Petra - Petra (Re-issue)

Tuesday 1st August 1995
Petra - Petra (Re-issue)
Petra - Petra (Re-issue)

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Myrrh 7016527611
RRP: £11.22

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Step with me inside the musical time machine and journey back to the days when all "right minded" Christians foolishly believed that rock'n'roll was sinful. The year is 1974 and four longhairs have made it into the studio with the legendary Billy Ray Hearn to make their debut. These days only Bob Hartman remains from this debut album and if you're a fan of the man's guitar, there's plenty of opportunity to shake the dandruff out of your hair. Ahhh...nostalgia! The '70s and it's twin guitars ahoy! Best demonstration is on the album's opener, "Walkin' In The Light" which is excellent 70s rock. "Backslidin' Blues" allows Hartman and fellow guitarist Greg Hough to indulge in some blues guitar. If you want a laugh, there is one truly appallingly terrible country song, "Lucas McGraw" which is meant to be funny but isn't. The one big let down is in the singing department, neither Hartman nor Hough really cut it but history tells us that Greg X Voltz is just around the corner to rescue Petra from impending obscurity and hoist them on the road to mega ministry.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 16:30 on May 19 2010

I have this lp in the original vinyl format; what a status change in vocals from this album. "Back Slidin' Blues" and "Parting Thought" were included in the very early issues of ccm various artists vinyl releases. Even the myrrh label color changed from green to orange/yellow. By the time their 1979 lp was released, the group changed labels and went to starsong. This lp remains a ccm classic. GOD Bless! -Don

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