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408. So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt – Keith Green

SO YOU WANNA GO BACK TO EGYPT (1980)

Keith Green

After setting the CCM work on fire with two of the most successful records in Christian music for the time, Keith Green left it all behind and started a ministry in which he would give the album to anyone for any price. Whatever anyone could afford or was willing to pay for it. The first of those albums was his third project overall, So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt. Within a year they had shipped out over 200,000 copies, giving away about 25% at no charge.

This album was immensely impactful and considered by CCM Magazine as one of their Top 100 albums of all time. It contains some of Green’s most intense and memorable songs. The title track reveals the humorous side to Green that many never got to see but that so many who knew him would attest to.

At least four songs from the album have gone on to be considered classic tracks with two finding their way into many modern hymnals. “I Pledge My Head to Heaven” became a regular at concert before his untimely death a few years later. “I Want to Be More Like Jesus” became a radio favorite and remains a favorite.

Two other songs that must be discussed. The first is “O Lord, You’re Beautiful,” a song that has been covered countless times and may rank as one of the greatest worship songs of all time and should be considered among the great modern hymns of the faith. This confessional song or praise is both stunning and sobering.

The final song of note is the album’s closer, “Grace By Which I Stand.” I have spoken with many fans and those that worked with Green over the years before his death and they all seem to come back to this song as possibly Green’s finest songwriting in action. Anyone who knows the Lord in a real cannot escape the beautiful pain encapsulated in these 4 minutes. It is truly a powerful and lasting song and I believe contains Green’s finest vocals.

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  1. Brian
    October 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Love this album!

  2. Dave H
    October 20, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Sorry…anything Keith did cannot be this low on the list even though I think No Compromise was his best album.

  3. Jerrid
    November 17, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Very first Christian Rock album I ever owned. Sure the sound and production are dated, but the lyrics remain among the best I’ve heard.

  4. Brett C
    December 1, 2010 at 8:57 am

    “Grace By which I Stand” one of the best CCM songs ever!

  5. June 18, 2011 at 5:13 am

    I think it’s a good album but not great. It has great songs but a couple of fillers. Keith made better albums.

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