Friday, February 8, 2008

Flashback: Grand Opening

One of my first introductions to CCM music was back in 1977. It was Andrus Blackwood and Company. The release was "Grand Opening." And not to sound too much like a pun, it was a great grand opening to me and the world of Contemporary Christian Music. Sherman Andrus and Terry Blackwood were former members of The Imperials at different times before becoming the duet of AB&Co.

Two of my all time favorite cuts from the LP are "I'm Gonna Rise" and "Never Be." These songs still bring back good memories. They also went on to do some more projects and one of my favorites from the "Step Out Of The Night" project is a brooding, intensive song called, "Wake The Town." Below is a clip of two favs. Enjoy and have a great weekend everyone.

I'm Gonna Rise & Never Be

1 comment:

  1. Ok, you got me here. I've NEVER heard of this band. Sure, I know about the Imperials and how members have come and gone and started other bands (I dig Russ Taff), but I wasn't aware of this spin-off.

    Of course, I wasn't evening listening to any of this stuff until the late 80s, anyway. Out of all of the old school CCM bands my favorites are Daniel Amos (DA), Randy Stonehill and Phil Keaggy. I still follow them to this day.