In 2021 Daniel Amos released a recording of themselves live at Calvary Chapel in 1978. It features songs from their first two albums as well as Horrendous Disc which was already recorded but unreleased by Larry. It has 2 tracks, Happily Married Man, and Ain’t Gonna Fight It, that were not released until 1990 on a CD re-issue of their self titled album as bonus tracks. The sound quality is excellent and it’s an excellent opportunity for us to travel back in time to hear a band that would become one of the premiere CCM bands of all time.
Tracklist 1 – Hound Of Heaven – 4:52 2 – Abidin’ – 03:14 3 – Meal – 3:51 4 – Horrendous Disc – 3:29 5 – On The Line – 5:51 6 – Happily Married Man – 4:13 7 – Days & Nights – 2:25 8 – Ain’t Gonna Fight It – 4:54 9 – Posse In The Sky – 4:52 10 – Skeptic’s Song – 3:00 11 – Walking On The Water 7:03
Credits Terry Scott Taylor- Lead Vocals- guitar Jerry Chamberlain- Guitar, vocals Ed McTaggart- Drums Mark Cook- Keys, vocals Marty Dieckmeyer- Bass Mastered by Bruce Neher
Released just as the rage of male duo pop acts was waning, Limpic and Rayburn’s sophomore and final release as a duo hit the CCM marketplace. Bridging the gap of Jesus Music and CCM, Gerry Limpic and Mark Rayburn, created a record that both pointed back to the simplistic sounds and messages of acoustic Jesus Music while also pointed forward toward Gerry Limpic’s future solo work. Immediately recognizable as a late 70’s folk/pop duo replete with wide collars and leisure suits, the duo would fit in quite nicely with Loggins & Messina and England Dan & John Ford Coley. The music contained in this now classic is immediately likable and recognizable. Christian radio was very favorable to “Good News,” “Crossfire” and the popular wedding song, “Time for Joy.” The latter would become a very good seller in the fledgling accompaniment track industry and a top seller for sheet music. Limpic was the primary songwriter and would soon leave to pursue a solo career. Gerry got his start in music as a member of the band, The Random Sample, along with his brother Ted. The Random Sample recorded on Tempo Records, the contemporary arm of Impact Records in the early to mid 70’s. Side two is a bit more progressive musically with “Coming Soon” and the album’s closer, “How Long.” The standout, though, is the passion play song, “Mary’s Song (He is Alive).” A slow building story song, the first chorus is a powerful admission that many of us would be equally guilty of joining the crowd calling for Christ’s crucifixion. The final chorus is equally powerful, but the words are changed to declare the resurrection. A great song that should have been an Easter classic, but I honestly never recall anyone performing it. For fans of 70’s acoustic rock with the California country vibe (Poco, Eagles) mixed with radio friendly ballads, this one has the markings of a regular listen.
Contributor David Lowman – https://legacyccmsgreatestalbums.wordpress.com/
Tracklist 1 – Crossfire – 3:40 2 – Mr. Good News – 3:21 3 – Domino – 4:19 4 – Time For Joy – 2:50 5 – Guide My Steps – 2:44 6 – Mary’s Song (He Is Alive) – 5:17 7 – Coming Soon – 3:48 8 – Love Songs (To the Father) – 3:41 9 – How Long – 5:35
Credits Bass – Dave Pollard Design, Illustration – Craig McNair Wilson Drums – Semaja Photography By – John Jordan Piano – Jim Crow Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals – Gerry Limpic, Mark Rayburn Producer, Orchestrated By, Engineer, Mixed By, Mastered By – Ron Compton
Companies, etc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc. Produced For – Home Free Productions Recorded At – Fanfare Studios, El Cajon, California
If there was one group that bridged the gap between the Jesus Music of the 1970’s and the introduction of what is known as CCM, it is the Sweet Comfort Band. Four immensely talented musicians, songwriters and a future superstar in the making in lead vocalists Bryan Duncan. Borrowing directly from the funk/soul sounds of the late 70’s without falling into the trap of disco, Sweet Comfort created an album for the ages with sharp production, killer grooves, monster vocals and some of the most stirring ballads for the day. The style was much more Chicago and Steely Dan than just about anything else. Kicking it off with a long time live favorite, Got to Believe, Duncan shares the lead vocal duties with guitarist Randy Thomas who really shines on guitar later in the song. And the horn section just takes the song to a level comparable to the aforementioned Chicago. At the time CCM was really lagging behind in the production quality world (this based more on minuscule budgets than musicianship) and the band really created a new standard here. The title track also shines with Thomas also taking on vocal duties and the horn section again driving the song. Other rockers that shine include: Melody, Harmony, Searchin’ For Love and possibly the best song song on the whole project, Good Feelin’. Good Feelin’ really shows Duncan’s range and Thomas’ guitar prowess. But I would be remiss to discount the strength of the ballads on this album. I Need You Love Again is a beautiful call to the Lord for His graciousness toward a fallen soul. But it’s the albums closer, I Love You With My Life, that remains a true classic and a song many believe (myself included) is the finest song the band ever performed. This beautiful reminder of Jesus’ final words to the disciples is comforting and inspiring. It also contains the trademark Duncan powerful ballad vocals. Breakin’ the Ice will not be the last of the Sweet Comfort albums listed as the band was incredibly important in the burgeoning CCM scene and made several exceptional albums. Breakin’ is simply one of them.
