Daniel Band – Straight Ahead – 1983

The second album from Canadian Band Daniel Band continues their Hard Rock style. The album was able to avoid the “Metal” tag by sticking to normal vocals and strong guitar rifts. I found the album to be slightly harder than their introductory offering but not to excess. The songs are again well written and have themes a lot of us identified with us at the time. Included in the playlist are two bonus tracks only available on the 2006 CD re-release. These two songs are actually available on their previous album but these are Demo versions. I personally found the version of I’m Sorry to be better.

Tracklist
1 – Power Of Love – 3:26
2 – You’re All I Need – 4:19
3 – Straight Ahead – 3:35
4 – Here I Am – 3:03
5 – T’ank You – 5:00
6 – Lustful Illusions – 4:25
7 – Reality – 3:06
8 – Come Into My Life – 3:50
9 – Comin’ Home – 4:00
10 – In My Mind – 4:06
CD Bonus Material (2006)
11 – Free From Sin (1980 Demo) – 4:06
12 – I’m Sorry (1980 Demo) – 4:31

Credits
Acoustic Guitar – Tony Rossi
Bass – Dan McCabe
Bass [Fretless] – Dan McCabe
Cover – Neil Dellandrea
Drums – Matt DelDuca
Engineer – Mark Wright
Keyboards – Bill Findlay
Lead Guitar – Tony Rossi
Lead Vocals – Dan McCabe, Tony Rossi (tracks: A3,A5,B5)
Mastered By – George Graves
Mixed By – Mark Wright
Noises [Jungle Noises] – Allen Coffey
Orchestrated By – Réné (Boucher) Brossard (tracks: B5), Tony Rossi (tracks: B3, B5)
Percussion – Matt DelDuca
Percussion [Salt Shaker] – Bill Findlay
Photography – Ian Ellis
Producer – Daniel Band
Rhythm Guitar – Bill Findlay, Tony Rossi
Synthesizer – Bill Findlay
Vocals – Bill Findlay, Dan McCabe, Tony Rossi

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Refuge International
Copyright (c) – Refuge International
Distributed By – The Benson Company, Inc.
Recorded At – Phase One Studios
Mixed At – Phase One Studios
Mastered At – The Lacquer Channel Limited
Mastered At – Masterfonics

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The Front – The Front – 1983

The Front was Larry Williams and Bob Wilson from Seawind, Dann Huff from White Heart, and was fronted by Tommy Funderburk. This was the only album produced by The Front but really they should have done more. The album is a period correct Pop album with strong engineering/production which was appropriate for the time. All in all it’s a pretty good album with several songs that should have got airplay. Point of trivia about the album is that it was the first CCM album to come out on CD.

Tracklist
1 – It’s Hard To Take – 4:44
2 – Holy Light – 4:31
3 – All Under Him – 4:23
4 – King Of Glory – 4:50
5 – The Promise – 4:20
6 – Silent Night – 4:44
7 – Tonight – 4:27
8 – How Long – 4:09

Credits
Backing Vocals – Andraé Crouch (tracks: B2), Kristle Edwards (tracks: B2), Linda McCrary (tracks: B2), Phyllis St. James (tracks: B2), Tata Vega (tracks: A4, B2), Tom Kelly (tracks: A2, A4)
Bass – Dennis Bellfield
Bass, Guitar – Kevin Clark
Drum Programming [Simmons] – Ron Wikso
Drums, Keyboards [Additional], Producer – Bob Wilson
Engineer – Kevin Clark
Engineer [Addtional] – Jim Griffith
Engineer [Assistant] – Connie Hill, Drew Bennett, Michael Ross
Guitar – Dan Huff
Keyboards – Larry Williams
Lead Vocals, Producer – Tommy Funderburk
Photography By – Robert Peak

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Refuge Records
Copyright (c) – Refuge Records
Distributed By – The Benson Company, Inc.

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2nd Chapter Of Acts & Michael & Stormie Omartian – Together Live – 1983

This concert was recorded at Church On The Way, Van Nuys, CA. This is certainly not a Rock & Roll concert and though all we have is audio I think we can rest assured there wasn’t a light show or pyrotechnics. But seriously this is a decidedly easy listening and praise oriented album. The one exception was the one Matthew Ward song which even I found to be a little on the Rock and Roll side for a church concert in 1983. Nowadays it wouldn’t be an issue but in 1983 I’m betting there were some odd looks at the opening guitar riffs. Good version of the song however. Anyway, if you’re a fan of either of the headliners your gonna love this album, the songs are very well done and there is good testimony on a lot of the tracks.

