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Randy Stonehill – Welcome To Paradise

Posted in Christian Rock, jesus movement, Jesus Music, Larry Norman, Legends, Music Reviews, Randy Stonehill with tags , , , , , , , on August 27, 2008 by rezband1

Randy Stonehill’s Welcome to Paradise album was a well crafted work Produced by Larry Norman and Engineered by Andy Johns (The Who, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin).

The production was good for 1976 and the lyrics showed Randy was soulful and humorous. His music had that Larry Norman feel to it. Some Influences of James Taylor and others abound but it was uniquely Stonehill.

The Album starts with King of Hearts with an almost lullaby quality to it, gently showing you the purpose to this life. Keep Me Runnin’ is the best song on the Disc and is still a favorite live. This song is driven by a rough edged acoustic guitar and a haunting vocal that recalls our struggle with sin and being human. The Tunes Winner (High Card) and Lung Cancer are sarcastic looks at the ego’s of the powerful, Pride and Cigarettes. I used to love requesting the song Lung Cancer at Randy’s shows so I could here him say, “Oh, I am so sorry to hear that!” and I can almost see Randy’s tears welling up in the song Puppet Strings. Other songs deal with everything from Christmas to Christ’s Return, like the Jammin’ rock song, Good News where Larry Norman is cranked up in the background.

Randy Stonehill created a work of art that lasted the archives of Christian Music. This will always be a well deserved classic of extremely talented songwriting and production.

Randy was just as powerful at his live shows. He would have a combination of zany comic attack that left you in stitches, then sing and have you in emotional tears. Randy is still doing shows so if you ever get a chance to see him it’s a real treat!

I do not know how much I impressed upon you that Randy Stonehill is probably the living Father of “Christian Music”, now that Larry is gone. I do not know how comfortable Randy is with that? But he deserves a round of cheers and applause for this record!…

at the very least!  -MP

Personnel

· Randy Stonehill: acoustic guitars, vocals.

· Larry Norman: electric guitar, piano, harmonies.

· Jon Linn: lead guitar.

· Mark Walker: drums.

· The Mighty T-Bone: bass.

Tracks

Side One: Paradise Lost (sorrow and sadness….)

  1. “King Of Hearts” – 4:53
  2. “Keep Me Runnin'” – 5:57
  3. “The Winner (High Card)” – 3:43
  4. “Lung Cancer” – 3:31
  5. “Puppet Strings” – 4:25

Side Two: Paradise Regained (….turn into gladness)

  1. “First Prayer” – 3:08
  2. “I’ve Got News For You” – 3:49
  3. “Song For Sarah” – 3:28
  4. “Christmas Song For All Year ‘Round” – 3:56
  5. “Good News” – 3:18

If anyone knows where to buy the CD Re-Release in stock, please tell me. Until then it is HERE. (rar File)

Andrae’ Crouch & The Disciples – Live In London

Posted in Andrae Crouch, Gospel, jesus movement, Jesus Music, Legends, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2008 by rezband1

Where did rock & roll come from?? Well if you ask Elvis, Larry Norman or The Beatles they will probably tell you Black Gospel or Spirituals or Delta Blues. Perhaps Andrae’ Crouch is the Father of Christian Rock? (Norman Fans please don’t throw stuff at the monitor)

COGICS

Andrae’ actually started in 1960 with the group, Church of God in Christ Singers (COGICS). This group also included Billy Preston, “The Fifth Beatle” who also had a few Gospel albums out at the time of the Jesus Movement. Andrae’ Crouch became a key figure in the Jesus Movement from as early as 1969.

Andrae’ Crouch & The Disciples; included Andrae’s twin Sister Sandra, They would put together songs that would cross over from Gospel to Soul, R&B, Funk, Pop & Rock that everyone could relate to. Everyone from Elvis to Church Hymnals had his songs. The flavor and over all feel was a Black Gospel Church service, but the music incorporated so much more. What you got was awe inspiring, exciting and spiritually refreshing.

This stirring of emotions really hit you live. This Double album Live in London (Doesn’t the album cover remind you of Boston album artwork) was Andrae’ Crouch and The Disciples Second Live recording and it smoked. The band was tight and unwavering. You could almost see the sweat on their foreheads as the praised God and shouted, “This isn’t a concert tonight were havin’ CHURCH!” AMEN! You could be dancing one minute and be lifting your hands in Praise and Worship the next. Most of Andraes’ hits are here touching on all different moods and swells. The song list is really big and covers a lot of material being a double album.