Contributor David Lowman – https://ccms500bestalbums.wordpress.com/
Tracklist 1 – Got To Believe – 3:56 2 – Breakin’ The Ice – 3:40 3 – Young Girl – 3:15 4 – Melody, Harmony – 3:20 5 – I Need Your Love Again – 4:30 6 – Good Feelin’ – 4:00 7 – Searchin’ For Love – 4:06 8 – The Lord Is Calling – 3:56 9 – I Love You With My Life – 4:01
Credits Arranged By [Horns] – Kim Hutchcroft Bass – Kevin Thomson Design [Cover Design], Artwork – Kernie Erickson Drums, Vocals – Rick Thomson Engineer [Maranatha Studios] – Dan Willard Engineer [Martinsound Studio] – Jack Joseph Puig Engineer [Mastering] – Ken Perry Engineer [Mix Down] – Mike Stone Guitar, Vocals – Randy Thomas Horns – The Seawind Horns Horns [The “Seawind Horns”], Alto Saxophone, Organ [Flute Organ], Synthesizer [Oberheim Mini Moog], Synthesizer [Prophet 5 Synthesizers] – Larry Williams Horns [The “Seawind Horns”], Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Kim Hutchcroft Horns [The “Seawind Horns”], Trombone – Bill Reichenbach Horns [The “Seawind Horns”], Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Jerry Hey Keyboards, Vocals – Bryan Duncan Percussion – Steve Foreman* Photography By – Linda Dillon, Mark Worthington Producer, Arranged By [Horns] – Bob Wilson
Companies, etc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Lexicon Music, Inc. Copyright (c) – Lexicon Music, Inc. Recorded At – Martinsound Recorded At – Maranatha! Studio Mastered At – Capitol Studios Published By – Lexicon Music, Inc. Published By – Sojourn Music
This was John’s last album with Light though Light did release a Greatest hits album in the mid 80’s. Light threw a lot of money at this album including hiring an entire horn section. Though recorded in 1978 it wasn’t released until Mar of 1979. I suspect this was partly due to ongoing production as at times it’s over produced. To be clear let me say right away that I enjoyed this album but I have some criticism. First of all the horn section adds nothing to the album and really should have been left off and money saved. My other complaint is the varying styles. At time it’s disco, at time 70’s Jesus Music, and at times classic rock. Not a good flow. That said all the tracks are well done and I like each of them individually but I just don’t feel they should be stuffed onto the same album. I do love the title track and it will be going in my regular rotation.
