Tim Miner – I Know You Think You Know – 1988

Recently David Lowman said the following, “If there was any real justice in the world of 80’s CCM, artists Jon Gibson and Tim Miner would have sold out arenas.” Upon reading that I broke out this album, Tim’s second, and gave it a listen to see if I agreed and David is absolutely correct. This is a fantastic 80’s pop album. 1988 might have been a little too late for it but really Christian music was always a little behind the secular trends and this was actually a good thing in my opinion. While Tim had been writing music for others, about the time of this album is when his writing skills really took off and his songs appear on many hit albums. He also started producing at this point in his career and his skills in that capacity are excellent. If you only have time for one track I suggest “Too Casual”, it’s easily the best track on the album.

1 – Hey You! – 3:55
2 – I Know You Think You Know – 4:14
3 – Did I Forget To Say – 4:08
4 – Too Casual – 3:43
5 – Cover Me – 4:08
6 – Smarter Than Crack – 4:24
7 – Degeneration – 3:07
8 – You Know I Love This Feelin – 3:55
9 – Masquerade – 3:09
10 – Now (I Lay Me Down To Sleep) – 3:00

Arranged By [Horn Arrangement] – Don Wallace, Tim Miner
Art Direction – Barbara Catanzaro-Hearn
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Angie Winans, BeBe Winans, Cindy Cruse, Cliff Jones, Debbie Winans, Debra Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Gavin Potter, Janice Archer Cruse, Janie Cruse Stone, Joe Cruse, III, John Cruse, Karen Cruse Adams, Mark Freeman, Nancy Cruse, Nicole “Bubbles” Bruce, Rob Johnson, Ronnie V., Todd Walters
Backing Vocals – David Pack
Backing Vocals – The Winans
Bass – Tommy Sims
Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmed By, Backing Vocals, Engineer, Mixed By, Producer – Tim Miner
Design – Peter Nomura, Stan Evenson Design Inc.
Drums – Ric Norris
Engineer – Kelly Hemphill, Ron Lagerloff
Engineer, Mixed By – Loyd Harris, Randy Adams
Guitar – James Dillingham, Michael Gallaher, Michael Landau, Phil Keaggy
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Michael Sembello
Guitar, Keyboards, Engineer – Brian Tankersley
Keyboards, Programmed By, Programmed By, Engineer – Rhett Lawrence
Mastered By – Steve Hall
Mixed By [Remixing] – Brian Tankersley, Don Wallace, Loyd Harris, Tim Miner
Percussion – Charles Barnett
Photography By – Bonnie Schiffman
Photography – Mark Tucker
Piano, Keyboards, Strings, Backing Vocals [Background Vocals], Engineer, Mixed By – Don Wallace
Producer – Brian Tankersley, Don Wallace, James Everette
Trombone – Keith Adkins
Trumpet – Jay Saunders, Keith Jourdan, Scott Marsrow

Companies, etc.
Recorded At – KnightLight Studios
Recorded At – “Rhett’s Place” Studio
Recorded At – Eat Yourself Into A Coma Studio
Recorded At – Motown Recording Studios
Recorded At – Selah Studios, Detroit, MI
Recorded At – Eagle Mountain Studios
Recorded At – Bossa Nova Hotel
Recorded At – Mighty White Studios
Mastered At – Future Disc
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – The Sparrow Corporation
Copyright © – The Sparrow Corporation

Bill Baumgart – The Kindling – 1988

I want to start out being clear about one thing. Bill is/was an excellent producer and in fact I believe he’s one of the best in the business. That said when it came to his own album my praise for him falls short. As you listen to this album know that the following artists all chipped in on the project, Dann Huff, Phil Keaggy, John Elefante, and David Huff. With that line up you would think that this should be an excellent album. Unfortunately it’s just an average album. Not a bad album, just a dull album. This is not the first time I’ve seen this from a producer. I can only theorize that their opinion of their own musical skills clouds the proper ability to produce a great album. That said the album does have a real high point with “Turn Your Heart Around” being an excellent duet with Crystal Lewis. Bill produced her albums so this seems like a natural pairing. So as I usually say in these situations, not a bad album, just not a great album.

