Zion – Behold The Man – 1981

Before Rich Mullins solo career he was in a band called Zion. Zion was a part of the Zion Ministries out of Cincinnati Bible College. In 1981 with some help from relatives they were able to record this album. It did not have any distribution and was apparently just sold at concerts and in the local Cincinnati area. A copy of the album made it’s way someway to Amy Grant’s manager. He wanted Amy to record the song “Praise to the Lord” and the rest as they say is history. Amy recorded the song and had a huge hit with it. Rich capitalized on this and launched his own career.

Tracklist
1 – Praise To The Lord – 5:41
2 – For Unto Us – 2:06
3 – The Way To Love You – 7:16
4 – Lord Help Me Be – 3:10
5 – Nothing In This World – 4:07
6 – You Can Live Without Him – 5:16
7 – Hope To Carry On – 2:17
8 – Heaven In His Eyes – 4:40

Credits
Jenny Filson – Vocals and Synthesizers
Tom Weimer – Vocals and Guitars
Beth Snell – Vocals
Rich Mullins – Vocals, Guitars, Piano, and Dulcimer

Various – Twelve New Faces – 1989

This 1989 release from Myrrh/Word Records featured new, mainly unreleased artists. Quite frankly I was surprised this album was actually released by them as a lot of these songs have a very low JPM score (Jesus per minute). It is almost entirely New Wave/Pop but it does have a Zion song which does not fit on the album at all. Nothing against the song it just doesn’t fit on this sampler. You should honestly listen to this album as it has some real gold unreleased songs.

Tracklist
1 – Reigh Giglio – Round and Round – 4:20
2 – Wil Comstock – Kids On The Corner – 4:00
3 – Pierce Pettis – Seven Times Seventy – 3:08
4 – Two Tru – Tell Me Your Idea – 4:20
5 – Brighton – Stay With Me – 3:42
6 – Heartbeat – Air That I Breathe – 4:32
7 – Zion – Is It A Crime – 5:26
8 – Open City – Life Is So Strange – 4:01
9 – Selah – Greater Good – 3:45
10 – Milo Carter – Line My Streets With Gold – 5:22
11 – Brooks Williams – Mystery – 4:04
12 – Phil Madeira – The Only Thing I Can Believe In – 3:51

Originating Album
Reigh Giglio – Round and Round (Sunset Blues)
Wil Comstock – Kids On The Corner (Unreleased)
Pierce Pettis – Seven Times Seventy (While The Serpent Lies Sleeping)
Two Tru – Tell Me Your Idea (Unreleased)
Brighton – Stay With Me (Only released on demo)
Heartbeat – Air That I Breathe (The Winner)
Zion – Is It A Crime (Thunder From The Mountain)
Open City – Life Is So Strange (Unreleased)
Selah – Greater Good (Unreleased)
Milo Carter – Line My Streets With Gold (Unreleased)
Brooks Williams – Mystery (Unreleased)
Phil Madeira – The Only Thing I Can Believe In (Unreleased)

My opinion of this album’s songs
1 – Reigh Giglio – Round and Round – New Wave – Very Good
2 – Wil Comstock – Kids On The Corner – Pop – Filler Song
3 – Pierce Pettis – Seven Times Seventy – Pop – Good
4 – Two Tru – Tell Me Your Idea – Synth – Very Good
5 – Brighton – Stay With Me – New Wave – Very Good
6 – Heartbeat – Air That I Breathe – Pop – Filler Song
7 – Zion – Is It A Crime – Rock – Good
8 – Open City – Life Is So Strange – Pop – Very Good
9 – Selah – Greater Good – Pop – Filler Song
10 – Milo Carter – Line My Streets With Gold – Folk – Good
11 – Brooks Williams – Mystery – New Wave – Good
12 – Phil Madeira – The Only Thing I Can Believe In – Easy Listening – Good

Various ‎– Underground Metal 2 – 1989

This was the followup sampler to Underground Metal 1. It actually has much more unreleased material on it so it’s a treat to listen to.

Tracklist
1 – Zion – Kick In The Gates – 3:10
2 – Phil Accardi’s Chalice – Victim Of The Night – 4:50
3 – Knightriot – Kiss The Black – 4:20
4 – Image – Lost – 2:55
5 – Ironwrath – The Stranger – 7:50
6 – Remnant – Can’t You See – 3:53
7 – Final Warning – Listen – 5:35
8 – Xalt – Dark War – 4:55
9 – Thresher – Apocalypse Prepare – 8:12

Track Origins (Album)
Zion – Kick In The Gates (Thunder From The Mountain)
Phil Accardi’s Chalice – Victim Of The Night (Take Control)
Knightriot – Kiss The Black (Speak No Evil Demo)
Image – Lost (Unreleased)
Ironwrath – The Stranger (Unreleased)
Remnant – Can’t You See (Unreleased)
Final Warning – Listen (Unreleased)
Xalt – Dark War (Dark War)
Thresher – Apocalypse Prepare (Totally Possessed Demo)

Zion – Thunder from the Mountain – 1989

This was the one and only album from Zion though there was a release in 2007 by Retroactive Records that I know nothing about. The band seemed to revolve around Rex Scott who joined X-Sinner after this project. This album really dances back and forth between Heavy Metal, Arena Rock, and Hard Rock. This dance however does not hurt the album. It is actually quite good and has a nice rhythm and is a good representation of Rex Scott’s various vocal skills.

Tracklist
1 – Who Pulls The Strings
2 – Kick In The Gates
3 – Is It A Crime
4 – Help Me
5 – Thrillseeker
6 – Sold You A Lie
7 – Roll The Rock
8 – Less Of Me
9 – He Loves You

Companies, etc.
Produced At – Extra Sensory Productions
Recorded At – Extra Sensory Productions
Produced At – MacDonald Recording
Mastered At – Motown Recording Studios
Copyright (c) – Image Records (11)
Copyright (c) – Rock For Eternity Music
Manufactured By – American Helix – E6726

Credits
Arranged By, Guitar, Vocals – Rex Scott
Art Direction, Design – Alex Van Amerongen
Bass – Jeff Johnson (tracks: 1 to 6, 9)
Bass, Backing Vocals – Marlin Saner
Drums – Tommy ”Gun” Bozung
Edited By [Digitally] – Jason Brown
Engineer, Orchestrated By – Charles Meserole
Executive Producer – Dorn Reppert, George Peper III
Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals – David Moore
Mastered By – John Matousek
Other [Additional Backing Vocals] – David Schueller, Joe Bolock Jr., Joe Bolock Sr., Paula Meserole
Photography By – Doug Reichert
Producer, Arranged By – David Zaffiro