The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music, 2001
- 40 - A Christmas Album, Amy Grant, Myrrh, 1983
- 39 - The Nu Nation Project, Kirk Franklin, GospoCentric, 1998
- 38 - In Another Land, Larry Norman, Solid Rock, 1976
- 37 - Heaven, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Sparrow/Capitol, 1988
- 36 - Medals, Russ Taff, Myrrh, 1985
- 35 - My Utmost for His Highest, Various Artists, Word, 1995
- 34 - Michael W. Smith Project, Michael W. Smith, Reunion, 1983
- 33 - The Great Adventure, Steven Curtis Chapman, Sparrow, 1992
- 32 - Victims of the Age, Mark Heard, Home Sweet Home, 1982
- 31 - Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth, Rich Mullins, Reunion, 1988
We'll move on down the list. Larry Norman. His position as the father of Christian Rock is enough to put him on the list multiple times. Without Larry, there would be no CCM, or at least none anyone would like to listen to. Randy Stonehill was discovered by Norman. I can only imagine how many people could be connected in a Six Degrees of Larry Norman Game. Anybody want to try? Then the album is referenced in the famed Jungle Music skit by Servant (you may have to highlight the text to read it. The Color Scheme played havoc with the monitor I am using.
I'll make one more album highlight. The Michael W. Smith Project, which came out in 1983, was groundbreaking. Just like Larry Norman could best be called the father of Christian Rock (or Grandfather, if we want to give fatherhood to Petra). I think it is fairly safe to call Smitty the father of Christian Techno. The album was not simply synthesizer based pop, it was almost totally synthesized music. Later he did put together a band for touring, but like Leon Patillo, he could have done everything as a one man band. While gaining mainstream fame, I think he also lost his way with some of the albums. Though with Wonder, his latest release, I think he finally captured the magic that I recognized as a DJ with this release.
Just three more posts remain, and then it's your turn and mine. What CD's will we include in a new list. I think some of these CD's could be supplanted with a few that have come out in 2001 and beyond. As always, I am Awaiting Your Reply.
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