Matrix – Monkey See, Monkey Do – 1984

Before there was Bride there was Matrix. Matrix put a lot of effort into getting their music out regardless of a record deal. They actually produced 4 Demo’s before getting a record deal and this is #2 of those 4. This demo had a couple tracks that would later be released as Bride. I listened to both the demo and album versions of “Heroes”, and “All Hallow’s Eve” and I think I prefer the raw sound of the demo versions to be honest. All in all this is a very good sounding Demo and must have been a great prize to have at the time. Of course now it’s almost impossible to come by but luckily Bride re-released all their demo’s on CD in 2001.

1 – Heroes – 3:29
2 – Fright – 3:26
3 – Remember Me – 4:22
4 – Now You See Me (Now You Don’t) – 3:08
5 – All Hallow’s Eve – 2:37
6 – Slippin’ into the Light – 2:58
7 – We Are Going to Make It – 3:37
8 – Look at Me Now – 4:11
9 – He’s the Flyer – 3:42
10 – What Must I Do – 3:56

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Sheila Walsh – Triumph In The Air – 1984

This was Sheila’s 5th album as she kept up her rapid pace of releasing albums. Unfortunately, this pace would come back to haunt her health. This album has a strong Pop feel and sound. The songwriting from Graham Kendrick compliment this style and this album is regarded as one of her most lyrically strong albums. As good as the album is it only had one single on the CCM charts. “Surrendering” only peaked at #21 but it was on the charts for 22 weeks, which is usually a strong start for a single. Helping Sheila with backing vocals on the album were artists Cliff Richards and Mark Williamson.

Tracklist
1 – Triumph In The Air – 4:36
2 – Don’t Turn Your Back On Jesus – 3:07
3 – Deeper Meaning – 3:58
4 – Stealin’ The Feeling – 3:12
5 – Surrendering – 4:30
6 – Somebody – 4:12
7 – No Alibi – 4:20
8 – Growing Up To Be A Child – 3:48
9 – Golden Rule – 4:15
10 – Children Of The King – 4:48

Credits
Keith Bessey – Assistant Producer, Engineer
Mel Collins – Saxophone
Teri DeSario – Songwriter
Chris Eaton – Songwriter, Background Vocals
Rick Fenn – Guitar
Graham Jarvis – Drums
Graham Kendrick – Songwriter
Judd Lander – Mouth Harp
Annie McCaig – Background Vocals
Craig Pruess – Producer, Rhythm Orchestral and Electronic Arranger, Keyboards, Electronics, Brass, Percussion
Bill Purse – Songwriter
Cliff Richard – Background Vocals
Mo Turner – Background Vocals
Sheila Walsh – Songwriter, Lead and Background Vocals
Mark Williamson – Background Vocals

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Daniel Amos – Vox Humana – 1984

In 1984, Daniel Amos released their first album firmly branded under the name DA. The name Daniel Amos never went away, but with this one they went with the abbreviation in a big way. I even had a “DA” pin that matched the triangles appearing on this album cover.

Oh yeah, pins were a big thing then. All the best punk bands had lots of them out there. It was a measure of one’s cool in some circles.

Vox Humana was originally going to be called “Vox Robotica” before its release. The band had been talking about it during development, but when they got the final work done it sounded far less electronic than what they expected, so the title was changed to Vox Humana.

This is the third record in a trilogy known as “The ¡Alarma! Chronicles.” Each of the three records ended up being on a different label. Tim Chandler joined the band on the second of these as the new bass player, and would stay on for the duration.

Despite a lot of changes, DA kept artistic direction for the trilogy. The albums before and after these three don’t carry the same sound even if they carry equal genius.

Tracklist
1 – Travelog – 4:25
2 – (It’s The Eighties So Where’s Our) Rocket Packs – 3:35
3 – Home Permanant – 3:00
4 – It’s Sick – 2:18
5 – William Blake – 4:30
6 – Dance Stop – 2:43
7 – Live And Let Live – 3:40
8 – When Worlds Collide – 4:20
9 – As The World Turns – 3:47
10 – She’s All Heart – 3:00
11 – The Incredible Shrinking Man – 2:45
12 – Sanctuary – 5:45

