Mason Proffit – Movin’ Toward Happiness – 1971

You may not know Mason Proffit but I’m guessing you do know John and Terry Talbot. Well before these brothers started their solo CCM career they formed a band called Mason Proffit. This is either their 2nd or 3rd album, I can’t really tell because they released 2 albums in 1971. I must admit this is the first album I heard from Mason Proffit and wow. I simply can’t believe this is the Talbot brothers. Now you probably already know I am not a fan of the brothers but that’s because their style of music is not for me. I do however recognize that they are some of the most talented artists in the CCM industry. They are fantastic musicians and prolific song writers, but I have a new respect for them after listening to this album. They were great folk/country/rock band back in the 70’s and this is a fantastic album. If you want to hear where the Talbot brothers started out you need to listen to this album.

Tracklist
1 – Michael Dodge – 2:57
2 – Hard Luck Woman – 2:54
3 – Children – 2:48
4 – Hokey Joe Pony – 2:22
5 – Flying Arrow – 3:30
6 – Old Joe Clark – 4:01
7 – Let Me Know Where You’re Goin’ – 2:29
8 – Melinda – 3:56
9 – Good Friend Of Mary’s – 2:44
10 – He Loves Them – 3:31
11 – Everybody Was Wrong – 5:47

Credits
Acoustic Guitar – John Talbot, Terry Talbot
Arranged By – Mason Proffit
Artwork By [Cover Painting] – Julian Gilbert
Banjo – John Talbot
Bass – Tim Ayres
Dobro – John Talbot
Drums – Art Nash
Electric Guitar – John Talbot, Terry Talbot
Executive Producer – Bill Traut
Fiddle – Terry Talbot
Guitar – Ron Schuetter
Mixed By [Remixed By] – Martin Feldman, Terry Talbot
Other [Creative Assistance] – Ron Sales
Percussion – Art Nash
Photography By [Liner Photography] – Rich Dienethal
Piano – Terry Talbot
Producer – Mason Proffit
Recorded By – Mal Davis, Martin Feldman
Steel Guitar – John Talbot
Vocals – John Talbot, Ron Schuetter, Terry Talbot

Companies, etc.
Recorded At – Paragon Recording Studios
Recorded At – Universal Recording Corp.
Remixed At – Streeterville Studios
Produced For – Dunwich Productions
Published By – Rolling Meadows Music
Made By – RCA Limited
Mastered At – RCA Studios, Toronto

John Michael Talbot – The God Of Life – 1984

I find it increasingly difficult to review John Talbot’s albums. The albums are quite good but they just aren’t my style and they are very repetitive. That said this album did differ a bit in style with a little less guitar and a little more symphonic sound. There’s even a celtic track which was a nice change from him. The album actually several instrumental tracks which I didn’t appreciate as much. So while I complain that John’s stuff all sounds the same to me I guess I’m kind of proven wrong with this album.

Tracklist
1 – Glory To Thee O God Of Life – 3:04
2 – God – 1:53
3 – In The Name Of God – 6:43
4 – Peace – 4:47
5 – Betwixt Me – 4:50
6 – Belfast – 1:58
7 – The Eyes Of The Great God – 2:57
8 – Holy God Of Truth – 2:45
9 – Healer Of My Soul – 3:35
10 – The Meadow – 1:46
11 – Thanks To Thee – 4:43
12 – Father Make Me Holy – 2:36

Credits
Art Direction [Cover Coordination] – B. Charlyne Hinesley
Backing Vocals – Terry Talbot, Wendy Hofheimer
Bagpipes [Highland Bagpipes, Uilleann Pipes], Hurdy Gurdy – Michael Hubbert
Cello – Alan Dalziel
Concertmaster – Sidney Sax
Conductor – John Leonard
Cover [Cover Design], Design [Lyric Sheet Design] – Marlene Bergman
Design [Lyric Sheet Design] – John Taylor
Dulcimer [Hammered Dulcimer] – Carole Koenig
Engineer – Darrell Powell, Peter Hayden, Ron Capone
Engineer, Mixed By – Mike Ross-Trevor
English Horn – Malcolm Messiter
Flute – Edward Becket
Harp [Celtic Harp, Troubadour Harp] – Gayle Levant
Illustration [Front Cover Illustration] – Christine Soldenski
Orchestra – National Philharmonic Orchestra Of London
Producer – John Michael Talbot
Producer, Arranged By, Orchestrated By, Conductor – Phil Perkins
Tin Whistle – Michael Harriton
Vocals [Solo Voice], Guitar, Banjo, Backing Vocals – John Michael Talbot

