This is Leon’s second album. His first album over on Maranatha! Music was a snorefest but his deal here with Myrrh records turned up the funky fun. This was really the album that established Leon’s long standing run in the CMM genre. Myrrh must have had some real confidence in Patillo as they paid licensing fees for 2 tracks that must not have been cheap. George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” and Jackie Wilson’s “Higher And Higher” are both excellent covers and both bring an element of fun to the album. The album did do well garnering 2 charting songs on the CCM charts. “Star Of The Morning” made it into the top 10 at #9 and the title track “Don’t Give In” made it to #16. The album also contains one of Patillo’s most famous tracks “Flesh Of My Flesh” which oddly didn’t single. This is a fun funk album that mainly stands in the Easy Listening crowd but has some upbeat tracks that made for some listening fun in 1981.
Tracklist 1 – Blessed Is – 3:33 2 – Have Faith – 4:33 3 – Flesh Of My Flesh – 4:42 4 – We Must Believe – 4:38 5 – (Your Love Is Lifting Me) Higher And Higher – 3:14 6 – Star Of The Morning – 3:48 7 – Don’t Give In – 4:13 8 – How Can I Begin – 4:04 9 – My Sweet Lord – 3:13 10 – Go – 3:27
Credits Art Direction – Dennis Hill Backing Vocals [Background, Additional] – Dennis Correll, Fred Field, Joni Dias, Kirsten Konte, Mickey Rooney, Jr., Patty Bolton, Regunia Peoples, Tim Correll Backing Vocals [Background] – Donn Thomas, Leon Patillo Bass – Charlie Souza Booking – Dharma Artist Agency Drums – Gaylord Birch Engineer – Brook Johnson, Willie Harlan Lead Vocals, Keyboards – Leon Patillo Mastered By – Richard Donaldson Mixed By – Willie Harlan Orchestrated By – Dave Garland Photography By – Alan Bergman Producer, Percussion – Skip Konte Written-By – Leon Patillo
Companies, etc. Recorded At – International Automated Media Mixed At – International Automated Media Mastered At – International Automated Media Record Company – Myrrh Records Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc. Copyright (c) – Word, Inc. Published By – Dayspring Music Published By – Chevis Music, Inc. Published By – Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. Published By – BRC Music Corp.
We have uploaded this album to YouTube on the day after B.J. Thomas passed away. This is 1 of 2 albums B.J. released in 1981. I was looking through his discography to pick an album and I was struck by how much work this man did. Most years he would release 2 albums and there’s even a few years where he released 3. This album is a collection of traditional hymns arranged and performed by BJ. Of all his albums this one seemed the best to honor his passing.
Tracklist 1 – Amazing Grace – 3:32 2 – His Eye Is On The Sparrow – 3:47 3 – The Unclouded Day – 2:56 4 – In The Garden – 3:05 5 – You’ll Never Walk Alone – 3:06 6 – The Old Rugged Cross – 3:04 7 – Just A Closer Walk With Thee – 3:33 8 – I Believe – 2:30 9 – Just As I Am – 3:14 10 – Beyond The Sunset – 3:05
Credits Arranged By [Strings] – Bill Justis Backing Vocals – The Jordanaires Bass – Bob Moore Design – Dennis HilL Drums – Gene Chrisman, Jerry Carrigan Engineer – Al Pachucki Guitar – Andy Reiss, Bill Hullett, Billy Sanford, Harold Bradley, Phil Baugh, Ray Edenton Photography By [Cover] – Russ Busby Piano – Charles Cochran, Hargus “Pig” Robbins Producer – Pete Drake Steel Guitar – Pete Drake Strings – Byron Bach, Carl Gorodetzky, Conni Ellisor, Dennis Molchon*, Gary Vanosdale, George Binkley, Marvin Chantry, Roy Christensen, Samuel Terranova, Sheldon Kurland
Companies, etc. Recorded At – Pete’s Place Pressed By – Monarch Record Mfg. Co. Produced For – Pete Drake Productions, Inc. Record Company – Word, Inc. Published By – CanaanLand Music Published By – The Rodeheaver Co. Published By – T.B. Harms Co. Published By – Tro-Cromwell Music, Inc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc. Copyright (c) – Word, Inc.