Tracklist
1 – Rejoice – 3:05
2 – I Fall In Love / Change – 4:20
3 – Lightning Flash – 2:52
4 – Bread Of Life – 2:14
5 – Come Holy Spirit – 2:45
6 – Easter Song – 3:15
7 – Here I Go – 2:30
8 – ‘Til The Walls Fall Down – 2:53
9 – Nobody Can Take My Life – 3:24
10 – Mainstream – 4:33
11 – See This House – 3:04
12 – Believing For The Best In You – 3:27
13 – Dr. Jesus – 3:28
14 – Praise His Name And See It Happen – 3:07
15 – Which Way The Wind Blows – 4:22
16 – Killing Thousands – 4:12
17 – Mansion Builder – 3:23
18 – Haven’t You Heard – 3:37

Credits
Backing Vocals – 2nd Chapter Of Acts (tracks: B4 to C4)
Bass – Herb Melton
Cover [Cover Coordination] – B. Charlyne Hinesley
Design – Stan Evenson Design
Drums – Jack Kelly
Engineer – Buck Herring
Guitar – Peter York
Photography By – Mark Hanauer
Piano – Michael Omartian (tracks: B4 to C4)
Piano, Vocals – Annie Herring (tracks: A1 to B3, D1 to D4)
Producer – Buck Herring
Synthesizer – Greg Springer
Vocals – Matthew Ward (tracks: A1 to B3, D1, D3, D4), Nelly Greisen (tracks: A1 to B3, D1, D3, D4)
Vocals, Written-By – Michael And Stormie Omartian (tracks: B4 to C4)
Written-By – Anne Herring (tracks: A1 to A3, A5 to B1, B3, D2 to D4)

Companies, etc.
Record Company – Sparrow Records, Inc.
Distributed By – Word Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sparrow Records, Inc.
Published By – Birdwing Music
Published By – Cherry Lane Music Pub. Co.
Published By – Ears To Hear Music
Published By – Holicanthus Music
Published By – Latter Rain Music
Published By – MCA Music
Published By – See This House Music
Published By – Word Music
Recorded At – The Church On The Way
Edited At – Weddington Studios
Remixed At – Weddington Studios
Recorded live at Church On The Way, Van Nuys, CA.

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Edin-Ådahl – Maktfaktor – 1983

This is the Swedish version of the Edin-Ådahl album, X-Factor and the third Swedish release from the brothers Edin and Ådahl. It has a slightly more refined sound than previous albums but more fun as well. Again it was also released in North America in English but the album was called “X-Factor”. We have also uploaded that album and the link is below.

English Version

Tracklist
1 – Bättre Och Bättre
2 – Hold On
3 – Jag Väntar På Dej
4 – Blind (En Ny Dag Imorgon)
5 – Man I Tiden
6 – Maktfaktor
7 – Ögats Symfoni
8 – Nya Tankar
9 – Bara Du
10 – I Love You

Credits
Arranged By, Producer – Edin & Ådahl
Artwork By, Photography – Jan Pethrus
Engineer – Niklas Flykt
Engineer, Mixed By – Peter In De Betou
Saxophone – Uffe Bejstam
Trombone – Stephan Jonsson
Trumpet – Per Bejstam

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Rick Cua – No Mystery – 1983

No Mystery is the second solo album from Rick after his departure from the Outlaws. His first solo album was very well received and received pretty good airplay on Christian radio. While nothing on this album singled on the CCM charts apparently there were a couple charting singles on the more rock oriented charts which unfortunately I can’t find an archive of. Guest guitarist on this album was Ian Bairnson from Alan Parsons Project. My personal picks from the album are High School Reunion and A.S.S.E.F.

Tracklist
1 – He Lives In Me – 3:55
2 – One Way Out – 4:37
3 – Changed – 3:54
4 – Just Visiting – 4:10
5 – The Power – 3:10
6 – High School Reunion – 3:22
7 – Create In Me A Heart – 4:18
8 – A.S.S.E.F. – 2:52
9 – Bright Light – 3:17
10 – Help Me Out – 4:14

Credits
Backing Vocals – Bob Halligan, Jr., Diana Cua (tracks: A3), Rick Cua
Cover – Buddy Jackson
Drums – David Dix
Engineer, Mixed By – Don Martell, Johnnie Schinas
Executive-Producer – Ray Nenow
Guitar – Freddie Salem, Ian Bairnson, Ron DeRollo
Illustration – Buddy Jackson
Lead Guitar – Buz Cua (tracks: B5)
Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar, Producer – Rick Cua
Mastered By – John Skinner
Photography By – Mark Tucker
Piano – Bob Halligan, Jr.
Programmed By [Synthesizer] – Don Martell, Ed Vivenzio
Synthesizer – Andy Richards (tracks: A5), Bob Halligan, Jr.

