCall Johnston*
Organ, Clavinet, Electric Piano, Piano [Wurlitzer], Piano – Dave Garland (3)
Photography By – Ray Westbrook
Producer, Engineer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Buddy King (2)
Synthesizer – Marshall Otwell

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Pure Joy Productions
Published By – Word Music, Inc.
Published By – Pure Joy Music
Recorded At – Buddy King Studios, Huntington Beach, CA
Produced For – Pure Joy Productions

Salvation Air Force – Strangers In A Strange Land – 1977

Wikipedia described Salvation Air Force as “Canada’s first Christian rock band”. Well as a Canadian I had never heard of them so my research started. Looking at their history I guess they were a little before my time as I was only 11 years old when this album came out. The band consisted of Michael and Donnie Gossett along with some of the biggest names in Christian music of the time. Unfortunately Michael has now passed but I have spoken at length with Donnie and consider him a friend. He informed me that brothers Alex and Beau MacDougall were instrumental ib the band (see what I did there). Alex was also a member of CCM bands The Way, Daniel Amos, The Randy Stonehill Band, and The Larry Norman Band. Alex continues working on CCM music to this day producing and engineering albums. Beau was a member of Wing & A Prayer, Horizon, The Larry Norman Band, Cliff Richard’s band, Reba Rambo’s band and many other CCM bands. Donnie Gossett has also performed live with Danniebelle, The Imperials, Reba Rambo, Don Moen, Ron Kenoly and continues making music today, you can find his albums on the Interwebs, check them out. All in all reading the credits of this album is like a reading of CCM royalty if there ever was. As for the album it has an easy listening feel but I have been assured the band had a much harder rock sound in the day. Give this album a listen and you will be hearing a piece of CCM history and a very important piece if Canadian CCM history.

1 – I Can Feel His Presence – 2:33
2 – Complete And Alive – 2:45
3 – Don’t Make Me Choose – 5:27
4 – If God Is My Father – 6:25
5 – You’re All I Want – 4:39
6 – It’s Jesus In Me – 4:25
7 – Special Friend – 3:01
8 – You Have Blessed Me – 2:33
9 – Accident – 4:22

Dana Angle – Producer, Assistant Engineer, Guitars, Background Vocals
Dave Coy – Bass
Sandra Crouch – Background Vocals
Joy Strange Cull – Background Vocals
Mike Escalante – Keyboards
Christine Franklin – Background Vocals
Joe Gallo – Background Vocals
Donnie Gossett – Producer, Songwriter, Arrangements, Guitars, Piano, Vocals
Judy Gossett – Arrangements, Percussion, Vocals
Michael Leon Gossett – Producer, Songwriter, Bass, Vocals
Bruce Herring – Background Vocals
Tom Howard – Keyboards
Peter Johnson – Drums
Buddy King – Engineer, Mixed
Alex MacDougall – Drums, Percussion
Larry Norman – Producer, Songwriter, Arrangements, Background Vocals
John Pantano – Guitar
Al Perkins – Pedal Steel Guitar
Nancye Short – Background Vocals
Jim Stipech – String Arrangements, Conductor
Randy Stonehill – Guitars

Phil Keaggy Band – Emerging – 1977

This was the only album that used the moniker “Phil Keaggy Band”. The “Band” were guitarist Lynn Nichols, keyboardist Phil Madeira, bassist Dan Cunningham and drummer Terry Andersen. This was truly a “band” effort and not just some musicians joining Phil and rumour has it that the album was recorded almost entirely live in studio. I think this is the first album that we can start to hear the guitar virtuoso that Phil would become. If you have a love of Phil be sure to head back to this album to hear some of where it all started.

1 – Theme/Where Is My Maker? – 5:15
2 – Another Try – 4:55
3 – Ryan’s Song – 3:09
4 – Struck By The Love – 5:43
5 – Turned On The Light – 4:57
6 – Sorry – 4:09
7 – Take A Look Around – 5:16
8 – Gentle Eyes – 5:29

Acoustic Guitar – Lynn Nichols, Phil Keaggy
Arranged By – Phil Keaggy
Bass – Dan Cunningham
Classical Guitar – Lynn Nichols
Co-producer – Phil Keaggy
Design, Typography – Stuart Scadron-Wattles
Drums, Percussion – Terry Andersen
Electric Guitar – Lynn Nichols
Engineer – Gary Hedden
Lead Guitar [Electric] – Phil Keaggy
Mastered By – Gary Hedden
Mixed By – Gary Hedden
Organ – Phil Madeira
Photography By [Cover] – Denton Miller
Piano – Phil Madeira
Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Phil Madeira
Producer – Peter K. Hopper
Synthesizer [Micro & Polymoog] – Phil Madeira
Vocals – Lynn Nichols, Phil Keaggy, Phil Madeira

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – New Song Records
Copyright (c) – New Song Records
Published By – Free Love Publishing
Recorded At – Hedden West Studios
Mastered At – Diskwerks
Distributed By – Jubilation Group

Sweet Comfort Band – Sweet Comfort – 1977

Sweet Comfort Band started out in 1973 and Maranatha! Records gave them their first recoird deal in 1977. The album was more Rock oriented than most of the Jesus Music of the time period. The Thomson brothers along with Bryan Duncan and Randy Thomas were on to a good thing. Even if you’re only familiar with their later work you’ll hear the same quartet song back here where it all started. The Maranatha! deal only lasted for this album (they fled the Rock & Roll CCM scene in terror) but Light Records stepped in for the next album. Again this is the one where it all started and it started well.

1 – It’s So Fine (Soul Tune Boogie) – 2:58
2 – Ryan’s Song – 4:05
3 – Childish Things – 2:42
4 – Let It Go – 2:26
5 – Your Life – 2:24
6 – Somebody Loves You – 2:56
7 – His Name Is Whispered – 3:11
8 – God’s Got A Plan – 3:08
9 – Get Ready – 3:01
10 – When I Was Alone – 3:37

Art Direction – Neal Buchanan
Bass – Kevin Thomson
Design [Album Design] – Greg Laurie
Drums – Rick Thomson
Engineer – Jack Joseph Puig, Jonathan David Brown
Graphics – Greg Laurie
Graphics [Logo] – Rick Griffin
Guitar – Randy Thomas
Horns, Arranged By – Glen Myerscough
Keyboards – Bryan Duncan
Organ – Martie Echito (tracks: A5, B1)
Percussion – Alex MacDougal (tracks: A2, B1, B4)
Photography By – Ray Westbrook
Producer – Jonathan David Brown, Tommy Coomes
Tenor Saxophone – Glen Myerscough
Trombone – Thurman Green
Trumpet – Allen Gregory
Violin – Bruce Hoag (tracks: B5)
Vocals – Bryan Duncan, Randy Thomas, Rick Thomson

Companies, etc.
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria
Copyright (c) – Maranatha! Music
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Maranatha! Music

Pete Carlson – Hideaway – 1977

This is Pete’s second album and his first with small label Chrism. There’s not really much to say about this album. It is the standard easy listening/AOR album of the time but I’m not denigrating Pete at all. He does what he does well but with most albums of this style it’s hard to make them stand out. One stand out though is the song Up And Down. It was well ahead of it’s time and I would have loved to hear someone cover it in the 80’s. Imagine a DA version, would have loved that.

1 – Loving The Lonely Nights
2 – Praise Song
3 – Heavenly Places
4 – I’m So Glad That You Waited
5 – Did You Ever Want To Fly
6 – Up And Down
7 – It Took Only Once
8 – The Call
9 – Someday Soon
10 – I’m Gonna Live Forever