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Daniel Amos

(Wikipedia) Horrendous Disc is the third studio album by Christian rock band Daniel Amos. Originally recorded in 1978 for Maranatha! Music, it was not released until 1981 when it was issued by Larry Norman's Solid Rock Records, weeks before the release of the band's fourth album. The album is noted as a departure from the band's early country rock sound.

DA had almost completely abandoned the country sound of their first record by late 1977 and early 1978, when this album was recorded with co-producer Mike Stone.

The album was dropped by Maranatha! Music after the label decided to quit releasing rock and roll albums and focus on children's releases and the new praise style of gospel music. So the band, now without a record contract, began to shop the project around to various labels like Curb/Warner Brothers.
 
Word bought the tapes from Maranatha! and Larry Norman's Solid Rock Records, home to such artists as Randy Stonehill, Tom Howard, Mark Heard, and others, leased the recordings from Word. Norman had the album mixed and took photos of the band for the album's cover. In July 1979, Norman released a test pressing with a different track listing and slightly different mix. This pressing was distributed to reviewers and extra copies were taken on tour.

Some of the songs from the album, like "Hound of Heaven" were being performed by the band in concert as early as 1977. Aside from live performances, music from the album, the test pressing, was first heard by the public on the Rock & Religion Radio Show on January 20, 1980. Several tracks were played and the band was interviewed about what they had hoped would be their soon-to-be-released album. For reasons that remain a mystery, the album was shelved by Solid Rock until its long overdue release in April 1981, nearly three years after it had been recorded and just weeks before the band's follow up on Newpax Records, ¡Alarma!, hit record stores.

This album frequently appeared at the top of Christian Music magazine readers polls of the "album that people most wanted to see released on CD," until its eventual reissue on CD in 2000. It was listed at No. 63 in the book CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music (Harvest House Publishers, 2001).

The CD re-release stirred controversy among Daniel Amos fans by the inclusion of two bonus tracks: Tribute recordings that Larry recorded for the When Worlds Collide: A Tribute to Daniel Amos CD that he decided to include at the end of the Horrendous Disc CD. The covers sung by Norman were of his favorite Daniel Amos song – "Hound of Heaven". One recording was a straight-ahead tribute version of the song and the second tribute recording was a version using a very laid–back jazz band. The decision to include these cover tracks on the CD, along with some long, wandering liner notes, bewildered DA fans.

Daniel Amos had approached Larry Norman and Solid Rock Records about putting together a "Deluxe Edition" of Horrendous Disc in 2006 with the original Horrendous Disc on the first disc and many bonus tracks on the second disc. Norman's health delayed the project and he died before it could be finished. In the years that followed Norman's death, DA has once again began to work with Solid Rock to create the ultimate Horrendous Disc reissue. The band, Stunt Records and Solid Rock records began the process of restoring old photographs, recordings and masters in hopes of completing this project.

Upon its release, CCM found its sound to be "bizzare [sic], multifacited [sic]" compared to the group's other releases. AllMusic gave an intensely positive retrospective review, praising the "blistering riffs" of "I Love You #19", the "sardonic humor and wit" of "(Nearsighted Girl With Approaching) Tidal Wave", and the "spooky concept-album-type finish" of the title track, but concluding the entire release to be "A great album all around."

PERSONNEL

Jerry Chamberlain - guitars, background vocals, lead vocals on "Man in the Moon" and "Horrendous Disc"
Mark Cook - keyboards, background vocals, lead vocal on "Never Leave You"
Marty Dieckmeyer - bass guitar
Alex MacDougall - drums, percussion
Ed McTaggart - drums
Terry Scott Taylor - guitars, lead vocals on remaining tracks, second lead vocal on "Horrendous Disc"

TRACK LIST

Side One

"I Love You #19" (Taylor)
"Hound of Heaven" (Taylor)
"(Near Sighted Girl With Approaching) Tidal Wave" (Taylor)
"Sky King (Out Across the Sky)" (Taylor)

Side Two

"On the Line" (Taylor)
"I Believe in You" (Taylor)
"Man in the Moon" (Chamberlain)
"Never Leave You" (Cook)
"Horrendous Disc" (Cook-Chamberlain-Taylor)