The best of all of Joe English’s contribution to the world of CCM was also his last. There was band name from The Joe English Band to just The English band and a decidedly much more contemporary sound than the previous albums that seemed dated, even by the standard of the day, despite having some wonderful songs and killer production attached to them. Joe English entered the Christian Music world with a bang with name recognition high as the drummer for the band Wings of Paul McCartney fame. After producing a few pop albums in a distinctly 70’s feel there was clear need for a change. That change came in the form of a new label, new musical direction as well as the previously mentioned band name change. More “modern” sounds with heavier guitars, bigger and glossier production, electronic drums (a thankfully short lived music experiment in the world of music) and more contemporary musical arrangements made the album a pretty big hit with several Top 10 radio hits. His back up band were an amazing group of musicians that also recorded a solo record of their own under the name Forerunner with former Petra member John Lawry handling the vocals. What You Need, The Master, Yield to the Spirit and Children of the Light are all stand outs. It may be difficult for some to listen to the album now is it was clearly impacted by the sound of the day and does not translate as well as other album. But for the time the album was a standard. The musical direction also impacted groups like the Imperials. English would return to do a solo album a few years later that did not make a dent. He then simply disappeared and was unable to continue drumming due to some physical ailments regarding his ankles. He has also recently been seen filming a video for a questionable and controversial Church in the south where he denounces his years in CCM as a fraud, claiming to have never been a Christian during those days.
Contributor David Lowman – https://ccms500bestalbums.wordpress.com/
Tracklist 1 – What You Need – 3:33 2 – The Master – 3:38 3 – Take the Cross – 4:05 4 – The First Stone – 3:10 5 – Easy Street – 3:13 6 – I Will Follow You – 3:51 7 – Yield to the Spirit – 3:52 8 – The Joy of the Lord – 4:12 9 – Children of the Light – 3:29 10 – Through the Veil – 2:22
Credits Kim Boyce – Background Vocals Paul Brannon – Songwriter, Bass, Guitar Steve Camp – Songwriter George Cocchini – Producer, Songwriter, Guitars, Bass Rick Crawford – Songwriter James Isaac Elliott – Songwriter Joe English – Producer, Songwriter, Drums, Vocals Glen Allen Green – Songwriter, Background Vocals Monroe Jones – Songwriter Chris McCollum – Songwriter Paul Mills – Songwriter, Keyboards, Synclavier Justin Peters – Songwriter Brian Tankersley – Producer, Engineer, Mixed, Background Vocals Becky Thurman – Songwriter Geoff Thurman – Songwriter David Zycheck – Background Vocals
Companies, etc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc. Copyright (c) – Word, Inc. Distributed By – GMB Distributed By – Nye Toner / Teovision Distributed By – Finngospel Distributed By – Sephora Diffusion Distributed By – Emmaul Distributed By – GMI Records Distributed By – Filadelfia Forlag Distributed By – La Sorgente Music Distributed By – Master Music Distributed By – Grace Music Distributed By – Master-Vision-S.A. Distributed By – Leon Music A.B. Distributed By – Kir Music Distributed By – Word (Uk) Ltd. Distributed By – Pila Music Engineered At – Rivendell Recorders Mixed At – Rivendell Recorders
This album is kind of an odd one. This is actually The Joe English Band minus Joe English, well kind of. Considering Joe played drums on 4 of the 9 tracks I think this is best described as The Joe English Band without Joe on vocals. Vocal duties were taken over by John Lawry. The album distinctly sounds like other Joe English work and there’s no mistaking who’s playing here. I’ll be honest the album just strikes me as a little off. I can’t decide if I don’t like John’s vocals or if it just sounds wrong to hear this music without Joe singing. I have argued it both ways with myself and I am leaning that John’s vocals are just a little weak. That said there is nothing wrong with this album and if you like Joe you are probably going to like this album.
Tracklist 1 – Jesus Is Saviour – 3:39 2 – Faith Walk – 4:04 3 – Hard Times – 3:47 4 – Victory – 3:57 5 – Nowhere To Run – 2:55 6 – River Of Life – 4:41 7 – Hold On – 3:15 8 – Words Of The Wise – 4:00 9 – Albola (A Little Bit Of L.A.) – 3:42
Credits Lisa Bevill – Choir and Background Vocals Brenda Brannon – Choir Vocals Paul Brannon – Producer, Songwriter, Guitars, Bass, Vocals Jay C. Coble, Jr. – Trumpet George Cocchini – Producer, Songwriter, Guitars, Bass, Vocals Tom Douglas – Songwriter James Isaac Elliott – Songwriter Phil Elliott – Songwriter, Background Vocals Joe English – Drums Mike Feller – Drums Tom Flora – Background Vocals Mark Helstein – Choir Vocals Angie Innis – Choir Vocals John Lawry – Producer, Songwriter, Keyboards, Vocals Sam Levine – Saxophone Fred Lewis – Songwriter Chris McCollum – Engineer Doug Moffet – Saxophone Ray Nenow – Executive Producer Gary Pigg – Background Vocals Roddy Smith – Songwriter Tim Smith – Producer, Songwriter, Bass Dave Spear – Choir Vocals Lisa Tucker – Choir Vocals Hank Williams – Mastered Ned Wimmer – Choir Vocals
Companies, etc. Copyright (c) – Refuge Records Phonographic Copyright (p) – Refuge Records Distributed By – The Benson Company, Inc. Published By – Raybren Music Published By – Quietlane Music Published By – Prairie Moon Music Recorded At – Great Circle Sound Mastered At – Mastermix
In my opinion this was Joe’s best album as these are the most upbeat version of these songs in his catalog. This album was recorded through the UK from at least 6 different concerts. I actually saw this tour in Canada and I remember it being much more Rock & Roll than this. I suspect that Myrrh records actually hunted out the most mellow version of these song as they could. This brings me to my criticism of this album. I don’t know about everyone else but I like Live albums so I can hear the banter between songs. This album does not include any of that. It was produced like a regular album but with live recordings. This is not what a live album is supposed to be like in my opinion. You in no way feel the concert experience from this album. So let’s be clear, this is not really a Live album by my definition.
1 – To Love Is To Live – 5:08
2 – Midnight Angel Choir – 4:41
3 – Dyin’ – 3:41
4 – Rio Samba – 9:24
5 – Power Of Prayer – 4:24
6 – Let Me Praise You Again – 4:38
7 – Learn To Celebrate – 4:14
8 – Get Ready – 7:05
Bass Guitar – Tim Smith
Executive Producer – Ray Nenow
Guitar, Backing Vocals – George Cocchini, Paul Brannon
Keyboards – John Lawry
Vocals, Drums, Producer – Joe English
Record Company – Word, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Word, Inc.
Distributed By – A&M Records Of Canada Limited
Mobile unit by Manor, London, England and Tape 1, London, England
Recorded at Colson Hall, Bristol, England; Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland; Wembley Arena, Wembley, England
Mixed at Great Circle Sound, Nashville, TN and Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN