Beat the System
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|Beat the System|
|Studio album by Petra|
|Producer||Jonathan David Brown|
It is the first album to feature John Lawry on keyboards, although he only joined towards the end of the recording process; his contributions were limited to some overdubs on the songs "Beat the System", "Clean" and "Adonai". Most of the keyboards on the album, as well as all the bass and drum parts, were performed by session musician Carl Marsh; Petra members Mark Kelly (bass) and Louie Weaver (drums) did not perform on the album. Fairlight programmer Rhett Lawrence added some elements to "Clean" and "Hollow Eyes". Carl Marsh's programming, under the direction of producer Jonathan David Brown, veered the sound of the album more in the techno-rock genre of music.
It is also the last studio album to feature the vocals of Greg X. Volz.
All songs written by Bob Hartman, except where noted.
- "Beat the System" – 4:22
- "Computer Brains" – 4:01
- "Clean" – 3:01
- "It Is Finished" – 3:52
- "Voice in the Wind" – 4:30
- "God Gave Rock and Roll to You" (Words & Music by Russ Ballard) – 3:54
- "Witch Hunt" – 4:34
- "Hollow Eyes" – 4:03
- "Speak to the Sky" – 4:16
- "Adonai" – 4:42
The album includes the band's second cover of "God Gave Rock and Roll to You", the first being on 1977's Come and Join Us. While the album credits Argent's Russ Ballard as sole songwriter this version, like the earlier version, contains lyrics not heard in the original Argent version.
- Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance in 1985.
- Bob Hartman - Guitars
- Greg X. Volz - Vocals
- Rhett Lawrence - Additional synthesizer programming
- John Lawry - Additional synthesizer programming
- Carl Marsh - Fairlight synthesizer programming (keyboards, drums, bass and other embellishments)
- Jonathan David Brown - Producer
- Recorded and Mixed at Mama Jo's Recording Studio, North Hollywood, California by Jonathan David Brown
- Assisted by Todd Van Etten
- Additional recording at The Bennett House Recording Studios, Franklin, Tennessee
- Assisted by J.T. Cantwell and Don Cobb
- Mastering at Future Disc Systems by Steve Hall
- Allmusic review
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- Renaud, Josh (September 1998). "Bob Hartman Interview Q&A".