Kenny Marks – Another Friday Night – 1989

Well it’s time for another fantastic Kenny Marks album. Unfortunately by the time this album came out I had already abandoned the Christian music genre. Boy did I miss a great album. The album did fairly well on the CCM charts with “I’ll Be A Friend To You” making it to #5. Strangely it also has an excellent cover of Steve Forbert’s “Running On Love” and it may actually be better than the original. The best cut on the album though is the Rock track “Nobody Else But Jesus” which is strongly in the spirit of The Boss. The album includes part 3 of the “Jeannie and Johnny” tetralogy. Unfortunately in this chapter Johnny has abandoned Jeannie and his child and as such it’s a pretty sad song but it did make it to #25. All in all another great album from Kenny.

1 – Running On Love – 3:41
2 – Whisperin’ A Prayer – 3:40
3 – Hope For A Broken Heart – 4:22
4 – I’ll Be A Friend To You – 3:10
5 – Next Time You See Johnny – 5:51
6 – Nobody Else But Jesus – 4:37
7 – Graduation Day – 4:53
8 – Threshold Of Regret – 3:47
9 – Somebody Loves You – 4:12
10 – You Made A Difference For Me – 3:53

Arranged By – Phil Madeira
Art Direction, Design – Jackson Design
Backing Vocals – Chris Harris, Mark Heimermann, Michael Black
Bass – David Hungate, Randy Moore
Cover [Coordination] – Amy Linde
Drums – Doug Dimmel, Larrie Londin
Electric Guitar – Kenny Greenberg
Electric Guitar, Twelve-String Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – George Cocchini
Engineer [Assistant] – John Kunz
Executive-Producer – Lynn Keesecker
Harmonica – Buddy Greene
Keyboards – Phil Madeira, Phil Naish
Mastered By – Hank Williams
Mixed By – Marc DeSisto
Mixed By [Assistant] – Dave Parker, David Boyer
Organ [Hammond B-3] – Phil Kristianson
Percussion – Eric Darken
Photography By – Mark Tucker
Producer – Bubba Smith
Recorded By, Tracking By [Overdubs] – James Kenneth (JB) Baird
Saxophone [Saxophones], Electronic Wind Instrument [Ewi] – Mark Douthit
Tracking By [Overdubs] – Brent King, Doug Sarrett, Greg Parker
Twelve-String Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Jon Goin

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Recorded At – Digital Recorders
Recorded At – Recording Arts
Recorded At – Downstage Studio
Recorded At – Mastermix
Recorded At – Quad Studios
Mixed At – Sound Stage Studios
Mastered At – Mastermix

Rick Crawford – Be Still My Heart – 1989

Rick was in one of the Scepter bands and I only found out about him because of this. While researching the band I discovered that he had 2 solo albums. This is the first of those albums. The cover of this album had me expecting a light rock album but, well, it’s not. He tries rock on the track Front Line but his vocals just don’t work. Get A Bible also leans rock and he does a little better on this one but still not great. That said this is a really good song that should have had a cover version by someone. To be clear I’m not saying he’s not a good vocalist in fact I think he’s a very good vocalist but Rock & Roll doesn’t work for him which is just as well because this is an easy listening album and a pretty good one. Interestingly the album was produced by Matthew Ward which probably helped out it’s easy listening quality.

1 – Love Is – 4:00
2 – Come, Lord Jesus – 4:19
3 – Rescue Me – 4:27
4 – There Is A Rock – 3:34
5 – Jesus Paid It All – 4:56
6 – Front Line – 3:53
7 – All Things – 3:24
8 – Does Anybody Love The Lord? – 4:10
9 – Be Still My Heart – 5:02
10 – Get A Bible – 3:52

Engineer – Greg Hunt
Producer – Matthew Ward
Written-By – Rick Crawford

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Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Live Oak Records
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Manufactured By – Word, Inc.
Distributed By – Word, Inc.
Distributed By – Word (UK) Ltd.
Distributed By – Word Records Limited

Illustrator – Somewhere In The World – 1989

For those who didn’t know Illustrator is essentially a new and improved version of Eternity Express. This is their second and last album under this name. Well actually they did release an album in 2011 to be factual. This album is a rather typical but well done late 80’s AOR album. It is said that though uncredited Dann Huff played some of the guitar tracks but I have no way to know if this is true or just rumour. As with their other album this was a much improved version of Eternity Express and this album like their other definitely deserves a listen.

