The Rance Allen Group – I Feel Like Going On – 1980

This was actually the 7th album from The Rance Allen Group. I will forgive you if you have never heard of them because they were in that segment of Christian music that some of us were never exposed to. There seems to have been a whole parallel Christian music industry specializing in soul gospel music. As I researched this side genre I discovered that it was actually huge with several large labels. That said in the early 80’s these two industries started to cross over. This album was before those days so this album is on a soul gospel label. Anyway these guys were huge but I never had any exposure to them. This is a pity because they are really good. I don’t know if I would have bought any of their albums but it would have been nice to have heard them. As for this album it is an excellent soul album and you may have missed it in the day so you should give it a listen now.

Tracklist
1 – Where Did I Go Wrong – 4:45
2 – Some People – 4:50
3 – I’m Coming Back To You – 6:12
4 – Can’t Get Enough – 3:27
5 – God Can Do The Impossible – 5:10
6 – I Will Forever Lean On You – 5:23
7 – Believe In Yourself – 4:32
8 – I Feel Like Going On – 3:35

Credits
Arranged By – Johnny Allen
Art Direction – Phil Carroll
Backing Vocals – Brandye
Bass – Billy Sumler
Design – Kris Johnson
Drums – Jerry Jones
Engineer – Warren Woods
Executive-Producer – Toby Jackson
Guitar – Bruce Nazarian, Cecil Womack, Rance Allen
Horns – Eli Fontain
Keyboards – Rance Allen, Ronnie McNair
Mastered By – José Rodriguez
Percussion – Butch Small, James Griswold
Photography By – Phil Bray
Producer, Arranged By – Rance Allen, Ronnie McNair
Recorded By, Mixed By – Mark Calice
Strings – Betty Metzker, Carl Austin, Charles Everette, Edouard Kesner, Max James Bourbonnais, John Ronai, Marguerite Deslippe, Meyer Shapiro, Morris Hochberg, Nicholas Waselowich, Richard Piippo, Umberto Primo

Companies, etc.
Distributed By – Fantasy Records
Recorded At – The Sound Suite Detroit
Mixed At – The Sound Suite Detroit
Mastered At – Sterling Sound
Published By – Stora Music Co.
Published By – Roxatlanta Lane
Published By – Tight Squeeze Music
Published By – Dark Star Music
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Stax Records

Diane Tong – Land of the Living – 1980

This is another oddball Canadian artist found on New Born Records (Sister label to Tunesmith). There are several of these one album artists on New Born and Tunesmith. The real standout on the album is Diane’s guitar and banjo work. The opening track is a toe tapper but unfortunately the album turns easy listening after that. Her vocal stylings are not my cup of tea but she is a very good vocalist and this album is a stand out if you like her vocal style.

1 – In The Land Of The Living – 4:24
2 – I’ve Seen You Smile – 4:06
3 – The Lilies – 4:52
4 – How Lovely – 2:54
5 – Dear Brother – 3:14
6 – Faith – 4:18
7 – Too Long – 2:17
8 – Heartbeat Of The Lord – 3:26
9 – Jesus Is The Lover – 4:50
10 – Morning Star – 3:48

Larry Norman – Roll Away the Stone – 1980

After Larry was convinced to close Solid Rock Records he made his way to England with his father and started Phydeaux records. This was either the first or second album he released on that label. It’s a live album but were not really too sure where or when it was recorded and I don’t think even Larry knew. He printed on the album cover “This album contains ten songs from a three hour concert. It is reproduced exactly as the audience heard it, with no studio overdubs, no stereo enhancement, noise gates, etc. It is raw, real, and electronically unretouched.” As much as he tries to make the lack of production a selling point for the album I sincerely doubt the source material was capable of being remixed. I’m willing to bet it was a single track recorded right out of the mixing board. Anyway this is a great opportunity for us to hear some early Larry in his live environment.

