This is another album from Praise records out of Vancouver BC Canada. Because of this it is almost impossible to find out anything about it. Also as usual this is a fantastic artist that didn’t get the exposure he deserved. This is a frequent problem with Praise as they were able to put albums out but had no promotional skills or abilities at all. They were also very bad at paying artists which is anther story for another day. Just to be clear I have no idea if Jerry ever got paid, I’m basing that comment on MANY conversations with other Praise records clients. Anyway, what we have here is a pretty good album. It leans easy listening but there’s a couple pretty good pop tracks. With some proper promotion I can see this album having had a CCM single. While I was not able to find out much about Jerry at the time I am happy to let you know he is still making music and has a web page with some of it. While not my style of music it’s very well done and I admit to tapping my toes to a couple of tracks. If you ever read this Jerry keep it up.
Tracklist 1 – Give It Up – 3:46 2 – Why Do I Feel This Way – 3:36 3 – Livin’ Without A Reason – 3:00 4 – With My Music – 3:42 5 – Hold Fast – 3:42 6 – It’s You I Love – 3:22 7 – The Only Thing That Matters – 2:45 8 – Just A Really – 3:47 9 – Close Friends – 2:59 10 – Got To Tell You – 4:45
Credits Arranged By – Gerhart Von Delden Engineer – Nigel Blagborne Engineer [Additional Engineering] – Doug Wong Mixed By – Jerry Proppe, Nigel Blagborne Producer – Lorbi
The previous Imperials album to this one, “Side By Side”, was one of the Imperials least popular albums as it was just a little too Worship oriented. The Imperials returned with this album of far more pop oriented songs. Obviously they were going after a more youthful audience. The album succeeds relatively well in that regard with a few songs I would almost classify as pop, especially the first three tracks. After that the album dissolves into a normal Imperials album. Two of those first three tracks actually singled. “Let The Wind Blow” made it to #1 and “In The Promised Land” peaked at #3 on the charts. Also charting were “Jericho” at #12 and “Taking the Time” at #27. The people in charge should have noticed the success of this pop sound but alas on most albums we were only treated to one of two songs that had that sound. My final thoughts on this release is that it is probably one of their best albums from a youthful perspective. That said it never made it’s way into our collections at the time so maybe I’m completely wrong.
1 – In The Promised Land – 4:18
2 – Bread Of Life – 3:53
3 – Let The Wind Blow – 5:03
4 – Jericho – 4:54
5 – The Deeper Meaning – 4:08
6 – Sing For Joy – 3:31
7 – Today – 3:43
8 – Taking The Time – 3:56
9 – Miracles – 4:17
10 – Not To Us, O Lord – 4:18
Arranged By – Brown Bannister, Imperials
Arranged By [Horns] – Jerry Hey
Art Direction – Kent Hunter, Thomas Ryan Design
Bass – Mike Brignardello, Nathan East
CGI Artist – Daniel Buehler
Design – Kent Hunter, Thomas Ryan Design
Drums – Paul Leim
Electric Piano, Synthesizer – John Schriner, Michael W. Smith, Robbie Buchanan, Shane Keister
Engineer, Mixed By – Jack Joseph Puig
Executive-Producer – Dan Harrel, Michael Blanton
Guitar – Dann Huff
Horns – Berwyn Linton, William F. Reichenbach, Charles B. Findley, Doug Dana, Gary E. Grant, Jerry Hey, Lawrence L. Williams
Keyboards, Piano – Bill Purse, Keith Thomas, Michael W. Smith
Percussion – Paulinho Da Costa
Photography By – Mark Tucker (7)
Producer – Brown Bannister
Programmed By [Fairlight] – Rhett Lawrence
Companies, etc. Record Company – Word, Inc. Recorded At – Santa Barbara Sound Design Recorded At – Bullet Recording Recorded At – The Bennett House Recorded At – Bill Schnee Studios Recorded At – Mama Jo’s Mixed At – Mama Jo’s Mastered At – The Mastering Lab Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc. Copyright (c) – Word, Inc.
So a friend of ours stumbled on the fact that a Danger Zone track on their 1985 album is actually a cover from this band. Let’s be clear that neither band is very well known but both should have been better known. This is a German band and as near as I can tell this album was only released in Germany and was their only album. It’s on Pila Music which is/was a German CCM label that was fairly well known in the European market. Strangely it’s a live album and I can only think that the band was pretty well known as the audience is well aware of the tracks. I saw in a conversation about them that they did open for Larry Norman on one of his European tours. For that reason alone we should have heard of this band. Anyway, it’s a great pop album and I really wish I had heard of it back in the 80’s as I certainly would have pushed it in the Canadian market.
Tracklist 1 – Winners – 3:52 2 – Spiritual Masquerade – 3:49 3 – Dancing In The Summer Rain – 3:25 4 – Fantasize – 4:07 5 – For You – 4:38 6 – Robot System – 4:18 7 – Keep On Rocking – 4:17 8 – Fighting – 2:34 9 – Thanx For Friends – 3:50 10 – Roter Mond – 4:16
Credits Arranged By, Producer – Pieces Bass, Vocals – Gerhard Barth Crew [Roadcrew], Engineer [Sound] – Thorsten Herdejost Crew [Roadcrew], Lighting [Lights] – Christoph Hahnl Design – Zquare Drums – Matt Staiger Guitar – Tommy Schmieder Keyboards, Vocals – Andy Staiger Lead Vocals – Heike Barth Management – Mike Raven Mixed By – Gerhard Barth, Helmut Ruloffs Other [Clothing] – Pash Photography By – Fritz Schöttner
Fierce Heart was Rex Carroll’s first published band. Rex was already 24 years old by the time this album came out and while he says he was a late bloomer I think that extra time until being recorded allowed his guitar playing to bloom. The whole idea of Fierce Heart was courtesy of Atlantic records though Rex did have a strong hand in picking the band. Jim Delehant & Chris Lord-Alge produced the album and they knew what they were doing which makes this a very well produced album. The album didn’t really catch which I find surprising considering how good it is but I suspect that there were probably rumours of Rex’s faith and we all know that in main stream music that is the kiss of death. Personally I think “Never Gonna Make Me Cry” is as good as anything else in this genre for the era and it should have singled on secular radio but I suspect it was never sent to the radio stations for consideration. Rex actually said both the band and the record company they knew the album cover was garbage but in typical music industry ways of the day it never got changed and it really is horrible. Rex authorized a re-release of the album and this jumped the band back into existence and Rex cut a new album using the band name, though with all new members, in 2020.
Tracklist 1 – Echoes – 1:34 2 – Fierce Heart – 3:45 3 – Out For Blood – 4:04 4 – Lion’s Share – 3:30 5 – Search And Destroy – 4:30 6 – Heroes – 3:55 7 – Never Gonna Make Me Cry – 4:05 8 – Bad Maureen – 4:15 9 – Loose Lips – 4:15
Credits Choir, Engineer [Production Assistant] – Tom Lord-Alge Cover – Marshall Arisman Drums, Programmed By [Fairlight Programming], Producer, Engineer, Choir – Chris Lord-Alge Engineer [Assistant] – Cathy Gazzo Guitar, Choir – Rex Carroll Management – John Doumanian Mastered By – Dennis King Producer, Choir – Jim Delehant Vocals, Bass, Choir – Larry Elkins
Companies, etc. Published By – Fierce Heart Music Published By – Girder Music Published By – Robbin Rae Music Published By – Green Mirage Music Distributed By – Atlantic Recording Corporation Pressed By – Allied Record Company
This was Kerry Livgren’s first album calling his band just AD. This album bumped up against the mainstream record label and rumour has it that the legalities of Kerry getting this album out was a nightmare. Kerry stated that the complete name change to AD was because he wanted to credit the whole band but behind the scenes it is fairly well known that his contract with CBS records meant he couldn’t even use his name. This release was on Kerygma Records and distributed by Sparrow. The album itself has a bit of a Kansas feel but not as much as you might think. Kerry’s songwriting skills are strong on this album and that helps the album stand out from his work with Kansas.
