Here’s a self produced and released gem from 1977. The album is a mix of Jesus music and progressive rock with one of the more progressive tracks being over 10 minutes long. Interestingly Terry was able to get Greg Hough (Petra) to join him on a few tracks. Greg played the solos, on Anthem and Crosswalk, and a little bit at the end of Let God Arise but other than that the entire album is Terry. The first time I listened to this album I really got that old Petra vibe but after I was lucky enough to have a chat with Terry I decided to re-listen to the album and quite frankly it stands alone. The must hear track is “Theopsychosophy Blues” which is a great fun track and did get some limited airplay. This was all we ever got from Terry who told me he had written a second album but was called to spoken word ministry before the album got any further. Pity, I for one would have liked to have heard more from him.
Tracklist 1 – Anthem – 6:45 2 – Glory In This – 5:33 3 – Theopsychosophy Blues – 1:34 4 – Let God Arise – 6:19 5 – So Much Joy – 2:46 6 – Crosswalk – 6:11 7 – Under Your Hands (Play Me) – 11:07
Credits Bass – John Nanos Design – Dona Nanos Drums – Ed Kotowski Guitar – Greg Hough Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals – Terry Ross Altman Photography By – Henry Posner Producer [Assistant] – Rich Riehl Producer [Assistant], Mixed By – Gary Hedden Saxophone – Jim Koerber Vocals – Carla Thompson Vocals, Acoustic Guitar – Claudia Porter Written-By, Arranged By, Producer – Terry Ross Altman
This album was the start of the Russ Taff era of the Imperials. I was going to say this this is was unarguably their most successful era but in retrospect they had so many era’s that I”m not sure I can say which is their most successful. I think my favourite era was the Paul Smith era but I think this was due to timing as opposed to quality. My actual only criticism of this album is the cover. I think they were going for the singers in a spotlight on a dark stage but instead it just came out all dark and boring. Not the best artwork in my opinion. The album was produced by Chris Christian who was just really coming into his own at this point and this is a very well produced album.
Tracklist 1 – Water Grave – 3:56 2 – Satisfaction Guaranteed – 3:50 3 – Gotta Watch, Gotta Pray – 3:08 4 – More Each Day – 3:28 5 – There Will Never Be Any Peace – 2:59 6 – Sail On – 3:30 7 – Keep On Walking – 2:52 8 – Sonlight – 3:03 9 – Bread On The Water – 3:08 10 – Try Again – 2:59
Credits Lanny Avery – Engineer Brown Bannister – Engineer, Bells Peter Bordonali – Guitars Jerry Carrigan – Drums Annie Chapman – Songwriter Steve Chapman – Songwriter Chris Christian – Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Keyboards, Guitars, Banjo Steve Gibson – Guitars Janny Grein – Songwriter Bill Grine – Songwriter James Hollihan – Songwriter Archie Jordan – Arranger Shane Keister – Keyboards Kenny Malone – Drums Armond Morales – Vocals Farrell Morris – Percussion Jim Murray – Songwriter, Vocals Bobby Ogdin – Keyboards Joe Osborn – Bass Billy Puett – Horns Eugene Record – Songwriter Terry Robinson – Songwriter Steve Schaeffer – Bass Don Sheffield – Horns Sheldon Kurland – Strings Tim Sheppard – Songwriter Buddy Skipper – Horns Shanon Smith – Engineer Denis Solee – Saxophone Russ Taff – Songwriter, Vocals Travis Turk – Engineer D. Bergen White – Arranger David Will – Vocals Jack Williams – Bass Bobby Wood – Keyboards Reggie Young – Guitars
Companies, etc. Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Word, Inc. Produced For – Home Sweet Home Productions Recorded At – Gold Mine Studio Mixed At – Gold Mine Studio Mastered At – Masterfonics Overdubbed At – Sound Stage Studios Overdubbed At – Jack Clement Recording Studios Pressed By – Monarch Record Mfg. Co.
This is David’s second album and I totally missed this one back when it came out. I wasn’t the biggest fan of David but I thought I had heard all his work but somehow I had no knowledge of this album. It might be in part because this album didn’t have a charting single. His streak of singles did not start until his next album. The reason I keep pointing out I haven’t heard this album is because it is so good. Again I am not the biggest fan of Meece but I know good music when I hear it. I find his piano work on this album to be some of his best. There certainly isn’t any spectacular orchestral movements here but there are excellent piano melodies. How this album didn’t have a charting single is beyond me. Yet another example of CCM magazine being on another planet at times. The album is strongly easy listening and there’s very little hint of David’s future pop offerings but if you missed this album like I did, take the time to give it a listen.