Tracklist
1 – Jonny’s Blues – 3:03
2 – Why Don’t You Look Into Jesus – 4:53
3 – The Rock That Doesn’t Roll – 3:28
4 – I’ve Seached All Around The World – 3:34
5 – Watch What You’re Doing – 6:31
6 – Soul On Fire – 6:33
7 – Shot Down – 1:56
8 – Song For A Small Circle Of Friends – 3:09
9 – Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music – 2:51
10 – Let That Tape Keep Rolling – 5:24
11 – I Wish We’d All Been Ready – 5:45

Credits
Bass Guitar – Dave Coy
Drums – Alex McDougall
Electric Guitar – Jon Linn
Guitar – Mark Heard
Piano – Tom Howard
Vocals, Written-By – Larry Norman

Companies, etc.
Copyright © – Phydeaux/Solid Rock Records

Debbie Amstutz – No Other One – 1980

This is another artist I can’t find any info on. I can’t even find much info on the album which is rather surprising consider it was produced by Dallas Holm and Phil Johnson. Furthermore it appears to have had 2 pressings as the cover changed, unfortunately the second cover is as bad as the first one. Even stranger is the fact that the album had #4 single on the CCM charts. “No Other One”, It’s actually a duet with Dallas Holm so I understand why it singled but I’m still surprised I can’t find anything out about Debbie. This was her one and only album so I guess we will just have to listen and enjoy it. As for the album it is a easy listening album but is pretty good if you like that genre.

Tracklist
1 – Don’t You Think It’s Time – 3:26
2 – So Much – 2:14
3 – Don’t Be A Fool – 3:08
4 – Jesus, I’m An Open Book – 3:37
5 – Trusting Jesus – 3:04
6 – No Other One – 3:31
7 – Rose Petal Lady – 3:13
8 – Praise Song – 3:18
9 – Softly and Tenderly – 2:23

Credits
Backing Vocals – Debbie Amstutz
Bass, Strings, Arranged By – Jack Williams
Drums – Kenny Malone
Engineer, Remix – Bob Clark
Guitar – Jon Goin, Steve Gibson
Keyboards – Dony McGuire
Keyboards, Synthesizer – Shane Keister
Lyricon, Saxophone – Denis Solee
Mastered By – Hank Williams
Photography By – Michael Borum
Producer, Backing Vocals – Dallas Holm, Phil Johnson
Remix – Warren Peterson
Songwriter – Debbie Amstutz
Strings – Shelley Kurland’s Strings

Companies, etc.
Recorded At – Great Circle Sound
Remixed At – Great Circle Sound
Mastered At – Woodland Mastering
Designed At – Michael Harris Design
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Greentree Records
Copyright © – Greentree Records
Distributed By – The Benson Company
Copyright © – John T. Benson Publ. Co.
Copyright © – Dimension Music

Albrecht, Roley And Moore – Take It To The People – 1980

This was the final album from this trio and while they did have a charting single on their previous album this one didn’t achieve very much success. I think it’s a pretty good album but 1980 was a transition time for CCM music and they didn’t appear to be making that transition. Albrecht and Moore appear to have retired but Roley went on to form City Limits. As for the album it’s a solid 70’s effort and quite freckly I really like it.

Tracklist
1 – Confrontations – 3:39
2 – Take It To The People – 2:55
3 – Sonlight Feel On Me – 4:29
4 – Looking For A Lifetime Love – 3:27
5 – Living Nightdream – 3:39
6 – Cross On Over – 3:42
7 – Son Of Man – 2:54
8 – Someone Is Waiting – 4:14
9 – Letter To Laura – 3:24
10 – I’m On My Way – 4:07

Credits
Acoustic Guitar – Al Moore, Michael Jon Albrecht, Scott Roley
Arranged By [Rhythm], Keyboards – Richard Souther
Art Direction – Stan Evenson
Bass – David MacKay
Design Concept – Linda E. Reksten
Drums, Percussion – Dallas Taylor
Electric Guitar – Randy Mitchell, Rick Vito
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Bobby Warford
Engineer – Jack Joseph Puig, Tom Trefethen
Executive-Producer – Ray Nenow
Executive-Producer, Arranged By [Strings], Conductor – Greg Nelson
Lacquer Cut By – Steve Hall
Photography By [Cover & Liner] – Donald Miller
Photography By [Group] – Robert Blakeman
Producer, Arranged By [Rhythm], Pedal Steel Guitar – Al Perkins

Companies, etc.
Copyright © – Spirit Records
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Spirit Records
Manufactured By – Hartsong Corporation
Distributed By – Hartsong Corporation
Recorded At – Soundcastle
Recorded At – Martinsound
Lacquer Cut At – MCA Recording Studios

Nigel Compton – Life Goes On – 1980

This is another one of those mystery albums. Our version is on Canadian label New Born Records (Praise Industries Corp.). That said it was mixed in Australia and produced by Peter Beveridge and there appears to be an Australian release. With that limited info I’m guessing Nigel is actually Australian. The album has a distinctly 70’s sound and is rather mellow. But it’s pretty good if you like the style.