Tracklist 1 – All Creation Sings – 4:22 2 – We Are The Men – 4:41 3 – Lead Me To Reason – 3:56 4 – The Only Way To Have A Friend – 4:16 5 – Games Of Chance And Circumstance – 4:18 6 – The Fury – 5:34 7 – Progress – 4:39 8 – Heartland – 3:42 9 – Zion – 3:26 10 – Up From The Wastland – 4:25
Credits Bass Guitar – Dave Hope Design Concept, Executive Producer, Management – Ken Marcellino Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals – Dennis Holt Engineer [Additional Assistance] – Gary Westman Executive Producer, Management – Mark Ferjulian Guitar, Keyboards – Kerry Livgren Illustration [Front Cover Illustration] – Tim Wild Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Design Concept, Engineer – Michael Gleason Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Woodwind, Harmonica – Warren Ham Management – FM Management Mastered By – Glenn Meadows Producer, Engineer – Kerry Livgren Written-By – Kerry Livgren, Michael Gleason, Warren Ham
We actually don’t know very much about Rushing Wind. I was able to see that member Dave Hodel did have a solo album in 1983 which we are currently hunting for. Other than that I don’t have much info so lets talk about the album. It has a pretty good mid 80’s pop sound. In fact I’m kind of surprised the band didn’t do better. The album was produced by Paul Clark who did an excellent job in my opinion. As near as I can tell the album was self released and distributed. The band did tour in support of the album and here was even a slight scandal involving Dave’s father you was actually the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. It was a nothing burger however so don’t I don’t hold anything against the band. So this is one you should give a listen to in my opinion, it deserves some attention.
Tracklist 1 – Don’t Be Like The World – 3:13 2 – Distinctions – 3:22 3 – Shadow of Your Doubt – 3:01 4 – Giver Of A Bad Report – 3:11 5 – You’re The One – 3:14 6 – Just This Once – 4:12 7 – Give It Away – 3:22 8 – True Love – 3:45 9 – We Wait In Hope – 3:22 10 – Praise – 2:38 11 – Take My Heart – 4:16
Credits Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – John F Shaw Drums, Percussion, Electric Piano, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Dean Baskerville Drums, Percussion, Synthesizer, Electric Piano, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Joel F Shaw Electric Piano, Synthesizer, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Dave Hodel Engineer – Wally Grant Engineer [Second] – Terry Lang Producer, Engineer – Paul Clark Synthesizer, Electric Piano, Backing Vocals – Rob Farley Woodwind – Rod Martin
Companies, etc. Recorded At – Weddington Studios Mixed At – Weddington Studios
Commissioned was formed in 1982 in Detroit Michigan. The six original members were Fred Hammond, Mitchell Jones, Keith Staten, Karl Reid, Michael Brooks, and Michael Williams but by the time this first album was put out the members had adjusted slightly. If I had to classify them as a group I would say they are the soul version of the Imperials. This album was very well received and Light records made an excellent decision to release this one. My understanding is that the album was recorded without a record deal and was shopped around. Light Records would go on to release 4 more albums by the band before they moved on to Benson. The album itself is an excellent light soul album that was prefect for the time it was released.
Tracklist 1 – I’m Going On – 3:51 2 – ‘Tis So Sweet – 4:14 3 – I Can See Jesus – 4:40 4 – Unworthy – 4:34 5 – You’ve Got A Friend – 3:56 6 – The City – 3:55 7 – Giving My Problems (To You) – 4:26 8 – Surely We Need Him – 4:35
Credits Fred Hammond – Vocals, Bass Keith Staten – Vocals Mitchell Jones – Vocals Karl Reid – Vocals Michael Brooks – Keyboards Michael Williams – Drums Scotti Jones – percussions
Teri is back with her 2nd and last CCM album. Teri had frequent disputes with her record companies and is known in the industry for sticking to her guns on the issue. Unfortunately this probably robbed us from more great music from her. That said if I’ve learned one thing over time it’s that artists are almost always in the right in these disputes so I don’t blame her. Anyway this is a great pop album and is a little more upbeat than her previous CCM album. Like her other albums it was produced by her husband Bill Purse. The production is excellent and I have always wondered why we didn’t see his name on more albums but I’m assuming the friction with record companies may have made him persona non grata for other artists.
