Lamb was formed in the early 70’s by Joel Chernoff and Rick Coghill. They are generally credited with being responsible for the origin of popularized Messianic Jewish music. I have to admit that I had no idea the sub genre of the CCM genre even existed in the 80’s. This album was on Sparrow Records so really we should have had some exposure to it. But then again we grew up in a town with one Jewish family so I guess we weren’t going to get any exposure to their culture. The album was recorded Live at Messiah College in Grantham, PA on June 29, 1980. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this album. While it’s obviously not evangelical in nature the songs are good and cross over easily to the evangelical community. They are very good performers and I can say that based on this album I would have loved to have caught one their live shows. It has kind of a folky sound, not Don Francisco folky but more of a traditional folk sound. It’s a pretty good album and I’m guessing you never heard it in the 80’s so give it a chance now.
Tracklist 1 – Hallelujah – 3:51 2 – The Sacrifice Lamb – 5:14 3 – Dance And Sing – 4:00 4 – Ramah – 5:24 5 – Build My World – 3:32 6 – Ba-Ruch Ha-Shem – 3:35 7 – The Least I Could Do – 4:55 8 – Shu-Vee – 2:49 9 – Engraved Invitation – 5:32 10 – Jonah – 5:12 11 – Hey, I Love You – 2:53 12 – I’ll Be A Fool – 3:36 13 – Comfort Ye My People – 6:35 14 – Clap Your Hands – 4:54 15 – In The Morning / I Love The Lord – 3:36 16 – Break Forth In Joy – 3:34
Credits Composed By – Dana Langford, Joel Chernoff Cover [Cover Design], Illustration – Julius Ciss Engineer – Rick “Levi” Coghill Engineer [Assistant Engineer], Photography By [Inside Cover Photograph] – Peter Yesner Instruments, Vocals, Producer, Engineer, Composed By – Lamb Mixed By [Mix-Down Engineer] – Skip Plant Photography By [Back Cover Photograph] – Igal Hoffman Photography By [Reference Photography] – Barbara Redman, Steve Meilach Production Manager [Production Coordination] – B. Charlyne Hinesley
This live album was recorded at the Dominion Theatre In London on Dec 26th 1980. According to Larry, Cliff Richard, The Vapors, Vic Coppersmith, and several members of Eric Clapton’s band were in attendance. Alwyn Wall and the Barratt Band opened for Larry and stayed on to back Larry’s set. Larry released the album with side 1 having 5 tracks from the opening set and 4 tracks on Side 2 from Larry. Well actually the first pressing had 4 tracks but subsequent pressings actually had 6 tracks. In typical Larry form he did not redo the jacket to represent these extra tracks but instead put an insert in the album to explain. In his defense though redoing the Jacket would have cost a lot of money so I don’t fault him. I do fault his however for some of his editing choices. Some tracks are chopped off and the sound quality varies greatly from track to track. However this is all part of listening to a Larry production. The electronic release of the album includes 5 bonus tracks recorded at the Bremen Germany stop of the same tour. We have included those tracks for your listening pleasure.
Tracklist 1 – Barratt Band – The Only One – 3:43 2 – Barratt Band – Not The Way – 3:41 3 – Alwyn Wall – I’m Alright Jack (The Greed Song) – 3:55 4 – Alwyn Wall – Hold On – 3:46 5 – Alwyn Wall – Dreams On Sand – 6:05 6 – Larry Norman – I Feel Like Dying – 2:48 7 – Larry Norman – Leaving The Past Behind – 1:39 8 – Larry Norman – Why Can’t You Be Good – 4:31 9 – Larry Norman – A Note From Mr God – 3:46 10 – Larry Norman – Put Your Life Into His Hands – 3:19 11 – Larry Norman – I Wish We’d All Been Ready – 5:48 Bonus Tracks 12 – Larry Norman & Friends – Swing Low Sweet Chariot – 5:01 13 – Larry Norman – Watch What You’re Doing – 7:02 14 – Larry Norman – Feeling So Bad – 4:26 15 – Larry Norman – Sweet Sweet Song Of Salvation – 5:26 16 – Barratt Band – My Father’s House – 10:01
Scott’s sixth studio album strongly leans to the Worship music genre. Not saying this is a bad thing it’s just where Scott positioned himself in the industry. I’ll be the first to admit I never listened to his work back in the 80’s but he was still well known to me and my circle of friends. It’s strange that wile we would never listen to artists like Scott we always had a strong respect for what he did. Let’s remember that it was guys like him that made the money for the labels so they could experiment with the artists that I liked and wanted to listen to. This album wasn’t one of his most successful with only two charting singles. “Learning To Live Like Jesus” made it to #6 and “This Little Child” made it to #20. Certainly a good album by good metrics but for Scott is wasn’t his usual dominance of the charts. Now that’s it’s years later and I am more able to recognize good music whether I like it or not I do recognize that Scott was probably one of the best artists of the period. While his vocals weren’t the best his songwriting was top notch.
Tracklist 1 – Learning To Live Like Jesus – 3:38 2 – Someone’s Got A Hold Of Me – 3:32 3 – This Little Child – 5:46 4 – The Lord’s Prayer – 2:58 5 – Your Word – 3:41 6 – Fall On Me – 3:36 7 – My Treasure – 4:51 8 – Out On A Limb – 4:09 9 – Close To You – 4:12 10 – Keep The Son In Your Eyes – 3:06
Credits Jonathan David Brown – Engineer Scott Wesley Brown – Guitars, Vocals Pete Christleib – Sax Dan Collins – Producer, Background Vocals Keith Edwards – Drums Leon Gaer – Bass Bruce Hibbard – Songwriter Hadley Hockensmith – Guitars Alex McDougall – Percussion Larry Muhoberac – Keyboards Chip Orlando – Engineer Jamie Owens-Collins – Background Vocals Jack Joseph Puig – Engineer Billy Walker – Guitars
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