1 – The Kindling – 4:14
2 – The Only Game In Town – 4:33
3 – Could It Be You Knew? – 4:58
4 – Turn Your Heart Around – 3:31
5 – No More Night – 4:22
6 – Heaven – 5:30
7 – Return The Favor – 3:48
8 – Lost Inside Of You – 4:32
9 – I Will Be There – 3:55
10 – Theme For A Child – 4:33
11 – Take It – 4:31
12 – Praise Medley – 5:02

Art Direction – Ed McTaggart
Artwork [Litho Prep] – Gershwin Graphics
Backing Vocals – Allison Beech, Bill Baumgart, Bob Carlisle, John Elefante
Bass – James Jamerson, John Patitucci
Drums – David Huff, Pete Pfiefer
Engineer – Bill Baumgart, Dave Jahnsen, Eric Kibbe, Kirt Shearer, Tim Heintz
Guitar – Bob Somma, Dann Huff, Phil Keaggy
Illustration [Cover] – John Dickenson
Keyboards – Bill Baumgart, Tim Heintz
Photography By – Michael Seeley
Producer, Arranged By – Bill Baumgart
Saxophone – David Koz
Trumpet [Tpt] – Greg Prechel

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Frontline Records
Copyright © – Frontline Records
Distributed By – The Benson Company, Inc.
Published By – Broken Songs
Published By – House Of Mercy Music
Published By – Word Music
Recorded At – Asylomar
Glass Mastered at – Nimbus, Virginia

Street Angel – Newland! – 1988

This is the second and last album from Street Angel. It is a little less U2ish than their first album but I think I preferred their first album. Strangely the band seems to consist of only one member, Bill Romansky. He had an album out in 1979 using his name but this is all I can find out about him so for this album we’re just gonna have to enjoy the music.

1 – Sinsad – 5:16
2 – Love Will Set You Free – 2:56
3 – Sun Don’t Shine – 5:13
4 – Better Off Today – 3:51
5 – Heart Of Hearts – 4:45
6 – Newland – 3:33
7 – King Of Rock And Roll – 2:35
8 – Breathe On Me – 2:34
9 – God Is Not – 6:46

Executive-Producer – Armand Pirollo
Guest – Michaux Cocoon
Performer – Bill Romansky
Producer – Street Angel

Companies, etc.
Distributed By – Spectra Distribution, Inc.

Larry Howard – Shout! – 1988

As I tried to read up on Larry online I was a bit surprised how little I could find about his Christian years. His bio’s are focused on his time with Grinderswitch but he had a very successful CCM career also. Oh well anyway this is Larry’s second solo album and it’s even better than his first album that was great in itself. Larry turns up the big band sound for this blues oriented album. The band he put together for the album are mostly little known artists with the exception of keyboard player Kenny Smith who had a relatively successful solo career. Anyway if you love the blues you will love this album as it’s one of the best CCM blues albums ever.

1 – Nobody But You – 2:45
2 – Carry Your Brother – 3:54
3 – It’s Only You – 4:43
4 – Shout! – 3:19
5 – Connecting Roads – 3:18
6 – Prisoner Of The Lord – 3:08
7 – Fire – 4:15
8 – (Tell It) Goodbye – 3:55
9 – Don’t Turn Away – 3:25
10 – A Road Leading Home – 5:44

Arranged By [Background Vocal Arrangements] – Donnie Harper
Arranged By [Horn Arrangements] – Larry Brubaker
Backing Vocals – Carlet Williams, Elnora Williams, Karen Williams
Bass Guitar – Slim Powell
Design [Album Graphics] – Michael Pierce
Drums – Clarence V. Roddie
Engineer [Assistant] – Daniel Rudin
Mastered By – Benny Quinn
Percussion – Emedin Riveria
Photography By – Ashlin Brelin
Piano, Organ, Synthesizer – Kenny Smith
Producer – Gary F. Montgomery
Producer, Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Larry Howard
Recorded By, Mixed By, Producer – Tad Bush
Tenor Saxophone – Sonny Brown
Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone – Bill Harris
Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone – Rob Debellis

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Refuge Records
Copyright © – Refuge Records
Recorded At – Grand Slam Studios
Mixed At – Downstage Studio
Mastered At – Masterfonics
Distributed By – Spectra Distribution