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Hearn Records Fund II, Ltd.
Copyright © – Hearn Records Fund II, Ltd.
Recorded At – The Barn
Recorded At – Westwind Studio
Recorded At – Weddington Studios
Recorded At – CBS Studios, London
Mixed At – CBS Studios, London
Lacquer Cut at – Future Disc

Various – Sparrow Spotlight Volume 2 – 1984

This was one of the more boring Sparrow samplers. But in all honesty I was not the target market for this one. It was obviously more pointed at the worship crowd. Below I’ve listed the tracks and the album they came from;

1 – Steve Green – Lift Up A Song – Steve Green
2 – Debby Boone – Can You Reach My Friend – Surrender
3 – Wendell Burton – Spreading All Over The World – Closer
4 – Sheila Walsh – Surrendering – Triumph In The Air
5 – Terry Talbot – I Am He – Terry Talbot Sings Stories Of Jesus
6 – Phil Driscoll – I Exalt Thee – I Exalt Thee
7 – John Michael Talbot – Glory To Thee (O God Of Life) – The God Of Life
8 – Michele Pillar – Reign On Me – Reign On Me
9 – Dennis Agajanian – If You Say – Where Are The Heroes
10 – Steve Camp – Living In Laodicea – Fire And Ice

Tracklist
1 – Steve Green – Lift Up A Song – 2:29
2 – Debby Boone – Can You Reach My Friend – 4:07
3 – Wendell Burton – Spreading All Over The World – 3:06
4 – Sheila Walsh – Surrendering – 4:30
5 – Terry Talbot – I Am He – 5:01
6 – Phil Driscoll – I Exalt Thee – 4:05
7 – John Michael Talbot – Glory To Thee (O God Of Life) – 7:23
8 – Michele Pillar – Reign On Me – 3:05
9 – Dennis Agajanian – If You Say – 3:18
10 – Steve Camp – Living In Laodicea – 2:38

John Michael Talbot – Songs For Worship Volume II – 1985

I assume John’s Songs For Worship Volume I sold pretty well so they did a Songs For Worship Volume II. Of course as the first one was actually name Volume I they probably had plans for this one all along. There isn’t really too much I can say about this album because it’s just a collection of worship songs and as such there really isn’t any stand out tracks. That’s not a bad thing for a worship album so it’s not a criticism. I suspect the album was met with a bit of a yawn however as it didn’t even garner a CCM single. Oh well this is a great Sunday worship album if you like that kind of thing.

Tracklist
1 – Taste And See – 2:31
2 – Lord, Every Nation On Earth Shall Adore You – 4:13
3 – Jesus Prayer – 2:44
4 – Lord Have Mercy – 1:46
5 – Glory To God – 3:06
6 – Holy, Holy, Holy – 2:35
7 – The Spirit Of The Lord – 3:18
8 – Father, I Put My Life In Your Hands – 3:47
9 – Lamb Of God – 2:23
10 – I Am The Ressurection – 4:18
11 – Let Us Sing To The Lord – 2:51

Credits
Design [Lyric Sheet Design] – Steve Cox
Engineer [Orchestra Recorded And Mixed] – Mike Ross-Trevor
Engineer [Solos And Guitar] – Ron Capone
Engineer [Vocals] – Bill Cobb
Photography By [Cover] – Edd Anthony
Producer, Arranged By, Orchestrated By, Conductor – Phil Perkins
Producer, Written By, Guitar, Vocals – John Michael Talbot
Vocals – Bekah Crabb, Carole Butler, Craig Smith, Ed Koharchick, Irene Davis, Jeanne Mitchell, Jo McGinty, John Peter Slauson, Kemper Crabb, Ken Pennell

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – The Sparrow Corporation
Copyright © – Word Music (UK)
Distributed By – Word Records

Various – Sparrow Spotlight Volume 3 – 1985

Sometimes these Sparrow samplers bewildered me and this one is one of them. How you can have Rez Band, Steve Taylor, and John Michael Talbot on the same sampler? I well remember us buying these samplers for 1 or 2 tracks and I bet a lot of people bought this one with the same intent. Anyway below I have listed all the tracks and their associated albums;