The whole naming of “Fireworks” is an issue for me. One album they are called “Fireworks Featuring Marty McCall” but this album they are called “Marty McCall & Fireworks” and of course a couple albums they were just “Fireworks”. So I decided to do some research on who Fireworks were. This is when I discovered that on this album the entire band was replaced from the previous. So essentially the whole Fireworks thing should have just been released using Marty McCall’s name. I am actually quite mystified why they kept trying to represent that their was a band called Fireworks. While researching this story I was reading some writing by Marty and I have to admit it was hilarious. He was talking about the band taking risks by doing Rock & Roll. Marty if you ever read this no offence man but this is not Rock & Roll. Nothing you ever recorded even approached Rock & Roll and their was NO risk in what you were doing as bands such as the Imperials were selling hundreds of thousands of records. Now that I’ve had my poke at Marty lets get to the album. It is good, I can’t take that away from Marty. He was/is an excellent musician and songwriter and quite frankly the stuff he was doing was as good as the Imperials and it is sad he never saw the same sales numbers. So if your a easy listening kind of person this is an excellent album for you to listen to.
Tracklist 1 – Givin’ It Up – 3:00 2 – Let Me Be The One – 3:58 3 – Legal Now – 2:45 4 – Adam – 3:54 5 – Cleanin’ Up Our Act – 3:02 6 – Can’t Stop Running – 3:29 7 – Frontrunner – 3:47 8 – Maybe I’ll Trust You Now – 3:54 9 – Unless God Builds Your House – 3:07 10 – Thanks To You – 4:55
Credits Art Direction – George Osaki Backing Vocals – Gary Pigg, Gwen Moore, Jackie Cusic Bass – David Hungate Concertmaster – Anshel Brusilow, Steve Hall Design – John Georgopoulos Design Concept [Cover] – Vickie McCall Drums – Mark Hammond Engineer [Basic Tracks & Vocals] – Brian Tankersley Engineer [Mixdown] – Bill Deaton Keyboards – Shane Keister Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Marty McCall Management – Dharma Artist Agency Percussion – Russell Dunlap Photography By – Jim McGuire Producer, Keyboards, Horns – Fletch Wiley Saxophone – Bill Tillman
Companies, etc. Copyright (c) – MCA Records, Inc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records, Inc. Manufactured By – MCA Records, Inc. Produced For – Chris Christian Productions Produced For – Home Sweet Home Productions Recorded At – Gold Mine Studio East Recorded At – January Sound Studio Recorded At – Sumet-Bernet Sound Studios Recorded At – Rivendell Sound Recorders Mixed At – Gold Mine Studio East Mastered At – MCA Recording Studios Pressed By – MCA Pressing Plant, Pinckneyville
Tom Howard was another one of the Solid Rock posse that circled around Larry Norman throughout the 1970s. This 1981 release was on NewPax records, produced by Terry Taylor of DA, after his debut on Solid Rock with Larry. Danger In Loving You has some strong rock songs and also a lot of the softer side that Tom became known for in his career. “Power Play” is radio single material, while “This Quiet Place” is a song that lives up to its name. “The Serious Occupation of Fish” is a quirky tune that uses humour to get at a profound point. Randy Stonehill also makes an appearance on this album. He’s uncredited, but you can hear his voice come out of the background vocals in places.
Tracklist 1 – Horizon – 2:35 2 – Shine Your Light – 3:35 3 – House Of The Father – 3:32 4 – Passing In The Night – 4:24 5 – Run The Race – 4:30 6 – This Quiet Place – 3:24 7 – Strong Love – 4:15 8 – The Serious Occupation Of Fish – 3:15 9 – Power Play – 2:54 10 – Danger In Loving You – 4:40
Credits Art Direction – Ronald Thomas Backing Vocals – Bill Batstone, Dori Lynn Howard, Elsa Harris, Gerry Limpic, Jerry Chamberlain, Jessy Dixon, Linda McCreary, Randy Stonehill, Sam Allen, Terry Taylor, Tom Howard Bass [Alembic Five-string Base] – Flim Johnson Drums – Bill Berg Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Wayne Johnson Engineer – Thom Roy Lacquer Cut By – Wally Percussion – Alex MacDougall Percussion [Percussive Embellishments] – Bruce Brown Photography By [Black and White] – D.C. Riggott, Kim Halliday Photography By [Color] – Marlene Nelson Millican Piano, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Synthesizer [Oberheim Polyphonic; Moog], Lead Vocals – Tom Howard Producer – Terry Taylor, Tom Howard Saxophone, Oboe – Jon Clarke Typography, Design – Kim Halliday Written-By, Arranged By – Tom Howard
Companies, etc. Produced For – Rebel Base Productions Recorded At – Whitefield Studios Mastered At – Capitol Mastering Pressed By – PRC Recording Company, Richmond, IN Distributed By – The Benson Company, Inc. Copyright (c) – NewPax Records Phonographic Copyright (p) – NewPax Records Copyright (c) – Tongsongs Music Copyright (c) – Lifesong Music Press Copyright (c) – Joyful Road Music Published By – Tongsongs Music Published By – Lifesong Music Press Published By – Joyful Road Music Published By – The New Benson Music Company, Inc.