Kim Boyce – Time And Again – 1988

The Queen of CCM Pop is back with her second album. Now I know a few of you are shouting that Amy Grant was the Queen but let’s face it, Amy didn’t do Pop. You can’t even classify her as AOR, she was easy listening that’s it. Kim on the other hand embraced the Female Pop sound of the 80’s and this album is proof. I will say that the album opens with a rather odd track. It’s a Pop cover of Rare earth’s “I Just Want To Celebrate” and well, it’s different. Of all the 70’s songs I would have “Popped” up I doubt I would have chosen this one. I still haven’t decided if I like it or not. I didn’t like the original song so maybe that’s causing my confusion. Strangely this track also made it to #2 on the CCM charts. Given the rather internal politics of the CCM charts I find this odd. Speaking of the charts this album also had two more top 10 hits, “You Can Be Mine” and “You’re Always There”. It had two more singles that didn’t break the top 10, “Not For Me” made it to #15 and “Lovin’ You” made it to #37. So in total the album had 5 charting singles which is pretty darn good. The added bonus is that you can listen to the album without falling asleep, pretty rare for a CCM album with this many charting singles.

1 – I Just Want To Celebrate – 3:35
2 – Not For Me – 4:05
3 – You Can Be Mine – 4:43
4 – Say It – 3:34
5 – Lovin’ You – 4:24
6 – Save Me – 4:42
7 – Lonely Man – 4:23
8 – Stop Fighting – 5:08
9 – You’re Always There – 4:00

Susie Allenson – Songwriter
Kim Boyce – Vocals, Backing Vocals, Songwriter
Spencer Campbell – Bass
George Cocchini – Guitar, Songwriter, Arranger
Trent Dean – Songwriter, Arranger, Drum Programming
Dino Fekaris – Songwriter
James Hollihan – Songwriter, Arranger, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Guitar
Chris Rodriguez – Backing Vocals
John Andrew Schreiner – Keyboards, Bass, Arranger
Jimmie Lee Sloas – Backing Vocals, Songwriter, Electric Piano, Bass, Duet Vocals, Drum Programming
Brian Tankersley – Producer, Arranger, Keyboards, Bass, Drum Programming, Backing Vocals, Songwriter, Guitar
Kirk Whalum – Sax
Nick Zesses – Songwriter
David Zycheck – Guitar

Companies, etc.
Record Company – Word, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Word, Inc.
Copyright © – Word, Inc.
Manufactured By – Word, Inc.
Produced For – GBT Productions
Recorded At – Cat Head Studio
Recorded At – OmniSound Studios
Mixed At – Mastermix
Mixed At – Rivendell Recorders
Published By – Jobete Music Co., Inc.
Published By – Word Music
Published By – Marquis III
Published By – Dayspring Music
Published By – Promiseland Music
Published By – James Hollihan Music
Published By – Cheerful Earful Music
Made By – Discovery Systems – 2C60900B

Gogo Street – Gogo Street – 1988

I know nothing about this band. Nothing! Except I love every single song. I have no idea when I acquired this cassette as it was never released in the United States. It was imported from the UK and what little I have been able to discover about the band is that they hailed from Glasgow, Scotland. When one things of pop/new wave from the 1980’s, the musical styling of Gogo Street is exactly what they think of. Ranging from keyboard driven soulful new wave akin to General Public and to anthemic dance grooved new wave like Men Without Hats. There is really no CCM comparison outside of maybe 441, Kaja or Crumbacher. It’s really an album with listening to to discover for yourself. The album kicks off with “Prisoner of Conscience,” sounding most like General Public of a more keyboard driven Duran Duran. Music and melody is immediately likeable with vocals reminiscent of Spandau Ballet. “Turn to Gold” follows with the most interesting musical composition on the album. Though driven by the danceable beat that flourishes on the entire album, the guitar and keyboard interplay really sets this one apart. That as well as the great vocals. The favorite on the album is “Never Ending Love” that always reminds of Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Must be that Celtic riff that runs throughout the background while a more sustained driving keyboard leads the song along. It’s really one of the saddest testaments of the 1980’s CCM scene that bands like this simply disappeared and never made their way to the states. They would have immediately found an audience and would have fit nicely into the Southern California alternative/new wave scene of bands like Undercover, Crumbacher and Modern Mission.

