402. Prodigal – Prodigal

PRODIGAL (1982)

Prodigal

I remember getting a thin plastic single inserted into a copy of Campus Life Magazine back in 1982 for a new band with a crazy cover. The band was Prodigal and I was hooked almost instantly…at least after I figured out how to play the single.

The band Prodigal is everyone’s “favorite band that not enough people knew about” as I m convinced more people now claim to be fans than actually bought their albums when they came out. Prodigal released three albums and all three made the list. Each album was actually a bit different from each other as production and musicianship improved. What was always there was the songwriting. Loyd Boldman and crew knew how to pen a tune with the best of them.

From the album cover based on Escher’s “Relativity” but with images that coincide with the contents of the songs on the album, everything about this album was well thought out. The same goes for the songs themselves. Influenced by everyone from ELO and The Eagles to Steely Dan and Genesis, this album walked the fine line between art rock and pop rock with perfect precision.

The one last note I always like to mention regarding the band, and this is true of all three of their releases is that their content always seems more introspective and personal than other CCM artists. By that I mean you never get the feeling that they were on the outside looking in and commenting, but rather were always commenting as part of the human condition while personally experiencing and taking part in it.

 

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  1. Brian
    October 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Incredible album recorded on the Full Sail Wind Machine in a around Orlando, FL. Why is that significant? That “Full Sail” production is what became Full Sail also in Orland.
    They layered many tracks for the “crowd” Invisible Man track…it was a novel approach at the time.

  2. Brian
    October 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I should check my spelling before I comment!

  3. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 11:07 am

    My cousing picked up their third album on cassette in a bargain bin and I was hooked. However it was not till years later that I had the priviledge of hearing their first two albums. Prodigal is definitely musically different from their 2nd two releases.

  4. adam
    June 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Bought all three at the time of release…. the following two albums were more consistent, but they were all worth owning!

  5. July 17, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Prodigal’s entire catalog has finally been released to CD as of June 1st, 2014. You can now find them at http://www.prodigalnow.com, they are being sold as a box set by the remaining band members. Loyd Boldman passed into Eternity as of April of 2014. May you shine on like Neon, old friend.

    • Josh Simpson
      February 3, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      The 3 CD sets are all sold out now, as I was told I got the last one. However, they are sold on their site as digital downloads. Better than nothing at all.

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