The First Decade: 1983-1993 [Reunion]

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All Music Guide - Bryan Buss
When Michael W. Smith made a move for a secular audience, he didn't seem to alienate his core contemporary Christian fan base as much as peer Amy Grant did, and the reason might be that he takes the spoonful-of-sugar tack when spreading his message: He seamlessly creates pop music with messages that sometimes subtly and sometimes not-so-subtly hark back to God. On "Go West Young Man" he could just as easily be referring to Israel as California as he advises to go west when evil tempts you east; on "Old Enough to Know" he urges a young girl to abstain, which is certainly a Christian way of thinking, but it also applies to any teenager in the world; "Rocketown" could be Sodom ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bryan Buss
When Michael W. Smith made a move for a secular audience, he didn't seem to alienate his core contemporary Christian fan base as much as peer Amy Grant did, and the reason might be that he takes the spoonful-of-sugar tack when spreading his message: He seamlessly creates pop music with messages that sometimes subtly and sometimes not-so-subtly hark back to God. On "Go West Young Man" he could just as easily be referring to Israel as California as he advises to go west when evil tempts you east; on "Old Enough to Know" he urges a young girl to abstain, which is certainly a Christian way of thinking, but it also applies to any teenager in the world; "Rocketown" could be Sodom as well as a seedy part of any town; and his biggest Top 40 hit, "A Place in This World," could refer to simply fitting in or finding God. Much of contemporary Christian music is better pop than most pop, and Smith leads the pack with enviable hooks, production, vocals, and A-list co-writers like Grant, Diane Warren, and Wayne Fitzpatrick. Though it includes some cuts that rely too much on synthesizer-driven production "Emily," "Friends", this greatest-hits package is testament to his strengths and his success at spreading the word of God to both Christian and secular audiences.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1993
  • Label: Reunion
  • UPC: 012414923127
  • Catalog Number: 49231
  • Sales rank: 15,185

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Do You Dream of Me? (4:19)
  2. 2 Kentucky Rose (5:27)
  3. 3 Picture Perfect (3:55)
  4. 4 I Will Be Here for You (4:35)
  5. 5 Give It Away (5:07)
  6. 6 Place in This World (3:59)
  7. 7 Go West Young Man (3:55)
  8. 8 Pray for Me (3:54)
  9. 9 Secret Ambition (6:27)
  10. 10 Emily (4:19)
  11. 11 Old Enough to Know (4:48)
  12. 12 Rockettown (4:35)
  13. 13 I Am Sure (4:44)
  14. 14 Friends (4:41)
  15. 15 Great Is the Lord (2:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael W. Smith Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Amy Grant Background Vocals
Phil Madeira Hammond Organ
Gary Chapman Background Vocals, pedabro
Steve Brewster Drums
Chris Harris Background Vocals
Mark Heimermann Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals
Dann Huff Guitar
Jerry Dale McFadden Accordion
Terry McMillan Harmonica, Percussion
Jerry McPherson Mandolin
Tommy Simms Bass
Technical Credits
Michael W. Smith Producer, Executive Producer
Gary Chapman Contributor
Joe Baldridge Engineer
Ronnie Brookshire Engineer
Mark Hammond Programming, Producer, drum programming
Mark Heimermann Producer
Todd Robbins Engineer
Dave Dillbeck Engineer
J.B. Engineer
Buddy Jackson Art Direction
Michael Blanton Executive Producer
Amy Hughes Engineer
JuLee Brand Cover Coordinator
Nick Sparks Contributor
D. Rhodes Art Direction
June Arnold grooming
Elizabeth Simmons Cover Coordinator
JB Engineer
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is L!vinG MusiC !!!

    I just can feal the love in the music! Michael did a great job with his talents given by God!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is an awesome CD!!!

    Michael W. Smith is a great Christian singer! This is an awesome and inspirational CD. Pray For Me, I Will Be Here For You, and Picture Perfect are all meaningful, uplifting songs. This is definately a great addition to your CD collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FRIENDS RULES

    THE BEST SONG FOR ANY OCCASION IS FRIENDS

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    Posted January 24, 2011

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