The Big Picture

January 12, 1993 | Format: MP3

$9.99
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  • Original Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Label: Reunion Records
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  • Total Length: 50:56
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  • ASIN: B00138KOJ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,796 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This album is a must have for all Smitty fans!
Brendan
Big Picture was such a HUGE departure from Michael's previous albums which is why this ranks as one of my favorite.
WB
This album is amazing musically and inspiring spiritually.
greg genter

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Don Sanders on January 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
After a fantastic premier effort and a solid second album, Michael W. Smith goes off the charts with "The Big Picture." Lavish production and driving rock overtures are the keys behind this fantastic recording. It is unlike any previous effort or anything since. By far, "The Big Picture" marks the pinnacle of MWS's early years.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Kenner on May 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Michael W. Smith has carved out a career as an adult contemporary balladeer in recent years but this amazing LP showcased another side of this very versatile singer/songwriter/musician. Every song on this album is a tour de force. Too often there are Christian albums that, if you stripped away the message, are not left with anything of substance but not The Big Picture. There are many tracks on here that, with the right amount of push from the record company, could have been big radio hits. Indeed, Rocketown did become a hit on Christian/AC radio in 1986. That song is just the tip of the iceberg here though. Other standout cuts include Old Enough To Know, about the difficulty teenagers face everyday regarding pressures to give in to sexual desires, The Last Letter, a song about alternatives to suicide, and the raucous album closer, You're Alright, which proves that Smith could really rock. This album never gets old and if it had been given more mainstream exposure, would have to be widely considered the classic that it is.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jeff tellin elevendaytrip@yahoo.com on December 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Without a doubt the best produced Christian pop album of the decade, and it still holds its own with much of Christendom's 90's musical output. The songs on the album form one cohesive exhortation to America's youth to keep their faith in God during the tumult of the teen years, knowing He's promised to give them an abundant life. Usually, such a pre-meditated effort to instruct through art causes the finished product to smack of overblown, trite piety. Not so with the Big Picture. If I found myself in the role of a youth pastor, I'd be sure to get a copy of this album into every kid's cd player. The quality that sets this album apart does not rest in the slick production, the unforgetably catchy beats and rhythms, or in the clever, creative song writing. This album deserves to be referred to as a landmark, watershed recording in the annals of Contemporary Christian Music because of the sincerity of Michael's heart to help teens see past their present trials and tribulations and grasp hold of the God who serves as the artistic inspiration for the big picture only He has the power to bring about in their lives. As this recording nears its 14th birthday, here's hoping every adult with a youth in his or her direct care will augment their efforts to impart the message of the Big Picture to their impressionable understudy, by giving them a copy of the album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greg Brady on January 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This CD was a big part of the soundtrack of my high school years with good reason. It was completely of its time in the 80s in terms of sound and production and it had something to say to me. For crying out loud, I got my hair permed because of this CD!

Those who only know Michael W. Smith from his last couple worship albums and "This is Your Time" will not even recognize the Smith that's present here. On this LP, Smith was clearly gunning for the pop charts. Though he missed that mark, it was a huge seller charting 4 tunes on the Christian charts. ("Rocketown", #1 for 10 weeks, "Wired for Sound" hit #4, "Voices" reached #19, and "Old Enough to Know" was a #6 with the album itself winning the Dove for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year for 1987)

The album's opening sound of a jet takeoff tells you right away that this was not "2", his previous album. It immediately kicks into a driving ode to an "island paradise" where people go to get away from it all...with Smith poignantly pointing out that you never can run "from the One inside of you."

It's the consistent theme running through the album, that God is there and waiting but Smith resists the temptation to pummel his listeners with it, instead relying mostly on subtler and more effective words to get it across.

Media overload is the topic in "Wired for Sound" in this modern world where "wisdom from the sacred page is turned and ignored". Rather than just telling the teenage protagonist of "Old Enough to Know" to 'just say No' to her boyfriend's hormonal urges, Smith reminds her not to confuse real love...an honest concern and care for another's feelings and wellbeing...with a quick roll in the hay ("what some say love should be..
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brendan on November 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album is a must have for all Smitty fans! Even if you are not a fan, if you like Rich Mullins, Amy Grant and Jars Of Clay you will like this! "LAMU","OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW","YOUR ALRIGHT" and "WIRED FOR SOUND" are instant classics! This is a must have album
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By robertmeadows@mindspring.com on April 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Earth-shattering performance! A real inspiration in christian music. I can't believe its been fourteen years since this album's debut and yet how "cutting edge" these very unique tunes still are. This record was heavily influential to me during my own teenage years, and helped steer my heart in the "pursuit of the dream" GOD had for me. Pump this musical thunderstorm through a set of 15"ers and you'll get THE BIG PICTURE as it was meant to be! Michael, if you read this...THIS WAS YOUR TIME! excellent job! As a musician, I wish I'd written this one myself! Enjoy!
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