Petra - Never Say Die/Washes Whiter Than (Star Song) 1979/1981
Coloring Song" (2:52)
This was one of the first Petra albums I had ever heard and purchased on my own. I found it back in the mid-90's in a bookstore in a clearance rack and decided to give it a shot. In the early 80's, when I was younger, many of the kids in my youth group were into Petra, but I never understood the appeal. At the time I was already getting into heavier stuff, so hearing Petra's smooth, glossy sound coupled with all those ballads just didn't do much for me. Well, after picking up this CD, I finally began to really appreciate this band. Besides being excellent musicians and songwriters, Petra's lyrics really spoke to me. Their lyrical direction was obviously aimed at building people up rather than tearing them down. There are some great, timeless classics on this disc like "The Coloring Song", "Chameleon," "Yahweh Love" and "Morning Star." This CD actually contains two albums on the one disc. This was Petra's third and fourth album respectively.
Petra - On Fire! (Star Song) 1988
1. "All Fired Up"
A very popular album for Petra that produced several CCM hits. This CD actually rocks pretty hard, and almost has a heavy metal sound. However, it's just a bit to happy to be considered heavy metal. The production by Dino Elefante and John Elefante is almost flawless. Favorite songs are the upbeat "All Fired Up", "Somebody's Gonna Praise His Name" and the ballad "First Love."
and Dangerous" (4:06)
"Beyond Belief" is Petra at their commercial prime. While I tend to prefer some of their 70's stuff a tad more to this very slickly produced arena rock stuff, there is no denying that Bob Hartman and Co. were at their prime here. Big drums, big guitars, big choruses and big production. Everything is here and this album should have been monumental. Of course it was a huge hit on Contemporary Christian Radio and even reached some rock radio, it would never be as massive as it could have been due to the very blatant and unapoligetic Christian lyrics. Petra were never ashamed of their faith and even less so about sharing that faith with their audience. Regardless, the album contained a bunch of hit singles including "Seen and Not Heard," "Beyond Belief." "Prayer," and "Creed."