1 – New Way to Love – 3:53
2 – Dying to Meet You – 3:57
3 – Hold My Heart – 4:58
4 – Cryin’ Time – 4:44
5 – I Surrender – 4:21
6 – Help is on It’s Way – 3:40
7 – Listen – 4:00
8 – Should’A Been Love – 4:30
9 – Feels Like – 4:32
10 – Carry the Cross – 3:44

Art Direction – Loren Johnson
Backing Vocals [Additional] – Angie Alan, Cindy Cruse, David Ebensberger, Tim Miner
Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals – Mark Matthews
Design, Layout – Teresa Pratt
Drums, Vocals – Kirk Allen
Executive-Producer – Freddie Piro
Guitar, Vocals – Dan Gaub
Keyboards, Lead Vocals – Nathan Gaub
Keyboards, Vocals – Dawndee Gaub
Producer, Engineer – Win Kutz
Saxophone – Randy Lee

Companies, etc.
Manufactured By – Word, Inc.
Distributed By – Word, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Ocean Records
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Recorded At – Nick’s Place Recording Studio
Recorded At – Mama Jo’s
Mixed At – Eagle Mountain Studios
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Pressed By – Wakefield Manufacturing – 47497

Crystal Lewis – Joy – 1989

This is Crystal’s second solo album. It solidified her new more worship oriented style though “Come Together” is still a pretty rockin tune and probably the best example of what Crystal can do vocally on the album. As for the rest of the album I found it a little dull. But to tell the truth I was a huge fan of her previous work so this change in style didn’t work for me personally. That said the album is excellent for this style and no one can ever argue that Crystal’s voice is one of the best in the industry.

1 – Leave It Up To Him – 3:13
2 – God Is Somebody – 4:17
3 – You Didn’t Have To Do It – 4:56
4 – Monday Comes – 4:13
5 – It’s Real – 3:51
6 – Come Together – 4:56
7 – Better Day – 3:53
8 – Bloodstained Pages – 3:51
9 – There’s Always Time For You – 3:32
10 – Bring Peace Today – 5:20
11 – Monday Comes (Alternative Mix) – 3:48

Arranged By [Vocals] – Crystal Lewis
Backing Vocals – Alfie Silas, Debbie McClendon, Fred White, Howard McCrary, Jackie Gouche, Maxie Anderson, Phyllis St. James
Bass – Andrew Gouche, Larry “Clyde” Simpson
Engineer – Dave Jahnsen
Guitar – James Harrah, Marty Walsh
Guitar [Lead] – Tony Palacios
Guitar [Rhythm], Drums [Overdubs] – Brian Ray
Keyboards, Technician [Technical Support] – James Werning
Mastered By – John Matousek
Mixed By – Doug Rider
Percussion – Alex MacDougall, Crystal Lewis
Producer, Arranged By, Keyboards – Gene Eugene
Producer, Arranged By, Sequenced By [Synth] – Scott V. Smith
Programmed By [Synth] – Bill Pearson, Rhett Lawrence
Saxophone – Dan Michaels
Synthesizer [Overdubs] – Michael Ruff
Vocals – Crystal Lewis

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Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Frontline Records
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Distributed By – Frontline Records
Recorded At – “Rhett’s Place” Studio
Recorded At – Mixing Lab B

Mark Farner – Wake Up – 1989

This is Mark’s second Christian release. It’s not quite as Rock & Roll as his first but it is still pretty good. Mark handled most of the instruments on the album and also produced it. Personally I feel the sound is a little hollow in places but I’m always overly critical on production and engineering. The tracks are well written and Mark really started to shine as a song writer on this album. Other than that there’s not a lot to say about the album other than give it a listen.

