Randy Stonehill – Return To Paradise – 1989

Randy broke out the acoustic guitar for this release but It’s not an acoustic album it just appears he stuck to the acoustic guitar for most tracks. The title “Return To Paradise” is a reference to his 1979 album “Welcome To Paradise” . This album is full of great performers. Phil Keaggy plays guitar on a few tracks, Mark Heard not only produced the album but played tambourine on a track. Derri Daugherty was involved with the engineering and David Edwards even wrote one of the songs. The lead track “Starlings” was only on the CD and not the cassette or vinyl. If you like Randy you’ll love this album. Realistically Randy never did a bad album.

Tracklist
1 – Starlings – 5:00
2 – Stand Like Steel – 4:55
3 – I Don’t Ever Want To Live Without You – 4:10
4 – This Friend Of Old – 4:00
5 – You Can Still Walk Tall – 5:00
6 – True Blood – 5:02
7 – Strong Hand Of Love – 2:54
8 – Christmas At Denny’s – 5:53
9 – Love Tells No Lies – 4:20
10 – Weight Of The Sky – 3:28
11 – Ready To Go – 4:44

Credits
Acoustic Bass – David Miner
Acoustic Guitar – Randy Stonehill
Backing Vocals – Pam Dwinell, Randy Stonehill (tracks: 3)
Bass – Mark Heard (tracks: 2, 9), Tom Willett (tracks: 7)
Bass [Fretless] – Bill Batstone
Drums – Doug Mathews
Engineer [Second Engineers] – Dan Reed, Dave Hackbarth, Derri Daugherty, Gary Gerhart, Stephen Padgett
Executive-Producer – Tom Willett
Fiddle, Viola – Joe Weed
Guitar [Classical] – Phil Keaggy (tracks: 3)
Mandolin, Accordion, Electric Guitar – Mark Heard
Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar – Greg Leisz
Percussion – David Baker
Photography – Linda Krikorian
Producer – Mark Heard, Randy Stonehill
Recorded By, Mixed By – Mark Heard
Tambourine – Mark Heard (tracks: 7)
Twelve-String Guitar – Phil Keaggy (tracks: 9)
Vocals – Randy Stonehill
Written-By – David Edwards (tracks: 4), Mark Heard (tracks: 7), Pierce Pettis (tracks: 3), Randy Stonehill (tracks: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8 to 11)

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Word, Inc.
Manufactured By – Word, Inc.
Recorded At – Fingerprint Recorders
Mixed At – Fingerprint Recorders
Recorded At – Neverland
Published By – Stonehillian Music
Published By – Word Music
Published By – Ideola Music
Published By – Let’s Have Lunch Music
Published By – Pease Farm Produce

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Higher Power – Cast A Light – 1989

This is the second album from Higher Power who were an obscure band out of Canada. Their sound is more mid 80’s with a strong emphasis on keyboards though guitar rifts are still present. None of the band members seem to have worked anywhere but Higher Power. If you know anything more about this band please let us know.

Tracklist
1 – Man Of Sorrow
2 – Love You Forever
3 – Now I Believe
4 – Cast A Light
5 – Jesus Make Me Whole
6 – Rock On Which I Stand
7 – Give It All
8 – Could It Be Love
9 – His Name
10 – I Know
11 – One Day

Credits
Rick Carlson – Keyboards
Dave Dutka – Vocals
Mark Anderson – Vocals
Gord Boyce – Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Vocals
Bryan Boyce – Drums, Percussion
Randy Ritz – Bass

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Barren Cross – State Of Control – 1989

This is the third album from Barren Cross. The lineup was the same as their previous album Atomic Arena. This album is a well polished album with excellent production but with higher quality songs. The lyric quality was much better on this album as the band was obviously maturing. John and Dino Elefante stepped in again to provide production so the quality is there. A music video was produced for “Cryin’ Over You” but I personally didn’t think it was very good. Speaking of not very good the album cover was also questionable in my opinion. This playlist includes the CD bonus track “Escape In The Night”.