Tracklist 1 – Johnny’s Cafe – 4:10 2 – One Lane Road – 4:02 3 – Nothin’ In This World – 3:32 4 – Circle Of Blessing – 3:50 5 – Talking Faces – 4:15 6 – Pawn In The Game – 3:36 7 – Right On Time – 3:05 8 – Hard Line – 3:55 9 – Blessed – 3:12 10 – Midnight On Main Street – 3:30
Credits John Fischer – Songwriter, Vocals Dan Collins – Producer, Background Vocals Dan Ferguson – Guitars Steve Forman – Percussion Leon Gaer – Bass Clark Gassman – Arrangements, Keyboards David Kemper – Drums Paul Leim – Drums Tim May – Guitars Don Menza – Saxophone Jack Joseph Puig – Engineer Tom Rotella – Guitars Rick Vito – Guitars
This was Bryn’s 3rd album but his first to be released in North America. It’s a rather typical 70’s Jesus music album but Bryn’s vocals do help it stand out. It’s no secret that Bryn is one of my favorite artists so I’m biased in saying this is a fantastic 70’s album. Quick point of trivia is that the Imperials provided some background harmonies which I find odd as this album was actually on A&M records and the Imperials were on Dayspring (Word). Generally speaking Christian labels and secular labels didn’t mix so well but it worked here.
Tracklist 1 – Come See What Love – 4:28 2 – Nothing Without You – 3:41 3 – Woman Friend – 3:00 4 – Moments – 3:00 5 – We’re All One – 4:13 6 – The Grand Arrival – 4:42 7 – Sing To The Lord – 3:42 8 – Full Day – 3:28 9 – Summer Wine – 4:28 10 – Beans On Toast – 4:43
Credits Backing Vocals – Don Everly Banjo – Courtney Johnson Bass – Jessie Boyce, Joe Osborn, John Cowan, Nick Rather, Tommy Cogbill Claves – Jerry Carrigan Drums – Buddy Harmon, Jerry Carrigan, Karl Himmel Engineer – Ronnie Light Guitar – Bill Sandford, Curtis Burch Guitar [High String, Gut String] – Harold Bradley Guitar [High String] – Ronny Light Guitar, Mandolin, Strings [Harpolek], Vocals – Bryn Haworth Keyboards – Bobby Woods, Ron Oates Mandolin – Sam Bush Percussion – Farrell Morris Piano – Bobby Woods, Hargus “Pig” Robbins Producer – Audie Ashworth Remix – Chris Kimsey Saxophone – Andrew Love, Billy Puett Steel Guitar – Buddy Emmons Strings – Shelley Curland Strings Trombone – Dennis Goode Trumpet – George Tidwell, Wayne Jackson Vocals – Halladay Sisters Vocals [Harmony] – The Imperials Written-By – Bryn Haworth
Companies, etc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&M Records Ltd. Produced For – Audigram Inc. Published By – Signalgrade Published By – Island Music Ltd. Recorded At – Crazy Mama’s Studios Remixed At – Olympic Studios Remixed At – Basing Street Studios
Hot off the world renowned success of 1976’s “Space Traveler” James Vincert embrace Christianity and set a distinctly different course than the one he had previously been on. Considered one of the best jazz guitarists of his generation James Vincent would record two very directly Christian album, the first being the one in question. Because of the immense success of the previous album “Waiting for the Rain” received a very strong distribution (normally lacking for CCM artists) through his mainstream record company. Filled with some amazing jazz and rock tunes with the emphasis on jazz and Vincent’s brilliant guitar work and the Seawind horn section. Musically in the vein of George Benson or the mellower side of Earth, Wind and Fire with a soulful and rich voice and stellar guitar work. There are two strong radio songs in “What Does It Profit a Man” and “People of the World.” I remember working at KYMS radio some five to 10 years later and still playing these two songs. But really it is the more obscure and less commercial songs that make the album so amazing. Resistance is a progressive jazz piece with limited vocal and several changes throughout while the guitar in Daniel, Daniel will remind many of Keaggy’s guitar styling. How Can I Thank You is a pure delight as Vincent scats over the top of his guitar solo. Though the follow up release, Enter In, may have contained some better and more mature lyrics there is a simplicity and joy to this release that makes it such a treasure.
