Rob Cassels Band – Classics Anthology – 2009

This is a “Greatest Hits” album of Rob’s first 4 albums. It’s an excellent collection and will have to do for now as we don’t have any of Rob’s albums in our collection (which is rather shocking actually). Rob tells me he was influence by Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Allman Bros., James Gang etc. Most often his vocals are compared to Joe Cocker which i agree but I hate comparing musicians. Sometimes I wonder wouldn’t it be more appropriate to say Joe Cocker sounds a lot like Rob Cassels. Anyway the release of Kamikaze Christian attracted the attention of Gary Paxton which certainly helped with the Bands future. Rob’s guitarist for his first 2 albums was Steve Morse who went on to play with Deep Purple. Rob had 4 albums from 1979 to 1988 giving us some of the best Christian music of the 80’s. Rob has continued to perform and tour and I have linked his web page below where you can buy his music.

Tracklist
1 – The Battle’s Won – 3:27
2 – Evening Pastoral – 4:03
3 – Lunar Trott – 2:45
4 – The Baby Song – 4:24
5 – Darkness is A Goner – 2:48
6 – Testimony – 3:54
7 – You Think I’m Crazy – 3:56
8 – So Safe in You – 3:29
9 – Off the Wall – 3:23
10 – Kamikaze Christian – 3:48
11 – Hermit Man – 3:48
12 – Heritage of the Lord – 3:38
13 – You Just Don’t Know – 3:01
14 – He’s Everywhere – 3:04
15 – Resurrection Power – 3:24
16 – I Will Never Leave You – 3:27
17 – Turning – 3:14
18 – Shoot It Straight – 2:51
19 – What’s That Voice – 3:29
20 – Save Yourself For Love – 3:32
21 – Living On the Edge – 4:07

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Daniel Band – On Rock (Collector’s Edition) – 2009

This was the first album from Daniel Band and what an album it was!

I remember hearing this album for the first time. While I already had a Resurrection Band album this release was a different type excitement. This album is straight out Rock & Roll and in my opinion Daniel Band absolutely nailed this album.

It is one of my favourite albums to this day and the anthem “I Like To Rock” was played so often in my car, my speakers could play it from memory when the ignition was off. If for some reason you only want to listen to one cut make it “I Like To Rock”.

Track Listing:
1 – He’s The Creator – 3:52
2 – I’m Sorry – 4:19
3 – You Don’t Need The Blues – 3:13
4 – Free From Sin – 3:04
5 – Undercover Christian – 3:23
6 – Two Roads – 2:48
7 – Never Again – 3:58
8 – In The Sky – 4:00
9 – I Like To Rock – 3:02
10 – Spiritual Game – 4:58
11 – Somebody Loves You – 4:43

Credits:
Co-producer – Glenn Kaiser
Co-producer, Mixed By – Roger Heiss
Cover, Design, Photography, Layout – Neil Dellandrea
Drums – Peter Cosman
Engineer – Réné (Boucher) Brossard, Wes Storms
Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin – Tony Rossi
Lead Vocals, Bass, Keyboards – Dan McCabe
Mixed By – Mark Wright
Producer – Daniel Band
Rhythm Guitar, Strings, Synthesizer, Vocals – Bill Findlay

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Mark Heard – Appalachian Melody – 1979

This was Mark’s second album and his first on Solid Rock Records.

As is typical on Solid Rock albums the whole gang is on the album. I’ve always wondered why Larry felt the need to sing backup on every album (ok almost all) he produced, but I digress.

The album is a fairly light rock affair but Mark does get closer to the Rock and Roll rank on a few tunes. This is an album that will likely grow on you if a first listening doesn’t really capture you.

Track Listing:
1 – On The Radio – 3:38
2 – Castaway – 3:26
3 – Bless My Soul – 4:04
4 – Here I Am (Once Again) – 3:54
5 – With The Setting Sun – 1:42
6 – Appalachian Melody – 4:17
7 – Happy Cornbread Aniversary – 1:48
8 – Two Trusting Jesus – 4:13
9 – Jonah’s Song – 5:26
10 – Sidewalk Soliloquy – 3:18
11 – The Last Time – 3:16
12 – The Saints – 0:22

And here are the bonus tracks from the 2009 CD release:

Credits:
Mark Heard – acoustic and electric guitars, piano, mandolin, hambone, vocals, harmonies, arranging, co-producer, mixing, photography, album artwork
Larry Norman – background vocals, producer, arranger, photography, album artwork
Randy Stonehill – background vocals
Tom Howard – Fender Rhodes, orchestration
Jon Linn – lead guitar
Flim Johnson – bass guitar
Peter Johnson – drums
Al Perkins – pedal steel guitar, dobro
Chuck Long – electric and acoustic guitars, additional photography
Alex MacDougall – percussion and congas
Janet Sue Heard – harmony, additional photography
Tom Howard String Ensemble conducted by Tom Howard

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MxPx – Punk Rawk Christmas – 2009

MxPx released this album in 2009. Apparently the single had been previously released and fans requested a Christmas album.

Track Listing:
1 – Punk Rawk Christmas
2 – Christmas Day
3 – Christmas Only Comes Once a Year
4 – Coming Home For Christmas
5 – You’re the Only One I Miss (This Christmas)
6 – Christmas Party
7 – Christmas Night of the Living Dead
8 – So This Is Christmas
9 – It’s Christmas and I’m Sick
10 – 2005
11 – Late Great Snowball Fight of 2006
12 – Gimme Christmas
13 – Another Song About Christmas
14 – Auld Lang Syne

Personnel:
Mike Herrera – bass guitar, lead vocals
Tom Wisniewski – guitar, backing vocals
Yuri Ruley – drums, percussion

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