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San Francisco Bay Area based rockers GIDEON'S ARMY was one of the first bands from the CCM movement starting its activities in the mid-Seventies. However their discographic debut had to wait until 1982, followed by the now cult classic Warriors Of Love appeared three years after.
This "Grace", Guideon's Army third album, was released in 1990 and as many Rock acts with a religious lyrical background, embraced the glossy Melodic Rock sound of the era.
Plenty of sharp guitar riffs, vintage & modern keyboards (including synths) and elaborated harmony vocals, all the songs in "Grace" bring to mind AOR-rock infused bands from America circa 1985-88.
The lead vocals are shared by bass player Mark Greeves and drummer Jerry Anderson, making you think about Night Ranger... well, there's something of them in "Grace".
Songs like "Knowing You", the really melodious "Lonely Lover", the atmospheric mid-tempo AOR of title track "Grace", the tuneful "Open Arms" (featuring female background vocals) and the retro-AOR of "With The One I Love" are among the best tracks.
There's nice ballads in "Christina" and "Sending You", the latter more up in tempo and featuring different guitarist / drummer as happens in a couple of tracks more.
"Grace" was released through the small independent label Pan-Trax that did not lasted too much, so the CD went out of print soon and never was reissued. Original CD copies of "Grace" are some of the rarest and most sought after collectibles among AOR & CCM rock collectors, right now there's one at eBay for $185 !
This is a direct HQ rip from the original silver-pressed CD (there's bootlegs floating around) including full artwork.
01 - Knowing You
02 - Lonely Lover
03 - Christina
04 - Grace
05 - Make Up Your Mind
06 - Open Arms
07 - Tough Love
08 - With The One I Love
09 - Turn Up The Heat
10 - Sending You
Mark Greeves: bass, lead vocals
Jerry Anderson: drums, lead vocals
Doug Naruo: keyboards, vocals
Darin Warren: guitars
Brenda Perdue: vocals
Melody Lynn: vocals
Ron Davis: vocals
Dave Angeles: guitars on 7, 8, 10
Don Walker: drums on 7, 8, 10
GIDEON'S ARMY - Grace (1990) HQ