Tracklist
1 – Life Goes On – 5:22
2 – Rachael – 3:05
3 – Only Jesus – 3:55
4 – Seam Of Gold – 3:03
5 – Emmaus Road – 4:43
6 – Cochran Fair – 3:47
7 – Take Me Home – 4:00
8 – Still You Go On – 4:26
9 – God Still Loves You – 3:07
10 – Dance With The King – 1:34

Credits
Producer, Arranged By – Peter Beveridge

Companies, etc.
Produced For – Nightlight Music

Mustard Seed Faith – Limited Edition – 1980

I am going to be perfectly honest here and tell you I have never listened to a Mustard Seed Faith album before today. Quite frankly due to their appearances on various Maranatha albums quite frankly I didn’t want to. This is a little odd as I loved Oden Fong’s work after the band. Boy was I surprised when I listened to this album. It is really really good. It has a solid 70’s sound and while it’s no Rez band album there stuff here close to Rock & Roll. This is a solid seventies album and it’s a pity I never listened to it before. This is actually a reunion album of sorts as the band had split but came back together to release this album and I am very glad they did. Doing research I discovered that these guys never had a CCM charting single. How Bizarre.

Tracklist
1 – Might Come Tonite – 2:27
2 – Miracle – 4:06
3 – Sidney The Pirate – 5:03
4 – All I Know – 3:20
5 – Whatever Happened? – 4:12
6 – Lost Inside Your Love – 3:23
7 – He’s Always There – 3:48
8 – Fault Line – 2:59
9 – Dual Pathways – 3:19

Credits
Acoustic Guitar – Don Gerber
Acoustic Guitar, Producer – Oden Fong
Artwork [Logo] – Neal Buchanan
Backing Vocals – MSF
Bass – Darrel Cook
Design – Gary DeLacy
Drums – John Mehler, Keith Edwards
Engineer, Mixed By – Dan Willard
Flute – Pedro Buford
Harmonium – Jonathan Brown
Keyboards – Harlan Rogers, Phil Kristianson
Lacquer Cut By [SH in runouts] – Steve Hall
Lead Guitar – Hadley Hockensmith, Oden
Producer – Harlan Rogers, Jonathan Brown, Tom Stipe
Rhythm Guitar – Lewis McVay, Oden Fong
Saxophone – Brandon Rey Fields

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Mustard Seed Faith
Copyright © – Mustard Seed Faith
Published By – McVay Publishing
Published By – Maranatha Music
Published By – MSF Publishing
Recorded At – Whitefield Studios
Mastered At – MCA Whitney Recording Studios

The Wall Brothers – In Your Light – 1980

This is the 4th and final album from The Wall Brothers. As I have said in other reviews of this band I really can’t find much info on them. This album continues on similar to their previous albums. It has an easy listening seventies sound and stays away from anything close to Rock & Roll. That said it’s a great album for this style and I quite like it. Unfortunately I don’t think any tracks will make it into my regular rotation but I did quite like the track “I Am Free” which I think is really well written and performed though it’s not really my usual style.

Tracklist
1 – Open Up – 3:21
2 – What’s Your Hope In – 3:37
3 – Right In Your Light – 3:10
4 – I Am Free – 3:51
5 – He Loves You So Much – 4:12
6 – Finally Found My Heart – 4:21
7 – Where Do We Go From Here – 4:22
8 – Just Another Day – 3:50
9 – He Must’ve Planned It That Way – 4:46

Credits
Mastered By – Hank Williams
Producer – Phil Johnson

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Greentree Records
Copyright © – Greentree Records
Mastered At – Woodland Studios

Debby Boone – With My Song – 1980

This was Debby’s first foray into Christian music. As with most things she did it was very successful. She had also recorded and released a secular album the same year. For most artists this would be a lot of work but keep in mind these songs are all put together then Debby just comes in and cuts the vocal track. While not the most effort it is a recipe for success for many female artists. Speaking of success this album received a Dove Awards for Best Album by a Secular Artist and a Grammy for Best Inspirational Performance. The album was pretty dull for me but lets be clear this isn’t my style. The closing track is a bit of a surprise as it’s a Dylan cover that also came out in 1980. It’s a pretty good cover, not my style but well done.

