273. Let the Day Begin – The Call


The Call

I have written this elsewhere on several occasions and will repeat it again here: Michael Been was the single most impressive and passionate lead vocalist to ever grace a rock and roll stage. Others may bellow, scream and prance about, but Been could stand perfectly still and show little or no emotion and still drive me to tears with the sheer passion and believability of his voice. The rich baritone that could elevate to staggering heights of emotion has simply not been matched.

I miss him…

Let the Day Begin was the 6th album from The Call and carried the band into the 1990’s with what should have been the coming out party. Rock radio loved the title track, making it the bands only number one single, but it just wasn’t to be. It is one of the great mysteries of rock and roll music that a band like The Call could never break into the mainstream music fans consciousness despite a consistently impressive output of amazing music.

This album was that one shot. It was filled with radio friendly rock music with a slight alternative twist that seemed reared and ready for success. The first four songs (Let the Day Begin, Run, Surrender and When) should have been runaway hits and appeared on several movie soundtracks.

Been’s history in Christian music is actually relatively unknown. His first known appearance (that I am familiar with) is playing bass on the first two Barry McGuire albums as well as being a musician for 2nd Chapter of Acts. He regularly appeared on Jesus Music/CCM albums before creating The Call and heading into a more mainstream world. But his Biblical worldview is present here and on every able he was connected with. It should not difficult to see the hope, grace and mercy that poured from his been and voice.

Yes, he will be missed. Greatly!

  1. November 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I agree. How did the rest of the world miss this one? My only possible explanation is that it seemed like The Call’s song formula was pretty predictable, but then again that’s what made every song anthemic and arena-worthy.

  2. harvey_d
    October 3, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I listened to this album again this morning. Even with MP3s, played in the car, the bass, drums, guitar, and of course vocals all sound awesome. Together the sound is well defined and crisp, without being overly busy. Some might call it slick, but I prefer to see it as a band at the height of their game musically. There’s many nuances in the music to keep it interesting.

  3. Greenchili
    October 28, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Agreed on all points.

  4. Brent Johnson
    May 9, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I think Been was too humble to get bigger. He lacked the bombast of a Bono yet that was Mike’s strength. One of the best concerts i’ve ever seen, just mesmerizing.

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