Leviticus formed in 1981 when brothers Kjell and Håkan Andersson came together with Björn Stigsson. In 1982 they released this 4 song EP as their first offering. It was recorded entirely in Swedish and was only released in Sweden. It is comprised of strong keyboard oriented heavy metal. Björn’s guitar is very strong and aside from the production quality the band was album ready at this point and in fact recorded their first album very quickly after this release. Luckily the EP was re-released as part of the 2000 “The Strongest Power” CD release. This is where it started for Leviticus and you can hear that they were a strong band right from their start.
Tracklist 1 – Stå Och Titta På – 5:13 2 – Följ Mig – 4:05 3 – Leva Som Han Lär – 4:24 4 – Min Mästare – 7:31
Credits Drums, Percussion – Kjell Andersson Engineer – Thomas Gertz Guitar, Vocals, Lyrics By, Music By, Guitar Synthesizer – Björn Stigsson Illustration, Design – Inge Vidare Photography By – Lars Lindgren Producer – Leviticus Synthesizer [Moog Taurus], Vocals, Bass – Håkan Andersson
Companies, etc. Printed By – SIB-Tryck, Tumba Recorded At – Studio Bastun Distributed By – Gummessons
I was unable to find any information on this band. This album was released on the obscure Canadian Label, “New Born Records”, which was a sister label to Tunesmith Records. Though this album was only released in Canada I actually suspect the band was from California as it was recorded and mixed at Studio Masters Recording Studios in West Hollywood California. It was actually Engineered by Tim Jaquette who worked with several well known CCM artists. But that’s all I can find and none of the members appear to have worked on any other projects. Anyway let’s talk about the album. It’s a strong Funk/Jazz album with a style that wasn’t very common in the industry. It’s actually well done and this style did have a market so it’s too bad we didn’t get any more from them. So if you like your CCM with some funk this one is for you.
Tracklist 1 – Freeway – 4:52 2 – Help Me Make It Through – 2:20 3 – It’s So Dark – 3:40 4 – Living Crazy – 2:55 5 – Change Your Ways – 4:40 6 – Child Of The King – 4:45 7 – You Can Be So Happy – 3:05 8 – I Need Your Love – 3:38 9 – Are You Gonna Worry? – 3:30 10 – I Need To Know – 3:22
Credits Arranged By [Strings] – Larry Rench Engineer, Mixed By – Tim Jacquette* Musician – Brian Houston (2), Don Dial, Mary Maybee, Paul Maybee, Ricky Washington*, Sam Mazzola Producer, Written-By, Arranged By [Horns] – Artie Dison
Companies, etc. Recorded At – Soundhouse Studios Mixed At – Soundhouse Studios Published By – Noteworthy Pub. Co.
This is the 4th sketch comedy album from Isaac Air Freight also known as Dan Rupple, Dave Toole, and Larry Watt. These albums were a lot of fun to listen to, and hearing the jokes again, and the great comedic performances is a great trip down memory lane. Still fun to listen to now.
Tracklist 1 – People Say The Darndest Things – 6:20 2 – Leave It To The Squirrellie – 11:43 3 – Time Wasters Looks At TV – 5:37 4 – Pilgrim Race – 4:15 5 – Spec’s O’Keefe In The Case Of The Missing First Love – 18:21
Credits Cover – David Schiedt, Tom Obbema Engineer – David Schober Mastered By – Bernie Grundman Mixed By – David Schober Photography By – Tom Obbema Producer – Dan Rupple, Dave Toole Technician [Sound Technician] – Tom Obbema Written by – Dan Rupple, Dave Toole, Larry Watt
Companies, etc. Distributed By – Word, Inc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Maranatha! Music Copyright (c) – Maranatha! Music Published By – Maranatha! Music Mastered At – A&M Mastering Studios
This was Dion’s 3rd Christian album. It followed pretty closely in the path of the first two but did concentrate more on the teachings of Christ rather than the misgivings of his own personal life. There really isn’t much more to say about the album. I do not mean this to be disrespectful but let’s face it, most Dion albums sound similar and are rinse and repeat. Now I’m not saying it’s a dull album, in fact it’s a good album as were all of Dion’s albums in my opinion.
