Paul Janz – High Strung – 1985

A lot of 70’s fans of Deliverance don’t even know that Paul Janz went on to have a successful solo career after Deliverance dissolved. They might further be surprised that he went on to release 4 albums in the secular market. This is the first of those 4 albums. This album was released in Canada (Paul’s home country), the U.K., Greece, and Japan. It was not released in the United States. It did very well in the Canadian market with the first single making it to #29 on the Canadian Charts. “Don’t Cry Tonight”, “High Strung”, and “Close My Eyes” were also released as singles but did not do better than #85. Now a quick warning that if you are expecting a Deliverance sound you won’t get it and no one from Deliverance appears anywhere on this album other than Paul. Instead this is a straight up 80’s pop album. I will be honest that I remember it playing on Canadian radio and I honestly never made the connection to Deliverance until many years later. It should be noted that Paul did not turn on his faith but instead just changed himself to the category of a Christian artist as opposed to an artist doing Christian music.

Tracklist
1 – High Strung – 3:40
2 – Don’t Cry Tonight – 5:32
3 – Close My Eyes – 4:16
4 – Solid Ground – 3:38
5 – All I Have – 4:25
6 – Go To Pieces – 3:21
7 – Suggestions Of Love – 4:17
8 – Cover To Cover – 3:55
9 – Right From The Start – 3:47
10 – Waiting – 4:00

Credits
Bass – Doug Edwards, Peter Clark (tracks: B1)
Drums – Chris Taylor (tracks: B1), Darryl Burgess, Jim Vallance (tracks: A3,A4,B3)
Guitar – David Sinclair, Harris Van Berkel
Keyboards [Main] – Dave Pickell
Organ – Robbie King (tracks: A4)
Percussion – Jim McGillveray (tracks: A1, B2), Ken Chalmers (tracks: B1, B3)
Saxophone – Tom Colclough (tracks: A3)
Vocals, Percussion, Keyboards, Effects – Paul Janz

Companies, etc.
Manufactured By – A&M Records Of Canada Limited
Distributed By – A&M Records Of Canada Limited

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Deliverance – Lasting Impressions – 1978

Lasting Impressions is the third album from the Janz Brothers and it is the epitome of 70’s Funk. I was listening to it today and thinking this may be the “funkiest” Christian album of all time. I’m sure it’s not but it felt that way today. At this point in their careers/ministry the brothers were playing bars and coffee shops so this album has a very secular feel. The lyrics are still positive but the JPM was relatively low. Apparently the album did receive airplay in the U.S. and Europe but I can’t really find any proof of it.

Tracklist
1 – Deliverance – 5:17
2 – Such A Fool – 4:08
3 – Anytime You Feel It – 3:42
4 – Need You So Bad – 3:47
5 – Feel The Music – 2:58
6 – Lasting Impressions – 5:36
7 – Tender Love – 4:49
8 – Vanity – 3:53
9 – I Thank You – 3:46
10 – No Time To Waste – 0:53

Credits
Arranged By – Deliverance
Engineer – Brille, Will Roper, Zeke Lund
Producer, Mixed By – Horst Müller
Written-By – Herb Rempel (tracks: B5), Ken Janz (tracks: B1)
Written-By, Mixed By – Paul Janz (tracks: A1-A5, B1-B4)

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Deliverance – Tightrope – 1979

This was the final album from the Janz family known as Deliverance. Born in Canada of Mennonite descent they actually formed in Germany.

Though this album came out in 1979 it is not Jesus Music. In fact it is a blend of Disco and fusion and actually sounds a lot like the Bee Gee’s to me. Unfortunately this was the last album as there was some sort of a dispute with the record company. Anyway if you only have time for one cut I suggest the title track “Tightrope”.

Tracklist
1 – Foolish Hearts – 5:16
2 – Tightrope – 3:06
3 – Farewell (Bye, Bye, Bye ) – 4:16
4 – Prince Of The Galaxies – 3:01
5 – Leaving L.A. – 2:52
6 – Back Seat Rider – 3:24
7 – Can You Survive – 7:29
8 – Face The Lady – 3:52
9 – Re-Creation – 3:51

Credits
Arranged By – Deliverance
Arranged By [Horns] – Paul Janz
Bass – Guy (Froggy) Roellinger
Cover, Artwork – Dieter Ziegenfeuter
Design [Graphic] – Marietta Frommberger-Zimmermann
Drums – David McSparran
Engineer [Assistant] – Curtis Drake
Engineer [Mixing] – Jochen Scheffter
Engineer [Recording] – Jochen Scheffter, Mal Luker, Zeke Lund
Guitar – Jacques Emanuel Belzung
Keyboards – Paul Janz
Lyrics By – Ken Janz
Music By – Paul Janz
Percussion – Elmer Louis
Producer – Deliverance, Horst Müller
Saxophone, Harmonica – Bobby Stern
Trumpet – Lee Harper, Scott Newton
Vocals – Danny Janz, Ken Janz, Paul Janz

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