Contributor David Lowman – https://legacyccmsgreatestalbums.wordpress.com/

1 – Prisoner Of Conscience – 3:18
2 – Fools Gold – 2:53
3 – Never Ending Love – 3:18
4 – Song Of The Vineyard – 2:43
5 – Journey (To The Centre Of Your Heart) – 3:19
6 – Tale Of Two – 3:04
7 – Dreaming Of Neverland – 2:31
8 – Uncrossable Miles – 3:06
9 – Paradise Found – 3:21
10 – 2000 Years – 3:32
11 – Words From Numbers – 3:27
12 – World Without End – 3:32
13 – Cross My Heart – 3:22

Norman Barratt – Barratt – 1988

This is the only true solo album from Norman Barratt which I found surprising considering how many albums he has in one form or another. The album highlights his guitar skills throughout and he also put in part time duty producing the album. Norman only signed on 2 artists to help with the album, Mark Olly on drums, and Steve Boyce on keyboards. While the album only has 8 tracks you get your money’s worth because there isn’t a track shorter that 4:30. While the album was only released in Europe in 1988 Refuge Records did a deal to release it in the U.S. in 1991.

1 – The Last Night – 5:20
2 – I Know Where You Are – 4:24
3 – I Can See It In Your Eyes – 5:01
4 – How I Know – 6:16
5 – Automatic Life – 5:36
6 – Still Waitin’ – 4:32
7 – When The Night Comes – 4:48
8 – Sing A New Song – 5:23

Cover [Cover Design] – Ron Bryant-Funnell
Engineer [Assistant] – Bob Little, Damon Gough
Guitar, Backing Vocals, Producer, Lead Vocals, Mixed By, Engineer [Assistant], Programmed By [Programming], Written-By – Norman Barratt
Keyboards, Producer, Mixed By, Engineer, Programmed By [Programming] – Steve Boyce-Buckley
Management – Bill Hampson
Percussion [Additional] – Mark Olly
Photography By – Johan Van Loo
Producer [Vocals Produced By] – Trevor Taylor (tracks: 4)
Software Instrument [Guitar f.x. And Programs Supplied By] – Neil Costello
Technician [Technical Assistant] – Stephen Naughton

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Edge Records
Copyright © – Edge Records
Licensed From – Kingsway Publications Ltd.
Distributed By – Kingsway Publications Ltd.
Made By – MPO
Recorded At – Square One Studios
Mixed At – Square One Studios
Published By – Thankyou Music

Sam Phillips – The Indescribable Wow – 1988

This is Leslie Phillips first album using the moniker Sam Phillips. It is also her first release in the secular music stream. Much has been written of her departure from the Christian music market but I will quote her instead of offering my opinion. In an interview with Enio Chiola in 2011 this is what she stated “I found out through that whole process that I wanted to learn how to write songs and make music better than I had before, and I realized that a lot of the fundamentalist people didn’t care about that, or were judgmental about that. It seemed that they had a very utilitarian view of art. That art was only to serve one purpose, which was to get across their point of view, and I didn’t agree.” I think I can safely say there were “artistic differences” between her and Myrrh records. For her first pop album T-Bone Burnett came on board to produce and the result is probably the best cross over album of any artist. It is no surprise to my regular readers that I am a huge T-Bone fan and this album is one of those reasons. After this album came out T-Bone and Leslie/Sam confirmed they were in a relationship and they did marry a year later.

1 – I Don’t Want To Fall In Love – 2:50
2 – I Don’t Know How To Say Goodbye To You – 3:18
3 – Flame – 2:33
4 – Remorse – 3:43
5 – What Do I Do – 3:52
6 – I Can’t Stop Crying – 3:17
7 – Holding On To The Earth – 3:00
8 – She Can’t Tell Time – 3:35
9 – What You Don’t Want To Hear – 2:59
10 – Out Of Time – 4:26

Arranged By – T Bone Burnett (tracks: 5), Van Dyke Parks, Van Dyke Parks (tracks: 5)
Bass – Jerry Scheff
Cello, Double Bass [String Bass] – Buell Niedlinger
Coordinator [Production Co-ordinator] – Tim Davis
Drum Machine – Ralph Forbes
Drums – Mickey Curry, Steve Jordan
Engineer [Assistant] – Brian Soucy, Clif Norrel, Dave Knight
Harpsichord, Harmonium, Bass – David Miner
Mastered By – Howie Weinberg
Mixed By – Kevin Killen
Organ – Mike Utley
Percussion, Drums – Alex Acuña
Producer, Guitar, Mandocello, Marxophone – T-Bone Burnett
Recorded By – Rik Pekkonen
Recorded By [Additional Recording] – Tchad Blake
Recorded By [Assistant] – Mike Ross
Trumpet – Darrel Leonard
Written-By – Sam Phillips (tracks: 1 to 10), T Bone Burnett (tracks: 7, 8)