1 – Steve Camp – Help Is On The Way – Shake Me To Wake Me
2 – Connie Scott – Spirit Mover – Spirit Mover
3 – Silverwind – I’m Gonna Follow You – I’m Gonna Follow You
4 – Rick Cua – You’ve Only Got One Life – You’re My Road
5 – Steve Taylor – I Just Wanna Know – On The Fritz
6 – Michael Card – Come To The Table – Known By The Scars
7 – Terry Talbot – Mighty Rushing Wind – Face To Face
8 – AD – The Only Way To Have A Friend – Art Of The State
9 – Debby Boone – Teach Me How To Love – Choose Life
10 – Phil Driscoll – Jesus I Love You – Power Of Praise
11 – Wendy & Mary – Around The Walls – Battle Of The Heart
12 – Sheila Walsh – Light Across The World – Don’t Hide Your Heart
13 – Rez Band – Souls For Hire – Hostage
14 – Michele Pillar – Look Who Loves You Now – Look Who Loves You Now
15 – Steve Green – Praise To The King – He Holds The Keys
16 – John Michael Talbot – Lord Every Nation On Earth Shall Adore You

Tracklist
1 – Steve Camp – Help Is On The Way – 4:03
2 – Connie Scott – Spirit Mover – 3:20
3 – Silverwind – I’m Gonna Follow You – 2:59
4 – Rick Cua – You’ve Only Got One Life – 3:37
5 – Steve Taylor – I Just Wanna Know – 4:37
6 – Michael Card – Come To The Table – 3:48
7 – Terry Talbot – Mighty Rushing Wind – 4:11
8 – AD – The Only Way To Have A Friend – 4:15
9 – Debby Boone – Teach Me How To Love – 4:15
10 – Phil Driscoll – Jesus I Love You – 4:36
11 – Wendy & Mary – Around The Walls – 3:17
12 – Sheila Walsh – Light Across The World – 3:23
13 – Rez Band – Souls For Hire – 3:30
14 – Michele Pillar – Look Who Loves You Now – 3:18
15 – Steve Green – Praise To The King – 2:31
16 – John Michael Talbot – Lord Every Nation On Earth Shall Adore You (Psalm 72) – 4:14

John Michael Talbot And Terry Talbot – The Painter – 1980

John Michael is joined by his brother Terry on this album along with The London Chamber Orchestra. It is in the usual Talbot style but with some great harmonies between the brothers. It has a Gothic feel at time which fits with art on the Jacket. If you’re a usual fan of John Michael this album won’t disappoint, you’ll find it to be excellent.

Tracklist
1 – Greeting – 1:44
2 – Wonderful Counselor – 2:37
3 – Advent Suite – Part 1 – 3:00
4 – Advent Suite – Part 2 – 2:22
5 – Behold Now The Kingdom – 3:55
6 – Create In Me A Clean Heart – 2:32
7 – Paint My Life – 1:51
8 – The Mystery – 2:24
9 – Jesus Has Come – 4:15
10 – The Empty Canvas – 3:50

Credits
Arranged By, Conductor – Lee Holdridge
Bass – Leland Sklar
Composed By – John Michael Talbot (tracks: A1-A5, B2-B5), Terry Talbot (tracks: B1)
Design – Stan Evenson Design Inc.
Engineer [@ CTS] – John Richards
Engineer [@ Monterey], Remix [@ Buckskin] – Wally Duguid
Engineer [@ TRC] – Mark Clevenger
Guitar – John Michael Talbot
Lacquer Cut By – Sh*
Photography By – Gary Heery
Producer – Dan Collins, Irving Martin, The Talbot Brothers*
Vocals – The Talbot Brothers*

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sparrow Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Cherry Lane Music Co.
Copyright (c) – Birdwing Music
Recorded At – TRC Studios
Recorded At – Monterey Sound Studios
Recorded At – CTS Studios
Remixed At – Buckskin Studio
Remixed At – Smoketree Ranch
Mastered At – MCA Recording Studios

John Michael Talbot – The Lover and the Beloved – 1989

It is difficult to write a review for each John Michael Talbot album. They are essentially all the same. Yes the songs are different but none of them really stand out to me. This album was actually a follow up for his 1985 book of the same name. Now just to be clear I am not faulting John Michael Talbot in any way. He does what he does very well. In fact as far as this style of worship music is concerned he really is the top dog.

