Various – Twelve New Faces – 1989

This 1989 release from Myrrh/Word Records featured new, mainly unreleased artists. Quite frankly I was surprised this album was actually released by them as a lot of these songs have a very low JPM score (Jesus per minute). It is almost entirely New Wave/Pop but it does have a Zion song which does not fit on the album at all. Nothing against the song it just doesn’t fit on this sampler. You should honestly listen to this album as it has some real gold unreleased songs.

Tracklist
1 – Reigh Giglio – Round and Round – 4:20
2 – Wil Comstock – Kids On The Corner – 4:00
3 – Pierce Pettis – Seven Times Seventy – 3:08
4 – Two Tru – Tell Me Your Idea – 4:20
5 – Brighton – Stay With Me – 3:42
6 – Heartbeat – Air That I Breathe – 4:32
7 – Zion – Is It A Crime – 5:26
8 – Open City – Life Is So Strange – 4:01
9 – Selah – Greater Good – 3:45
10 – Milo Carter – Line My Streets With Gold – 5:22
11 – Brooks Williams – Mystery – 4:04
12 – Phil Madeira – The Only Thing I Can Believe In – 3:51

Originating Album
Reigh Giglio – Round and Round (Sunset Blues)
Wil Comstock – Kids On The Corner (Unreleased)
Pierce Pettis – Seven Times Seventy (While The Serpent Lies Sleeping)
Two Tru – Tell Me Your Idea (Unreleased)
Brighton – Stay With Me (Only released on demo)
Heartbeat – Air That I Breathe (The Winner)
Zion – Is It A Crime (Thunder From The Mountain)
Open City – Life Is So Strange (Unreleased)
Selah – Greater Good (Unreleased)
Milo Carter – Line My Streets With Gold (Unreleased)
Brooks Williams – Mystery (Unreleased)
Phil Madeira – The Only Thing I Can Believe In (Unreleased)

My opinion of this album’s songs
1 – Reigh Giglio – Round and Round – New Wave – Very Good
2 – Wil Comstock – Kids On The Corner – Pop – Filler Song
3 – Pierce Pettis – Seven Times Seventy – Pop – Good
4 – Two Tru – Tell Me Your Idea – Synth – Very Good
5 – Brighton – Stay With Me – New Wave – Very Good
6 – Heartbeat – Air That I Breathe – Pop – Filler Song
7 – Zion – Is It A Crime – Rock – Good
8 – Open City – Life Is So Strange – Pop – Very Good
9 – Selah – Greater Good – Pop – Filler Song
10 – Milo Carter – Line My Streets With Gold – Folk – Good
11 – Brooks Williams – Mystery – New Wave – Good
12 – Phil Madeira – The Only Thing I Can Believe In – Easy Listening – Good

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Various ‎– Underground Metal 2 – 1989

This was the followup sampler to Underground Metal 1. It actually has much more unreleased material on it so it’s a treat to listen to.

Tracklist
1 – Zion – Kick In The Gates – 3:10
2 – Phil Accardi’s Chalice – Victim Of The Night – 4:50
3 – Knightriot – Kiss The Black – 4:20
4 – Image – Lost – 2:55
5 – Ironwrath – The Stranger – 7:50
6 – Remnant – Can’t You See – 3:53
7 – Final Warning – Listen – 5:35
8 – Xalt – Dark War – 4:55
9 – Thresher – Apocalypse Prepare – 8:12

Track Origins (Album)
Zion – Kick In The Gates (Thunder From The Mountain)
Phil Accardi’s Chalice – Victim Of The Night (Take Control)
Knightriot – Kiss The Black (Speak No Evil Demo)
Image – Lost (Unreleased)
Ironwrath – The Stranger (Unreleased)
Remnant – Can’t You See (Unreleased)
Final Warning – Listen (Unreleased)
Xalt – Dark War (Dark War)
Thresher – Apocalypse Prepare (Totally Possessed Demo)

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Björn Stigsson – Together With Friends – 1989

This is Björn Stigsson’s lone solo album of the 80’s. Prior to this album he was with Leviticus and after this project he started a band called XT. This album is Heavy Metal primarily but there are a couple straight up Rock tunes. There are 2 real standout tracks on this album for me. First is “Come On” which is a straight out quality Rock & Roll tune. The other one that grabbed my ear’s attention was “It’s Alright” which is sung by Tina Spångberg. Her vocals are fantastic and it’s a pity that I can’t find anything else she ever recorded.