Credits
Arranged By – The DA Boys*, T.T.*
Art Direction, Layout, Graphics – Ed McTaggart
Artwork [“Boot” Shadow By] – Gary DeLacy
Artwork [“Foot” Art By] – Phil Yea
Backing Vocals – Rob Watson, Terry Taylor, Tim Chandler
Bass [4 & 12 String] – Tim Chandler
Co-producer – Rob Watson (tracks: A2, A3, A5, B2, B3, B4), Terry Taylor (tracks: A2, A3, A5, B2, B3, B4)
Design Concept [Album Art Concept] – Terry Taylor
Directed By – Terry Taylor
Drums – Ed McTaggart
Engineer – Doug Doyle
Engineer [Second] – Rob Watson
Keyboards – Rob Watson
Keyboards [Occassional] – Terry Taylor
Lead Guitar – Tim Chandler
Lead Vocals – Terry Taylor
Mastered By – John Matouchek*
Percussion – Ed McTaggart, Rob Watson
Photography By [Photographics And Photography] – Ken Baley, Linda Dillion Baley*
Producer – Terry Taylor (tracks: A1, A4, A6, B1, B5, B6)
Rhythm Guitar – Terry Taylor
Synthesizer – Ed McTaggart, Rob Watson, Terry Taylor, Tim Chandler

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Refuge Records
Copyright (c) – Refuge Records
Distributed By – The Benson Company, Inc.
Recorded At – 3-D Studios, Costa Mesa CA.
Mixed At – 3-D Studios, Costa Mesa CA.
Mastered At – Motown Recording Studios

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Undercover – Boys and Girls Renounce the World – 1984

Boys and Girls is the third album from Undercover and their style matured a bit. Personally I say this album leans far more New Wave than punk. This was Bill Walden’s last album with the band and in fact he did not tour in support of the album quitting shortly after it was recorded. In the recording sessions for this album there were actually some songs recorded that would later end up on Branded but the vocals were redone by Sim Wilson but Ojo says he has versions of these songs with Bill singing. The single for the album was “Boys And Girls” and strangely the album version had Bill singing but the 7″ for the song had Sim doing the vocals. I also noticed that Derri Daugherty (The Choir) actually helped Ojo mix the album.

Tracklist
1 – Boys And Girls – 3:37
2 – Talk To God – 2:49
3 – Holy, Holy, Holy – 1:45
4 – One Of These Days – 2:23
5 – Three Nails – 3:23
6 – The Anthem – 2:24
7 – He Lets Me Know – 2:00
8 – Glorified – 2:38
9 – Is Anyone Thirsty? – 3:05
10 – I’d Rather Stay – 3:05

Credits
Arranged By – Undercover
Artwork By – Debby Edwards
Backing Vocals – Undercover
Drums – Gary Olson
Engineer – Dan Willard, Gord Driver, O-Joe Taylor* Ron Leeper
Guitar – Neel Down
Keyboards – Turner Burn
Lead Vocals – Bill Walden
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Derri Daugherty, O-Joe Taylor
Photography – Ken Baley, Linda Dillon Baley
Producer – O-Joe Taylor
Saxophone – Bill Walden
Trumpet [Additional] – Dave Hackbarth

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Maranatha! Music
Copyright (c) – Maranatha! Music
Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&S Records
Copyright (c) – A&S Records
Recorded At – Sound Affair
Recorded At – Whitefield Studios
Mastered At – A&M Studios

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Steve Camp – Fire and Ice – 1984

This 1984 release from Steve gave us more of what we expected from him. His pop sound continued on this album with some excellent light guitar riffs. The album single “Love’s Not A Feeling” made it to #4 on the CCM chart and staying on the chart for 30 weeks. “Living In Laodicea” also charted but only made it to #13. There were lots of guest appearances on this album including, Gary Lunn and Dann Huff from White Heart, Joe English as well as Carol and Rob Frazier.

Tracklist
1 – Upon This Rock – 3:37
2 – It Is Good – 3:37
3 – Love’s Not A Feeling – 4:17
4 – Heart Of Stone – 4:10
5 – Living In Laodicea – 4:04
6 – Squeeze – 4:57
7 – Fire And Ice – 2:55
8 – Light Your Candle – 3:48
9 – What Would The Devil Say – 2:59
10 – Where Are The Heroes – 4:52

Credits
Arranged By – John Rosasco, Steve Camp
Art Direction – Stan Evenson Design
Backing Vocals – Carol Frazier, Charity McCrary, Diane Thiel, Howard McCrary, Joane Anderson, Joe English, Kevin Thiel, Linda McCrary, Rob Frazier, Steve Camp
Bass – Gary Lunn, John Patitucci
Cover [Coordination] – B. Charlyne Hinesley
Design [Lyric Sheet] – John Taylor, Marlene Bergmann
Drums – Joe English, Keith Edwards
Engineer – Wally Grant
Engineer [Additional] – Brent Maher, Greg Butler, Hank Neuberger, Mike Ross, Steve Wyer
Guitar – Dann Huff, Marty Walsh
Mastered By – Steve Hall
Percussion – Alex MacDougal
Photography By – Craig Barnes
Producer – John Rosasco, Steve Camp
Programmed By [Synthesizer] – Rhett Lawrence
Saxophone – Brandon Fields

