Daniel Amos - Our Personal Favorite World Famous Hits

Thursday 1st April 1999
Daniel Amos - Our Personal Favorite World Famous Hits
Daniel Amos - Our Personal Favorite World Famous Hits

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

For those new to the wonderful world of Christian music genius Terry Taylor, Daniel Amos are a band not a person and the title for this album is ironic. A best of package that takes in the many faces of Daniel Amos from its roots in country rock (think Eagles) through new wave (think Talking Heads) and out into many faceted rootsy rock'n'roll. With a career stretching over 25 years and more DA albums out of print than currently available, this is a bit of a godsend! Still wildly underrated Daniel Amos always seemed to manage to be ahead of the game and create music that pushed back barriers without ever managing to receive the sales and acclaim they deserved. The problem with compiling a best of is that there will always be something missing that fans think is essential but this is a fair crack at things! So you get "Alarma" with its crunching critique of the state of soft, safe Christian music sadly still relevant 20 years later and the classics "Walls Of Doubt" and "Darn Floor/Big Bite" still sounding perky and impressive alongside the older "Father's Arms" from "Shotgun Angel". You also get later material from 'Bibleland' and the grungier rock of "If You Want To" from 'Kalhoun' to get a balance. The sheer wonderful weirdness of "Mall (All Over The World)" still impresses. The only thing missing is anything from the legendary 'Horrendous Disc' album produced for Larry Norman's Solid Rock label. Sadly, the great blonde Normanski doesn't seem in a hurry to release that album so instead you get inferior live versions of the brilliant "I Love You" and "Hound Of Heaven". That quibble aside, this album is a fabulous reminder of just what a great group Daniel Amos continue to be and with band leader Terry Taylor firmly ensconced as A&R director at KMG Records, perhaps there'll be more re-releases and some new material soon. Be good to have the whole back catalogue on CD but then even reviewers can dream! Listening to this, my appetite is well whetted for more! Daniel Amos? Sheer genius mate!

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 17:17 on Jun 5 2011

WOW! another collection of works from a long time running ccm band since the mid 70's: This cd contains 3 decades of song . 2 songs from 1981 "Alarma" start off the cd list of songs:"Walls of Doubt" (a fave)and "Alarma". One of the oldies, but goodies happens to end up at the end of the 18 songset; a top fave "Ain't Gonna Fight It". The 1977 "Father's Arms" has that 70's sound attached to it;another fave. This band released an lp title of "Vox Humana" before pop icon Kenny Loggins released his same album title the year to follow:the top song "Sanctuary" is taken from that release. Nothing is heard from 1981 "Horrendous Disc" . I like "Broken Ladders". We heard top CCM artist Michael Card sing "Hound of Heaven" on his first lp release from 1981; this band records a live version of their own "Hound of Heaven"from 1982. I really like "Grace is the Smell of Rain" from '93. Another top favorite is the hint of 60's flavored "Soon" from 1986.
Over 70 minutes of music are provided to be heard.
GOD Bless! - Don

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