Tracklist
1 – Sweet Adoration – 2:52
2 – If Ever – 4:32
3 – With Every Breath – 2:20
4 – With My Song – 4:38
5 – I Am Stone – 4:32
6 – Lord, I Believe – 3:17
7 – Morningstar – 4:43
8 – A New Song – 3:33
9 – A Twenty-Third Psalm – 2:48
10 – Holy Father – 3:59
11 – Sixty Second Sonata – 1:22
12 – What Can I Do For You – 2:58

Credits
Acoustic Guitar – Billy Capps, Billy Walker, Don Roth, Johnny Christopher, Pete Bordaneli, Steve Kara
Bass – Abraham Laboriel, Leland Sklar
Drums – Paul Leim
Electric Guitar – Billy Walker, Tim May
Harp – Cindy Reynolds
Horns – Bill Puett, Denis Solee, Dennis Good, Don Sheffield, Eberhard Roman, George Tidwell, Ricky Ricks
Oboe – Bob Taylor
Percussion – Farrell Morris
Piano – John Hobbs, Larry Muhoberac
Producer – Brown Bannister
Strings – Shelley Kurland
Synthesizer – Shane Keister

Companies, etc.
Pressed By – PRC Recording Company, Richmond, IN
Mastered At – Masterfonics

Erick Nelson – Picking Up The Pieces – 1980

Erick released this greatest hits package in 1980. It features his work as a solo artist as well as his work with band Good News and Michele Pillar. There is one fresh track on the album “Jesus Is Calling”. Of note on the album is his and Michelle’s cover of “LOve Hurts” that we usually identify as a Nazareth song though actually it was first releasd by the Everly Brothers. The following is the original source of the tracks;
1, 5 – Good News – Good News
2 – Various – Maranatha! 2
3, 6 – Erick Nelson – Flow River Flow
4 – The Maranatha Singers – The Praise Album
8, 9, 10 – Erick Nelson And Michele Pillar – The Misfit
11 – Various – Hosanna
Track 7 recorded for this compilation.

Tracklist
1 – Good News – Picking Up The Pieces
2 – Erick Nelson – He Lives
3 – Erick Nelson – Soldiers Of The Cross
4 – The Maranatha Singers – Set My Spirit Free
5 – Erick Nelson and Michele Pillar – Jimmy
6 – Erick Nelson – Flow River Flow
7 – Erick Nelson – Jesus Is Calling
8 – Erick Nelson and Michele Pillar – Martyr Song
9 – Erick Nelson and Michele Pillar – Love Hurts/He Gave Me Love
10 – Erick Nelson and Michele Pillar – The Misfit
11 – Erick Nelson – Fairest Lord Jesus

Credits
Artwork, Design – Neal Buchanan
Bass – Abraham Laboriel, Bill Batstone, Darrell Cook, Erick Nelson, Henry Davis, John Belles
Cover, Photography By – Gary Null
Drums – Bill Maxwell, David Diggs, John Mehler, John Raines, Keith Edwards, Mike Fickling
Electric Piano – Erick Nelson
Engineer – Bill Taylor, Buddy King, Chris Taylor, Dan Willard, Jonathan Brown, Marc Piscitelli
Guitar – Craig Stevens, Hadley Hockensmith, John Wickham, Randy Mitchell
Piano – Erick Nelson, Harlan Rogers
Producer – Erick Nelson, Good News, Harlan Rogers, Jonathan Brown, Lenny Roberts, Peter Jacobs, Tom Stipe, Tom Coomes
Vocals – Erick Nelson

Companies, etc.
Distributed By – Word, Inc.
Recorded At – Buddy King Studios, Huntington Beach, CA
Recorded At – Larrabee Sound Studios
Recorded At – Maranatha! Studio
Recorded At – Mama Jo’s
Recorded At – Whitefield Studios
Remixed At – Maranatha! Studio
Copyright © – Maranatha! Music
Copyright © – Erick Nelson
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Maranatha! Music
Published By – Maranatha Music
Published By – House Of Bryant Publishing