Tracklist
1 – State Of Control – 3:53
2 – Out Of Time – 4:09
3 – Cryin’ Over You – 4:53
4 – A Face In The Dark – 3:56
5 – The Stage Of Intensity – 6:36
6 – Hard Lies – 4:18
7 – Inner War – 4:09
8 – Love At Full Volume – 2:28
9 – Bigotry Man (Who Are You) – 4:42
10 – Two Thousand Years – 7:10
11 – Escape In The Night – 3:54

Credits
Art Direction – Regis Patoff
Bass Guitar, Synthesizer [MIDI Synthesizer Pedals], Backing Vocals – Jim LaVerde
Cover – Alex Remlin
Drums, Backing Vocals – Steve Whitaker
Engineer – Dino Elefante, John Elefante, Mike Mierau
Keyboards, Vocals [Additional] – John Elefante
Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar – Mike Lee
Mastered By – Eddy Schreyer
Mixed By – Dino Elefante, Mike Mierau
Photography By – Jodi Summers
Producer – Dino Elefante, John Elefante
Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Ray Parris

Companies, etc.
Distributed By – The Benson Company, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Enigma Records
Copyright (c) – Enigma Records
Recorded At – Pakaderm Studios
Mastered At – Capitol Studios
Glass Mastered At – Nimbus, Virginia

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Vector – Simple Experience – 1989

Jimmy Abegg and Steve Griffith return for the 3rd offering from Vector. This was another great album with a strong New Wave sound. I really wish Charlie Peacock had still been with the band for this album as his vocal support would have put this album over the top. That said there is nothing wrong with Steve Griffith’s vocals. This album was actually on a smaller label, Spark Music which was a division of GMI Music Partners.

Tracklist
1 – I Want To Know – 4:01
2 – Fine Line – 4:07
3 – Be Undone – 6:28
4 – Where Are You Now – 4:47
5 – I Burn Myself Away – 3:54
6 – I Wait For You – 5:29
7 – Have Mercy – 4:23
8 – Sometimes – 5:02
9 – Simple Experience – 6:39

Credits
Artwork – Craig C. Martinez, Joe Sogge
Bass – Steve Griffith
Coordinator [Project Coordinator] – Bruce Brown
Drums – Aaron Smith, Mike Urbano
Engineer – Steve Griffith
Executive-Producer – Steve Griffith
Guitar – Jim Abegg
Photography By – Craig C. Martinez
Producer – Jim Abegg, Steve Griffith
Vocals – Steve Griffith

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Gaga Records (5)
Copyright (c) – Gaga Records (5)
Distributed By – Gaga Records (5)
Distributed By – Spark Music
Distributed By – GMI
Recorded At – Double Vision, Sacramento, CA
Glass Mastered At – Nimbus, Virginia
Published By – Steven Michael Griffith Music

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One Bad Pig – Smash – 1989

This was the first album from One Bag Pig though there was a demo before this that was re-released in 2008. One bad Pig had a distinctive sound that was a mix of Punk and Thrash. They were a bit of a shock to the Christian music scene/ There had been a few thrash bands but not quite like this one. The band got their name from a pic of a pig wearing sunglasses. Carey Womack remarked “That’s one bad pig” and Paul Q-Pek replied, “That would be a great name for a punk band! We should form one.” The rest is history.

Tracklist
1 – Godarchy – 3:09
2 – Isaiah 6 – 2:38
3 – Let´s Be Frank – 3:38
4 – People Cry Out – 3:57
5 – Frat Rats – 2:26
6 – Smash The Guitar – 3:44
7 – Kingdom Come – 4:33
8 – Take A Flying Leap – 2:15
9 – I´m Not Getting Any Older – 4:28
10 – Looney Tune – 1:24
11 – Don´t Be Fooled – 3:19
12 – Blow And Go – 2:14

Credits
Arranged By – Billy Smiley, One Bad Pig
Artwork [“Pig” Art By] – Jamie Cervantes
Band, Bass – Streak Wheeler
Band, Drums – Philip Owens
Band, Guitar – Paul Q-Pek
Band, Lead Vocals [Lead Screamer] – Carey “Kosher” Womack
Chorus [Gang Chorus Vocals] – Chad Brock, Dale Oliver, Dave Mullen, Ric “Tubes” Florian
Concept By [Cover Concept By] – One Bad Pig
Design [Package Design], Layout – Jeff Spencer
Engineer [Engineered By] – Lee Groitzsch
Mastered By – Hank Williams
Mixed By – Billy Smiley, Lee Groitzsch
Percussion – Chris “Slick” McHugh, Mike Connell
Photography By – Weston Wolfe
Producer [Produced By] – Billy Smiley

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Pure Metal Records
Copyright (c) – Pure Metal Records
Distributed By – Spectra Distribution, Inc.
Recorded At – Warner Bros Nashville Music Recording Studios
Recorded At – Downstage Studio
Mastered At – Mastermix
Published By – Smiling Swine Music
Published By – Place Of Refuge
Glass Mastered At – Nimbus, Virginia

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Shout – In Your Face – 1989

Ken Tamplin and the gang are back with their second Rocking album except for drummer Dennis Holt that is, who was replaced by Joseph Galletta. No idea why probably just the usual band politics and don’t worry, he didn’t go hungry, he appeared on at least 8 albums in 1989. Now that’s a work ethic. Anyway back to the boy’s of Shout. This album is much like the first one. Again it got labelled Metal but really there’s just a couple metal tracks. The rest are good old fashioned Hard Arena Rock. What I found humorous about the album was the last track which is labelled “The Pay The Bills Song”. It is the epitome of an Arena Rock song of the era LOL. I see the humour on the face of it but part of me wonders what “the rest of the story” is. Anyway another great air guitar album so sit back and enjoy.

Tracklist
1 – Borderline – 4:28
2 – When The Love Is Gone – 4:16
3 – Give Me An Answer – 3:51
4 – Faith Hope And Love – 3:38
5 – Getting Ready – 3:54
6 – In Your Face – 5:10
7 – Getting On With Life – 3:59
8 – Waiting On You – 3:51
9 – Moonlight Sonata – 0:28
10 – It´s All I Need – 3:27
11 – Ain´t Givin’ Up – 3:48

Credits
Art Direction – Ed McTaggart
Bass Guitar, Vocals – Loren Robinson
Drums – Joseph Galletta
Guitar [Participated Players Starting From The First Snare] – Alex Masi (2) (tracks: B1), Joey Price (tracks: B1), Lanny Cordola (tracks: B1), Marty Friedman (tracks: B1), Michael Angelo* (tracks: B1), Randy Hansen (tracks: B1)
Keyboards – Mark Hugonberger
Lead Guitar, Vocals – Chuck King
Mastered By – John Matousek
Photography By – Nigel Skeet
Producer, Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar – Ken Tamplin
Tracking By [Tracking Engineer] – Eric Kibbe
Tracking By [Tracking Engineer], Mixed By [Mixing Engineer] – Dave Jahnsen

Companies, etc.
Licensed From – Frontline Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Music For Nations
Copyright (c) – Take Out Music
Published By – Take Out music
Recorded At – Mixing Lab B
Mixed At – Mixing Lab B
Mixed At – Mixing Lab A

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The Choir – Wide-Eyed Wonder – 1989

I have to honestly say that this is not my favourite Choir album. I believe the quality of the album is good and it actually has some great lyrics. That said I found the album to kind of have no flow and I have a difficult time even describing the album. The vocals are good and actually it’s a pretty good album overall but I just didn’t like it that much, I’m not really too sure why. Strangely there is a cover of a George Harrison tune, “Behind That Locked Door”, which is OK I guess. I didn’t like the original but this version is an improvement if for no other reason than Mark Heard played the autoharp. I just find it doesn’t fit on the album that’s all. Another point of trivia is that three members of Adam Again also appear on the album. It is rumoured that they were recording in a neighbouring studio.

Tracklist
1 – Someone To Hold On To – 3:48
2 – To Cover You – 2:31
3 – Robin Had A Dream – 4:17
4 – Spin You Around – 4:10
5 – When She Sees Me – 4:11
6 – Wide-Eyed Wonder – 3:35
7 – Happy Fool – 3:30
8 – Car, Etc. – 6:21
9 – Behind That Locked Door – 3:01
10 – To Bid Farewell – 4:39
11 – Car, Cont. – 1:02

Credits
Bass Guitar, Vocals – Robin Spurs
Drums, Percussion, Vocals – Steve Hindalong
Executive-Producer – Tom Willett
Guitar, Electronics [Treatments], Lead Vocals – Derri Daugherty
Lyricon, Saxophone – Daniel Michaels
Mastered By – Steve Hall
Mixed By – Mark Heard
Producer – D. Daugherty, S. Hindalong
Producer [Additional] – David Hackbarth, Mark Heard
Recorded By – David Hackbarth

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Word, Inc.
Manufactured By – Word, Inc.
Produced At – Neverland Studios
Mixed At – Neverland Studios
Mastered At – Future Disc

