Petra - Best Of The 80s

Published Thursday 1st November 2012
Petra - Best Of The 80s
Petra - Best Of The 80s

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 125642-19593
LABEL: StarSong 5099960227225
RELEASE DATE: 2012-07-09
RRP: £1.99

Reviewed by Matthew Griggs

The classic rock band from Indiana are showcased here with a stomping collection of their greatest hits from their most successful decade. The band that brought us their infectious worshipful rock provide us with a close knit collection here of 10 of the most powerful, stadium-filling rock epics. The collection kicks off with "All Fired Up", the crashing drums and soaring harmonies reminiscent of a DefLeppard song from the same era. The album continues in the same vain in the main, but there is time for a breather on "The Coloring Song" (a major US Christian radio hit when released in 1981), which is the perfect example of how Petra had their harmonies spot on and how they could put down the crashing instruments and perform a delicate song speaking of God's love and his giving of life to us. The highlight and centrepiece for this collection for me is "It Is Finished". The lyrics are brilliant and the guitar riffs still bite. It is the more modern sounding track within this collection, but that's not to say the others are too dated as their classic AOR approach, like that of The Eagles, today still retains a timeless quality. For recordings that are around 30 years old these oldies still have legs. The one big snag is that Petra's StarSong recordings have been brought together on so many different compilations that there can be few original fans left who haven't already got these evergreens.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. All Fired Up [Listen]
2. This Means War! [Listen]
3. Bema Seat [Listen]
4. The Coloring Song [Listen]
5. Judas' Kiss [Listen]
6. Mine Field [Listen]
7. He Came, He Saw, He Conquered [Listen]
8. It Is Finished [Listen]
9. More Power To Ya [Listen]
10. Thankful Heart [Listen]

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Product Description
Petra is one of the most recognized names in Christian rock music and are celebrating their 40th Anniversary in music ministry.

The 1980s were the peak of Petra's career. They were playing in front of sold out arenas nationwide, selling hundreds of thousands of albums each year and racking up numerous radio hits. This collection of music not only defines a generation, but is a historical look at Christian rock music through the songs of the band who paved the way for many more Christian rock bands to follow. Best of The 80s is a must-have collection for an amazing low price.

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