This is the second album from Guardian. There were a few personnel changes with Jamie Rowe coming in on vocals and Karl Ney on drums. Jamie Rowe had been with Tempest and was a great fit with Guardian. Though this album is often called a metal album I disagree. To me it’s more Hard Rock but I admit does have a few metal “moments”. Often it’s compared to Bon Jovi but again I don’t really agree. It really does have it’s own sound but I more often hear Def Leopard than Bon Jovi. Further enhancing this album is the fact that John & Dino Elefante were involved in the project with John helping with Songwriting and Keyboards. Both brothers engineered and produced the album. There was a music video produced for “Power Of Love” but no one seems to know if MTV ever played it. Guardian definitely turned it up a notch for this album and it definitely deserves a listen.
Tracklist 1 – Power Of Love – 4:33 2 – Send A Message – 4:00 3 – Time Stands Still – 4:26 4 – Forever And A Day – 5:11 5 – Takin’ On The World – 3:52 6 – Fire And Love – 3:25 7 – Turnaround – 4:18 8 – Time And Time Again – 4:52 9 – The Rain – 5:31 10 – Never Say Goodbye – 5:06
Credits Accordion – Glen Hirami Art Direction, Design – Terry DeGraff Backing Vocals – Max Alpha, Dino, Jamie, John, Tony Bass – David Bach Cover [Consultant] – Sandra Ney Drums – David Raven, Karl Ney Engineer – Dino Elefante, Jeff Simmons, John Elefante, Mike Mierau Guitar – Tony Palacios Keyboards – John Elefante Lead Vocals – Jamie Rowe Mixed By – Dino Elefante, Mike Mierau Mixed By [Assisted By] – Gil Griffith Pedal Steel Guitar – Ron Eglit Photography By – Jeff Jones Producer – Dino Elefante, John Elefante Vocals – David Bach, Karl Ney, Tony Palacios
Companies, etc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Pakaderm Records Copyright (c) – Pakaderm Records Manufactured By – Word, Inc. Distributed By – Word, Inc. Pressed By – Denon Digital Industries Recorded At – Pakaderm Studios Mastered At – Precision Mastering
This was the first studio album from Guardian though they did have a demo using the name Fusion and another using the name Gardian. They inked the deal for this album in 1985 with Enigma Records but the wheels of production and release moved very slowly. The album was to be produced by Oz Fox from Stryper and he wasn’t immediately available. Recording did finish in 1988 but then for some reason it didn’t get released until 1989. Quite frankly Enigma really screwed this one up. By the time this album came out they should have been on their follow up album and another tour but the screw ups over at Enigma cost themselves and the band a lot of success and the resulting money. To top this all off Enigma did a short run of the album making it difficult for people to get their hands on. This was a great metal album and if it had been properly promoted, pressed, and distributed it might have been one of the biggest Christian Metal releases. I’m not even going to bother telling you about the album, give it a listen, I know you will be impressed. Another annoying thing Enigma did was to put 2 extra tracks on the CD release. This idea wasn’t’ unique to Enigma, lots of others did it but it was a dumb idea.
Tracklist 1 – I’ll Never Leave You – 4:32 2 – Mystery Man – 4:07 3 – Livin’ For The Promise – 4:09 4 – Miracle – 4:56 5 – Saints Battalion – 3:47 6 – Kingdom Of Rock – 3:25 7 – The Good Life – 4:41 8 – One Of A Kind – 3:33 9 – World Without Love – 3:56 10 – Rock In Victory – 3:50 —CD Bonus Tracks— 11 – Hyperdrive – 4:17 12 – Marching On – 3:55
Credits Art Direction, Design – Dean Van Eimeren Backing Vocals [Additional Backing Vocals] – Oz Fox Bass – David Bach (2) Drums – Rikk Hart Engineer [Assistent Engineer] – Allen Isaacs, Gene Eugene, Jeff Simmons Engineer [Assistent Engineer], Coordinator [Studio Coordination] – Dave Hackbarth, Dino Elefante Engineer, Mixed By – Dan Nebenzal Keyboards – Brent Jeffers Lead Guitar – Tony Palacios Lead Vocals, Guitar – Paul Cawley Mastered By – Eddy Schreyer Mixed By, Engineer [Assistent Engineer] – Mike Mierau Photography By – Steve Cooper Producer, Mixed By – Oz Fox Vocals – David Bach, Tony Palacios
Companies, etc. Record Company – The Benson Company, Inc. Made By – Discovery Systems