Resurrection Band – Colours – 1980

This was the third album from Resurrection Band and the first on Light Records. The move to Light Records shocked a lot of people as the label was known for easy listening and worship music. This release changed that up in a rather abrupt manner. This was the only release from Resurrection Band that did not have any keyboards so many consider it a true Rock & Roll album. Resurrection Band continued their social conscience writing on this album especially with “N.Y.C.”, “Beggar in the Alleyway”, and “American Dream”. The album was very well received and many count this as their favourite Resurrection Band album. It is unknown why they chose the European spelling for the title “Colours”

Tracklist
1 – Autograph – 4:02
2 – Colours – 4:59
3 – N.Y.C. 3:23
4 – Hidden Man – 2:49
5 – Amazing – 2:22
6 – American Dream – 3:21
7 – Benny And Sue – 3:54
8 – City Streets – 3:23
9 – Beggar In The Alleyway – 3:57
10 – The Struggle – 3:47

Credits
Bass – Jim Benton
Cover [Album Cover Concept] – JPUSA Graphics
Cover [Outside Cover Art] – Dick Randall
Drums – John Herrin
Engineer – Tom Hanson
Engineer [Assistant] – Mike Szarzynski, Roger Heiss0
Engineer, Mixed By [Mix-Down] – Phil Bonanno
Guitar [Solos] – Glenn Kaiser (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 8)
Guitar, Guitar [Solos] – Stu Heiss
Photography – Tom Fjelstad
Producer, Mixed By [Mix-Down] – Resurrection Band
Vocals – Wendi Kaiser
Vocals, Guitar – Glenn Kaiser

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Phil Keaggy – Ph’lip Side – 1980 / 1982

Ph’lip Side generally doesn’t get a lot of mention by fans but it honestly deserves to.

The set up of the album is novel in that one side is acoustic guitar and the other electric. The album jacket represents this by having an acoustic guitar on one side and an electric on the other. A novel approach and idea for an album which I like.

Keaggy’s guitar work is flawless as usual and this album gives us examples of his varying styles. The original album was released in 1980 and then re-released in 1982 with a substitute song as well as the order being changed. The 1982 release has stickers on the jacket to represent the changes. Piece of trivia – Greg X. Volz and Matthew Ward both do some backing vocals on this album.

Playlist Includes “Send Out Your Light” courtesy of Elisha Belcher

Track Listing:
1 – Just A Moment Away – 4:00
2 – Sunday School – 4:32
3 – A Royal Commandment – 5:46
4 – Pulling Down – 5:28
5 – A Child (In Everyone’s Heart) – 3:55
6 – Little Ones – 4:27
7 – Spend My Life With You – 4:13
8 – I Belong To You – 4:10
9 – In Your Keep – 3:28

Credits:
Backing Vocals – Dan Collins, Greg X. Volz, Jamie Owens-Collins, Matthew Ward (2)
Bass [Electric Synthisized] – Leon Gaer
Coordinator [Production] – B. Charlyne Hinesley
Drums – Paul Leim
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Phil Keaggy
Engineer – Jack Joseph Puig
Percussion – Alex Acuña
Piano, Piano [Rhodes], Synthesizer – Richard Souther
Producer – Dan Collins, Phil Keaggy

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Robin Lane & The Chartbusters – 5 Live – 1980

This 5 track EP came out in support of their self titled EP earlier in the year but strangely it only has one track from that album. It is 5 live tracks from what I assume was the tour to support their debut album.

The highlight of the album for me was a very punk sounding version of “Shakin All Over”.

Track Listing:
1 – When Things Go Wrong – 3:35
2 – Lost My Mind – 2:35
3 – When You Compromise – 3:20
4 – 8.3 – 4:30
5 – Shakin All Over – 3:12

Credits:
Bass, Vocals – Scott Baerenwald
Drums – Tim Jackson
Guitar, Vocals – Asa Brebner, Leroy Radcliffe, Robin Lane
Lacquer Cut By – DC
Liner Notes – Bill Flanagan, Michael J Lembo
Management [Direction] – Junior Mike’s Artists Managment Ltd., Michael J Lembo
Photography By [Photos By] – Ron Pownall
Producer, Engineer – Michael Golub
ecorded By – Robert L Demuth, Sam Kopper, Starfleet Blair Mobile Unit

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Robin Lane & The Chartbusters – (self titled) – 1980

This was the first album from Robin Lane & The Chartbusters. Robin Lane worked the coffee houses and folk clubs in her teens making a good name for herself.