1 – Wake Up… – 4:23
2 – Into The Light – 3:59
3 – New Age – 3:22
4 – Come To Me – 3:58
5 – In Your Sight – 5:23
6 – Upright Man – 3:30
7 – Rocco – 3:48
8 – If It Wasn’t For Grace – 3:53
9 – Love Power – 4:00
10 – Role Model – 5:54
11 – Like I Was Before – 3:52

Backing Vocals [Background Vocals], Drums, Percussion – Mike Maple
Bass, Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Lawrence Buckner
Engineer – Bradley Jones
Engineer [Assistent Engineer] – Dave Jahnsen, Don Pushies
Keyboards – Mark Farner
Keyboards, Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Michael Blair
Lead Guitar – Arnie Vilches
Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Gordon vanEkstrom
Percussion – Mark Farner
Producer – Mark Farner
Rhythm Guitar – Arnie Vilches
Vocals, Backing Vocals [Background Vocals], Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar – Mark Farner

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Manufactured By – Fun House Inc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Frontline Records
Copyright © – Frontline Records
Recorded At – Alliance Recording Co.
Mixed At – The Mixing Lab

Saint Attack – The First – 1989

This is the first of 2 demo’s from Saint Attack though I am completely unable to confirm the second one titled “First Watch”. So in the end this may be all we have from Saint Attack. They never went on to record an album and I can only find info one one member. Vocalist Frank Schepp went on to sing with Chryztyne on their one and only album. Other than Frank the 2 bands don’t appear to have anything in common so I don’t believe it was a rename. OK now onto the demo. It’s a metal album and is actually really well produced and mixed. As they were a German band I wonder why no record deal. I believe it was easier for metal bands to get record deals in Germany and that’s why we have all these oddball German metal releases. Anyway they never did an album and this is all we get form them. If your a metal head this one is for you. I predict you will really like it.

1 – Co’mon – 2:59
2 – Confession – 5:08
3 – Mama Doesn’t Know – 4:41
4 – Pleasure’an Pain – 3:20

Frank Schepp – Vocals
Walter Moch – Guitars
Gerhard Schlinck – Guitars
Uwe Uher – Bass
Ralf Rumpf – Drums

Benny Hester – Perfect – 1989

Benny Hester returns with another great Pop Rock album and as was pretty normal for him at this point it was very successful. It had 2 top 10 hits, “Perfect” made it to #5 and “You Weren’t Meant To Live Your Life Alone” to #6. Rounding out the singles was “Before You Know It” at #15 and “Shall We Gather At The River” crept into the chart at #34. As is normal for the CCM charts the best track on the album is actually “Headlights On The Highway” didn’t chart and doesn’t even appear to have been released as a single.

1 – Headlights On The Highway – 3:13
2 – Before You Know It – 4:15
3 – If You Die Before You Die – 4:20
4 – Perfect – 4:23
5 – Hungry World – 3:30
6 – You Weren’t Meant To Live Your Life Alone – 4:55
7 – Two Good Reasons – 3:50
8 – This One’s For Keeping – 3:30
9 – Passion, Possession, Position – 3:40
10 – Shall We Gather At The River – 3:48

Arranged By – Bill Baumgart, Tim Heintz
Art Direction – Ed McTaggart
Backing Vocals – Allison Beech, Benny Hester, Bill Baumgart, Bob Carlisle
Bass – Neil Stubenhaus
Drums – Jeff Porcaro
Engineer – Dave Jahnsen
Engineer [Assistant] – Beth Wisner, Doug Beiden, Eric Kibbe, Kirt Shearer
Guitar – Marty Walsh
Keyboards – Aaron Zigman, Tim Heintz
Mixed By – Bill Baumgart, Dave Jahnsen
Percussion – Pete Pfiefer*
Photography By – David Dobson
Producer – Benny Hester, Bill Baumgart

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Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Frontline Records
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Recorded At – Mixing Lab A
Mixed At – Mixing Lab A
Glass Mastered At – Nimbus

Altar Boys – Forever Mercy – 1989

This was the last real studio album from Altar Boys though they did come together in 2018 to release an album. At this point they simply weren’t the punk powerhouse they once were. If anything at this point they were more new wave than punk. That said I missed this one in the 80’s and was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it. The band were super tight at this point and Steve Griffith was an excellent choice as producer. Though I preferred their commercial punk sound this album is good too.

