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Altar Boys - Altar Boys 2000 / Limited Edition CD 4 Bonus Tracks

$80.00

01. Have A Clue

02. Where’s It Gonna Lead You

03. You Found Me

04. Take In The Son

05. Well O.K.

06. Good Life

07. Oh.Oh Nancy

08. We Love Jesus

09. It’s Up To You

10. Go for You (Bonus Track)

11. Mary Ann (Bonus Track)

12. You’re Lost (Bonus Track)

13. Anytime at All (Bonus Track)

 

Rick Alba – Bass, Keyboards

Steve Pannier – Guitar

Jeff Crandall – Drums, Vocals

Mike Stand – Guitar, Lead Vocals

Also Featuring

O-Joe – Backing Vocals

Bill Walden - Sax


Limited Edition Series (Only 1000 made!) / 4 Bonus Tracks Never Before Released, Includes a fold out insert with lyrics to all the songs.

This album signalled the ushering in of a new era in Christian music. The Spirit-driven energy of this then-new band drove their musical style in a way that had the sound of the best new-wave/rock bands of the day but infused it with a direct message....namely, that Jesus can be every bit as relevant, real, and powerful today in your life as He was for Jesus' followers 2000 years ago.

Like any non-commercial band's first major album, it evinces the youthful expression and exhuberance of its members, and portends of great things to come as their musical talents are further honed thru subsequent years. Fortunately, the Altar Boys stuck to their music long enough to be incredibly stellar both musically and in ministry....an awesome legacy that any young or not-so-young Christian can look up to.

While the musical style doesn't match 2013, it was a better era in Christian music, style aside. Few if any Christian bands in the last 20 years have had the level of directness in presenting the truth and power of Christianity, and also the powerful "connection" with the audience/fan/listener that the Altar Boys have. No obtuse references to a "higher power" here. It's straight medicine....open up & get yourself a full dose!

mid 80's powerpop/punk that's focused on Jesus. Well, pretty much the only place you're going to find that combination is in the Altar Boys. This album is before they got heavy into that Replacements sound. It's more punk but it's still great stuff and honors God)The bonus songs were engineered by Uncle Dave Hackbarth in a little side room (converted into a make shift studio) at Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton in early 1983. This was ore first “official” demo and featured Jeff, Steve, myself and the first bass player. My overtly early Beatles influence is rather blatant on “Mary Ann” and “Anytime at All”. Both songs were recorded for the first record but discarded for obvious reasons. “You’re Lost” and “Go for You” are more in line with the Altar Boys’ sound and served as bit of a template both in attitude and theme to later songs. Hope you enjoy these tracks as we enjoyed recording them many years ago.

The Bonus songs were engineered by Uncle Dave Hackbarth in a little side room (converted into a make shift studio) at Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton in early 1983. This was ore first “official” Demo and featured Jeff, Steve, myself and the first Bass player. My overtly early Beatles influence is rather blatant on “Mary Ann” and “Anytime at All”. Both songs were recorded for the first record but discarded for obvious reasons. “You’re Lost” and “Go for You” are more in line with the Altar Boys’ sound and served as bit of a template both in attitude and theme to later songs. Hope you enjoy these tracks as we enjoyed recording them many years ago.

The Altar Boys were a seminal Punk Rock Trio from California who from their formation in 1982 until their last album in 1989 (they briefly reformed in 2000) were pioneers in wedding Evangelistic lyrics to careering Punk Rhythms. Producer Terry Taylor summed up the Altar Boys in one word: passionate. From "You Are Loved" through to the "Life Begins At The Cross" there is no let up. These guys have got a message and we are going to hear it. "I'm Not Talking About Religion" reminds us that following Jesus is about a relationship and "I Question It" makes it clear that lifestyle matters.

This is, as the song says, "Gut Level Music" and demands a response of "Unconditional Love" (and yes, that is the Donna Summer song and yes, it rocks). The Boys have a lot to say - most of it well worth hearing - but the format of the short, loud rock song does not always fit with the verbose lyrics. Imagine if you like The Clash belting out something by Springsteen and you might see the problem. Having said that, the Boys have a message and they know how to rock. Jeff Crandall gives his Drums a pounding, Ric Alba holds things together on Bass and Mike Stand delivers the passion with Vocals And Guitar. Play loud!.( Against The Grain ) is the Californian band's fourth album released in 1987.

Although they were sometimes labelled as Christian punks the Altar Boys, despite their ripped jeans and Doc Martens, did not really belong in that pigeonhole. Lead Vocalist Mike Stand could sound raucous at times but this was more a rough and ready passion than a studied attitude. If you insist on a musical comparison I would bracket them with The Alarm as purveyors or anthemic, full-blown rock and roll but with a much more up-front message. Indeed lyrically the Altar Boys are not far removed from the Jesus Music of the previous decade. You can read them for yourself at www.altarboys.com Mike Stand's Voice and Guitar cut through with the powerhouse rhythm section of Ric Alba on bass and Jeff Crandall on drums was pretty tight. All Three Sang as well and with CCM Pioneer Terry Scott Taylor producing they cooked up something special. Of the 10 tracks three made it onto Their 1991 'Collection' On Alarma, namely "Heart Lost In Nowhere", "Against The Grain" And "Broken". This reviewer would not argue with that selection and he would like to state his opinion that "Broken" is One of The All-Time CCM Rock Classics.

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