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Hearn Records Fund II, Ltd.
Published By – Birdwing Music
Published By – Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company Inc.
Published By – High Pinnacle Music
Published By – Priority Music, Inc.
Published By – Word Music, Inc.
Engineered At – Weddington Studios
Mastered At – Future Disc

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Saint – Warriors Of The Son – 1984

This was the first release from Saint. The first issue was very limited and generally sold at their live shows. They did a tour warming up for Stryper and this is when the majority of these first issue EP’s were sold. The EP was immediately re-released on Morada records and this is the release most vinyl owners have. The album has been re-released on CD a few times with various remastering attempts. The original recording is a little rough around the edges so the remasters aren’t all that good. In my opinion that rough sound suits them well. This is a great Heavy Metal EP from what became a legendary Christian Metal Band.

Tracklist
1 – Plan 2 – 6:23
2 – Legions Of The Dead – 4:22
3 – Abyss – 4:11
4 – Warriors Of The Son – 3:56
5 – Vicars Of Fate – 3:53
6 – Time’s Wasting – 4:36

Credits
Bass – Richard Lynch
Drums – Tim Lamberson
Engineer – Dee Harrington, Richard Lynch, Tom Nunes
Engineer, Cover, Layout – Jason Carter
Guitar – Dee Harrington, Jerry Johnson
Music By – John Mahan (tracks: 3, 5, 7, 8), Richard Lynch
Producer – Richard Lynch
Vocals – Josh Kramer
Words By – Gene McClendon (tracks: 4), Richard Lynch

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Brent Lamb – Tug of War – 1984

Yes this is the same Brent Lamb from Cornerstone and LoveNote and this was his first solo album after working with them. This album is decidedly easy listening and I think it compares with Sweet Comfort Band’s early albums. It spawned 2 chart songs, “Quiet Please” peaked at #26 and was on the charts for 9 weeks. “I’m Not Worried” was on the charts for 18 weeks and peaked at #36. While this album is easy listening there are a couple pop tunes that should get you tapping your toes.

Tracklist
1 – Fire Escape – 3:55
2 – Cleaning House – 3:10
3 – Nature Of His Son – 3:33
4 – I’m Not Worried – 4:19
5 – Quiet Please – 3:56
6 – Tug Of War – 3:39
7 – Hide Me Lord – 4:24
8 – Waiting Is Worth It – 3:26
9 – One Way To Go – 3:39
10 – You Made Me That Way – 3:39

Credits
Arranged By [Rhythm Tracks], Backing Vocals [Additional] – Brent Lamb
Arranged By [Strings] – Alan Moore
Backing Vocals – Gary Janney (tracks: A2, A4, B3), Gary Pigg (tracks: A2, A4, B3), Marty McCall (tracks: A2, A4, B3)
Bass – Mike Brignardello
Calligraphy [Handlettering] – Deb Mahalanobis
Conductor – Carl Gorodetzky
Design Concept, Art Direction, Design – Bill Barnes
Drums – Dennis Holt
Engineer [Additional] – Bob Clark, Rocky Schnaars, Willie Pevear
Engineer, Mixed By – Jeff Balding
Executive-Producer – Michael DeMonico
Graphics – Barnes & Company
Guitar – Jon Goin
Mastered By – Hank Williams
Photography By – Matt Barnes
Producer, Keyboards, Arranged By [Rhythm Tracks] – Phil Naish
Saxophone – Sam Levine (tracks: B4)
Strings – The Nashville String Machine

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Singspiration
Copyright (c) – Singspiration
Produced For – 19th Street Productions
Published By – Singspiration Music
Published By – Laurel Press
Published By – River Oaks Music Co.
Published By – Tree Group
Recorded At – Bullet Recording
Recorded At – Morningstar Sound Studio
Recorded At – Great Circle Sound
Recorded At – The Garage Studio
Recorded At – Center Stage Studio
Recorded At – Gold Mine Studio East
Mixed At – Gold Mine Studio East
Mastered At – Mastermix
Pressed By – Electrosound Group Midwest, Inc.

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September – Lines Are Falling – 1984


This was the 3rd album from siblings Russ, Dale, and Doug Kirkland who called themselves September. The brothers (and Sister Dale) brought in several studio musicians for this album to help out. The album is your average mid 80’s Pop album. Nothing spectacular but fun and easy to listen to and would be in my collection.