Tracklist
1 – Free – 1:04
2 – Come On – 5:08
3 – Lovin’ My Woman – 3:03
4 – I’m Gonna Rock – 2:29
5 – It’s Alright – 6:12
6 – Way Of Living – 4:02
7 – Stand Up – 4:00
8 – Come Together – 3:00
9 – Majestic In Power – 3:13
10 – King Of Glory – 5:02
11 – Here It Comes – 3:45
12 – I’m Free – 5:45

Credits
Bass – Håkan Andersson
Drums – Kjell Andersson
Guitar – Björn Stigsson
Keyboards – Dan Fernström, Dan Tibell
Lead Guitar – Harry Kay (tracks: B2)
Lead Vocals – Peo Pettersson, Sonny Larsson, Tina Spångberg
Producer – Peo Pettersson
Saxophone – Håkan Norling (tracks: A5)

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The Crucified – The Crucified – 1989

The Crucified were a Metal Thrash band out of Fresno CA. They formed in 1984 and floated 2 or 3 demos around before being offerede a deal with start-up label, Narrowpath Records. The band toured California in support of the album including an appearence at Cornerstone. As for the album, it’s thrash metal. That’s all I can say as every track sounds identical to me except for the lyrics which I can’t make out anyway.

Tracklist
1 – The Pit – 3:13
2 – Diehard – 3:01
3 – Your Image – 1:32
4 – Getting A Grip On Things – 3:22
5 – Hellcorn – 3:15
6 – Rise – 3:54
7 – One Demon To Another – 3:11
8 – Unity – 3:29
9 – A Guy In A Suit And The Pope – 1:46
10 – Back To The Cross – 3:40
11 – Confidence – 2:39
12 – The Insult Circus – 2:43
13 – Thread – 2:32
14 – Crucial Moment – 3:25

Credits
Backing Vocals – Chris Kovacs, Kevin Kribs, Larry Farkas, The Crucified, Vance Kovacs
Bass, Vocals – Mark Johnson
Drums – Jim Chaffin
Guitar – Greg Minier
Mastered By – Roger Siebel
Producer, Mixed By – The Crucified
Producer, Mixed By, Engineer – Greg Heil
Vocals – Mark Saloman II

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Narrowpath Records
Copyright (c) – Narrowpath Records
Distributed By – Pure Metal Records
Distributed By – Spectra Distribution, Inc.
Recorded At – Casbah Studio
Mixed At – Casbah Studio
Mastered At – SAE Mastering
Glass Mastered At – Nimbus, Virginia

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World Theatre – World Theatre – 1989

This was the one and only album from World Theatre. The lead vocalist and apparent leader of the band Tim McAllister was also in a band called Flock 14 who released an album in 1987 with a similar sound and feel. That sound is solidly New Wave. I hate to do this but you should be hearing The Cure in most of their work. This is an album I didn’t listen to until this year (2019) and I’m sad I missed it when it came out.

Tracklist
1 – If I Stumble – 4:34
2 – This Talk – 3:53
3 – Gently Down (Last Thursday) – 3:48
4 – Water Spill – 3:29
5 – Dream It’s Safe – 4:52
6 – Monday – 4:22
7 – 10 Tears – 4:14
8 – Takes So Long – 3:24
9 – Pain, Desire, Faith – 5:14

Credits
Guitar – Gary Egger, Jim Abegg
Lap Steel Guitar, Vocals – Paul Stewart
Mixed By – Gene Eugene
Piano, Bass Guitar, Keyboards – Linford Detweiler
Producer – Tim McAllister
Snare, Hihat, Bass, Cymbal, Tom Tom – Bill Bullock
Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Bass – Tim McAllister

Companies, etc.
Distributed By – Sparrow/Star Song Distribution

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Various – Adventures in the Land of Big Beats & Happy Feets – 1989