1 – Forever Mercy – 4:20
2 – Listen Up – 4:28
3 – Faith! – 4:03
4 – The Meaning Of Life – 4:26
5 – Ride This Train – 4:26
6 – World Burning – 4:00
7 – Here Ends The Night – 3:53
8 – Love Eternal – 3:55
9 – More Than Words – 3:48
10 – Silent Night – 4:13

Art Direction – Ed McTaggart
Bass – Ric Alba
Drums – Jeff Crandall
Drums [Additional] – Steve Griffith
Engineer – Steve Griffith
Engineer [Additional] – Dave Jahnsen
Guitar – Mike Stand, Ric Alba
Guitar [Additional] – Steve Griffith
Harmonica – Mike Stand
Lead Guitar – Mike Stand, Steve Pannier
Lead Vocals – Mike Stand
Percussion – Jeff Crandall
Performer [Altar Boys Is] – Jeff Crandall, Mike Stand, Ric Alba
Photography – David Dobson
Producer – Steve Griffith
Vocals – Jeff Crandall, Ric Alba
Vocals [Additional] – Steve Griffith

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Distributed By – Frontline Music Group
Copyright © – Broken Songs
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Alarma Records
Recorded At – The Mixing Lab
Marketed By – Frontline Records
Glass Mastered At – Nimbus, Virginia

Rosanna’s Raiders – Clothed In Fire – 1989

Australia’s Rosanna Palmer is on a par with other great female hard rock vocalists such Nancy Jo Mann (Barnabas), Wendy Kaiser (Resurrection Band), Sandie Brock (Servant), and Lisa Faxon (Ransom). Add to this her proficient guitar skills which are showcased on various tracks, especially ‘Crying in the Night’. Her husband, David Palmer, is a great bassist. Dave & Rosanna continue ministering through music and spoken word to this very day. They have performed as a duo at several of our Live at the Chapel live music events.
Clothed In Fire is the band’s second album released on an American record label. Here’s a review of this particular album by Steve Rowe (Lightforce & Mortification): – ‘When Rosanna’s Raiders release an album, you can expect a message straight from the heart of God. This is definitely the case with their latest effort Clothed In Fire. The production is world-class thanks to US producer Joey Powers who worked with the band at Grand Slam Studios in New York. The additional keyboards and back-up harmonies enhance Rosanna’s already catchy songs, making the album very memorable even after only a few listens. The highlight track is Crying In The Night – a song addressing the helplessness of children who are abused by adults. The passion of the chorus in this song is strong enough to move the hardest heart. All the songs, especially the final five, display the Raisers’ punchy Aussie hard rock at its best ever.’ (p. 32, On Being, April 1990)

Contributor – Frank Axel Rasenberger

1 – He Is The King – 3:54
2 – Blind Eyes – 4:26
3 – You Are Special – 4:11
4 – Crying In The Night – 4:05
5 – Hell On Earth – 4:28
6 – I’m Ready – 3:17
7 – Crazy World – 3:45
8 – Do It Right – 4:04
9 – The Loser – 3:32
10 – Love The Lord Your God – 3:56

Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals – Dave Palmer
Booking – Vic Campbell
Drums – Johno Zaffarese
Engineer – Doug Oberkircher
Engineer [Assistant Engineer] – Dan Rudin
Featuring, Backing Vocals – Carolyn Nieto, Gary Roz, Jo Clayton, Jonathan Pagano
Featuring, Guitar [Additional Guitars] – Gary Roz
Keyboards, Featuring – George Small
Lead Vocals, Guitar – Rosanna Palmer
Producer [Produced By] – Joey Powers

