On this day (May 15) in 1985, Amy Grant's "Unguarded" album was released

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  1. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven Thread Starter

    Yes indeed on this day in 1985, Amy Grant's Unguarded album was released and it was the first album that was concurrently released on A&M and Myrrh and became a Platinum seller, featuring the #29 Hot 100 hit which was also a chart topping Christian Radio hit, Find A Way. Everywhere I Go also charted on AC radio as well as CCM radio, Wise Up did chart on the Hot 100 as well as CCM and also was played on AC radio and the others singles was Sharayah and The Prodigal (I'll Be Waiting) on CCM radio. The first secular love song that Amy co-wrote is "I Love You" on this album, and Love of Another Kind also received CCM airplay plus she regularly performed Fight on tour back in the day. The DX7 is one of the most dated aspects of this album although the songs are great.
    Here are the 4 covers as released on vinyl and cassette, only 2 of the covers were ever used for CD releases.
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    You can vote for your favorite songs on the album in this thread. People who were introduced to her music during the Heart In Motion days ought to check out this album if any of you haven't heard it.
     
  2. BradOlson

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  4. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Senior Member

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    I have the 1985 CD release on A&M, CD-5060, Japan for US. It sounds great - nice and smooth. The insert "booklet" is a four-way foldover.

    Thanks Brad, for announcing the anniversary.
     
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  5. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven Thread Starter

    You're welcome. Excellent album overall.
     
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  6. Mark B.

    Mark B. Forum Resident

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    Thanks for posting this, Brad. I also have the Japan for US CD which HGN mentioned, along with multiple copies on vinyl. Haven’t played it in a while, but I’ll be fixing that later in the day. One of her best, for sure.
     
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  7. micksmuse

    micksmuse Forum Resident

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    great celebration. if anyone can get you out of a covid funk it is ms. grant. spin this for sure.
     
  8. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven Thread Starter

    Her music is light and it is always easy to understand what she's saying and she has a catalog full of great albums so this comment applies. Many people can easily identify her voice blind folded.
     
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  9. HGN2001

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    This Japan-for-US CD is so-o-o crankable. You can turn it up without the listener fatigue. It's well-mastered by Doug Sax.

    I updated our Album Of The Week for UNGUARDED over at A&M Corner on the occasion of this 35th anniversary.
     
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  10. JamieC

    JamieC Forum Resident

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    IMO this is, to me, the perfect Amy Grant album. Yes it commercial. So What? More of them ears to hear. You could dance and/or pay attention to the lyrics. Every song is a winner(a clean sweep from me vote wise), a variety of treats for the ears. I still remember seeing her on the MDA telethon live from her concert doing Everywhere I Go and the audience swaying with their hands up. They obviously loved her.
    I think Sharayah is ultimately my favorite song on the album. My impression of it is her childhood friend, practically a sister, is pulling away and heading down a questionable path away from her. Sharayah I care about you, I don't want to lose you. Never read any notes about the song but I think I'm right.
    I considered the CD to be a demo disc for how good they could sound.
    This and the Collection are where I recommend anyone to start with Amy.
     
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  11. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven Thread Starter

    These 2 alone provide an excellent cross section of her talents. She's always had commercial sensibilities right from the start which is no secret why she's become the icon she has become. With the light melodies, there are very deep and profound lyrics in her music.
     
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  13. MikeManaic61

    MikeManaic61 Forum Resident

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    Yep, this is how I found out about her! I haven't bought this album yet but I might snag it now.
     
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  14. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven Thread Starter

    Go on Amazon, eBay or Discogs and look for an A&M, Myrrh, Reunion or RCA CD or an A&M or Myrrh LP pressing of it. All of her albums are full of great music.
     
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  15. newelectricmuse

    newelectricmuse charm, strangeness and quark

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    I wouldn't count myself a major fan of Amy's but this and the two albums either side of it (Straight Ahead, this and Lead Me On) came out at a time when I really needed them. I still think it's an excellent pop album and in fact it could be my favourite of hers (yes I know, there's Lead Me On - but I think this is the one I have most affection for). I voted for the first four and the last two songs, but I like the whole thing to be honest!
     
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  16. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven Thread Starter

    At least you realize there is more to her legacy than just hit singles. Check out more of her catalog.
     
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  17. JamieC

    JamieC Forum Resident

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    So many were sold, including record club editions that they were a common find in thrift stores for a long time.
     
  18. JamieC

    JamieC Forum Resident

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    Whose Idea was the multiple covers? Who did she think she was Zeppelin?
     
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  19. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven Thread Starter

    The record companies though that it was a good idea to have multiple covers to help bring her into the mainstream world. She had just signed with A&M for secular distribution
     
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  20. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven Thread Starter

    Her albums are still common in thrift stores.
     
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  21. daveidmarx

    daveidmarx Forem Residunt

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    And rightfully so. In '91, I was working in a record store and one month we had to play a rotation of various new releases. One of them was Amy Grant. Well, after about two days of hearing Baby Baby for the umpteenth time, I pulled the CD out of the player and snapped it in half in front of my manager. I said "Oops!" and she said "Thank God!" Thankfully, I believe that's the last time I heard Amy Grant till this day. :thumbsdow
     
  22. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven Thread Starter

    That's OK if you aren't a fan, after all, this is for all of the fans.
     
  23. JamieC

    JamieC Forum Resident

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    Yeah, that one wasn't for me at all. The followup to Unguarded was a disappointment to me.
     
  24. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven Thread Starter

    The followup to Unguarded was Lead Me On (her most critically acclaimed album).
     
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  25. newelectricmuse

    newelectricmuse charm, strangeness and quark

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    Well I'm in the UK so we didn't have a lot of hit singles here (except two from Heart in Motion, which didn't appeal so much). Actually I don't even know which tracks were singles! I do have more of her albums, but of those I've heard it's those three I mentioned that I like the best by far. (I haven't followed her career right up to the present, which is what I meant when I said I wasn't a major fan).
     

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