WOW Gold

WOW Gold

     
 

Christian music is the industry's fastest-growing genre, and this retrospective of the past three decades shows why. The latest edition in the extremely successful WOW franchise, GOLD puts some of the biggest Christian songs and artists onto a double CD that is a must for any serious collector. As this scene is still rather new, with roots in the Jesus movement of the…  See more details below

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Christian music is the industry's fastest-growing genre, and this retrospective of the past three decades shows why. The latest edition in the extremely successful WOW franchise, GOLD puts some of the biggest Christian songs and artists onto a double CD that is a must for any serious collector. As this scene is still rather new, with roots in the Jesus movement of the late '60s and early '70s, WOW GOLD is more than a compilation, it's a comprehensive history of the genre. Early pioneers Larry Norman, Keith Green, and 2nd Chapter of Acts share disc space with modern hit-makers Jars of Clay, Amy Grant, and Michael W. Smith. Although Sixpence None the Richer is notable in their absence -- one imagines record label politics were the factor there -- virtually every other major name is featured. Better still, WOW GOLD complements the requisite signature hits (Smith's "Friends," Avalon's "Testify to Love,") with some lesser-known gems. Including Amy Grant's "Thy Word," a song from her 1984 STRAIGHT AHEAD release, and dc Talk's "What If I Stumble" instead of the better-known "Jesus Freak" adds an element of freshness to this musical history lesson. School never sounded so good.

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Spanning the '70s through the '90s, WOW Gold styles itself as a compact history of contemporary Christian music (CCM), seeking not to define, but to sum up the genre, and showcase the range of music it encompasses in the process. One CCM star after another parades across the compilation's two discs; the only flaw is that they aren't always represented by their best-known or most popular songs. Some choices are no-brainers: Rich Mullins' "Awesome God," Stryper's "To Hell With the Devil," or Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses," for example. But others might bemoan the selection of DC Talk's "What If I Stumble?" over "Jesus Freak," or Michael W. Smith's "Friends" over the pop Top Ten hit "Place in This World." But even if it isn't, ultimately, a one-stop best-of-CCM collection, WOW Gold does achieve its aim of displaying the variety and quality of the best contemporary Christian music.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/2000
Label:
Benson
UPC:
0083061053321
catalogNumber:
10533

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Flood  -  Jars of Clay
  2. I'm Not Ashamed  -  Newsboys
  3. Testify to Love  -  Avalon
  4. Stomp  - Kirk Franklin
  5. What If I Stumble  -  dc Talk
  6. God  - Rebecca St. James
  7. I Could Sing of Your Love Forever  -  Delirious?
  8. Awesome God  - Rich Mullins
  9. You Put This Love in My Heart  - Keith Green
  10. Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?  - Larry Norman
  11. To Hell with the Devil  -  Stryper
  12. Beyond Belief  -  Petra
  13. The Call  -  Anointed
  14. The Champion  -  Carman
  15. We Will Stand  - Russ Taff

Disc 2

  1. For the Sake of the Call  - Steven Curtis Chapman
  2. He Is Exalted  - Twila Paris
  3. Thy Word  - Amy Grant
  4. Butterfly Kisses  - Bob Carlisle
  5. Basics of Life  -  4Him
  6. Love Takes Time  - Bryan Duncan
  7. Friends  - Michael W. Smith
  8. Easter Song  -  2nd Chapter of Acts
  9. Love Broke Thru  - Phil Keaggy
  10. Rise Again  -  Dallas Holm & Praise
  11. We Shall Behold Him  - Sandi Patty
  12. Praise the Lord  -  Imperials
  13. My Tribute  - Andraé Crouch
  14. Undivided  -  First Call
  15. Thank You  - Ray Boltz

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carman   Track Performer
Steven Curtis Chapman   Track Performer
Bryan Duncan   Track Performer
First Call   Track Performer
Amy Grant   Track Performer
Imperials   Track Performer
Phil Keaggy   Track Performer
Rich Mullins   Track Performer
Twila Paris   Track Performer
Sandi Patty   Track Performer
Petra   Track Performer
Stryper   Track Performer
Russ Taff   Track Performer
Avalon   Track Performer
dc Talk   Track Performer
Ray Boltz   Track Performer
Newsboys   Track Performer
Anointed   Track Performer
2nd Chapter of Acts   Track Performer
4Him   Track Performer
Andraé Crouch   Track Performer
Jars of Clay   Track Performer
Rebecca St. James   Track Performer
Dallas Holm & Praise   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer
Keith Green   Producer
Larry Norman   Producer
Charlie Peacock   Producer
Michael W. Smith   Producer
Steve Taylor   Producer
Adrian Belew   Producer
Chris Christian   Producer
Greg Nelson   Producer
Keith Thomas   Producer
Bob Carlisle   Producer
Reed Arvin   Producer
Jonathan David Brown   Producer
Dino Elefante   Producer
John Elefante   Producer
Kirk Franklin   Producer
Mark Heimermann   Producer
Buck Herring   Producer
Phil Johnson   Producer
Bill Maxwell   Producer
Toby McKeehan   Producer
Phil Naish   Producer
Andy Piercy   Producer
Bill Schnee   Producer
Michael Sweet   Producer
Robert Sweet   Producer
Rebecca St. James   Composer
Don Koch   Producer
Tedd T.   Composer,Producer
Delirious?   Producer

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