387. Film at Eleven – Pat Terry

FILM AT ELEVEN (1983)

Pat Terry

Much like Scott Wesley Brown, Mark Heard and Randy Stonehill, Pat Terry bridged the gap between Jesus Music and CCM. As the primary impetus for the Pat Terry Group during the Jesus Music years and then as a solo artists in the early 1980’s Pat Terry was very viable within both designations.

Where the Pat Terry Group had more of a folk and country approach, Pat Terry the solo artists was decidedly more rock and roll in the vein of Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp. Film at Eleven was Terry’s third solo album. The first self titled album was actually pre-Pat Terry Group and is stylistically much closer to the Pat Terry Group than any of the three rock albums from the 80’s.

Film at Eleven is the second Pat Terry album to be produced by Mark Heard. Heard assembled a great musical ensemble that served more like a band than just studio musicians. Tom Howard, John Mehler, Bill Batstone and Heard himself round out a small band that worked together for the best results.

There are so many great songs on this album that highlighting one over any other is to do a disservice to the album as a whole. It may just be best to note a consistent rock sound for fans of Heard and Tom Petty and a lyrical expression, not too far from Heard’s “Victims of the Age,” with the Christian in the world and how to best express the tension in that delicate balance. Unlike the passive observer on the album cover Terry seems to actively participate in the world around him armed with the truth, but in a clearly honest and humble way. But most importantly Terry honestly and brutally addressees the individual failure to achieve the goal the Gospel declares both corporately and individually.

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  1. David
    November 2, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Wow. This is way too low. I’d been a Pat Terry fan since the first Pat Terry Group album. Humanity Gangsters floored me. Film at Eleven astonished me. Honesty and great music to boot. Who could ask for more?

  2. Jon
    March 10, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Great record, I still pull it out and listen to it pretty often.

  3. St. Ralph
    August 28, 2012 at 7:53 am

    This is a Top 50 album if you ask me.

  4. May 18, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    This is a top 5 or even 3 album if you ask me.

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