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  1. CUA, RICK - Koo-ah (digitally remastered)

    CUA, RICK - Koo-ah (digitally remastered)

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    Rick Cua played bass for The Outlaws during the 70s, a classic Southern Rock band best known for their epic rocker, "Green Grass And High Tides". Joe English introduced Rick to the workings of the Christian music industry. Rick Cua wrote his first Christian song "You Can Still Rock & Roll", which caught the attention of Refuge, hence a record contract. "Koo-ah", released in 1982, created a solid buzz in the CCM market. The supporting cast of musicians on the album include Joe English, Jimmy Hall and Mike Duke of southern rock band Wet Willie, four band members from The Outlaws and Robbie Dupree. Digitally remastered re-issue. Learn More
  2. CUA, RICK - No Mystery (digitally remastered)

    CUA, RICK - No Mystery (digitally remastered)

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    "No Mystery" (1983) was the second solo album from Rick Cua after his departure from The Outlaws. His first solo album was very well received and received pretty good airplay on Christian radio. As with the debut album, the musicians on this album are pejoratively an all-star cast, the most significant being Ian Bairnson from Alan Parson Project on guitars. There is also the addition of Andy Richards of the Strawbs on keyboards. Another noticeable variation from the debut album is how David Dix of The Outlaws allows himself to go more wild on the drums on the rock numbers plus bringing Bob Halligan on board as a songwriter. Digitally remastered re-issue. Learn More
  3. CUA, RICK - Wear Your Colors (digitally remastered)

    CUA, RICK - Wear Your Colors (digitally remastered)

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    "Wear Your Colors" (1986) is the second album of Rick’s to be produced by Dave Perkins, who also played extensively on it. One look at the album cover, Rick holding up his black bass guitar in his frayed leather jacket, and you know they had a rock album in mind. And it shows up in the larger-than-life stadium rock numbers. The songs on "Wear Your Colors" are uber-catchy and danceable - like a mixture of Rick Springfield, Jude Cole and Mitch Malloy. Some of the old guard musicians (Mike Mead, Joe English, Bob Halligan Jr, Dave Perkins) from previous albums return to find new ways to breath life into these songs. Digitally remastered re-issue. Learn More
  4. CUA, RICK - You're My Road (digitally remastered)

    CUA, RICK - You're My Road (digitally remastered)

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    This is Rick’s first album (1985) on Sparrow Records, trading the Southern grit and midwest oriented rock for a more polished radio friendly AOR sound. Dave Perkins, who played guitar and keys on this project, sits in the producer seat as well. The production is top notch, maybe even flawless. Background vocals are expressive without sounding over-powering. The guitars are given equal distribution with the keys. Overall, the song craft is punchy and inspired. A few of the significant players include drummer Mike Mead, guitarist Peter York and Rob Frazier, who released his notable debut album a year prior, added background vocals. Digitally remastered re-issue. Learn More
  5. DEGARMO & KEY - Commander Sozo (digitally remastered)

    DEGARMO & KEY - Commander Sozo (digitally remastered)

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    The 8th album from D & K wins for their dumbest named album with one of the longest album title in in Christian Rock history but was also accompanied with one of the longest tenures an album has sat on Christian rock charts. The songs "Destined To Win" and "Casual Christian" were the top two most requested songs from the band ever. By the time this album came out in 1985 they had developed a throbbing, edgier sound embracing a specific style of synth-driven new wave which had been popular in the early '80s. This works particularly well on opening cuts "Active" and "Competition" which romp along nicely without succumbing to the band's other American bombastic rock of the era. Digitally remastered. Learn More
  6. DEGARMO & KEY - Communication (digitally remastered)

    DEGARMO & KEY - Communication (digitally remastered)

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    This 1984 release from DeGarmo & Key featured much more of what we expected from them. Strong guitar tracks with keyboard support are the sound they followed as this sound was state of the art during the mid 80s. This album, while good, did not particularly stand out from the others and is considered a “fill in” album by some. DeGarmo & Key became the first American Christian group to have a music video appear on MTV. The video production of "Six, Six,Six", one of the songs included on "Communication" (1984), became the first song from a religious record label to be placed in MTV's regular rotation. Digitally remastered re-issue. Learn More
  7. DEGARMO & KEY - D & K (digitally remastered)

    DEGARMO & KEY - D & K (digitally remastered)

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    DeGarmo & Key's "D&K" (1987) might not quite reflect some of the gritty blues driven sensibilities of its first two albums but it lacks in blues it gains in rock and I mean hard rock, creating a work characterized by catchy choruses and notable melodies (the songwriting here is fantastic), polished (but not too polished) production and the strong musicianship that Eddie and Dana bring to the table. If you are looking for DeGarmo & Key to “rock out” then give “Out Of The Danger Zone” (a real barn burner), “War With The World” (by far the albums heaviest) and “Radical” (catchy disposition) several listens. Digitally remastered re-issue. Learn More
  8. DEGARMO & KEY - Mission Of Mercy (digitally remastered)

    DEGARMO & KEY - Mission Of Mercy (digitally remastered)

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    Childhood friends Eddie DeGarmo and Dana Key joined forces in their late teens to create music and for three decades were responsible for some of the popular CCM ever recorded. Millions of albums and millions of miles traveled. Sandwiched between nearly two decades of straight ahead rock were three albums of keyboard driven pop rock. Of those three album the first, "Mission Of Mercy" (1983), would be the best even though it featured the least amount of guitar. When it came right down to it, it contained the best songwriting with more than a handful of huge hits. “That The Way God Planned It” would remain a popular live song for the band while "Ready Or Not" and "When It’s Over" would all top the charts. Digitally remastered. Learn More
  9. DEGARMO & KEY - No Turning Back Live! (2 CDs, digitally remastered)

    DEGARMO & KEY - No Turning Back Live! (2 CDs, digitally remastered)

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    The DeGarmo & Key Band were a tour de force, known primarily for their unique Southern-flavored rock in the early years. With two albums of excellent progressive/classic rock („This Time Thru“, 1978 and „Straight On“, 1979) and an album of memorable jazz-styled mainstream rock(„This Ain’t Hollywood“, 1980) under their belts, they decided to capture their live energy and release a double live album. „No Turning Back“ (1982) is considered one of the best live albums in the history of CCM. While the group played blues based rock with a minor British progressive rock influence, they migrated to a more pop and rock style as time went on after this classic live recording. Digitally remastered re-issue. Learn More
  10. DEGARMO & KEY - Streetlight (digitally remastered)

    DEGARMO & KEY - Streetlight (digitally remastered)

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    This 1986 release from the D & K was the start of a more refined sound for the band. They finally started drifting away from so much electronics and started to lean to more guitar driven songs. The album opens with a Springsteenish track “Every Moment” which was well received though. The album did not have a CCM chart single which is a nod to how good an album it really is. So if you liked the old D & K I think you will like the feel of this album and if you preferred their later stuff I believe this was a transition album to that more guitar feel. The album also features a remake of the song “Addey,” which first appeared on their debut album, but this version has all the makings of what a hit song should be. Digitally remastered re-issue. Learn More

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