Friday, November 12, 2021

Petra - Petra Praise: The Rock Cries Out (1989)


Petra - Petra Praise: The Rock Cries Out (1989)


Tracklist front / back album covers


"I Love the Lord" (lyrics by Bob Hartman) – 3:35

"King of Kings" (lyrics and music by Sophie Conty and Naomi Batya) – 1:47

"Jesus, Jesus, Glorious One" (lyrics and music by Curtis Peifer) – 2:18

"The Battle Belongs to the Lord" (lyrics and music by Jamie Owens-Collins) – 3:04

"Take Me In" (lyrics and music by Dave Browning) – 4:11

"Salvation Belongs to Our God" (lyrics and music by Adrian Turner and Pat Howard) – 2:56

"The King of Glory Shall Come In" (lyrics and music by Hartman) – 3:10

"No Weapon Formed Against Us" (unknown author) – 1:44

"I Will Celebrate/When the Spirit of the Lord" (lyrics and music by Linda Duvall) – 4:15

"I Will Sing Praise" (lyrics and music by Jacque DeShetler) – 2:45

"Hallowed Be Thy Name" (lyrics and music by Bill Ancira) – 4:12

"Friends (All in the Family of God)" (lyrics and music by John Wierick) – 4:20

"I Will Call Upon the Lord" (lyrics and music by Michael O'Shields) – 3:48

"We Exalt Thee" (lyrics and music by Pete Sanchez) – 3:46




Petra Band Members / Musicians

Bob Hartman – guitar

John Schlitt – lead vocals

John Lawry – keyboards, vocals

Ronny Cates – bass

Louie Weaver – drums

Walt Harrah – background vocals

Rick Riso – background vocals

Cathy Riso – background vocals

Charlie Hoage – background vocals

Sara Tennison – background vocals

John Elefante – background vocals

Greg Vail – saxophone ("Friends (All In the Family of God)")


Bob Hartman – producer

John Lawry – producer


Recorded at The Pond, Franklin, Tennessee by Howard Levy and Gary Heddon; Recording Arts, Nashville, Tennessee by Dino Elefante and Carl Tatz; Pakaderm Studio, Los Alamitos, California by Dino Elefante, Mike Miereau and John Elefante with assistance by Jeff Simmons; "live" at Trunks Arena

Mixed at Pakaderm Studio, Los Alamitos, California, except "Take Me In" and "Hallowed Be Thy Name" mixed by Bret Teegarden and Tommy Greer at Duckworth Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

Mastered at Future Disc, Los Angeles, California




Petra Praise: The Rock Cries Out is the 11th studio album of the Christian rock band, Petra and their first praise album. It was released on October 3, 1989 by DaySpring Records, marking the band's return to the Word family as the early version of Petra was signed to sister label Myrrh.

The music is mostly a collection of traditional praise songs with a rock style. However, there are two original songs, both written by band founder Bob Hartman.

This album also marked the end of custom artwork on Petra albums. From this album forward Petra would use photos of the band on them for album covers. Compilations by Star Song would continue to use custom artwork though.

Commercially it is the second most successful album of the band, after Beyond Belief. It was certified Gold on January 23, 1998.

In November 1992, Petra released a Spanish-language version of this album called Petra en Alabanza.

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