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Darrell Mansfield – The Vision – 1983

This was Darrell’s 5th album (his first was with Gentle Faith). As his albums do this one features Darrell’s spectacular harmonica work. Through the years I always found it impossible to compare Mansfield to any other musician due his superior harmonica skills. This album has a variety of Blues, Rock, and even a tune or two that some described as Pop but they aren’t Pop in my opinion. My favourite tracks of this album were actually the lead in and exit tracks. Both are short great tunes. Of course the album is dominated by the song “Radio” which Darrell would play religiously at his live shows (Yes the pun was intended). If you like Rock & Roll this is the album for you.

Tracklist
1 – Lay Down This World – 1:07
2 – No More Blues – 3:40
3 – Hard Times – 3:26
4 – The Vision – 5:05
5 – Radio – 3:52
6 – Walk Across Heaven – 4:14
7 – Empty Hearts – 4:05
8 – Can’t Do Nothin’ Without Jesus Love – 3:55
9 – Jerusalem – 3:42
10 – Haven You Been Listenin’ – 1:25

Credits
Art Direction – Alex MacDougall
Backing Vocals – Anthony Dean, Jeff Nicholson, Rosemary Butler, Tom Howard, Virgil Beckham
Bass – Abraham Laboriel, Charlie Souza, Jeff Nicholson, John Patitucci
Design [Album Design] – Gary DeLacy, Rick Griffin
Drums – Bill Lordan, Billy Maxwell, Paul Angers
Engineer – Brook Johnson, Chris Taylor, Linda Schaffer, Willie Harlan
Guitar – Anthony Dean, Dennis Carothers, Don Gerber, Eric Turner, Hadley Hockensmith, Jerry Swallow, Steve Kara, Virgil Beckham
Keyboards – Dave Garland, Harlan Rogers, Tom Howard
Lead Vocals, Harmonica [Harp] – Darrell Mansfield
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Percussion – Alex Acuña
Photography By – Linda Baily, Scott Lockwood
Photography By [Photo Tinting] – Valerie Sutter
Producer – Darrell Mansfield, Tommy Coomes, Virgil Beckham

Companies, etc.
Distributed By – Word, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&S Records
Copyright (c) – A&S Records
Recorded At – Rocshire Studios
Recorded At – I.A.M. Studios, Irvine
Recorded At – Whitefield Studios
Mixed At – Rocshire Studios
Mixed At – I.A.M. Studios, Irvine
Mastered At – A&M Studios

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Common Bond – Common Bond – 1983

Common Bond was another Rob Watson project. This release was a “Demo” but I hesitate to call it a Demo because it is so well produced most consider it a stand alone album. This is one of the more commonly requested albums here at Real 80s CCM and I believe that is in part to its scarcity. I quite enjoyed the album but I did find it odd that it had so many short songs. Of course the upside to this is that you got more songs (15). All in all a great album with as sound that epitomizes the 80s.

Tracklist
1 – Common Bond – 2:30
2 – Heartbeat Away – 3:40
3 – It Don’t Come Easy – 2:16
4 – Secret Agent Christian – 2:40
5 – Remind Me Of Your Plans – 3:18
6 – Is Your Heart Right – 2:30
7 – Is He Lord – 3:50
8 – Your Life – 3:37
9 – The Party’s Over – 2:33
10 – New Beginnings – 2:45
11 – Christ The Cornerstone – 2:40
12 – Late for Life – 2:48
13 – Song For My Wife – 3:15
14 – For You – 2:00
15 – No Mercenary – 1:32

Credits
Ken Samuels: Bass guitar and lead vocals
Doug Doyle: Guitars and backup vocals
Rob Watson: Keyboards
Drums by Oberheim DMX drum machine except Is He Lord and Song For My Wife by Terry McNabb and Danny Ybarra.

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Various – Rock of the Ages – Rock & Roll From The Third Dimension – 1983

This sampler is relatively unremarkable in that all the songs on it were very well known. The only thing that stood out about the release was that the album cover was 3D and the album came with 3D glasses so you could enjoy it.

Tracklist
1 – Leslie Phillips – Put Your Heart In Me (Beyond Saturday Night) – 4:00
2 – Randy Stonehill – The Glory And The Flame (Between The Glory And The Flame ) – 3:10
3 – Imperials – How Can You Live (Stand By The Power) – 3:46
4 – Maria Muldaur – Keep My Eyes On You (There Is A Love) – 4:01
5 – Kenny Marks – He’ll Finish What He Started (Follow Him) – 3:11
6 – Amy Grant – Too Late (Never Alone) – 3:15
7 – White Heart – You’re The One (White Heart) – 3:56
8 – David Edwards – Anything But Love (Get The Picture) – 3:34
9 – Dion – I Put Away My Idols ( I Put Away My Idols) – 3:08

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Michael W Smith – The Michael W Smith Project – 1983

The MWS Project introduced us to Michael W Smith, a fresh young musician with stellar keyboard, writing, and arranging skills and a knack for writing catchy worship riffs. The positive, ‘preppy rock’ sound hit most of the popular 80s pop rock notes. His soon-to-be-familiar signature styles get their beginnings here: keyboard-heavy arrangements with plenty of synth; full choirs for backing vocals; emotionally-charged ‘milestone’ lyrics; and the first of many anthem-like worship songs.

