Petra - Come And Join Us (Re-issue)

Tuesday 1st August 1995
Petra - Come And Join Us (Re-issue)
Petra - Come And Join Us (Re-issue)

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Myrrh 7016582612
RRP: £2.50

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

A re-issue of Petra's 1977 album. It's an intriguing piece of musical history. Voltz is just creeping into the band and guests on two songs. One of them, "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To Us" has been redeemed from the pit with Christian lyrics whilst retaining the anthemic chorus - the perfect vehicle to launch Voltz's vocal histrionics. A taste of things to come as Voltz adds a new dimension to the band still characterised by the ever present twin guitars. Elsewhere Hough and Hartman sing and the riff rules. Check out "Sally" for that genuine '70s sound. Time travelling back to the 90s - okay, so it does sound dated and the production sounds ropey in places to ears that are used to digital technology. But this album serves to show how Petra grew from humble musical beginnings into a band whose ministry has affected the lives of thousands of rock fans proving that God really did give rock 'n' roll to us. And if you're one of those fans, you'll want to hear where it all started!

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Sample Track Listing:
1. God Dave Rock And Roll To You [Listen]
2. Ask Him In [Listen]
3. Sally [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 16:35 on Oct 15 2010

3 years after their debut release, these ccm vet rockers present a new album. This album contains the highly acclaimed anthem "GOD Gave Rock and Roll to You"; the first recording on the lp; the album also ends with a reprise of the song. Greg Volz was not a member of group yet; but sang lead vocals for this song. The anthem was also re-recorded for the 1984 lp "Beat the System";Greg once again sang lead vocals: his final Petra album. Check out the line in song "Sally"; "and everywhere that Sally went the Lamb was sure to go". Album title "Come & Join Us" is last song on side 1; a favorable song. Steve Camp also assists with vocals on this lp, prior to his solo debut the following year. Another known vocalist is Austin Roberts; remember the pop hit song "Rocky": Austin was also the producer of this Petra album. "Where Can I Go" is an album hi-lite; I really like this song; great early ccm quality: thanx Bob H.
"Ask HIM In" is one of the rare ballads heard by this rockin group;an album favorite; again thanx Bob H.
Background vocalist Karen Morrison can be heard on the reprise of "GOD Gave Rock and Roll to You"
Great cover album art by Dennis Bellile; who hasn't witnessed scenes like this! Great classic lp to have!
GOD Bless! -Don

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