This has to be the worst sampler in the history of Christian music. It’s not the songs that are bad, they are great songs from great artists. It’s what they did with them that is the problem. Let me explain. This album is constructed as follows. The opening, ending, and all odd number songs are studio dance beats attributed to non existent bands. All of the even songs are well known songs by well known artists BUT they have been “remixed and extended”. Now first of all this album came out in 1989 and the secular music scene was done with cheesy two bit extended dance tracks. But for whatever reason Word Records chose at this late time to jump on a bandwagon that had already left the building. So here we go. Every song we have heard of before on this album is an “extended remix”. I use the term “extended remix” term loosely as these are without a doubt the worst remixes I have ever heard. So what we have here is the business idea of re releasing the same content over and over again only this time they pretended to dress it up as something new. What a disaster. OK listen to the album once and forget about it, that’s what I did.

Tracklist
1 – Rakim D. & The Garden Beats – Prologue – 2:03
2 – Imperials – Fallin’ – 4:18
3 – Bunny Whop And The Hip Hop – Baow Baow Baow – 1:06
4 – Philip Bailey – Thank You – 5:29
5 – Randy McNally & The Road Dogz – Rappin’ Detail – 1:12
6 – Amy Grant – Wise Up – 6:28
7 – Billy B. & The Beez Nees – No Bout Adoubt It – 1:11
8 – Steve Taylor – Svengali – 5:46
9 – Billy B. & The Beez Nees – Doutout – 0:57
10 – Kim Boyce – I Just Want To Celebrate – 5:16
11 – The Nerf Wilson Ensemble – Tee Vee Whiz – 0:51
12 – Ideola – Jericho – 4:28
13 – The Nerf Wilson Ensemble – Gee Tee Vee – 1:12
14 – Russ Taff – I’ve Come Too Far – 5:39
15 – Snappo Schultz – BBBBBeatitudinal – 1:16
16 – Sheila Walsh – Ship Of Love – 7:00
17 – Snappo Schultz – BBBBBeatitudinal – Part II – 1:01
18 – Randy Stonehill Cold Rock The Groove – 4:35
19 – Rakim D. & The Garden Beats – Epilogue – 0:42

Credits
Art Direction, Design – Bradley Grose
Compilation Producer – Leon Mulczk
Coordinator [Cover] – Laurie Fink (2)
Executive-Producer – Tom Willett
Music By [Link Music By] – Lee Cahuenga (tracks: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19)
Remix [Re-mixes], Edited By [Edits] – Lee Cahuenga
Written-By [Links Written By], Producer [Links Produced By] – Linx, Inc. (tracks: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19)

Companies, etc.
Record Company – Word, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Word, Inc.
Distributed By – Word Records Limited
Distributed By – Word (UK) Ltd.
Manufactured By – Word, Inc.


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Zion – Thunder from the Mountain – 1989

This was the one and only album from Zion though there was a release in 2007 by Retroactive Records that I know nothing about. The band seemed to revolve around Rex Scott who joined X-Sinner after this project. This album really dances back and forth between Heavy Metal, Arena Rock, and Hard Rock. This dance however does not hurt the album. It is actually quite good and has a nice rhythm and is a good representation of Rex Scott’s various vocal skills.

Tracklist
1 – Who Pulls The Strings
2 – Kick In The Gates
3 – Is It A Crime
4 – Help Me
5 – Thrillseeker
6 – Sold You A Lie
7 – Roll The Rock
8 – Less Of Me
9 – He Loves You

Companies, etc.
Produced At – Extra Sensory Productions
Recorded At – Extra Sensory Productions
Produced At – MacDonald Recording
Mastered At – Motown Recording Studios
Copyright (c) – Image Records (11)
Copyright (c) – Rock For Eternity Music
Manufactured By – American Helix – E6726

Credits
Arranged By, Guitar, Vocals – Rex Scott
Art Direction, Design – Alex Van Amerongen
Bass – Jeff Johnson (tracks: 1 to 6, 9)
Bass, Backing Vocals – Marlin Saner
Drums – Tommy ”Gun” Bozung
Edited By [Digitally] – Jason Brown
Engineer, Orchestrated By – Charles Meserole
Executive Producer – Dorn Reppert, George Peper III
Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals – David Moore
Mastered By – John Matousek
Other [Additional Backing Vocals] – David Schueller, Joe Bolock Jr., Joe Bolock Sr., Paula Meserole
Photography By – Doug Reichert
Producer, Arranged By – David Zaffiro