Tracklist
1 – One Dark Night
2 – Where Have You Hidden
3 – I Found My Beloved
4 – Living Flame Of Love
5 – I Know A Well
6 – Adventure In God
7 – White Bird
8 – Beloved One
9 – Pass Through My Will

Credits
Art Direction – Barbara Catanzaro-Hearn
Design – Catherine Reishus McLaughlin
Engineer – Darrell Powell, Mike Ross-Trevor
Liner Notes – John Michael Talbot
Lyrics By – Sister Mary Anthony, St. John Of The Cross* (tracks: A1 to B2), Thomas Merton
Mastered By – Steve Hall
Music By – John Michael Talbot
Photography By [Front Cover] – Ken Slater (2)
Photography By [Portrait] – Mark Tucker (7)
Producer – John Michael Talbot, Phil Perkins
Vocals, Guitar – John Michael Talbot

John Michael Talbot – The Lord’s Supper – 1978

This 1978 album could have been recorded yesterday and what I mean by that is that the music is timeless.

I am not the biggest fan of worship music but for some reason this album is the exception. While preparing these videos I generally listen to an album three times. Generally this is a rather painful affair when it comes to albums in this genre but strangely I found myself listening to this album a fourth time.

I can’t really break down why I like it but I do. It’s a well arranged album and the choir and orchestra bring a stronger element to Talbot’s music. So even if Talbot’s music is not you’re preferred genre give this one a listen, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Track Listing:
1 – Prelude – 2:37
2 – We Shall Stand Forgiven – 4:08
3 – Glory To God – 2:57
4 – Creed I – 1:36
5 – Creed II – 3:56
6 – Holy, Holy, Holy – 2:22
7 – Communion Song – 4:25
8 – The Lord’s Prayer – 1:30
9 – Lamb Of God – 2:14

Credits
Arranged By [Orchestral Arrangements] – David Britton
Conductor [Orchestra Conductor] – Greg Nelson
Design [Cover Design] – Stan Evenson
Design Concept [Album Cover Concept] – Terry Talbot
Engineer [Assistant] – Gary Schatzlein, George E. Wilson
Engineer [Assistant], Vocals – Russ Moorman
Music By, Product Manager [Project Supervision] – John Michael Talbot
Photography By [Back Cover] – Greg Wigler
Photography By [Front Cover] – Larry Dupont
Producer, Engineer, Vocals – Mark Clevenger
Vocals – Bill Bruce, Craig Jensen, Dave Wey, Debby Meeks, Dennis Howe, Don Hock, Gary Myers, Janene Jensen, Jerry Wise, Kathy Jensen, Ken Jensen, Linda Allen, Lorrie Buckhorn, Mark Nauman, Patty Evans, Randy Evans, Tammy Rogers

John Michael Talbot – Hiding Place – 1990

Hiding Place was John’s first album in 1990. He was quite busy that year releasing 4 albums.

This album follows the same style of personal meditation as his previous albums. This album is somewhat repetitive in that manner but most listeners were happy with the new musical scores.

Despite John’s Roman Catholic faith his albums are well received by Christians of all faiths as evidenced by this album rising to 19th on the Contemporary Christian music charts.

Track Listing:
1 – The Hiding Place – 3:33
2 – Confession – 4:22
3 – I Will Lift Up My Eyes – 3:58
4 – Unless The Lord Build The House – 3:59
5 – Psalm 27 – 3:27
6 – Christ As A Light – 1:56
7 – Anima Christi – 3:23
8 – Surrender – 2:55
9 – My Vows To The Lord – 3:46
10 – There’s A Time – 4:20

Credits:
Art Direction – Barbara Catanzaro-Hearn
Design – Brenda Whitehill
Engineer – Gil Morales
Guitar, Vocals – John Michael Talbot
Mastered By – Steve Hall
Orchestrated By – Phil Perkins
Photography By – Mark Tucker
Producer – Billy Ray Hearn
Recorded By, Mixed By – Bernie Kirsh
Written-By – John Michael Talbot