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Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Refuge Records
Copyright © – Refuge Records
Record Company – Refuge Music Group
Distributed By – Spectra Distribution, Inc.
Published By – Place Of Refuge
Recorded At – Grand Slam Studios

Kim Boyce – Love Is You To Me – 1989

It was 1989 and time for another winning album from Kim Boyce. I truly believe that Kim was better than Amy Grant but was just a little to Pop oriented so she didn’t get the worship crowd to listen to her. It was another successful album for Kim with 4 top 40 hits including 2 top 10’s. “Faith” made it to #6 and “For Every Lonely Heart” to #10. Now I do have one point of confusion on this album. Bryan Duncan was brought in to do a duet, “I’m Asking You” for the album. They did not release it as a single and it is by far the best track on the album. Maybe it was something to do with legalities or maybe just more bad decisions out of the industry but they missed a #1 song there in my opinion.

1 – Holdin’ My Hand – 3:46
2 – For Every Lonely Heart – 4:01
3 – Love Is You To Me – 3:37
4 – Dancin’ My Heart Away – 4:06
5 – Faith – 3:48
6 – Tender Heart – 5:03
7 – Best Friend – 3:32
8 – O Lord You’re Beautiful – 4:50
9 – I’m Asking You – 3:37
10 – It Always Comes Back To You – 4:06

Ken Allardyce – Assistant Engineer
Margaret Barnett – Choir Vocals
Paul Boone – Choir Vocals
Dave Boroff – Saxophone
Denny Bouchard – Songwriter
Kim Boyce – Songwriter, Vocals, Background Vocals
Nicole Bruce – Choir Vocals
Sharon Burton – Choir Vocals
Spencer Campbell – Electric Bass
Kristina Clark – Background Vocals
Claire Cloninger – Songwriter
Denny Correll – Songwriter
Bryan Duncan – Guest Vocals
David Ebensberger – Engineer
Angie Ebensberger – Choir Vocals
Dan Garcia – Engineer, Mixed
Keith Green – Songwriter
Michael Hodge – Guitar
Imperials – Duet Vocals
Win Kutz – Mixed
Rhett Lawrence – Producer, Arranger, Engineer, Songwriter, Keyboards, Bass, Drums, Fairlight CMI, Background Vocals
Brenda Marshall-McClure – Choir Vocals
Mark Maxwell – Executive Producer
Oscar McClure, Jr – Choir Vocals
Carrie McDowell – Background Vocals
Craig Miles – Choir Vocals
Tim Miner – Producer, Engineer, Songwriter, Vocal Arrangements, Keyboards, Background Vocals
S. O’Brien – Songwriter
Becky Pearce – Choir Vocals
Jimmie Pearce – Choir Vocals
Cindy Cruse Ratcliff – Background Vocals
Dona Robinson – Choir Vocals
John Andrew Schreiner – Arranger, Songwriter, Keyboards
Phil Sillas – Songwriter, Arranger, Synth Bass, Keyboards
Tommy Sims – Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Luis Chi Sing – Assistant Engineer
Jimmie Lee Sloas – Songwriter, Arranger, Keyboards
Brian Tankersley – Producer, Executive Producer, Mixed, Songwriter, Background Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Synth, Bass, Keyboards, Arranger
Don Wallace – Vocal Arrangements, Background Vocals
B. Weaver – Songwriter
Kirk Whalum – Saxophone
BeBe Winans – Songwriter

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Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Word, Inc.
Copyright © – Word, Inc.
Distributed By – Word Records Limited
Distributed By – Word (Uk) Ltd.
Manufactured By – Word, Inc.
Recorded At – GBT Studio, Hollywood
Recorded At – Oakshire Recorders
Recorded At – Knightlight Studios
Mixed At – Bill Schnee Studios
Mixed At – Knightlight Studios
Mastered At – Bernie Grundman Mastering