Tracklist 1 – It’s Gonna Be So Lovely – 2:46 2 – I Just Call On You – 2:37 3 – With Tears In My Eyes – 4:05 4 – God’s Love – 3:01 5 – The Man Who Saved The Fool – 2:45 6 – Follow Me (I’ll Lead You Home) – 3:10 7 – In The Morning – 3:20 8 – Cold October Rain – 3:10 9 – Love Your Brother – 2:33 10 – Do You Know What It’s Like? – 2:50
Credits Arranged By – Archie P. “Buggs” Jordan Artwork [Cover] – Dennis Hill Backing Vocals – Gary Pigg, Gwen Moore, Marty McCall Bass – Jerry Carrigan, Steve Schaffer Drums – Jerry Carrigan, Jimmy Isbell Electric Guitar – Steve Gibson Illustration [Back Cover] – Charles Wallis Inc., Pat Pollei Keyboards – Bobby Ogdin, David Meece, Shane Keister Mastered By – Denny Purcell Photography By – J. T. Morrow Producer, Recorded By, Remix, Electric Guitar, Drums, Backing Vocals – Chris Christian Recorded By, Remix, Backing Vocals – Brown Bannister Saxophone – Denis Solee Strings – The Shelly Kurland Strings
Companies, etc. Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Word, Inc. Recorded At – Gold Mine Studio Remixed At – Gold Mine Studio Mastered At – Woodland Studios
This is the sixth in the series of well known easy listening Maranatha! Music samplers. Seems strange now to see Daniel Amos and Sweet Comfort (Band) on a sampler like this. Below are the original albums with the tracks.
1 – Karen Lafferty – Beautiful Day – Sweet Communion 2 – Bruce Herring – Perfect Will – Unreleased 3 – Sweet Comfort – Somebody Loves You – Sweet Comfort 4 – Aslan – Who Loves The Lonely – Unreleased 5 – Erick Nelson – He Gave Me Love – The Misfit 6 – Parable – The Plain Truth – Illustrations 7 – Bethlehem – Desert Songs – Bethlehem 8 – Becky Ugartechea – Nightengale – Unreleased 9 – Daniel Amos – Father’s Arms – Shotgun Angel 10 – Bob & Joy Cull – Sail Away – Windborne
Tracklist 1 – Karen Lafferty – Beautiful Day – 4:21 2 – Bruce Herring – Perfect Will – 3:51 3 – Sweet Comfort – Somebody Loves You – 3:01 4 – Aslan – Who Loves The Lonely – 3:54 5 – Erick Nelson – He Gave Me Love – 3:55 6 – Parable – The Plain Truth – 3:33 7 – Bethlehem – Desert Songs – 3:40 8 – Becky Ugartechea – Nightengale – 3:53 9 – Daniel Amos – Father’s Arms – 4:23 10 – Bob & Joy Cull – Sail Away – 4:15
Greg and Kraig Wall are back with their second album. I haven’t heard the first one but have read that this one is huge improvement over their first album. Like many seventies act much of the history of the Wall brothers has been lost to time. They appear to have been quite popular at the time and even had a couple charting CCM singles but not off this album. Anyway what we have here is a mainly easy listening seventies style album. It’s quite well done and the brothers dabbled with a bit of Rock & Roll on the track “Since The Day I Was Born” which has a 70’s funk feel and I find myself wishing there were more tracks like this.
Tracklist 1 – Song Of Joy – 1:47 2 – Little Children – 3:01 3 – I Can Depend On You – 3:56 4 – Since The Day I Was Born – 3:49 5 – Can’t You See – 3:47 6 – Sons Of God – 6:30 7 – Isn’t It A Miracle – 2:48 8 – I Never Knew – 2:58 9 – You And I Are One – 3:01 10 – Now We’re Gone – 4:57
Credits Acoustic Guitar – Greg Wall Arranged By [String Arrangements] – Joe Huffman Art Direction – Dill Beaty Backing Vocals – Greg Wall, Kraig Wall, Mitch Humphries, Roni Goss Bass – Roni Goss Drums – Buster PhillipsElectric Electric Guitar – Randy Nelson Engineer – James Goss, Stan Dacus Guitar – Joe Huffman Percussion – Farrell Morris Photography By – Dill Beaty Piano – Kraig Wall, Lari Goss Producer – James W. Goss Remix – Bob Clark Rhythm Guitar – James Goss Steel Guitar – Tommy Dodd
Companies, etc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Greentree Records Copyright (c) – Greentree Records Recorded At – Mark Five Studios Mastered At – Masterfonics Remixed At – Great Circle Sound
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.
Tracklist 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
Credits 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.
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
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
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 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
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.
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
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