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  • Audio Cassette (April 28, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Entertain
  • ASIN: B000002860
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wake Up
2. Get Back to the Bible
3. Gonna Fly Away
4. Storm Comin'
5. Parting Thought
6. Walkin' in the Light
7. Mountains and Valleys
8. Lucas McGraw
9. Backslidin' Blues
10. I'm Not Ashamed

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Gray VINE VOICE on November 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Petra fans raised on the new Petra (after the departure of the original lead singer) will still enjoy listening to this first collection. It's easy to see why so many people became fond of Petra with the tracks on this album.
Songs with a rock flavor like "Wake Up" will really get your blood movin', whereas songs with a lighter flavor like "Parting Thought" will remind you of their more laid back numbers.
Those who are not familiar with Petra might be better off with one of their more popular albums like "Not Of This World" or "No Doubt". Those who want a quick intro to the group might be better off with "War and Rememberance". But Petra completists will love their debut album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louie Bourland on October 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The year was 1974 when Christian rock pioneers Petra released their self-titled debut album. This was during the height of the 'Jesus Movement' and the album was probably the heaviest to come from that period. The band also generated plenty of controversy at the time because of them being 'Christian' and 'rock' at the same time, much in the same way Stryper would be criticized for being a Christian heavy metal band 10 years later.
So, exactly how great is Petra's first album? It all depends. If your a long-time fan, there's no doubt that you'll love this album. However, if you're new to the band's music and started off with one of their later releases, this album may take a few listens to digest.
At the time, the band did not have a lead singer. The vocal duties were shared by guitarist/founder Bob Hartman and second guitarist Greg Hough. While the vocals are rather weak here, the band does more than its share of making up for it musically. Both Hartman and Hough trade off and harmonize with some stelth dual guitar leads. The rhythm section of bassist John DeGroff and drummer Bill Glover also flex some strong musical muscles.
Musically, Petra's first album is along the same lines as many of the popular mainstream acts of the era. "Walkin' In The Light" and "Get Back To The Bible" are both straight forward rockers in the style of early Kiss. "I'm Not Ashamed" has a definite Allman Brothers style to it. "Gonna Fly Away", "Storm Comin'" and "Wake Up" have elements of the Tom Johnston-era Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and REO Speedwagon. The folkish-ballads "Mountains and Valleys" and "Parting Thought" are in the typical Jesus Rock style with acoustic guitars and gentle melodies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brent A. Mikel on November 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Many people who are Petra fans will judge this first effort of theirs as quite odd. However, when you look at the release date and think of when this was recorded, could this not be a true breakthrough album?
The stars on this album are the muscians because the vocals are not too strong. I am reminded of The Allmans (Allman Brothers, etc.) on some of the guitar work, even though you could probably list a number of early 70's bands that sound a lot like this first Petra effort. "Lucas McGraw" is terrific - that's all I'm gonna say so listen to it! The remainder of the album does not really stand out as the majority of the songs are similar in style and delivery. However, you have to appreciate the effort that went into creating a Christian rock-n-roll album during a time when rock-n-roll itself was still a rebellious adolescent.
Nobody could have judged Petra as being one of the most loved rock-n-roll bands of all-time by listening to this first album. As is the case with most bands, they mature with each project. However, if you are like me, you will be impressed by the array of instruments played proficiently on this early work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Kronst on May 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'm in my 40s and bought this album as a kid. It's not that good. However, the song "Lucas McGraw" is fantastic. Petra is one of my favorite groups and I want this CD to complete my collection. However, for most people I would recommend any of their other CDs, but skip this one. Bob Hartman sings on this CD and his voice isn't that good. Some of the songs aren't that good at all. Another 70s CD is "Come & Join US." It is pretty old, but a much better CD. Greg Voltz also sings some of the songs on it. I would recommend this CD for old timers before getting their first one ("Petra").
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
A simply underrated classic. No radio hits. But this album contains Petra's most popular song, "Lucas McGraw." It is pretty lame, but the rest of the album is mostly jukebox rock. You'll enyoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2002
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Most of the reviews here are spot-on. I was first introduced to Petra's music around 1983 (or maybe '84)....a friend owned "Not of This World" which was and continues to be one of Petra's greatest works. This first album is decent.....they certainly get a B+ for effort. Lyrically, some of the songs are a bit "young", but these guys were right in the middle of the Jesus Movement and they WERE young! They were simply singing about the Lord whom they loved. "Wake Up" is one of the best songs on this album, and no, musically the whole album doesn't have nearly the "shine" (production-wise) that some of their later albums have, it's still worth adding to your collection....just don't judge all of Petra's music by this VERY freshman effort.
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