BILL MASON BAND – NO SHAM: LEGENDS REMASTERED VOL TWO 7.80
This U.K. band’s debut and only release came out in 1979 on the English label, Kingsway. This is the first Christian response to the driving punk rock style of The Ramones and The Clash. Listening to this record is the audio equivalent of having gulped twenty cups of coffee. Loud, raw neurotic guitars, at a fast bratty adrenaline-pumped pace, stuttering vocals, plus all the fashionable accoutrements – leather jackets, glum looks, cryptic lettering on the lyric sheet, black and white photo of the band standing in front of a burnt building, and some classic lines like “triangular power’s got a hold on me,, “I’m checkin’ out on Mr. G,” and “ain’t no God on that radio.” Cover Note states “Special thanx to Jesus without whom the new wave would not be possible!” One heckuva great album! On the 2011 Born Twice Records: Legends Remastered Volume Two you can hear this legendary release in digital format for the first time, remastered by specialist J Powell of Steinhaus. Everything is packaged in a beautiful 6 panel digipak, including a band biography that is helpful for new fans! For fans of The Clash, Ramones, Altar Boys, Resurrection Band, and Generation X! Collect all of the Legends Remastered special series that resurrects classic Jesus Music and Christian rock releases from the 70’s! See also Amaziah & Exkursions Volumes 1 & 3 of this collectible series.
SAINT – THE REVELATION (Retroactive) 8.40
Ever since the release of several heavy weight metal titles in the 80’s, the band has held a revered status among metal fans across the globe. In 2006, Saint continued their comeback with a quality metal release, The Mark. In 2011 the band remixed the album, and it was remastered by J Powell of Steinhaus. The improvements upon the original release were so dramatic the album was re-titled “The Revelation” and available in 2012 for the first time on CD as a 6 panel digipak on Retroactive Records! Music critic Angelic Warlord writes, “The Revelation represents the quintessential Saint album. It features what I consider the best ever group of songs from Saint. Yes, it matches Time’s End and Too Late For Living in terms of consistency but supersedes both from a quantity standpoint.” For fans of Judas Priest, Bloodgood, Barren Cross, and Iron Maiden. TRACKS: 01 The Spirit 02 The Vision 03 Ride To Kill 04 He Reigns 05 On And On 06 The 7th Trumpet 07 The Mark 08 Bowls Of Wrath 09 Babylon The Great 10 Reaping The Flesh 11 Alpha & Omega
DANIEL BAND – RISE UP (25th Anniversary Edition) 8.40
DANIEL BAND “RISE UP” (25th Anniversary Edition) is the 2012 Retroactive Records reissue of this legendary 1986 album from Canada’s premier Christian hard rock pioneers! Packaged in a 6 panel full color digipak with the raw tracks digitally remastered for the first ever by the immaculate J Powell from Steinhaus Studios – giving the album the look and sound fitting of such a powerful and influential release! Includes the all new written and recorded bonus track exclusive to this release! For fans of Kiss, Stryper, Leviticus, Rez, and Van Halen! TRACKS: 01 Bethel 02 Rise Up 03 Don’t Walk Away 04 Paradise 05 Fight Back 06 Call His Name 07 Rock You 08 My Children 09 Right Heart 10 That’s Alright [Bonus Track]
DANIEL BAND – RUNNING OUT TIME 8.40 (Retroarchives Edition)
DANIEL BAND “RUNNING OUT OF TIME” (Retroarchives Edition) is the 2012 Retroactive Records reissue of this legendary 1988 album from Canada’s premier Christian hard rock pioneers! Packaged in a 6 panel full color digipak with the raw tracks digitally remastered for the first ever by the immaculate J Powell from Steinhaus Studios – giving the album the look and sound fitting of such a powerful and influential release! For fans of Kiss, Stryper, Leviticus, Rez, and Van Halen! Includes one newly recorded bonus track! TRACKS: 01 Black Or White 02 Sins Of The Heart 03 Hold On 04 Long Time 05 Party In Heaven 06 We Need Love 07 Greedy Little Hands 08 Things Are Changin’ 09 Running Out Of Time 10 One [Bonus Track]
MIKE JOHNSON – THE ARTIST/THE RIDDLE: LEGENDS REMASTERED VOL FIVE 9.00 (ex-Exkursions)
Available on CD for the very first time as Volume 5 in the Born Twice Records / Legends Remastered collectible full color digipak series of early Jesus Music from the 70’s. Just five years after the release of the Christian psych monster, Exkursions, 1976’s The Artist/The Riddle would bring Johnson into a bigger league with a better production budget. It is perhaps his finest moment. The polished album has two title tracks: “The Artist” has a country feel, while “The Riddle” goes for a renaissance sound enhanced by flute and recorder. “Lord, Doctor” appears again. “The Wedding Song” uses a biblical metaphor to describe Christ coming to gather the Church for an eternal consummation. “Little Boy” offers a moving tribute to the task and joy of parenting. Harmony magazine selected Johnson as “Artist of the Year” on the strength of this album. The album is produced by the iconic early Jesus Music legend, Randy Matthews. For fans of Larry Norman, Phil Keaggy, Randy Matthews, Neil Young, Exkursions, Tom Petty, and Daniel Amos! Tracks are: 01 The Artist 02 I Met A Man 03 The Riddle 04 Cool Living Water 05 Lord Doctor 06 Little Boy 07 The Witness 08 The Sound Of His Returning 09 The Wedding 10 We Want You To Return. Be sure to check out Legends Remastered Volume 1-4 as well (Amaziah, Bill Mason Band, Exkursions, Mike Johnson “Velvet Prince,” and Stronghold (Volume 6)!