The band was at their personal best at this point and London were lucky to have them stop by for such an amazing event. The vocals are moving from Andrae’, Sandra, and the rest. There is preachin’ on here but it is so interwoven in the music you actually feel it’s more of a song and it speaks to you more deeply. The live production is great for 1978. The Drums are crisp and the Keyboards, Vocals, Bass and Guitar are all clear. The audience participation is right where it needs to be for this style of music. I believe this is one of the best Jesus Music live albums anywhere if not the best. When I listen to this double disc I am just not listening to an Album, CD or MP3 I’m havin’ CHURCH! AMEN! -MP

TRACKS:

  1. Introduction
  2. Perfect Peace
  3. I Surrender All
  4. Greetings by Andrae
  5. You Don’t Have to Jump No Pews (I’ve Been Born Again)
  6. Take a Little Time
  7. Tell Them
  8. If I Was a Tree (The Highest Praise)
  9. Hallelujah
  10. Revive Us Again
  11. Power in the Blood
  12. Reprise
  13. I Just Want to Know You
  14. Andrae Talking
  15. Just Like He Said He Would
  16. Andrae Talking
  17. I’ll Keep on Loving You Lord
  18. You Gave to Me
  19. Oh Taste and See
  20. Praise God, Praise God
  21. This Is Another Day
  22. Andrae Talking
  23. Praise God Reprise
  24. Well Done
  25. My Tribute

Andrae Crouch Site- Buy It Here

Soon and Very Soon (Not on Live In London)

DeGarmo & Key – Straight On

Posted in DeGarmo & Key, Legends, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , on August 16, 2008 by rezband1

The DeGarmo & Key’s sophomore effort contains some of the best tunes in all of Christian Music. The production by Joe Hardy and D&K put a new standard on Christian Rock. The separation and the play of stereo combined with crisp and clear tones and defined bass sounds made Straight On a masterpiece. The industry was really starting to change at this point and DeGarmo & Key were helping make that happen. A band that finally had the progressive rock overtones of great musicianship with pop-rock sensibilities and respected production. If you are familiar with The DeGarmo & Key of the CCM future, this is a different animal …It Rocked!

Dana Key’s voice is a combination of Michael McDonald and Mylon Lefevre and his guitar work is bluesy and tasteful, While Eddie Degarmo keeps us entertained with sweeping keyboard, synth and organ sounds, and actually sings on a song.

The songs usually dealt with scripture and evangelism in the same way Petra or Sweet Comfort Band may have written them. Jericho, Long Distance Runner and Mary all have biblical principles that make you feel like you just had a small bible study on some random biblical passages.

This album still sounds fresh today which is difficult to say about a lot of Christian Music of the seventies. Great production, tasty songs and respected musicianship always put this album in a league of its own, far above any other Degarmo & Key effort of the future… The only complaint I have is it’s to short at just over 34 minutes. Now if it were only re-released on CD (again) or MP3!!

-MP

  • 1. Jericho
  • 2. Livin’ On The Edge Of Dyin’
  • 3. Go Tell Them
  • 4. Bad Livin’
  • 5. Enchiridion
  • 6. Long Distance Runner
  • 7. Let Him Help You Today
  • 8. I Never Knew You
  • 9. Mary
  • Straight On at Amazon

    Love of Christ Church- Dana Key Pastor

    D&K at Myspace

    Keith Green -The Live Experience Special Edition

    Posted in Jesus Music, Keith Green, Legends, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , on August 15, 2008 by rezband1
    Keith Green Live Experience - Special Edition
    Review by Ian Michael Hayden-
    1977, a Christian singer named Keith Green released his debut album with Sparrow Records, titled For Him Who Has Ears To Hear. He released three more studio albums and a compilation before he died in 1982, in a plane crash. He also performed many concerts in those five years. For many years, his fans have wanted a live album, and on April 29, 2008, because of the requests for a live album, The Live Experience was released.

    The first order of business is the audio portion of The Live Experience Special Edition. The entire album sounds surprisingly good for old recordings. The tracks are put together to make it sound like one concert, although they are taken from several concerts. Many of the recordings have never been released before. A few of them have been previously released, but in other forms — including “Asleep in the Light” from Jesus West Coast 1982, released by Last Days Ministries on the Memorial Concert video/DVD, and “Keith’s Piano Prelude/Create in Me A Clean Heart,” was released on the Jesus Commands Us To Go! album (1984) — but this version is stripped down to the original live version. It is the only noticeably edited track (just the “Piano Prelude” is edited).Fans will notice some of these songs feature different lyrics. Some of the highlights of the CD are “You Put This Love In My Heart” (1978, The Daisy Club) and an early version of “Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful” (1979, Oral Roberts University), with different lyrics. The CD also unlocks online bonus features. This is the first time I’ve heard live versions of many of these songs.

