Collection

Collection

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by Amy Grant
     
 

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Depending on their tastes, record buyers are likely to have had one of two different reactions when they came upon the Amy Grant compilation Collection in its initial LP and cassette releases in the summer of 1986. General music fans, aware of Grant, if at all, only for her 1985 Top 40 pop hit "Find a Way," may have wondered why this one-hit wonder deserved aSee more details below

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Depending on their tastes, record buyers are likely to have had one of two different reactions when they came upon the Amy Grant compilation Collection in its initial LP and cassette releases in the summer of 1986. General music fans, aware of Grant, if at all, only for her 1985 Top 40 pop hit "Find a Way," may have wondered why this one-hit wonder deserved a best-of so soon. But contemporary Christian music (CCM) fans would have been surprised that it wasn't a double album. After all, over the previous eight years, Grant had scored 22 hits on CCM radio according to CCM magazine, all but three of them in the Top Ten. Collection, originally containing only ten tracks with a running time under 40 minutes (standard for the LP era), attempted to address both these constituencies, succeeding with one more than the other. For the general pop fan, it demonstrated that there was more where "Find a Way" came from. The album largely eschewed material from Grant's first five albums, including only "Father's Eyes" from 1979's My Father's Eyes. It was dominated by songs from Grant's mature works Age to Age (1982), Straight Ahead (1984), and Unguarded (1985), with one song from A Christmas Album (1983). Those songs had all been CCM hits, but a longtime fan must have felt that they told only part of the story. And Collection looked forward as well. Each side of the LP led off with a new song, "Stay for Awhile" on the first side and "Love Can Do" on the second. Neither song had religious content (though both became CCM hits); both were very much in the synth pop style of Grant's recent music. So, for the most part, Collection satisfied Grant's new fan base while tossing a bone to the faithful. [The original cassette version added five tracks, only one of which, "All I Ever Have to Be," came from Grant's early recordings. A 1990 CD reissue added two more early tracks, giving the album better balance.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
0094639679423
catalogNumber:
96794
Rank:
1769

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Grant   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Michael W. Smith   Keyboards
Gary Chapman   Background Vocals
Robbie Buchanan   Keyboards
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Shane Keister   Keyboards
Nathan East   Bass
David Gamson   Keyboards
Chris Harris   Background Vocals
Mark Heimermann   Background Vocals
Dann Huff   Guitar
Paul Leim   Drums
Richard Page   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Steve Schaffer   Synclavier
Greg X. Volz   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Composer,Producer
Michael Card   Composer
Amy Grant   Composer,Author
Rich Mullins   Composer
Michael W. Smith   Composer
Chris Christian   Composer
Gary Chapman   Composer,Executive Producer
Robbie Buchanan   Composer
Spencer Chrislu   Engineer
Shane Keister   Composer
Ed Goodreau   Engineer
Stephen Marcussen   Remastering
Johnny Potoker   Producer,Engineer
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer
Doug Sax   Mastering
Rev. Johnny Thompson   Composer
Michael Blanton   Executive Producer
Steve McMillan   Engineer
Kent Hunter   Art Direction
Dan Harrell   Executive Producer
J.T.   Engineer
Sabrina Buchanek   Engineer

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