7: The Best of Stryperby Stryper
Throughout rock history, all great bands spawn quite a bit of similar-sounding offspring -- and the mighty Van Halen were no different. Throughout the '80s, a plethora of VH disciples appeared on the scene -- many of which happened to also hail from the same locale, Hollywood. Musically, Stryper were quite similar to the Van Halen boys, but vocally, singer Michael Sweet was more a kin to Styx's Dennis DeYoung. The pairing of both styles won Stryper a large following, and for a stretch of several years, scored several MTV hits, all of which are neatly compiled on 2003's 7: The Best of Stryper. While Stryper's lyrical message did not reflect either the party-hearty (Mötley Crüe) or the "demonic" (W.A.S.P.) bands of the era, they were cut from the same musical cloth. As a result, Stryper were known primarily as a rock band ("Soldiers Under Command," "Free," etc.), even though they also specialized in schmaltzy power ballads ("Honestly," "Lady," etc.). Also, there was the odd moment when both styles merged, such as "Calling On You," and Stryper get credit for the unlikeliest cover tune for a pop-metal band -- Earth, Wind & Fire's "Shining Star" (perhaps only outdone by the Bulletboys tackling Tom Waits' "Hang On St. Christopher"). With all the expected favorites included here, the 18-track 7: The Best of Stryper is a much better Stryper compilation than 1991's paltry Can't Stop the Rock.
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- Hollywood Records
Performance CreditsStryper Primary Artist
Oz Fox Guitar,Vocals
Michael Sweet Guitar,Vocals
Robert Sweet Drums
Jackson Marques Background Vocals
Technical CreditsPhilip Bailey Composer
Maurice White Composer
Carl Beatty Engineer
Lawrence Ethan Engineer
Oz Fox Composer,Producer
Tim Gaines Title Concept
Stephan Galfas Producer
Ron Goudie Producer
Paul Lani Producer
Michael Lloyd Producer
Dan Nebenzal Engineer
Carmine Rubino Engineer
Michael Sweet Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Robert Sweet Composer,Producer
Michael Wagener Producer,Engineer
Tom Werman Producer
Kenny Lewis Programming,Producer,Engineer
Lorenzo Dunn Composer
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IM SO GLAD TO KNOW THAT THEY HAVE A COUPLE NEW SONGS. I HOPE THEY STAY TOGETHER AND MAKE SOME MORE ALBUMS. THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORATE. PRAISE GOD FOR THIS GROUP. WHAT AN INSPIRATION. ITS NOT THE LOOKS THAT GOD LOOKS AT ITS THE HEART.
STRYPER IS THE BEST ROCK GROUP EVER. THIS NEW CD ROCKS, ESPECIALLY THE 2 NEW SONGS. I HOPE THEY COME OUT WITH ANOTHER CD. THEY ARE SO AWESOME OF A GROUP. GOD HAS REALLY BLESS ME WITH CHRISTIAN ROCK BAND. STRYPER I HOPE THE HOLY SPIRIT TELLS YOU TO DO MORE NEW STUFF. KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS.
Although the best of only has two new songs, the music is enough to get any listener excited with the return of this band. The musical talent has fans begging for more new material, but just as happy with only two new songs. Michael Sweet, the singer in the band remains one of the best voices in rock today and yesterday.