Home Where I Belong/Happy Man

Home Where I Belong/Happy Man

by B.J. Thomas
     
 
This Real Gone 2014 two-fer contains B.J. Thomas' 1976 album Home Where I Belong and his 1978 record Happy Man, along with the single "Odessa Beggarman"/"Evermore." Just two years after Thomas scored an across-the-boards smash with "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song," the singer decided the pop game was no longer for him. He

Overview

This Real Gone 2014 two-fer contains B.J. Thomas' 1976 album Home Where I Belong and his 1978 record Happy Man, along with the single "Odessa Beggarman"/"Evermore." Just two years after Thomas scored an across-the-boards smash with "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song," the singer decided the pop game was no longer for him. He decamped from ABC and signed to Myrrh, deciding to pursue a Christian audience to run concurrent with his pop career. In that light, the title of Home Where I Belong carries weight: he's finding comfort in inspirational songs. Sonically, the album is a kissing cousin to the lush, country-tinged soft rock of Reunion, a sound that's so warm and alluring it's often hard to discern the Christian theme of the songs. As such, Home Where I Belong is an ideal transitional album: it eases Thomas and his fans into another phase of his career. Happy Man, on the other hand, doesn't disguise its contemporary Christian orientation in either its sound or subject. A bigger, brighter sound -- a shift that's very evident on the punchy rhythms and sparkling sitars of "Beautiful Mind," which play like a scrubbed-up "Hooked on a Feeling" -- is married to songs that are on the nose (i.e., "He's the Hand on My Shoulder" and "I Wanna Be More Like Jesus"), along with tempos that are a shade too stately. Thomas is in fine voice throughout and the album ends on a high note with "Thank You Lord" (an excellent piece of late-'70s soft rock co-written by Hal David) and "The Word Is Love," but the heart of Happy Man doesn't belong in the warm, burnished '70s, it points toward the immaculate future of CCM in the '80s.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/2014
Label:
Real Gone Music
UPC:
0848064003144
catalogNumber:
400314
Rank:
16243

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.J. Thomas   Primary Artist
Brown Bannister   Background Vocals
Chris Christian   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Steve Gibson   Guitar
Alan Axelrod   Keyboards
Roger Bissell   Trombone
Clyde Brooks   Drums
Sheri Cramer   Background Vocals
Shane Keister   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Janie Fricke   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dennis Good   Trombone
Ron Keller   Trumpet
Mike Leech   Bass
Kenny Malone   Drums
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Bobby Ogdin   Piano
Gary Pigg   Background Vocals
Don Sheffield   Trumpet
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Bobby Taylor   Oboe
Diane Tidwell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobby Woods   Keyboards
Reggie Young   Guitar
Gwen Moore   Background Vocals
Cameron Kopf   French Horn
Hank Martin   Vocals
David Osborn   Drums
Larrie Londin   Drums
Joe Osborn   Bass
Archie P. Jordan   Piano,Conductor,Background Vocals
Sheldon Kurland Strings   Strings
Yvonne Hedges   Background Vocals
Marry McCall   Background Vocals
Lea Jane   Background Vocals
Joe L. Wilson   Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Engineer
Chris Christian   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mike Hudson   Composer
Pat Terry   Composer
Garland Craft   Composer
Hal David   Composer
B.J. Thomas   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Jim Pierson   Reissue Producer
Naomi Martin   Composer
Gloria Thomas   Composer
Lanier Ferguson   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Reissue Executive Producer
Tom D. Kline   Reissue Design
Aaron Brown   Composer
Joe Marchese   Liner Notes
Archie P. Jordan   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Shanon Smith   Composer
Joe L. Wilson   Engineer
Buddy Huey   Executive Producer

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