The First Decade: 1983-1993 [Reunion]

The First Decade: 1983-1993 [Reunion]

by Michael W. SmithMichael W. Smith


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When Michael W. Smith made a move for a secular audience, he didn't seem to alienate his core contemporary Christian fan base as much as peer Amy Grant did, and the reason might be that he takes the spoonful-of-sugar tack when spreading his message: He seamlessly creates pop music with messages that sometimes subtly and sometimes not-so-subtly hark back to God. On "Go West Young Man" he could just as easily be referring to Israel as California as he advises to go west when evil tempts you east; on "Old Enough to Know" he urges a young girl to abstain, which is certainly a Christian way of thinking, but it also applies to any teenager in the world; "Rocketown" could be Sodom as well as a seedy part of any town; and his biggest Top 40 hit, "A Place in This World," could refer to simply fitting in or finding God. Much of contemporary Christian music is better pop than most pop, and Smith leads the pack with enviable hooks, production, vocals, and A-list co-writers like Grant, Diane Warren, and Wayne Fitzpatrick. Though it includes some cuts that rely too much on synthesizer-driven production ("Emily," "Friends"), this greatest-hits package is testament to his strengths and his success at spreading the word of God to both Christian and secular audiences.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/1993
Label: Reunion
UPC: 0012414923127
catalogNumber: 49231

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael W. Smith   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Amy Grant   Background Vocals
Phil Madeira   Hammond Organ
Gary Chapman   Background Vocals,pedabro
Steve Brewster   Drums
Chris Harris   Background Vocals
Mark Heimermann   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Dann Huff   Guitar
Jerry Dale McFadden   Accordion
Terry McMillan   Harmonica,Percussion
Jerry McPherson   Mandolin
Tommy Simms   Bass

Technical Credits

Michael W. Smith   Producer,Executive Producer
Gary Chapman   Contributor
Joe Baldridge   Engineer
Ronnie Brookshire   Engineer
Mark Hammond   Programming,Producer,drum programming
Mark Heimermann   Producer
Todd Robbins   Engineer
Dave Dillbeck   Engineer
J.B.   Engineer
Buddy Jackson   Art Direction
Michael Blanton   Executive Producer
Amy Hughes   Engineer
JuLee Brand   Cover Coordinator
Nick Sparks   Contributor
D. Rhodes   Art Direction
June Arnold   grooming
Elizabeth Simmons   Cover Coordinator
JB   Engineer

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