    The DVD is a great addition to the release. The main part of it is a collection of concert footage. The first section is from “Jesus 1977” and it includes “You Put This Love In My Heart” and “Your Love Broke Through,” with some talking. The audio is mostly good, and the performance is high-energy. In the “Jesus 1977” performance, Keith has a mustache, but he doesn’t have his signature beard. There is some editing in the concert footage, but it is hard to know where. The second section is from “Estes Park 1978,” and it includes a lot of talking/preaching, with “He’ll Take Care Of The Rest,” “To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice,” an early version of “The Sheep And The Goats,” “Asleep in the Light,” “The Victor,” and “Make My Life A Prayer To You.” The sound is very good on this one. The performance is the most energetic of all of them.

    “Jesus Northwest 1979” may have the poorest video quality of all the videos. There is only one song in this section, “BecauseOf You,” which is the song that introduced me to Keith Green. The audio quality is good, however the lighting isn’t. It is still a great, high-energy performance, however. “Jesus West Coast 1980” includes “So You Wanna Go Back To Egypt” and “My Eyes Are Dry.” In this concert, he has no mustache, and no beard. He looks completely different. Keith does a lot of talking before “So You Wanna Go Back To Egypt.” In this, there is a minor audio problem. It’s barely noticeable, but after “So You Wanna Go Back To Egypt,” the video goes right into “My Eyes Are Dry.” The performance is still energetic, but it is also a little more mellow. “Jesus West Coast 1982” includes four songs: “Soften Your Heart,” “Jesus Commands Us To Go!” (the last song he wrote), “Asleep in the Light,” and “Open Your Eyes.” (There are two songs from this concert- “How Can They Live Without Jesus” and “I Want To Be More Like Jesus” – that are not on the DVD, but they are on the CD). In this one, the video quality and audio quality are both good. The only problem for me with this section being included is that I have this video on the Memorial Concert DVD, but its inclusion here makes it available to more people.

    The last section of concert footage is from “Live at the Daisy Club-LA 1978.” It includes “When I Hear The Praises Start,” “I Can’t Wait To Get To Heaven,” “I Can’t Believe It,” “Dear John Letter (To The Devil),” and “Easter Song.” The sound and performance are good. Keith is mellow and relaxed. Toward the end of the last song, the video fades to black and the credits come on. In addition to the concert footage, an hour-long documentary, “Your Love Broke Through: The Keith Green Story,” is included. It features rare home movies, concert footage, pictures, and interviews with Keith’s friends and family, and it is narrated by Christian singer TobyMac. This documentary was previously released on the 2002 The Ultimate Collection, so it seems unnecessary to include it here. Also, Keith’s 1982 appearance on the Canadian Christian program 100 Huntley Street is included.

    This is the best Keith Green release in many years. It is the definitive live album. The concerts don’t feel old, thanks to digital re-mastering. Like many others, I have been wanting a live album of Keith to be released for some time. And after hearing and seeing this, it’s clear that Green’s concert recordings are more dynamic than the studio recordings.

    This is a must for any Keith Green fan.
    JfH Reader REVIEW:
    Review date: 6/15/08, written by Ian Michael Hayden for Jesusfreakhideout.com

    16 tracks: 73 Minutes, 43 Seconds + DVD

    1. You Put This Love In My Heart
    2. Because Of You
    3. Soften Your Heart
    4. Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful
    5. Your Love Broke Through
    6. Asleep In The Night
    7. How Can They Live Without Jesus
    8. Piano Prelude/Create In Me A Clean Heart
    9. Easter Song
    10. I Can’t Believe It
    11. If You Love The Lord
    12. When I Hear The Praises Start
    13. There Is A Redeemer
    14. I Want To Be More Like Jesus
    15. Make My Life A Prayer To You
    16. My Eyes Are Dry

    Buy It Here at JfH Music Store

    Information on Keith Green

    Last Day’s Ministries

    Jesus Freak Hideout

    Last Day’s Ministries Store

    Keith Green performing “He’ll Take Care Of The Rest” live from Estes Park ’78