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123. With Footnotes – The 2nd Chapter of Acts

WITH FOOTNOTES (1974)

The 2nd Chapter of Acts

Hands down one of the most “important” releases in the history of CCM and one of the best Jesus Music albums ever recorded. Jesus Music grew up in a big with this release and forced the rest of the musicians within the genre to step up with quality songs, productions and performances. It also contains one of the greatest CCM songs ever recorded, and possibly the very best!

After touring and performing with some of the best artists in the early Jesus Music scene like Barry McGuire, the three siblings were offered on recording contract of their own on Word’s rock label, Myrrh. Myrhh provided a decent enough budget to enlist the likes of Michael Omartian, David Kemper and a young Michael Been (The Call). Manyof the musicians would also become part of the ground tour band known as “a band called DAVID.”

The album starts with what would later become a 2nd Chapter classic, Which Way the Wind Blows. Older sibling Annie Herring wrote much the groups music along with husband Buck, while the vocal duties were shared amongst the three. But for many it would be the lone boy, Matthew Ward, who would amaze the listeners with his unbelievable range.

The Devil Lost Again features Matthew and would hint at what would come later for him as a solo artists. The more “rocking” of the three siblings, this song would have fit nicely on a Michael Omartian project and features some guitar work that pushed the envelope for the time.

“Love, Peace, Joy” features the trademark tight harmonies that would earn the group their international recognition and would also later draw comparisons to ABBA, and eventually be ripped off by Silverwind. Nothing sounds quite as beautiful as siblings harmonizing and this rings true throughout the project.

But the finest two and half minutes in Jesus Music history comes courtesy of the classic “Easter Song.” If ever a song deserved the recognition of the “classic” designation, it is this song. I can’t even imagine just how many times this song has been covered, sampled, sung, recorded or performed in its nearly 40 years of existence. I would venture to guess that only the Hallelujah Chorus has been sung at more Easter services. And it is also a wonderful song. Beautiful, inspirational and dynamic.

This album was a game changer and a lasting testament to the legacy of one of the most important groups in CCM history.

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  1. Greenchili
    March 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Whoops look like I finally caught up to you.. Although I think I’m gonna be pretty busy with the already listed 377 albums. I’m already breezing thru a top 100 list I found elsewhere… Of which I had 29 albums already (29%). So it will be interesting to see how many matches I get here.

    Oh and thanks for doing the great write ups on each of the albums. It makes for great reading.

  2. Bill B
    March 11, 2011 at 8:29 am

    This is a fabulous album. SHAME that it is no longer available.

  3. March 12, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Great reads as I remember many albums that got me through the 80’s and 90’s. This is a particularly special LP for me. After being introduced to Evie (I was told an Olivia Newton John sound alike), I was encouraged to purchase this album. I was reluctant because I was told it was ACID rock. I didn’t listen to much of that in secular music, so I wasn’t interested. Then, the clerk dropped the needle, and I was hooked. After living in Europe for a year, I was a big ABBA fan, and this connected immediately – with the added benefit of encouraging my faith. Absolutely amazing.

  4. Greenchili
    January 5, 2012 at 11:46 am

    ok.. strange combo of albums to listen to there… Iona, P.O.D., and then 2nd Chapter of Acts.. lol

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