MIKE JOHNSON – VELVET PRINCE: LEGENDS REMASTERED VOL FOUR 9.00
Available on CD for the very first time as Volume 4 in the Born Twice Records / Legends Remastered collectible full color digipak series of early Jesus Music from the 70’s. Another quality album from Johnson’s classic period (1972) that continues with the high standards set on Lord Doctor. Dynamics run the spectrum from the Dylan-esque rocker ‘On To L.A.’ and the blistering hard rock of the title track to rural acoustic ballads like ‘Standin’ At The Station.’ Johnson’s barbed wit can be found in the finger-picked rag ‘Something’s Goin’ On,’ as well as the lazy hippie country stroller ‘Your Health Food Won’t Get You Into Heaven’ (“yogurt ain’t got no savin’ power”). The opening ‘Dilemma’ has a nice moody 12-string classic rock vibe. Jazz grooves come by way of ‘Would You Believe’ (re-interpreted from the Exkursions album) and the closing instrumental cover of jazz organist Jimmy Smith’s ‘Mellow Mood.’ Mike plays acoustic and electric guitars while the friends provide organ, guitar, bass and drums. For fans of Larry Norman, Phil Keaggy, Randy Matthews, Neil Young, Exkursions, Tom Petty, and Daniel Amos! KEY SELLING POINTS Liner Notes by The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music by Mark Powell. Remastered on CD for the very first time The first Christian artist to sponsor Compassion International Ministries TRACKS 01 Dilemma 02 Something’s Goin’ On 03 Childhood Dreams 04 Your Health Food Won’t Get You Into Heaven 05 Standin’ At The Station 06 Velvet Prince 07 Would You Believe 08 On To L.A. 09 Seemingly So 10 Mellow Mood. Be sure to check out Legends Remastered Volumes One through Six (Amaziah, Bill Mason Band, Exkursions, Mike Johnson “Velvet Prince,” Mike Johnson “Artist/Riddle,” and Stronghold!
DIVULGENCE – FUTURE SEED (Bombworks) 7.80
DIVULGENCE brings together the old and sacred elements of true heavy metal, forging a brand new monolith of riffage. This new beast created is a whirlwind of progressive thrash and aggressive metal powered by chugging riffs and memorable solo’s! Out of South Carolina, DIVULGENCE has been launching metal assaults on an unsuspecting underground since 2008 when all the members were still in High School! With the band’s debut release on Bombworks Records, the members are bonded by the universal truth that heavy metal is the law, thereby unleashing the band’s brand of ripping, epic thrash. Everything begins with the purity and aggression of the 80’s Bay Area thrash scene, but DIVULGENCE further fuels its righteous onslaught with progressive metal done right. The songs are complex, unpredictable, and always interesting, but the “progginess” never detracts from the pure metal insanity. The guitar riffs are brutal and uncompromising, but very sophisticated. And they strike a perfect balance between driving metal riffs and jaw-dropping complexity. DIVULGENCE combines the influences of Believer, Extol, Slayer, Tourniquet, Death, and Skeletonwitch while pushing the boundaries of creative, extreme metal with stunning results! The underground metal scene welcomes progressive thrash titans, DIVULGENCE with open arms! Packaged in a 6 panel full color digipak! Tracks are: 1. Introduction 2. Synaptic Tide 3. The Swarm of Eden 4. Cognition 5. Hearts of Decay 6. Forlorn in Distance 7. The Great Deception 8. Rustic Skies