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Allies – Long Way From Paradise – 1989

The fourth album from Allies turned it up a notch from their previous releases. Even though this album had several Rock tunes there were plenty of fluff tunes to single on the Christian charts. It spawned 4 singles with “All Day, All Night” doing the best peaking at #14 after 6 weeks on the charts. “Take Me Back” came in at #15 with 12 weeks on the charts. A cover of “Crying In The Chapel” made it to #20 with 10 weeks on the charts and it’s actually a pretty good cover but I am always biased to the 50’s/Rockabilly tunes. Finally “Trust In God” made it to #40 in the 2 weeks it was on the charts. Regardless of the fluff pieces there are some good rock tunes on the album and it’s well worth listening too. Probably my favourite album by them.

Tracklist
1 – Long Way From Paradise – 2:29
2 – Trust In God – 4:35
3 – All Day, All Night – 3:45
4 – Take Me Back – 4:39
5 – Old Man Down – 2:55
6 – Christian Man – 4:16
7 – Devil Is A Liar – 4:36
8 – I Wanna Be Like You – 4:11
9 – Walk With Me Silent – 5:05
10 – Rock Of Salvation – 4:50
11 – Crying In The Chapel – 3:51

Credits
Art Direction – Bill Brunt Designs
Art Direction [Cover Coordination] – Terri Short
Backing Vocals – Bob Carlisle
Bass – Matthew Chapman
Drums – Jimmy Erickson
Executive-Producer – Lynn Keesecker
Guitar – Bob Carlisle, Randy Thomas
Keyboards [Additional] – Tim Heintz
Lead Guitar [Solo] – Randy Thomas
Lead Vocals – Bob Carlisle, Randy Thomas (tracks: 10)
Mastered By – Wally Traugott
Photography By – Stewart Ivester
Producer, Arranged By – Bob Carlisle, Randy Thomas
Recorded By [Assistant], Mixed By [Assistant] – Fred Tedesco
Recorded By, Mixed By – Randy Thomas
Saxophone [Additional] – Glen Myerscough
Vocals – Jimmy Erickson, Matthew Chapman
Written-By – Artie Glenn (tracks: 11), Bob Carlisle (tracks: 1 to 10), Randy Thomas (2) (tracks: 1 to 10)

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Word, Inc.
Manufactured By – Word, Inc.
Recorded At – Allies Recording Studio
Mixed At – Allies Recording Studio
Mastered At – Capitol Mastering

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Bride – Silence Is Madness – 1989

Bride finished the 80’s with an album that was very well received. It definitely toned down the thrash metal sound that most fans had grown use to and started to lean more towards an arena rock sound. That said this is a Metal album and you’ll realize that right away on the first track. That said “Until The End We Rock” is more of an arena rock tune and my pick for a single. The album does have a bit of an oddball track being “Rock Those Blues Away”. Best described as Glenn Kaiser meets Darrell Mansfield it’ll kind of surprise you as you finish off the album. All in all a good offering from Bride and is probably one of my preferred albums from them.

Tracklist
1 – Fool Me Once – 3:58
2 – Hot Down South – 3:09
3 – Silence Is Madness – 5:18
4 – Until The End We Rock – 3:23
5 – Evil Dreams – 4:05
6 – Under The Influence – 4:05
7 – All Hallow’s Eve – 5:12
8 – No More Nightmares – 4:14
9 – Rock Those Blues Away – 5:38

Credits
Bass – Frank Partipilo
Cover – Swartzentruber
Drums – Stephan Rolland
Engineer – Alan Dussel
Guitar, Music By – Troy Thompson
Keyboards, Producer – Armand John Petri
Lead Guitar – Rob Johnson (6) (tracks: 1 to 3, 5, 8), Troy Thompson (tracks: 4, 6, 7, 9)
Lyrics By – Dale Thompson, Sharon (tracks: 3, 7), Troy Thompson (tracks: 6)
Music By – Frank Partipilo (tracks: 1, 5, 8)
Photography By – Ken Cavanaugh
Vocals – Dale Thompson
Vocals [Background] – Max Maxwell (tracks: 4 to 7)

Companies, etc.
Produced At – Funhouse Recording Studio
Produced At – Trackmaster Audio
Distributed By – Spectra Distribution
Distributed By – Mainroads Music Group
Copyright (c) – Tower Of Refuge
Copyright (c) – Zalena Photography

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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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