Indeed, The MWS Project covers some ground in terms of song types. MWS has always interested me in that he writes for a multitude of occasions and venues, not just moods or subjects. On his debut album we find music for rock concerts, worship services, and even weddings/funerals/graduations:

– high energy biblical storytelling in “Could He Be the Messiah?” and “Be Strong and Courageous” (which always reminds me of Van Halen’s “Jump”)
– high energy exhortations toward the pursuit of Christian living in “The Race Is On” (I saw this in concert, and thought he was going to leap off the stage, he had so much energy), “You Need A Savior” (this lyric warrants some further discussion, but that’s for another time), and “Love In The Light” (this one has stuck with me; every time I read or hear any part of 1 John 2:8-11, it starts playing in my head)
– instrumentals (“Sonata in D Major”, “Looking Up”, “First Light”, “Alpha Overture”)
– a contemplative piece (“Too Many Times”, one of my favourites)

…and of course, two songs firmly entrenched in the collective CCM unconsciousness: Friends, and Great Is The Lord.

One last thought: What was he going for with the original album design?? MWS is a self-professed sci-fi aficionado, so maybe it was meant as a nod to video games, and science fiction movies like Tron… The album was re-released in CD format in 1987 with an updated cover and photo.

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Track listing:
1 – Sonata in D Major – 1:13
2 – You Need A Savior – 3:34
3 – Could He Be the Messiah? – 4:28
4 – Too Many Times – 4:25
5 – Be Strong and Courageous – 3:42
6 – Looking Up – 3:23
7 – The Race is On – 3:41
8 – First Light/Love in the Light – 5:30
9 – Friends – 4:16
10 – Great Is The Lord – 2:52
11 – Alpha Overture – 3:40

Credits:
Music
Michael W. Smith – lead vocals, background vocals, acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, Yamaha GS2 synthesizer, Prophet-5 synthesizers
Shane Keister – OB-X synthesizer, Prophet-5 synthesizers, vocoder
Jon Goin – guitars
Mike Brignardello – bass guitar
Mark Hammond – drums, Roland TR-808 drum machine on “First Light”
Mike Psanos – percussion
Dennis Solee – saxophone
Gary Chapman – background vocals
Jackie Cusic – background vocals
Diana DeWitt – background vocals
David Durham – background vocals
Teresa Ellis – background vocals
Amy Grant – background vocals (“Friends”)
Pam Mark Hall – background vocals
Chris Harris – background vocals
Gary Pigg – background vocals
Kim Smith – background vocals
Production
Michael W. Smith – producer, assistant engineer
Michael Blanton and Dan Harrell – executive producers
Mike Psanos – recording engineer
Brown Bannister – assistant engineer
John Woods – assistant engineer
Jack Joseph Puig – remixing
Recorded at Tree International Studio (Nashville, Tennessee)
Hank Williams – mastering
Mastered at Woodland Sound Studio (Nashville, Tennessee)
Bill Brunt – art direction
Tim Campbell – photography

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Edin-Ådahl – Alibi – 1983

Edin Ådahl were a band out of Sweden who released some of their albums using english in North America. This was their first release in North America. It was well received getting regular play on Christian radio. One of the odd things about this band is that it was made up of 2 sets of brothers, Bertil and Lasse Edin, and Simon and Frank Ådahl. While some people though the lyric translations didn’t work well I completely disagree, I think it works well.

Tracklist
1 – Wake Up – 3:23
2 – On The Cutting Edge – 3:39
3 – Alibi – 3:13
4 – Bring Back The Joy – 5:29
5 – Let All Of The Earth Proclaim – 4:20
6 – Saviour – 3:08
7 – For The Rain In Your Heart – 3:12
8 – Storm In My Heart – 3:17
9 – Send Me, Send Me – 5:01
10 – Your Heart Is In His Hands – 4:44

Credits
Arranged By, Producer, Mixed By – Edin-Ådahl
Engineer – Lennart Ström, Mats Öberg, Peter Olsson
Executive-Producer – Magnus Erikson
Producer [English Vocals] – Tom Douglas

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