Servant – Swimming In A Human Ocean – 1984

Servant went through a series of musical changes between their 1979 debut and this 1985 release. They were searching for the new wave sound and look, finding it in what looks like borrowed clothes on the album cover, complete with beret, sweaters, skinny tie and big hair.

The musical sound is the 1985 radio-friendly stuff of Starship and softer Tears for Fears sounds.

This doesn’t take anything away from them lyrically or musically but it is a noticeable change from the simple rock reachings of Fly Away and Suburban Josephine.

Tracklist
1 – Power – 4:48
2 – The Dance – 3:53
3 – Timeless Love – 3:44
4 – Look Through His Eyes – 4:05
5 – Human Heart – 3:57
6 – I Will – 3:27
7 – Harder To Finish – 3:40
8 – Million – 4:04
9 – Love Never Fails – 3:44

Companies, etc.
Recorded At – Grand Slam Studios
Recorded At – Quad Recording Studios
Mixed At – Quad Recording Studios

Credits
Art Direction – Joan Tankersley
Bass – Rob Martens (2)
Design – Joan Tankersley
Drums – David Holmes (18)
Engineer – David Schober
Engineer [Assistant] – Jay Healey, John Jenkinson
Executive-Producer – Lynn Nichols
Graphics – Lori Cooper
Guitar – Dave Perkins
Keyboards – Matt Spransy
Lead Guitar – Bruce Wright
Lighting Director – Lori Martens
Photography By – Chris Callis
Producer – Dave Perkins
Rhythm Guitar – Owen Brock
Vocals – Sandie Brock
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar – Eric Odell

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Servant – Caught In The Act of Loving Him – 1983

This was the 4th studio album from Servant and their first on their own short lived label, Roof Top records.

This album continued their progression as a great 80’s CCM Rock & Roll band. The songwriting was excellent and Sandie Brock’s voice was developing to a more Fleetwood Mac sound.

Many reviewers say she was sounding like Steve Nicks on this album by I don’t actually agree. Sandie’s voice is very distinctive and stands on it’s own.

Over all the album adds a little more electronics but holds steady as a great Rock & Roll album.

Track Listing:
1 – Burning Bridges – 3:57
2 – Thank God – 4:33
3 – Fall Out – 4:30
4 – Now Is The Time – 2:56
5 – Holding On To You – 3:58
6 – Heart To Heart – 3:13
7 – Gauges – 3:02
8 – Something Right For You – 3:24
9 – Tied Down – 3:58
10 – Can’t Go Back – 3:08

Credits:
Artwork – Rob Jaffe
Bass – Rob Martens
Drums – David Holmes
Keyboards – Matt Spransy
Lead Guitar – Bruce Wright
Photography By – Christopher Briscoe
Producer – Jonathan David Brown
Rhythm Guitar, Vocals – Owen Brock
Vocals – Bob Hardy, Sandie Brock

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Servant – World Of Sand – 1982

This is the first album Servant released on Roof Top Records following some dispute with their previous label Tunesmith.

This album was very well produced so it appeared the switch was a good idea. The album has a few odd tracks though. Jungle music, a personal favourite, is an oddly disjointed song with animal sounds and narration.

Sudden death is a song about a tragic accident that happened to members of their communities. It is best described as an 8:20 rock opera.

There are actually 2 bonus releases on this album, Tree Planter Stomp, and Cog in the Wheel. Depending on your copy they may have come on a seperate 7″ album or incorporated into the original album.

Track Listing:
1 – Two Masters – 5:20
2 – New Revolution – 2:25
3 – Long Hard Fight – 3:32
4 – Jungle Music – 6:00
5 – Cog In The Wheel – 4:41
6 – Wall Of Love – 3:39
7 – Cheap Talk – 3:08
8 – Sudden Death – 8:10
9 – Come Jesus Come – 3:34
10 – Tree Planter Stomp – 2:52

Credits:
Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals – Rob Martens (2)
Drums, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – David Holmes (18)
Engineer – Thom Roy
Engineer [Assistant] – John Jenkinson
Keyboards – Matt Spransy
Lead Guitar – Bruce Wright
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Bob Hardy (2), Sandie Brock
Mastered By – Steve Hall
Producer – Jim Palosaari, Servant (2)
Producer [With Help From], Engineer – Jonathan David Brown
Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals – Owen Brock

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Servant – Rockin’ Revival – 1981

Servant turned it up a notch for their second album Rockin Revival. Bob Rock returned to engineer the second album and gave it a much more refined sound.

The album again bounced around with a few different styles, but they all came together and were placed in a logical order on the album.

The album finished off with what I believe would have been the single (if Christian albums had singles), I’m Gonna Live.

Point of trivia is that the song, Jealousies, was a cover of an Eddie Money song and he is credited.

Track Listing:
1 – Babylon 4:03
2 – Rockin Reival 4:18
3 – Isolated 4:13
4 – Heidleburg Blues 3:00
5 – Listen 3:00
6 – Jealousies 3:47
7 – Suburban Josephine 3:53
8 – Ad Man 3:33
9 – I’m Gonna Live 5:33

Credits:
Owen Brock – Songwriter, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Sandie Brock – Songwriter, Percussion, Lead Vocals
Bob Brooks – Producer
Mike Fraser – Assistant Engineer
Bob Hardy – Percussion, Lead Vocals
David Holmes – Songwriter, Drums, Background Vocals
J. Lyon – Songwriter
Rob Martens – Bass, Background Vocals
Eddie Money – Songwriter
Rex Off – Songwriter
Doug Pinnick – Songwriter
Bob Rock – Engineer
Matt Spransy – Polymoog, Prophet 5, Oberheim Synthesizers, Piano, Hammond Organ
Bruce Wright – Songwriter, Lead Guitar, Talk Box

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Servant – Shallow Water – 1979

Shallow Water is the debut album by Servant Released in 1979.

It was engineered by the now famous Bob Rock and you can definitely hear his influence.

The lead track “Shallow Water” was questioned by a lot of listeners as an appropriate opening track but the album gets stronger as you listen. The album had strong social awareness lyrics, something that would be a Servant trademark in future albums.

Servant’s subsequent tours became something of legend as they used cutting edge effects and technology which was relatively rare in the early 80’s of Christian music.

 

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