DeGarmo and Key - Commander Sozo (CD) 2022 GIRDER RECORDS GR1134 (Legends of Rock) Remastered, w/ Collectors Trading Card
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- High-Quality Expanded Booklet with photos and lyrics
- Jewel Case CD
- Special Print LTD Collectors Trading Card #87
- 2022 Girder Records, GR1134
- Originally Release in 1987
- Legends of Rock™ Edition
- Release Date: May 20, 2022
This Girder Records Legends of Rock™ release come in a jewel case with multi-page booklet insert that includes readable lyrics, photos, liner notes. It also comes with a special LTD edition collectors trading card sealed inside, limited to only the first pressing. It's been fully remastered by Rob Colwell (Bombworks Sound).
COMMANDER SOZO AND THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE was released in 1985 with one of the longest names in in Christian Rock history but was also accompanied with one of the longest tenures an album has sat on Christian charts. Songs Destin to Win and Casual Christian (both on this release) were the top two most requested songs from the band. Destin to Win was a duo with the great Jesse Dixon and made its way into the ears of every Christian radio station listener not to mention onto every D&K best of album made, History Makers, The Very Best Of, Greatest Hits Vol. 1, The Classic Rock Collection and even on Rock Solid Absolutely Live.
By the time this album came out in the mid '80s they had developed a throbbing, edgier sound embracing a specific style of synth-driven new wave which had been popular in the early '80s. This works particularly well on opening cuts "Active" and "Competition" which romp along nicely without succumbing to the band's other American bombastic rock of the era. It's all throbbing synths, clunky '80s drums and Dana Key's edgy guitars but it has its own charm. There are lighter moments of course and the band's usual spiritual concerns are aired so you get apathy tackled on "Charge Of The Light Brigade" and "No More Goodbyes" reminds believers about the realities of Heaven. The return of Jesus is celebrated in phased, spaced out fashion on "Jesus Is Coming". But the absolute standout track here is "Destined To Win" where the band team up with gospel artist Jessy Dixon for a rousing inspirational moment wrapped around an immense hooky chorus. Worth hearing the album just for that song!
2 Competition (3:49)
3 Temporary Things (3:44)
4 Apathy Alert (3:45)
5 Charge Of The Light Brigade (3:53)
6 Destined To Win (3:27)
7 No More Goodbyes (3:55)
8 Rise Up (3:19)
9 Jesus Is Coming (3:47)
10 Casual Christian (4:07)
Executive Producer: Dan R. Brock
Jessy Dixon: Vocal duet with Dana Key on “Destined to Win”
Tracks recorded & mixed by: John “Murd” Hampton at Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN
Strings recorded at: Angel Studios, London, England
Strings engineered by John Timperley & Frank Baratta, London, England
Strings performed by: London String Orchestra
Strings arranged & conducted by Carl Marsh
Mastered by: Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk, New York, New York
Art Director & Design, Lettering, & Paint works: Susan DeGarmo for Blue Dog Designs
Photography by: Dean Dixon
2022 LEGENDS OF ROCK EDITION
Executive Producer: Greg Hays
Remastered by Rob Colwell @ Bombworks Sound
Layouy & Design by Scott Waters @ NoLifeTilMetal
Special ‘Road Crew’ thanks to: R.D. Hall, Gary Westman, Bill McGoldrick, Carl Jones, Nyle Wood, & Delane Burrage
Special ‘Video’ thanks to: Marius Penczer, Joe Dyer & Ardent Teleproductions
Special ‘Hard work on the tour’ thanks to: Pamela Muse
Special ‘Record Company’ thanks to: Wayne Erickson, Mary Lynn Robbins, & Allen Brown
Special ‘Publishing’ thanks to: Debbie Atkins
Special ‘Studio’ thanks to: Trish Hardy, John Hampton, Ken Jenkins, & Mark Culp…Pat Schloes.
Special ‘Friend of the band’ thanks to: John Fry, Doug Corbin, Sam Taylor, Bob MacKensie, Chris Taylor, & Lance Johnson.
Special ‘Sound, Lights, & Equipment’ thanks to: Truth Seeker, Peavey, PAS, OAP Audio, St. Blues Guitar, Strings & Things;
Memphis, Bandit Lites, Shekinah Sound, Avedis Zildjian Co., Pearl International, Kaman Corp., & Anvil Cases.
Dana would like to dedicate this album to Anita & Scottie for their love and patience
Ed wants to thank Susan, Breckon, & Shannon for keeping me constantly surprised
Ed & Dana want to thank Little Danny & Little Dar for being so unreal
Tommy would like to thank Kaye for her inspiration & her ability to keep me humble at all times…thanks to Shawn & Amber…
thanks to Tim for the Pizza I almost got…thanks to Phil & to Day for their dedication as a fan & friend
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