100% Proof - Power And The Glory

Published Thursday 9th December 2010
100% Proof - Power And The Glory
100% Proof - Power And The Glory

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 48560-17456
FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

The career of this Stockport band almost mirrored the rise of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and the resurgence of heavy rock in the face of the onslaught of the energy of punk. Having gained respect with a Norman Barratt produced debut album, the band, fronted by singer/guitarist Charlie Wilson, decided to be much more involved on the production side of this follow up. Consequently, they probably over egg the pudding but the album did gain them wider success in the USA because of the more polished sound. The band were always a hard working live act and gained a considerable following in the UK and headlined Greenbelt in 1983, the year 'Power And The Glory' was released. The addition of keyboards broadens their sound and the inclusion here of an instrumental version of "Jesus Loves Me" sees them not sticking to material that would strictly be considered metal. Highlights include the title track which is a bit of an epic including sound effects! "Out Of Bounds" rocks along at a fair pace and "Don't You Know" reminds me a little of another UK rock band of the same era, UFO. Released on bright yellow vinyl in the USA, this album remains a classic of the era for those in the know. Over a quarter of a century later, it's travelled pretty well and fans of classic rock should seek it out.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Frans de Ridder in Netherlands,Zeeland,Vlissingen @ 16:13 on Aug 5 2010

Hello, People from Cross Rhythems.

I find the rock music of 100% Proof Super Good.
I have set the vinyl album on a music file with a software music program.
It's sounds better than on the vinyl album.
I have also made a picture of the foreside of the album.
By the way do you know the rock band First strike,album Rock of offense also very Super Good christian rock music and unknow

May God bless everyone who loves rock music
Frans from the netherlands

Posted by Jason Tedford in Birmingham @ 10:38 on Apr 28 2009

They then became Force3 another awesome album, plenty of drums and guitar, then that was it, shame i list it as my all time fave i think.
Sounds a bit like metal The Shadows now lol but at the time you couldnt beat it and have it in my car on CD

Reply by AT in Blackpool England @ 19:54 on Aug 19 2010

I remember the band ok, New Charlie though college days in Stockport, I saw Charlie in Stockport precinct years later we were both rushing somewhere so not much chat. Interseting to hear he moved on into new area's, will looking Force 3. Steve was a brilliant guitarist and deserved to express himself more.

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Reply by Philip Wright in Cornwall @ 08:23 on Sep 26 2009

Contrary to a few comments like this one, 100% Proof didn't become Force 3. We reached a bit of a plateau in 1983 after gaining some success and after a telivised gig in Dusseldorf we took a break. In this time Charlie Wilson decided he wanted to start a completely new outfit (Force 3) and the rest of us agreed to carry on by replacing him with a keyboard player. Unfortunately it didn't turn out and we decided to call it a day, Which was a shame because the album had just started to take off in the States apparrantly selling out of 1000 at a Stryper gig. I have a copy of the album on yellow vynyl on the Kosher label which is how it was released in the States. In the UK it was SB records.

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Posted by Bill McKelvie in Dewsbury @ 22:46 on Nov 18 2008

I recall buying this album after seeing 100% proof walk onto a Giantkillers' concert probably '81 or '82.
And were tumltusiouly welcomed as winners of the North West heat for the Battle of the Bands. Their music was very similar to Status Quo/Jerusalem (The Swedish Rock Band). If a band is sorely missed it is this one. What happened to them afterwards I do not know. What was discussed in the Buzz magazine whether British bands should go Christian Contemporary or Worship. A few chose to go worship which was the general inclination at the time.

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