In brushes with greatness she was actually married to future Police lead guitarist Andy Summers from 1968 to 1970. After some label bouncing she finally got her first album out as “Robin Lane & The Chartbusters” on Warner Brothers Records.

The album was well received and the singles “When Things Go Wrong” and “Why Do You Tell Lies?” had very heavy airplay.

Point of trivia, the music video for “When Things Go Wrong” was the 11th video shown on MTV’s first broadcast day.

Track Listing:
1 – When Things Go Wrong – 3:15
2 – It’ll Only Hurt A Little While – 3:14
3 – Don’t Cry – 3:26
4 – Without You – 3:12
5 – Why Do You Tell Lies – 2:57
6 – I Don’t Want To Know – 3:01
7 – Many Years Ago – 3:33
8 – Waitin’ In Line – 3:18
9 – Be Mine Tonight – 4:25
10 – Kathy Lee – 3:28
11 – Don’t Wait Till Tomorrow – 3:32

Credits:
Art Direction – Peter Whorf
Bass, Vocals – Scott Baerenwald (2)
Design – Eddy Herch
Drums, Vocals – Tim Jackson (5)
Engineer – Rick Ruggieri
Engineer [Assistant] – John Weaver, Larold Rebhun
Guitar, Lead Vocals, Written-By – Robin Lane
Guitar, Vocals – Asa Brebner, Leroy Radcliffe
Mastered By – Mike Reese
Photography By – Fred Valentine
Producer – Joe Wissert

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The Cynics – Beat The Cynics – 1980

The Cynics were a band out of Fairbanks Alaska who recorded, mixed, produced, and distributed their own EP.

It’s your standard early 80’s Rock and Roll sound that with better production would have been successful in my opinion.

However professional production does not come cheap and is all but impossible to get on a self funded album. Other than that I know nothing about this band.

Track Listing:
1 – Gas Riot
2 – American Economics
3 – Rock Apocalypse
4 – Fools In Hell

Credits:
Producer – The Cynics
Written-By – Pasillas, States

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Daniel Amos – Horrendous Disc – 1980

The album Horrendous Disc by Daniel Amos was a very popular early 80’s CCM album.

While it was released in 1981 it has a strong mid 70’s sound. The reason for this is that it was actually recorded in 1978. It was rejected by Maranatha Music and ended up in the hands of Solid Rock Records.

For reasons only known to Larry Norman (owner of Solid Rock at the time) it was not released until 1981. It played a part in a messy situation that ended up with Daniel Amos at Newpax Records.

All that said it was a well received album with the single “I Love You #19” still very popular.

Track Listing:
1 – I Love You #19 – 3:33
2 – Hound Of Heaven – 4:06
3 – (Near-Sighted Girl With Approaching) Tidal Wave – 3:05
4 – Sky King (Out Across The Sky) – 4:05
5 – On The Line – 5:20
6 – I Believe In You – 3:45
7 – Man In The Moon – 4:00
8 – Never Leave You – 3:08
9 – Horrendous Disc – 5:20

Credits:
Bass [Uncredited], Backing Vocals [Uncredited] – Marty Dieckmeyer
Drums [Uncredited], Percussion [Uncredited], Backing Vocals [Uncredited] – Ed McTaggart
Guitar [Uncredited], Lead Vocals [Uncredited], Backing Vocals [Uncredited] – Jerry Chamberlain, Terry Taylor
Keyboards [Uncredited], Backing Vocals [Uncredited] – Mark Cook (2)
Percussion [Uncredited] – Alex MacDougal*
Producer [Uncredited] – Daniel Amos, Mike D. Stone

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Quickflight – Breakaway – 1980

Quickflight were a Canadian CCM band and this was their introductory album.

The style is the typical New Wave style of the time, however they actually did a much better job than the others. Considering this album came out in 1980 it was actually well ahead of the curve as far as CCM music went. To the best of my knowledge this album was only released in Canada.

Track Listing:
1 – Breakaway Into – 1:00
2 – Breakaway – 3:03
3 – Pink Shirts – 3:03
4 – Atheist – 3:03
5 – Feelin’ Sad – 3:27
6 – O. K. – 2:33
7 – Shuttle – 2:22
8 – Modern Romans – 3:00
9 – Rendezvous – 2:51
10 – Between The Lines – 3:46
11 – Fine Line – 3:31
12 – I Saw You – 2:54
13 – Breakaway Outro – 1:00

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David Meece – Are You Ready – 1980

1980 is strong in this one. Shaun Cassidy’s Doppleganger? Maybe.

