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  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Forefront Records
  • ASIN: B000ELE99S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Produced by Joseph Hardy, Eddie DeGarmo and Dana Key. Track listing: 1. Jericho 2.Livin' On the Edge of Dyin' 3. Go Tell Them 4. Bad Livin' 5. Enchiridion 6. Long Distance Runner 7. Let Him Help You Today 8. I Never Knew You 9. Mary

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Mcdonald on May 13, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
Wow, finally, this album is being released in MP3, because sadly it was never released on CD. Voted in CCM Magazine as one of the top 25 Christian albums, and likely a top 10 for me. DeGarmo & Key could play with any band in the country, but they played at a time when radio refused to play Christian music, and sadly Christian Radio wouldn't play DeGarmo & Key because they were a rock band. Its hard to say how far they might have gone Had the dynamic duo of Christian Rock put their faith in the closet, but compromise wasn't in this bands vocabulary. Hey, I could listen to the Band & feel like a real rebel, these guys may be one of the few bands in the country banned from MTV. Incredible live, this album comes closer than most to capturing their energy, while having better production than their first album. I am still grieving the loss of Dana Key, more than a great singer, guitar player, he was a man sold out for God and he was all about ministry. The only Christian Band that could rival their complete combination of music and ministry was maybe Petra or Resurrection Band. If only for reasons of historical perspective, this is one of the best albums from a time when Christian Rock was as much or more to share their message with non-christians as it was for the Church. Something sadly missing from today's Christian music.
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Format: Audio CD
Considering that this album was released more than 25 years ago, it was a staple for Christian music at the time. The songs are very well arranged. At that time synths were the thing, and while synths are not my thing, it is used to layer and fill not take over songs. "Straight On" is primarily a guitar-driven album with great songs. It was a favorite of mine for years, and I replaced my scratched up vinyl copy on CD before it became priced like a collector's item.

DeGarmo & Key band's best is their live album. It's too bad they don't record and play live anymore, as far as I know. I saw them live maybe seven times. They were as good, fun and professional as any band I've ever seen. Dana Key is an incredible guitarist. He is the best guitarist on the planet that only a handful of people have ever heard of.
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As I recall, this wasn't their best selling album,... but it is quite likely their best. Coming on the heels of the excellent "This Time Thru", the band had learned some things about recording. Tighter rhythms, crisper sound, neo-classical type arrangements. Refreshingly devoid of ProTools and other editing gizmos. This is pure unadulterated rock. Which, in concert, D&K took full advantage of the jams, usually greatly extending their length to the delight of this reviewer. The spirit of that kind of rock is here, a yearning for something more, lyrically spoken to the listener and to God, full guitar, full keyboard. Mind you, this isn't metal, nor does it attempt to be. But in 1979, this brand of Memphis rock and roll was so wonderfully, wildly different than, say the Bill Gaither Trio, Pete Carlson, and Evie, and other offerings available, strangely, in the same record section at the Bible Bookstore.
A vocally, lyrically, musically, dynamically, thematically rivteing, spirited and spiritual, heartfelt, passionate recording.
After this, (with the exception of the Live double Album) the recording output of the band trended toward more commercial, mainstream offerings, making this one of the great, early Jesus rock albums of its time.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greg Brady on April 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'd rate the first album THIS TIME THRU from the group as 4 stars, a southern rock dusted album with some grit in the guitars and vocals and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer influence from Eddie DeGarmo's moog and other keyboards. This one shows the beginning's of a more poppy turn at times on things like "Jericho" and "Livin' on the Edge of Dyin'". Not that "pop" is a dirty word but many of these songs aren't as strong as things like "Addey" and "Only the Meek Survive" were on THIS TIME.

HIGHLIGHTS:

"Jericho" personifies the Old Testament city as a metaphor for those who reject God. ("You thought that you were safe/Behind your iron and clay walls/I told you long ago that you were due for a fall") "Bad Livin'" veers from a chuggin' rocker to ballad to ELPish prog and back over the course of its 4 1/2 minutes. "Long Distance Runner" is a reminder that living for Christ is about persistence in seeking His character. ("I can see the strain on your face/Keep your eye on the goal and you'll win the race..")It features some nicely funky keyboards and restrained but bluesy guitar leads. The CD is almost over before we reach its arguably strongest cut: "I Never Knew You". Its lyric could either be taken as dismissive of a lover or as Christ rejecting false "followers". ("You're talking fast and loud/But I can't hear a thing you say/Too late now for acting proud/It's time to go our separate ways")

LOWS:

"Let Him Help you Today" is a combination of bad lyrics and dull melody.

BOTTOM LINE:

In all honesty, this is just not a release of theirs I can endorse wholeheartedly. Too much stuff that's only "OK" versus the highpoints. I'd go for THIS TIME THRU or latter day efforts D&K or STREET LIGHT first.
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