Companies, etc.
Copyright © – Virgin Records America, Inc.
Copyright © – Virgin Records America, Inc.
Distributed By – WEA
Recorded At – Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At – The Sound Factory
Mastered At – Masterdisk

Megamouth 2 – The Great Skateboard Adventure – 1988

This is the second of 2 children’s albums done by Terry Taylor and Greg Flesch. This one is centered on a skateboarding theme with a story line of competing in said sport. Apparently this idea didn’t get much traction but I commend them for trying. This project didn’t age very well but it may have been cool in the 80’s if I was 10 years old.

1 – Megamouth Theme – 3:12
2 – You’re One In A Million – 4:24
3 – We’re Bad, That’s Good, and We’re Ugly (Viper’s Theme) – 5:22
4 – Quantized (Be a Good Sport) – 4:03
5 – Practice Makes Gnarly (Spinner’s Song) – 5:47
6 – Viper’s Theme Part 2 (Megamouth’s Answer) – 7:03
7 – Ready, Steady, Go – 8:00
8 – Tubin’ It – 1:21
9 – Getting Vertical (By Trustin’ The Lord) – 22:35

Art Direction, Layout – Ed McTaggart
Cover – John Dickenson
Engineer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Doug Doyle
Illustration – June Valentine
Mastered By – John Matousek
Producer, Arranged By, Recorded By, Mixed By, Instruments, Written-By, Concept By – Greg Flesch
Producer, Arranged By, Recorded By, Mixed By, Written-By, Concept By, Voice Actor – Terry Taylor
Vocals – Amy Watson, Lisa Grimaud*, Nancy Hanson, Nancy Marquez
Voice Actor, Vocals – Dan Rupple, Dennis Bowen, Diane Meador-Pemelton, Scott Rummell

Companies, etc.
Recorded At – 3-D Studios, Costa Mesa CA.
Mixed At – 3-D Studios, Costa Mesa CA.

Kerry Livgren / AD – Prime Mover – 1988

After the demise of AD Kerry Livgren and Warren Ham came back together to record and release this album using the AD name. It is said that this album was put together to fulfill contractual obligations and raise some funds. I’m not really sure if I believe this but it is said that Kerry said this but I can not find the actual quote. Kerry supplied all of the instruments with the exception of harp and sax supplied by Ham and this gives the album a rather unique sound and I really like it. I’m not disrespecting the rest of the band I’m just saying I really like this sound. The track “Portrait II” is actually a re-write of Portrait (He Knew), from the 1977 Kansas album Point of Know Return. Kerry rewrote it to be about Christ rather than Albert Einstein. Strangely the entire album was re-recorded and re-released in 1998 as Prime Mover II with 5 additional tracks. One last point of trivia of this album is that the UK vinyl version stated the title as “Prime Cuts” on the vinyl label. Rather odd error but errors on vinyl labels are actually quite common.

1 – Don’t Pass Me By – 4:24
2 – Fathers And Sons – 3:56
3 – Portrait II – 5:35
4 – Children Of The Shadows – 4:49
5 – Wandering Spirit – 4:04
6 – I’ll Follow You – 3:55
7 – New Kind Of Love – 3:37
8 – One More Song – 4:09
9 – T.G.B. – 5:58

Design – Nick Newton
Illustration [Photo Illustration] – Mark Fokol
Instrumentation By [All Instruments By] – Kerry Livgren
Lead Vocals – Warren Ham
Mastered By – Glen Meadows
Producer [Produced By] – Steve Walsh
Recorded By, Mixed By – Kerry Livgren
Vocals – Kerry Livgren, Steve Walsh, Dean Heitkamp, Michael Gleason

Companies, etc.
Produced For – GrandyZine Productions Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Kerry Livgren Productions,Inc.
Copyright (c) – Kerry Livgren Productions,Inc.
Recorded At – The Peach, Covington, GA
Mixed At – The Peach, Covington, GA
Mastered At – Masterfonics