Tracklist
1 – Lines Are Falling – 4:12
2 – Too Little Time – 4:16
3 – Ready To Live – 3:43
4 – Calling For You – 3:48
5 – Night Song – 3:02
6 – Never Never – 3:04
7 – Somethin’s Comin’ – 4:28
8 – You Don’t Love Me – 4:00
9 – Hold Your Ground – 3:46
10 – Far From There – 3:45

Credits
Arranged By – September
Artwork – Doug Kirkland
Concept By – September
Engineer – Sturm
Mastered By – Larry Nix
Mixed By – Dale Kirkland Teiman, Russ Kirkland, Sturm
Photography By – Doug Smith
Producer – Dale Kirkland Teiman, Russ Kirkland

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Edin-Ådahl – X-Factor – 1984

This is the second North American release from the brothers Edin and Ådahl. It has a slightly more refined sound than the first album but more fun as well. Again it was previously released in Sweden in Swedish but the album was called “Maktfaktor” which translates as “Power Factor”. We have also uploaded that album and the link is below. Again the lyrics can be a struggle due to translation but they are good enough and the more of these great Swedish bands you hear the more you can forgive it.

Swedish Version

Tracklist
1 – X-Factor – 4:13
2 – Like A Motion Picture – 3:00
3 – I’m Waiting For You – 4:06
4 – Hold On – 2:87
5 – Blind (A New Day Tomorrow) – 4:87
6 – Closer And Closer – 3:51
7 – The Secret Of It All – 4:16
8 – Listen Brother! – 3:85
9 – I Love You – 3:41
10 – Thousand Years – 3:03

Credits
Design Concept [Cover And Insert Concept], Artwork By – Jeff Spencer
Engineer – Niklas Flyckt, Ulf Westman
Engineer, Mixed By – Peter In de Betou
Producer, Arranged By – Edin-Adahl

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Refuge Records
Copyright (c) – Refuge Records
Distributed By – The Benson Company, Inc.
Distributed By – Lawson Falle Limited
Distributed By – Leon Music A.B.
Distributed By – Window Records Ltd.
Distributed By – Revelation Recordings (4)
Distributed By – Pila Music GmbH
Recorded At – Studio Bastun
Mixed At – Studio Bastun
Recorded At – Montezuma Studio
Published By – Royal Music
Published By – Snellsong

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Prodigal – Electric Eye – 1984

Electric Eye was the second studio album by Prodigal, released in 1984. Music videos were created for 3 songs, “Scene of the Crime,” “Fast Forward” and “Boxes”. Apparently on Side 2 they added a track of computer code after the stop groove. The code could be copied to cassette and loaded to a Commodore 64. Then it would show you lyrics, graphics, and some info on the album. The album has a Rock/Pop sound and I generally agree with the choice of the 3 singles.

Tracklist
1 – Scene Of The Crime – 4:44
2 – Fast Forward – 4:43
3 – Masks – 4:05
4 – Just What I Need – 3:08
5 – Emerald City – 3:23
6 – Electric Eye – 5:00
7 – Bobby – 3:18
8 – Shout It Out – 3:25
9 – Neon – 5:15
10 – Boxes – 3:35
11 – Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus – 0:45

Credits
Arranged By – Prodigal
Artwork [Additional] – A.I.R. Studio
Bass – Mike Wilson
Design [Cover] – Dave Workman, Loyd Boldman
Design Concept [Cover] – Loyd Boldman
Drums, Vocals – Dave Workman
Effects [Special Sound FX] – Gary (Platinum) Platt
Engineer [Assistants] – Brad Kuenning, Paul Thompson, Rytt Hershberg
Graphics [Additional] – The Malone Group
Guitar, Vocals – Rick Fields
Keyboards, Vocals – Loyd Boldman
Mastered By – Mike Fuller
Mixed By [Additional Overdubs, Final Mixdown] – Gary Platt
Photography By [Back Cover] – Luther Blue
Photography By [Cover] – Gary Kessler
Producer – Jon Phelps
Recorded By – Greg McNeily
Sounds, Engineer [Concert Sound] – Paul Thompson
Written-By – Workman (tracks: A4, B5), Boldman (tracks: A1 to A3, A5 to B4)

Companies, etc.
Recorded By – The Full Sail Dream Machine
Mixed At – The Full Sail Dream Machine
Engineered At – Moonlight Sound
Mastered At – Criteria Recording Studios
Pressed By – Electrosound Group Midwest, Inc.
Distributed By – The Benson Company, Inc.
Published By – Between The Lines Music
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Heartland Records Company
Copyright (c) – Heartland Records Company

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