Contributor David Lowman – https://ccms500bestalbums.wordpress.com/
Tracklist 1 – What Does It Profit A Man? – 4:50 2 – Resistance – 4:52 3 – Etude #20 – 1:16 4 – Daniel, Daniel – 3:10 5 – People Of The World – 4:39 6 – How Can I Thank You Enough – 4:55 7 – Soon Comes The Son – 3:48 8 – Waiting For The Rain – 3:12 9 – The Seventh Day – 6:11 10 – Babylon Is Fallen – 3:09
Credits Arranged By [Horns] – Seawind Horns Backing Vocals – Carla Vincent (tracks: A5) Bass – Steve Evans Congas – Pat Murphy Drums [Hand & Trap] – Tom Donlinger Guitar – James Vincent Keyboards – Ron Stockert Marimba – Tom Donlinger Percussion – Pat Murphy Percussion, Congas – Carla Vincent (tracks: B5) Producer – James Vincent Saxophone – Kim Hutchcroft, Larry Williams Synthesizer [Roland Guitar, Roland 5h-5] – James Vincent Trombone – Bill Reichenbach Trumpet – Jerry Hey Vocals – James Vincent Whistling – Vincent Dondelinger (tracks: B3)
Companies, etc. Copyright (c) – CBS Inc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc. Published By – Big Elk Music Published By – Caleb Music Published By – Swinghouse Music
This was Gary’s 3rd solo album. It continues his somewhat bizarre style with varying styles and strange theme’s. The album has a five song series subtitled “Prelude To Destruction”. None of these songs seem to follow theme and I’m really not too sure what he was trying to do here. I really enjoyed the first and second listen to the album but grew a little tired of it after that and I doubt it will get a third listen. The humour on some tracks is fun and perhaps his trademark but I find the more serious tracks to be lacking. That said I would definitely give it a listen as it’s well worth listening to at least once.
Tracklist 1 – (I’m) Anchored In The Rock Of Ages – 2:53 2 – Lord How’d I Get So Old So Fast – 4:23 3 – Mental Pollution (Prelude To Destruction Part 1) – 3:52 4 – Ode To The Outlaw (That Prison Called Freedom – Prelude To Destruction Part 2) – 4:47 5 – I Can’t See Me Servin’ Nobody But Jesus – 2:30 6 – Will There Be Hippies In Heaven? (Prelude To Destruction Part 3) – 3:13 7 – Blessed Assurance – 5:28 8 – Images (Prelude To Destruction Part 4) – 4:00 9 – Progress (Prelude To Destruction Part 5) – 4:01 10 – Fat, Fat Christians – 3:01 11 – The Clone Affair – 4:28 12 – The Big A = The Big M – 3:44 13 – Anchored In The Rock Of Ages (Reprise) – 0:19
This was the first of 3 albums from Love Chapter Band. Again I am having a difficult time finding out anything about the band. I do know they were from British Columbia Canada and the album was released on New Born Records, a sister label to Tunesmith. Of note on the album is the title track which is a cover of 1976 Gentle Faith (Darrell Mansfield) song “Livin in the Sonshine”. Other than that I have nothing I can tell you about them or the album.
Tracklist 1 – Where Will You Go – 4:48 2 – The Sacrificed Lamb – 4:56 3 – Joy Comes – 3:34 4 – No More Reasons – 5:01 5 – Jump In – 1:53 6 – Just A Prayer Away – 3:00 7 – God’s Will – 3:21 8 – Make Me An Instrument – 4:11 9 – Livin’ In The Sonshine – 2:39
This was Richie’s first album on David Geffen Asylum Records. Richie told David that the album would not be obviously Christian and more mainstream. So this album gets filed as an album by a Christian as apposed to a Christian album. The album was very reminiscent of his Buffalo Springfield and Poco days. It has a great 70’s sound and there’s even a few tracks where you might hear an Eagles sound. In a bit of foreshadowing bassist Timothy B. Schmit would go on to play with the Eagles. There is an interesting cover of “This Magic Moment”. It doesn’t really work for me but it’s well done. The album was well received and many considered it to be his best solo work.
