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Pray Naked

The 77'sAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 21, 1994)
  • Label: Word Inc.
  • ASIN: B00005MLLD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

1. Woody, 2. Smiley Smile, 3. Pony Eyes, 4. Kites Without Strings, 5. Happy Roy, 6. Deep End, 7. The Rain Kept falling In Love, 8. Holy Hold, 9. Look, 10. Nuts For You, 11. Pray Naked, 12. Self Made Trap

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional rollercoaster April 19, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you like music and lyrics to actually work together to paint a picture with emotional heft, this CD belongs in your collection. It contains some of the most bombastic rock and roll side by side with some of the most heartwrenching ballads I've ever heard. Musically, the CD has a light, summery feel. Lyrically, it's some of the most introspective you'll hear.
If you're a closet softie when it comes to tear jerker ballads, "Kites Without Strings" is by far one of the saddest songs I've ever heard--without one bit of saccharine sweetness. It just flat out crushes you with its closing refrain, "Now you're gone, you're gone." If the written lyric doesn't pack a wallop for you, listening to Michael Roe's haunted vocal will.
"Pray Naked" is one of the craziest jam sessions I've ever heard, covering acres of musical ground while clocking in at almost 8 minutes.
The closer, "Self-made Trap," is often my theme song when it comes to regarding the state I'm in (of being, not residence): "The warden comes to set me free / I grip the bars, swallow the key / It's like serving time when there's none left / On a fast train nowhere but we're not there yet / The scenery moves, the train stands still."
At times raucous, at times contemplative, it's always powerful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding! December 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The 77's are one of the most amazingly talented bands out there. Too bad most people don't know it. "Pray Naked" is a masterpiece. Each song is thoughtfully written, musically as well as lyrically. "The Rain Kept Falling in Love" is one of my favorites, as well as "Look". No matter what kind of music you like, fast or slow or in between, this CD has it. Mike Roe is simply amazing, as is the A-Train (Aaron Smith) on the drums. Buy this, you will NOT be disappointed.

Tip: If you can find "Sticks and Stones", that album is even better than this one, using an excellent mix of their classics and rarer finds. "Do It For Love" (one of my favorites) is one of their original recordings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for a reason... November 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This band is really one of the best 50 bands to ever walk the planet. It's wild to realize how utterly great this band is, and yet how relatively unknown they are (still). "Pray Naked" could be their best release. Michael Roe's "The Boat Ashore" is still my all-time fave but technically it's not 77's. If you like great rock with variety and spontaneity as well as a unique lively studio quality, you're gonna like it. Buy it especially if you find it cheap.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best studio album May 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This record is the Roe/Leonhardt/Harmon/Smith incarnation's best studio effort and highlights the bands main strength. Very few bands can rock out the way The Seventy Sevens do while also delivering flat out beautiful pop songs. You get that message loud and clear in the first two selections, the Led Zeppelinesque "Woody" followed by the homage to the Beach Boys, "Smile". And it just keeps getting better from there. Granted, Roe doesn't always find the bright side of things in his subject matter, but that's a minor criticism. This record is an overlooked gem.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I believe this one's unofficially titled "Pray..." March 29, 2000
By H. Yu
Format:Audio CD
There were two albums by the 77's titled "Seventy Sevens" with the former titled "Seventy Sevens" and the latter unofficially titled "Pray...". I believe it is the latter is referring to. Anyways, this is the best CD the Sevens have put out. The album consists mostly of soft numbers for the most part with a couple hard numbers. The Sevens sing about dealing with the struggles of life while at the same time living the Christian faith. And this album is no exception. The best two tracks are "Happy Roy" (a tribute to Roy Orbison) and "Pray..." (a solid blues rock number). Consider yourself lucky if you have this one already!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cult following is well deserved November 5, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The seventy sevens have been described as "too radio for church and too church for radio" On their latest albums they are leaning towards the radio, but don't miss the opportunity to see how it started.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the 77's at their pinnacle April 13, 2012
By similis
Format:Audio CD
I don't write a lot of reviews, but when an album this good has only 12 reviews, I feel like I should pile on...

For me, it doesn't get any better in the seven's catalog than "Pray Naked". This is a disc that I had when it came out in the early 90's, and I still pull it out whenever I'm going on a road trip or have time to sit down and take in my music. I have over 3,000 albums and I dig everything from Sufjan Stevens and Jolie Holland to Rage Against the Machine and Wu Tang Clan, but this one is an all-time favorite.

Highlights for me are Woody, Phony Eyes, Happy Roy, The Rain Kept Falling in Love, Holy Hold and Nuts for you.... that's a lot of highlights for one cd!

An argument can be made for "The 77's" being their best work, but I don't think an argument can be made for "Pray Naked" NOT being in their top 2.
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