Tracklist 1 – Hearts Made Of Stone – 3:58 2 – The Best – 3:29 3 – Sweet Love Of Jesus – 4:18 4 – It’s Gonna Rain – 3:35 5 – Only Jesus – 4:30 6 – Train For Glory – 3:32 7 – Thank You Lord – 3:07 8 – Sailing Ahead Of The Wind – 4:51 9 – Puttin’ On My Crown – 3:29 10 – Greater Is He – 4:12
Credits Alto Saxophone – Jeff Kirk Arranged By – Dion DiMucci (tracks: A4) Artwork By – Rick Garcia Backing Vocals – John Sambataro, Kitty Woodson Bass – Jeff Caswell Co-producer, Keyboards, Harp – Paul Harris Co-producer, Recorded By, Engineer – Eric Schilling Congas – Santos Design – Jim Osborn Drums, Percussion – Joe Galdo Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals – Tony Battaglia Engineer – George Gomez Lead Guitar – George Gomez (tracks: A1) Mastered By – Bob Ludwig Photography By – Alan Messer Producer, Arranged By, Acoustic Guitar – Dion DiMucci Synthesizer – Reed Arvin, Ron Taylor Tenor Saxophone – Charles Chalmers Written-By – Bill Tuohy (tracks: A1), Dan Beck (tracks: B5), Dion DiMucci (tracks: A1, B2, B3, B5), John Fowler (tracks: A2), John Hanley (tracks: A5), Bob Smith (tracks: A3, B1, B4)
Companies, etc. Record Company – Word, Inc. Recorded At – Bayshore Recording Studios Mixed At – Bayshore Recording Studios
This 1981 offering from Randy showcases his ability to stay relevant in the 80’s. Randy was an artist throughout the 70’s releasing 8 albums. This is his second album in the 80’s and his style was evolving without doing anything that would qualify him as a sellout. I compared his previous album as having a Joe Cocker sound and Scott commented that it also had a Bob Seger feel. This album has a strong Seger sound with a lot less of a Cocker sound. All in all an excellent album and if you can only listen to one song on the album I suggest the title track Plugged In. Point of trivia, Steve Scruggs engineered this album and his brother Randy played guitar on the album. They were the sons of the legendary Earl Scruggs.
1 – Plugged In – 3:42
2 – Ball & Chain – 3:50
3 – Can’t They See – 3:51
4 – Sooner Or Later – 3:21
5 – Hold Fast, Hold Tight – 4:04
6 – Over & Over – 2:43
7 – Prodigal Son – 3:13
8 – Loud Shroud – 3:44
9 – White Boat – 4:10
10 – Praise These Days – 3:41
Acoustic Guitar – Randy Matthews
Backing Vocals – Bonnie D. Hatcher, Francine Belcher, Gary Scruggs, Kimberly D. Fleming
Bass, Backing Vocals – David McCaskell
Drums, Backing Vocals – Louie Weaver
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Randy Scruggs
Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals – Allen Holmes
Engineer – Steve Scruggs
Engineer, Mixed By – Tom Semmes
Executive Producer – Kent Washburn
Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Gene Sisk
Producer – John Thompson
This was the second of 2 albums featuring Amy Grant in concert released in 1981. It was recorded at Mabee Hall in Tulsa Oklahoma and Lloyd Noble Center in Norman Oklahoma. It featured four “new” songs: “I’m Gonna Fly”, “You Gave Me Love” which was a cover of a BJ Thomas song, “Fill Me With Your Love”, and “Nobody Loves Me Like You” which was a song by DeGarmo & Key and featured DeGarmo & Key. Wikipedia states “Although the two should have been issued as a double album, budget problems forced the two to be released separately.” This is absurd, there was no shortage of money at Myrrh and A&M for their gold mine performer so I’d love to hear the real reason.
Tracklist 1 – I’m Gonna Fly – 4:11 2 – Too Late – 4:41 3 – So Glad – 4:23 4 – You Gave Me Love – 3:17 5 – Fill Me With Your Love – 2:44 6 – What A Difference You’ve Made – 2:33 7 – If I Have To Die – 3:31 8 – That’s The Day – 3:29 9 – Look What Has Happened To Me – 3:12 10 – Keep It On Going – 1:03 11 – Nobody Loves Me Like You Do – 3:26
Credits Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Billy Sprague Backing Vocals – Dave Durham, Gary Pigg, Jan Harris, Teresa Ellis Bass – Mike Brignardello Drums – Gregg Morrow Electric Guitar, Vocals – Dana Key Engineer [Recording and Mix Engineer] – Jack Joseph Puig Executive-Producer – Dan Harrell, Mike Blanton Keyboards – Eddie DeGarmo Photography By [Cover Photo] – Glen Wexler Producer – Brown Bannister Recorded By [Mobile Recording] – Malcolm Harper Remastered By – Steve Hall Synthesizer [Oberheim] – Gerry Peters
Companies, etc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Amy Grant Productions Copyright (c) – Amy Grant Productions Licensed To – Sparrow Records Distributed By – EMI CMG Distribution Recorded At – Mabee Center Recorded At – Lloyd Noble Center, Norman Remixed At – Mama Jo’s Remastered At – Future Disc Pressed By – Cinram, Richmond, IN