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Farewell Enhanced

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Thirty three years is a long time to rock for Jesus but that is Petra's extraordinary legacy. True pioneers in the genre of Christian rock, Petra was cranking out power chords and singing about salvation when church leaders were appalled that the "rock music" and the Gospel could be put together. Nearly 10 million albums sold, four Grammys, 10 Doves, and a spot in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame later, the band no longer rules the radio or the road, but they can still rock as evidenced on Farewell. Fans will find a balance of live hits spanning four decades with an opening emphasis on more recent numbers like "All About Who You Know," "Dance," and "Amazing Grace." Guitarist Bob Hartman shows no signs of slowing down as he slashes and burns his way through each number, topping off the rock-solid rhythm section of drummer Paul Simmons and bassist Greg Bailey. The release's midsection slows down with a delightful acoustic set featuring special guest appearances from former singer Greg X. Volz and keyboardist John Lawry. The reunion's high moment occurs with an energetic rendering of "Grave Robber." Hartman carries the catchy version of "Beyond Belief" before the band closes with its classic hit "He Came, He Saw, He Conquered." Much of the same can be said for Petra, who laid down a foundation and influenced a whole new genre of rock and roll. --Michael Lyttle

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Inpop
  • ASIN: B000BRD7AW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,742 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jeff A. Stucker on November 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Petra's final moments are captured in the apt-titled "Farewell" disc, recorded October 4, 2005 at the Nashville stop of the same tour.

Bob Hartman's tight guitar work, John Schlitt's distinctive gritty vocals, Paul Simmon's tight drum work, and bass player Greg Bailey's talent come through loud and clear. A rush to production -- in the hands of fans a month later -- the disc could have spent more time in post-production. The bass and treble are a tad muffled, but with a near-flawless performance, this live album stands on its own next to the studio releases.

The concert showases new hits and old favorites -- featuring recent Jekyll & Hyde hits and the the standard Petra concert "Rock Medley" and "Acoustic Set". In the latter set, former lead singer Greg X. Volz joins the stage for a reprise of songs familiar to fans of the Beat the System tour and prior releases. Keyboardist John Lawry returns for his famous "Jesus Loves You" solo from the Captured in Time and Space live album. (My two-year-old and five-year-old laughed out loud at this fun bit of synthesizer sampling.) Louie Weaver is noticeably absent, but his replacement Paul Simmons has a very similar style with a crisp, clean, driving beat. Also absent is my favorite Petra song of all time, "Godpleaser", but you can't win 'em all.

Bob Hartman, Petra's founder and lead guitar player, exudes the soul of the band. Never have I heard such guitar work -- tight rhythms, punchy riffs, catchy licks, and driving power chords that fill the auditorium. Fans will complain that his guitar solo was only one and a half minutes long.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ethan on November 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Petra is without a doubt the single most influential Christian rock band ever. A short trip through contemporary Christian music history will demonstrate that Petra deserves that honor.

I have resisted the temptation to turn this review into a history lesson, having edited out several paragraphs hitting highlights of their 33-year ministry. But this album fairly reeks of it, containing hits from as far back as 1981 ("For Annie" and "The Coloring Song", Never Say Die). Performances by former members (frontman Greg X. Volz and keyboardist John Lawry) enhance the retrospective feel even more.

The setlist is generally well-chosen, containing songs from their latest album, Jekyll and Hyde, and a terrific selection of oldies-but-goodies. Since the departure of Bryce Bell some years ago, the band has toured without a keyboardist. As a result, several of the songs (like "Creed", off of 1990's watershed Beyond Belief) have a considerably different feel from their studio albums.

The record has an organic feel, as it should. The crowd is often mixed rather low, but the acoustic feel of the building still comes out with some extra reverb. The intrumentation gets a bit more zing at the expense of John Schlitt's vocals, which lack the polish that usually accompanies a studio recording. To his credit, his range is still stratospheric (after 20 years of fronting Petra) and control fairly impressive.

As long as you're listening to this record on anything but a laptop, you'll begin to really enjoy the performance near the sixth track, "Right Place" (No Doubt, 1995).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aletheia on February 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is not a review of the album, even though I have it and enjoyed it. It is a personal note saying, "Thank You" for Petra's ministry through the years.

Like many Petra fans, their music and songs have encouraged, comforted and challenged me all these years. God has indeed used them to minister to His people. Their uncompromising Chrisitan faith is clearly expressed in their lyrics and their lifestyle.

There are many songs even now my wife and I listen and still being edified: such as "Grave Robber," "Godpleaser," "Annie's Song," "It is finished," "No Doubt," "How Long?" "Love," etc...

Their songs have left an indelible mark in our lives.

My wife teared when she saw the album, "Farewell." Their ministry will be missed. Their music will continue to echo in our hearts as we remember the journey of our faith.

Petra, thank you....
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jon Fobes on December 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
After 33 years, Petra says Farewell with what could be their best CD ever. Every song is filled with emotion as the band shows their appreciation for their fans.

I wasn't at the taping of the CD, but I was at a show a few weeks later and you can just tell that this CD and the tour are a labor of love to the fans that have stuck with Petra through good times and bad. John Schlitt's vocals are near flawless and Bob Hartman, as always, just rocks. Hearing Greg X. Volz sing again was a real treat and to hear the keyboards of one of my favorite bandmembers of all time, John Lowry was pure bliss.

When I play this CD in the car, I turn it up all the way and just sing at the top of my lungs because it rocks from beginning to end with a few minutes of rest during the ballad section.

Petra fans will sense the energy in this CD and if you have never heard Petra, this CD gives you a sense of their history.
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