478. Light Maneuvers – Servant
LIGHT MANEUVERS (1984)
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.