1 – It’s Your Love – 3:50
2 – Your Friends – 2:45
3 – Ooh Dreamer – 5:06
4 – Yesterday’s Gone – 3:13
5 – Someone Who Cares – 3:50
6 – Dance A Little Light – 2:55
7 – This Magic Moment – 3:06
8 – Bittersweet Love – 3:45
9 – You Better Believe It – 2:55
10 – Stand Your Guard – 8:10
Arranged By [Strings and Horns], Conductor – David Diggs
Backing Vocals – Chris Hillman (tracks: B3), David Cassidy (tracks: A2, A4, B5), Ed Cobb (tracks: B2), George Grantham (tracks: B3), Richie Furay (tracks: A1 to B2, B4, B5), Timothy B. Schmit (tracks: A1 to A4, B3 to B5), Virgil Beckham (tracks: A1 to B1, B5)
Bass – Billy Batstone*
Concertmaster – George Poole
Congas – Victor Feldman (tracks: A1, A2)
Design – Johnny Lee (4)
Drums – John Mehler
Engineer – Eric Prestidge
Engineer [Assistant] – Chris Desmond, Nighttime Dave Ruffo, Eric Drew Feldman, Leonard Kovner, Lon Neumann, Ralph Osborn, Skip Cottrell
Handclaps – Jim Mason (tracks: A2)
Keyboards – Gabriel Katona
Lead Guitar, Harmony Vocals – Virgil Beckham
Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar [Acoustic], Rhythm Guitar [Electric], Harmony Vocals – Richie Furay
Mastered By – Doug Sax
Mixed By, Engineer – Eric Prestidge
Mixed By, Engineer [Assistant] – Bill Gazecki, Dave LaBarre, Rick Hart
Photography [Liner] – Scott Lockwood
Photography By [Front/Back Cover] – Henry Diltz
Producer – Jim Mason
Saxophone – Jim Coile, Jim Horn
Shaker – Alex MacDougall (tracks: B2)
Trombone – Jack Redman
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Chuck Findlay*, Steve Madaio
Vibraphone [Vibes] – Victor Feldman (tracks: B3)
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Copyright (c) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Asylum Records
Manufactured By – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Produced For – Free Flow Productions
Recorded At – Davlen Sound Studios
Recorded At – Producers Workshop
Recorded At – Wally Heider Recording Studio, Los Angeles
Recorded At – A&M Studios
Mixed At – Producers Workshop
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Pressed By – PRC Recording Company, Compton, CA
Copyright (c) – Song Mountain Music Publishers
Copyright (c) – Richie Furay Music
Copyright (c) – Fort Knox Music Co.
Copyright (c) – Instant Joy Music
Copyright (c) – New Harmony Music
Copyright (c) – Rumbalero Music, Inc.
Published By – Song Mountain Music Publishers
Published By – Richie Furay Music
Published By – Fort Knox Music Co.
Published By – Instant Joy Music
Published By – New Harmony Music
Published By – Belinda Music
Barry McGuire regularity put out an album a year and sometimes two. Generally when an artist does this we end up with albums full of “Filler” material. This is especially true when the artist is writing their own material. In this case i is quite the opposite. The album has lots of great tracks and Barry wrote every track except “Good News Shoes”. This album spawned the #1 hit “Cosmic Cowboy” which holds the record for most weeks at #1 on both the AC and CHR charts. Point of trivia, I did not know is that his guitarist and song writing partner Mike Deasy was actually a member of The Coasters (Yakety Yak). Not many guest stars this album but Michael Omartian did play some keyboards.
1 – Cosmic Cowboy – 4:45
2 – What Good Would It Do – 3:21
3 – The Presence – 2:55
4 – Walkin’ – 3:58
5 – Flying Merry-Go-Round – 4:03
6 – Mystery Of Life – 3:05
7 – Good News Shoes – 2:28
8 – My King – 3:15
9 – You An’ Me – 2:39
10 – White Swan – 3:23
11 – Face To Face – 3:05
Arranged By – Mike Deasy
Arranged By [Strings] – David Diggs
Artwork – John Lykes
Backing Vocals – Barry McGuire (tracks: B5), Bili Thedford (tracks: B5), Mike Deasy (tracks: B5), Sherlie Matthews (tracks: B5), Venetta Fields (tracks: B5)
Baritone Saxophone – Fred Selden
Bass – Abraham Laboriel
Design – Stan Evenson
Drums – Bill Maxwell
Engineer, Mixed By – Wally Duguid
Guitar – Mike Deasy
Pedal Steel Guitar – Al Perkins
Percussion – Fred Petry
Piano – Harlan Rogers
Producer – Billy Ray Hearn
Synthesizer [Oberheim] – Michael Omartian
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sparrow Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Sparrow Records, Inc.
Distributed By – Prim
Manufactured By – Prim
Printed By – General Printing AB
Recorded At – Buckskin Studio
Mixed At – Buckskin Studio
Mastered At – Capitol Mastering