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Torn Flesh – Crux Of The Mosh – 1989

Torn Flesh was a thrash metal band out of Chesapeake, Ohio. I searched my memory banks and can say this is the only band I have ever heard of from there secular or Christian. The members of this band had started an organization called “Psalms 150 Ministry” and were ministered on the streets of Huntington, WV (Just across the river from Chesapeake) and were getting a lot of recognition for their successful efforts. At some point they decided that starting a thrash metal band would be a great help in their proselytizing. This album was a result of that effort. The album had some success, but it appears not enough for a second album.

Tracklist
1 – Torn Flesh (Crux Of The Mosh)
2 – End The Fight
3 – World Pollution
4 – Dead To The World
5 – Fire Escape
6 – Happy Birthday
7 – Kill The Dead
8 – Gay Rights?
9 – Man’s Best Friend
10 – Innocent Eyes
11 – Hollywood Heaven
12 – The Ultimate Finale

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Narrowpath Records
Copyright (c) – Narrowpath Records
Distributed By – Pure Metal

Credits
Bass – Mike Holbroo
Drums – Jim Brown
Guitar – Aaron Brown, Jason Matthews
Vocals – Greg Hudson

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John Michael Talbot – The Lover and the Beloved – 1989

It is difficult to write a review for each John Michael Talbot album. They are essentially all the same. Yes the songs are different but none of them really stand out to me. This album was actually a follow up for his 1985 book of the same name. Now just to be clear I am not faulting John Michael Talbot in any way. He does what he does very well. In fact as far as this style of worship music is concerned he really is the top dog.

Tracklist
1 – One Dark Night
2 – Where Have You Hidden
3 – I Found My Beloved
4 – Living Flame Of Love
5 – I Know A Well
6 – Adventure In God
7 – White Bird
8 – Beloved One
9 – Pass Through My Will

Credits
Art Direction – Barbara Catanzaro-Hearn
Design – Catherine Reishus McLaughlin
Engineer – Darrell Powell, Mike Ross-Trevor
Liner Notes – John Michael Talbot
Lyrics By – Sister Mary Anthony, St. John Of The Cross* (tracks: A1 to B2), Thomas Merton
Mastered By – Steve Hall
Music By – John Michael Talbot
Photography By [Front Cover] – Ken Slater (2)
Photography By [Portrait] – Mark Tucker (7)
Producer – John Michael Talbot, Phil Perkins
Vocals, Guitar – John Michael Talbot

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The Holidays – Restless Heart – 1989

I have struggled to learn anything about this band. This was their second and last album. Like their first album this one has a strong New Wave sound and hits on all cylinders. I find it odd that a band that were this good with two albums have no history anywhere I look. This album was Engineered and produced by Ojo Taylor so you think it would have been better known. Bottom line it’s a good album.

Tracklist
1 – Tear The Curtain – 4:13
2 – Two Times Two – 5:07
3 – Round And Round – 4:23
4 – Touch Me – 4:40
5 – Should I Tell You – 3:25
6 – Sunshine – 3:33
7 – Promises – 4:03
8 – It’s A Fight – 2:45
9 – Color Me White – 3:19
10 – My Love – 3:31
11 – The Lines Of Time – 3:51

Credits
Art Direction, Layout – Darin Beaman, Timothy Wu
Band, Drums [Loud Drums] – Rich Michaels
Band, Guitar [Guitars], Vocals – Marky Schrock
Band, Lead Vocals, Bass – Mini Mendez
Engineer [Second] – Dennis Murphy
Keyboards, Lyrics By [Additional], Percussion – Ojo
Lead Guitar – Don Ulrich (tracks: 6)
Percussion – Super C
Photography By – Bruce Heavin
Producer [Produced By], Engineer [Engineered By] – Ojo Taylor
Vocals [Additional Vocals Primarily By] – Dennis Murphy, Inki Svensson, Roger Mantel
Vocals [Also Singing] – Chris Mantel, Gary Olson, Terry Eutsler, Tricia Tyme

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