478. Light Maneuvers – Servant



When I recollect about the best and most memorable concerts experiences in Christian music the several Servant concerts ranked amongst the best. They were first Christian band I recall buying into the “show” aspect of a concert with a large light production, pyrotechnics, lasers and and on stage theatrics. The shows always seemed bigger then the band.

The irony is, of course, that everyone that met the members of the band discovered a humble, giving and entirely ministry focused group. The name “Servant” was never more apropos. Formed from a Christian Community (see Commune) the band never appeared to lose the focal point of evangelical ministry and social justice.

After two record on Tunesmith and two on a small independent label distributed through the Benson Company, it appeared that Servant was primed for the big time with a signing on to mega-label Myrrh. The album is, in some ways, Servants most cohesive record both musically and lyrically. Great cover artwork and three killer radio friendly songs that should have hoisted Servant to the Christian mainstream levels occupied by White Heart and Petra. Ironically just a few years previous it was Petra that opened for Servant before their huge Never Say Die album.

Light Maneuvers ended up being a very big hit and things appeared to breaking the bands way in CCM.

But this would mark the last album for co-lead vocalist Bob Hardy and the new musical direction of the follow up would end up bringing the band to a close.

  1. Brian
    October 15, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Light Maneuvers has so many bright spots. And I believe they had a number one hit.
    Classic Top 50 production. one of those albums where the bulk of it was excellent.

  2. Jerrid
    November 17, 2010 at 3:59 am

    A very good album from a very underated band. I suspect we’ll see them again higher up on the list.

  3. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 8:11 am

    By far one of my all time favorite albums. I was a bit disapointed with SIAHO after this (although that album aint to bad). Never had the pleasure of seeing them in concert though I pretty much discovered them with this album. All of their earlier albums (up to this one sadly) were remixed and released on CD a few years ago for anyone willing to look for them.

    You also failed to mention that Bob Rock produced this record.

    • Henk
      October 22, 2015 at 9:23 am

      The sound and production were excellent, yes.

  4. adam
    June 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Much as I loved this album, and I did, it was SIAHO that was the best Servant album.

  5. davis burnet
    October 21, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Saw them in concert in Pasadena Texas. After the concert they invited the audience to be their roadies. About 15 of us helped them take down their stage and load up their equipment all the while getting a different kind of access to a band. This was over 25 years ago and only a year or so after I became a Christian. It had a very positive impact to my new journey of faith. This was the album they were touring with at the time.

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