• First Time on CD
  • Jewel Case (4 panel fold)
  • Release Date:  May 27, 2022
  • Label: GIRDER RECORDS GR1114
  • 70's / 80's Jesus Music, Southern Rock
  • Originally releases in 1980 NewPax Records NP33078
  • BlueJug
  • For fans of: Bob Seager, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd & 38 Special

Ed Raetzloff, with his group Blue Jug, played with some of the nation’s finest — Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers Band, Charlie Daniels Band. Ed was doing it all, till one day his commitment as a Christian was tested. Ed’s response, in the middle of a contract meeting, was to stand, tear up his contract, and walk out saying, “I’ll either do it for God, or I’ll not do it.” That commitment has not brought him instant joy or fame, but instead some suffering and pain. This album is a testimony to that commitment. A commitment not only to the Lord but also to a style of music. I call it Jesus music. It lifts up the name of Jesus, it praises the name of Jesus, it brings glory to the Father, and it rocks!

In 1980 this Christian album "It took a long time to get to you" came out of nowhere. One can confidently classify the album under Southern Rock. A year later his second album "Drivin Wheels" was released for the CCM market. Both album contain some of the best, blazin' blues guitar and southern rock. 

This album does not come with a trading card and it was ripped from vinyl as original sources are not available anywhere. However you are going to be pleased.  After many painstaking hours this is cleaned up to near perfection sounding as if it came right from the master reels.  Just take a listen.

1. Found Someone To Love Me (2:20)

2. Every Man (4:36)
3. I Know The King (2:18)
4. I Want You To Meet A Friend (2:07)
5. It Took A Long Time To Get To You (4:10)
6. Praise Him (4:02)
7. Where He Goes (3:10)
8. I’ve Been Down That Road, Too (2:46)
9. It’s So Easy To Be Free (2:48)
10. Jesus Loves You (2:24)

Produced by Steve Aune

All songs by Ed Raetzloff
Production Assistance by Joe Wilson
Recorded at Sound Stage Studio, Nashville, TN
Remixed at Glaser Studio, Nashville, TN
Engineers: Warren Peterson,
Mike Psanos &  Brent King
Remix Engineer: Joe Wilson
Design: Bill Brunt / Private Eye Studios
Guidance: Larry Black
Stage Manager: Kirk Riley
Published by Farm House Music & LifeSong Music Press
Originally released in 1980 on Newfax Records.
Executive Producer: Greg Hays
Remastered by Rob Colwell @ Bombworks Sound
Layout & Design: Scott Waters @ NoLifeTilMetal

Dave Perkins, Mark Riley & Joe Wilson

Mitch Humphreys & Atikus Finch

Larry DeMerritt, Fred Satterfield
& Taylor Rhodes

Dave Gardner & Bill Hoak

Judy Carudi, Diane Leroy, Steve MorRow,
Gary Pigg, Joy McGuire & Delores Deal

Product, Packaging, Shipping and Insurance

All new items are shipped brand-new and unopened in original packaging and come without damage or cracks. Every record or CD is shipped in original factory sealed shrink wrap.  If we notice damage we will either put it in a new jewel case or send you a replacement case with your order. If you get a CD that is opened, it's because it was either an import or the jewel case was replaced.  If your product does meet your expectations, please contact us immediately.  All of our New CDs are factory sealed direct from the manufacture, distributors or bands. We sell pre-owned CDs as well which will be labels as pre-owned in the title, bullets or description. We do not sell CDRs or Syntax Creative that you get when you order CDs via print on demand from Amazon, yes those are also CDRs.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Derrick Fox
It took a long time to get to me

Me finding this album that is! Wow!!! I never heard of Ed Raetzloff until Girder reissued these two Fantastic Records. One of my favorite things about having a love for music is finding rare gems like this! I can’t stop listening to this album, It’s some of the best spirit filled Christian Southern style rock I’ve ever heard. Thank you Ed and Girder for this absolute blessing of an album. Fantastic!!!!!!

Rick Kirschner
Hard To Find Treasure

Only Girder has Ed's two CD's. Get them both. They are both great. I like this one a little better because it rocks a little harder. Thank you Girder for bringing this great music back.

Steve Green
Southern Rock with a message

This is one of my all time favorite CCM albums. So delighted to get it on CD. Shame he only did 2 albums. But I HIGHLY recommend this one to anybody that’s a southern rock fan!

Eric Unright
Brings me back

I feel the 80s was the golden age for Christian music. Folks were losing their fear of different genres of music. This was one of the great albums that I thought would never see the light of day on CD. Country rock at its finest. If you guys could work out a deal with Pat Terry’s Humanity’s Gangster album, my life would be complete haha

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