David Meece was one of the pioneers at the turning point of music in 1980. The 70s were over but just barely. The techno pop hadn’t hit yet, and this is a perfect knock-off of hit radio when the AM dial was still alive and well.

Track Listing:
1 – Follow You – 2:55
2 – Peace In My Heart – 2:50
3 – Comin’ Back – 3:02
4 – Gospel Train – 2:48
5 – Love One Another – 5:18
6 – Are You Ready? – 3:59
7 – Just A Little More Time – 4:07
8 – Have A Little Talk – 3:39
9 – Satan, Just Leave Me Alone – 2:48
10 – We Are The Reason – 4:43

Credits:
Arranged By [Horn Arrangements] – Buddy Skipper
Arranged By [String Arrangements] – Ronn Huff
Design [Album Design] – Michael Harris (11)
Executive-Producer – Michael Blanton
Keyboards [Additional Keyboards]
Percussion [Percussion Overdubs] – David Meece
Photography By [Album Photo] – Mike Borum
Producer – Brown Bannister

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Barnabas – Hear The Light – 1980

I either forgot huge parts of this album or I blocked them out. It’s weird.

Track 1: Drop the needle, and the first thing you hear is the beginning of “Greensleeves”. Where’d that come from? The first verse of “Saviour” might fit in as a Christmas song, but only on the Lump of Coal CD.

So many lyrics I’ve forgotten, like “I want an angel for a next door neighbor / Hey, Gabriel just might drop in for tea!” Maybe I forgot because you can’t make them all out unless you read the liner notes.

“Little Faith” has an almost Israeli-style feel, but like everything else on the album, the operative word seems to be “almost”.

One lyric you can’t forget (I didn’t) is from what is truly the signature song on the album: “Marshalls and drums! Cymbals and bass! / Get out and blow ’em away – playin for Me! / You’ll be playin’ for Me.” The next time around, it’s “We’ll make all the noise we can, so you’ll believe in Him / Marshalls and Drums! Cymbals and bass! Get out and blow ’em away – playin’ for Him!”

“No More Blues” starts laying down a nice bluesy bass line, but don’t get too into it, because before you know it, they’ve added a punk rock vocal and some hard rock guitar riffs, especially in the solos. I don’t know what it is at that point, but despite the underlying bass line, there really are no more blues in there.

The next track is “Father of Lies”, which lays down a nice little beat that you can start grooving on until… once again, the vocal comes in.

The lyric sheet is truly worth reading if you want to know what the lyrics are. Some of them are really over the top. The sheet includes a short statement of faith and thanks JPUSA and the Vineyard of West Los Angeles. Maybe they even met Larry Norman out there somewhere, but neither seems to be advertising it.

Track Listing:
1 – Saviour – 3:02
2 – There’s A New World Coming – 2:35
3 – Directory Assistance – 3:55
4 – Little Faith – 2:54
5 – He Loves You – 3:20
6 – B.C. – 2:22
7 – Playin’ For Him – 3:33
8 – No More Blues – 7:28
9 – Father Of Lies (A Song About The Other Guy) – 2:30
10 – It’s Up To You – 3:00

Credits:
Art Direction – Dan Lienart
Photography By – David Randle
Producer – David Storrs
Written-By – Barnabas
Bass – Gary Mann
Drums – Kris Klingensmith
Guitar – Monte Colley
Lead Vocals – Nancy Jo Mann

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Geri Baird – Cool Age – 1980

Geri Baird has been described as the Pat Benatar of Christian music.

This album doesn’t really have any hard rock tunes but I think it could have held it’s own in the secular music scene that was the 80’s. My research into this album indicates that it was only released in Canada which is a pity as I think it was ripe for the U.S. market.

The fan favourite was “Backside Of The Desert” but my personal favourite was “Taking My Baby For A Ride”. Oh and she was very attractive which is probably the reason we bought this album 🙂

Track Listing:
1 – Super Heroes
2 – Backside Of The Desert
3 – Cool Age
4 – Somebody Loves Me
5 – Family
6 – Taking Baby For A Ride
7 – Living On Broken Hearts
8 – Visions
9 – Just A Heart
10 – I Know

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