Tracklist 1 – Celebrate – 4:58 2 – Tapestry – 3:56 3 – Attitude Of Gratitude – 4:25 4 – Voices In The Wind – 4:53 5 – I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier – 4:50 6 – Truth – 4:43 7 – Ain’t Givin’ Up, No Way – 4:00 8 – All Day Thursday – 5:29
Credits Backing Vocals – Jon Joyce, Keely Koehr Backing Vocals, Psaltery – Teri DeSario Purse Bass Guitar – Bill Bodine Drums – Art Wood Engineer [Assistant] – Bruce Sugar, Steve Ford Engineer [Assistant], Psaltery – Jeff Demorris Engineer, Mixed By – Kevin Clark Flute, Recorder – Stephen Kujala* French Horn – Joe Meyer Mastered By – Doug Sax Percussion – Michael Fisher Producer, Arranged By, Piano, Synthesizer, Backing Vocals – Bill Purse Trombone – Alan Kaplan Trumpet – Roy Poper Tuba – Ross Deroche
Companies, etc. Recorded At – Middle Sea Sound Recorded At – Baby’O Recorders Recorded At – Mama Jo’s Mixed At – Mama Jo’s Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
This is Robin’s 3rd album and his first on a larger label. Robin was well known for his heavy touring schedule and I’m pretty sure this album increased that schedule. This is a great 80’s pop album but I haven’t heard his previous 2 albums yet so I don’t know if this is the style he was previously doing. The only strange this about the album is that there are 3 instrumental tracks which is rather odd for a pop album. While a lesser known album this is one that deserves a listen.
Tracklist 1 – Titanic – 3:28 2 – God So Loved – 3:04 3 – Starting Over – 3:50 4 – Let The Truth Come Out – 4:32 5 – Lift Up Your Voices – 3:17 6 – Beatitudes – 2:55 7 – Seven Seventy-Seven – 3:15 8 – Quiet Times – 4:26 9 – Third World – 3:05
Credits Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Producer, Music By, Lyrics By – Robin Crow Bass – Michael Rhodes Design [Cover] – Jeff Spencer Drums – David Lawbaugh Electric Guitar, Co-producer – George Cocchini Engineer – Dave Perkins, Doug Sarrett Engineer, Mixed By – Chris McCollum Executive-Producer – Ray Nenow Mastered By – Benny Quinn Mixed By – Brent King Photography By – Clark Thomas Synthesizer – Shane Keister
This is Leon’s 6th solo album and in my opinion his best up to this point. The album has a strong soul pop fell and sound. Leon perfected this very narrow sound as far as CCM music was concerned and his sales numbers showed this. Again Leon essentially played all the instruments though John Robinson did provide a few drum tracks and Leon also wrote all the tracks except one. I have great respect for Leon as he was able to get albums out almost every year. Considering he played most the instruments, did the production and wrote the tracks you simply have to respect that.
Tracklist 1 – Love Around The World – 4:49 2 – Up And Over – 5:59 3 – One Thing Leads To Another – 4:06 4 – Magic Man – 5:14 5 – Fire – 3:19 6 – Friends In High Places – 3:35 7 – I’ll Be With You – 5:11 8 – Treat Her Like A Lady – 4:16 9 – Safe Delivery – 3:29 10 – The Lord’s Prayer – 5:07
Credits Executive-Producer – George Duke Mixed By – Raymond Jones Producer, String Arranger, Songwriter, Guitar, Synthesizer, Drums, Drums Synthesizer, Fender Rhodes, Bass, Horns, Lead and Background Vocals – Leon Patillo Drums – John Robinson