This album is often called the 3 album from Halo but it is not. Scott Springer is indeed joined by Halo drummer Mike Graham but the rest of the band is absent. Furthermore I don’t feel it has the same sound as Halo. It is much more AOR oriented. As with the Halo albums this one is produed by the Elefante brothers and as usual the production is top notch and as is common on their albums they pitched in on instruments and song writing. Personally I preferred the Halo albums but this album stands strong on it’s own. This album will go down as one of the poorest album covers of 1993 as it almost insinuates this is a swing album or something The cover was done by David Bach (Guardian) and I’ve seen his other work and it all seemed good, but I feel he missed on this one.
Tracklist 1 – Anytime – 3:55 2 – Hello Forever – 4:31 3 – Behold The Lamb – 4:40 4 – Psycho Babble – 4:05 5 – The Victory – 4:29 6 – His Name Is Jesus – 4:56 7 – Stand Up – 4:14 8 – On My Knees – 4:17 9 – Promises – 4:39 10 – Wounded Soldier – 4:10
Credits Art Direction, Design – David Bach Backing Vocals – Dave Amato, Dino Elefante, Doug Beiden, John Elefante, Sarah Tennison, Scott Springer Bass – E.L. McNeely, Jack Mack, John Pierce Drums – David Raven, Mike Graham Engineer – Dino Elefante, Doug Beiden, J.R. McNeely, John Elefante Guitar – Dino Elefante, E.L. McNeely, Glenn Pearce Keyboards – John Andrew Schreiner, John Elefante Mastered By – Chris Bellman Mixed By – Neil Kernon Photography By – Ben Pearson Producer – Dino Elefante, John Elefante Written-By – Dino Elefante, Doug Beiden, John Elefante, Mike Graham, Scott Springer
This was the second and final studio album from Halo though there would be a release in 2020. The album was again produced by the Elefante brothers but they did turn it back a notch on the Rock & Roll meter and slightly towards the Pop meter. As with almost all Elefante projects the production is excellent and this is one of the best albums of 1991. Personnel changes had Barry Graul replacing Keith Mims on guitar which sounds like an even trade to me. There was another album being recorded after this one but it waited until 2020 with some effort by Girder Records to get it released. Lead singer Scott Springer did go on to release an album in 1993 though I will admit I haven’t listened to it yet. Anyway if you missed this one in the 90’s give it a listen now, it really was and is a great album.
Tracklist 1 – Jacob’s Dream – 4:36 2 – It’s Your Decision – 4:20 3 – Saved By Grace – 4:19 4 – Heaven Calling – 4:40 5 – Thy Will Be Done – 4:03 6 – Secret To Love – 4:38 7 – Climb The Mountain – 3:59 8 – Eye Of The Storm – 4:48 9 – Man From Galilee – 4:03 10 – My Buddy – 4:16
Credits Backing Vocals, Engineer, Mixed By – Doug Beiden Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals – Scott Springer Drums, Keyboards, Vocals – Mike Graham Engineer [Assistant] – J.R. McNeely Guitar [Additional] – Glen Pearce Guitar, Vocals – Barry Graul Lap Steel Guitar – Ron Eglett Mandolin – Larry Meyers Mastered By – Chris Bellman Producer, Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Engineer, Mixed By – John Elefante Producer, Engineer, Mixed By – Dino Elefante Voice [“My Buddy” Prayer] – Wesley Springer (tracks: 10)
Companies, etc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word Music, Inc. Copyright (c) – Word Music, Inc. Manufactured By – Word Music, Inc. Distributed By – Word Music, Inc. Recorded At – Pakaderm Studios Mastered At – Bernie Grundman Mastering Published By – Dayspring Music Published By – Uncle Pitts Publishing Published By – Nimbus Music
Halo, which apparently stands for “Heavenly Angelic Light Orchestra”, were a great hard rock/metal band out of Alabama. They formed in 1980 and strangely had a non Christian drummer, Mike Graham, who was also only 14 years old while the rest of the band was in the area of 21 years old. He did come to Christ in a couple years but I find it odd someone would ask a 14 year old non Christian drummer to join their adult Christian band. But whatever, it all seemed to work out. The band played for the next 9 years without a record deal. A demo tape got to Bob Hartman (Petra) and he started to mentor the band. Bob finally got them a record deal in 1989 with the Elefante brothers over at Pakaderm Records. This album was then recorded with much involvement of the Elefante’s and released in 1990. Best description of the sound would be a power Rock & Roll band which some (including me) might consider to be light metal. This is one that definitely deserves a listen.
Tracklist 1 – Jesus Music – 4:20 2 – Lord Of All – 4:39 3 – Good Feeling – 4:13 4 – Soul Searcher – 4:35 5 – Skyrocket – 3:45 6 – Lose To Live – 4:33 7 – Sing (Of His Glory) – 4:21 8 – Language Barrier – 5:09 9 – Time To Run – 4:01 10 – Timeless – 1:07
Credits Arranged By [Additional] – Bob Hartman (tracks: 3, 4, 8) Backing Vocals – John Elefante Band [Halo], Drums, Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Mike Graham Band [Halo], Guitar, Backing Vocals – Keith Mims Band [Halo], Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar – Scott Springer Cover, Illustration, Layout – Robert Fischer Drums – David Raven (tracks: 5) Engineer, Mixed By – Dino Elefante, John Elefante, Mike Mierau Guitar – Dino Elefante, Glen Pierce, Tony Palacios (tracks: 5) Keyboards – John Elefante Mastered By – Doug Sax Piano – John Schreiner (tracks: 4, 8) Producer – Dino Elefante, John Elefante Vocals [Duet] – John Elefante (tracks: 5), Scott Springer (tracks: 5)
Companies, etc. Manufactured By – Word, Inc. Distributed By – Word, Inc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Pakaderm Records Copyright (c) – Pakaderm Records Published By – Benefante Music Recorded At – Pakaderm Studios Mastered At – The Mastering Lab