Return to Paradise (Randy Stonehill album)

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Return to Paradise
Studio album by Randy Stonehill
Released 1989
Recorded February-June 1989
Fingerprint Recorders
(Los Angeles, California)
Neverland Studios
Label Myrrh
Producer Mark Heard
Randy Stonehill chronology
Can't Buy a Miracle
Return to Paradise
Until We Have Wings
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Return to Paradise is an album by Randy Stonehill, released in 1989, on Myrrh Records. The title is a reference to Stonehill's earlier album, Welcome to Paradise.

This album was listed at No. 76 in the 2001 book, CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Randy Stonehill except as otherwise noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Starlings" – 5:00
  2. "Stand Like Steel" – 4:55
  3. "I Don't Ever Want to Live Without You" (Pierce Pettis) – 4:10
  4. "This Friend of Old" (David Edwards) – 4:00
  5. "You Can Still Walk Tall" – 5:00
  6. "True Blood" – 5:02

Side two[edit]

  1. "Strong Hand of Love" (Mark Heard) – 2:54
  2. "Christmas at Denny's" – 5:53
  3. "Love Tells No Lies" – 4:20
  4. "Weight of the Sky" – 3:28
  5. "Ready To Go" – 4:44


  • Randy Stonehill: acoustic guitars, lead vocals, backing vocals on "I Don't Ever Want To Live Without You"
  • Doug Matthews: drums
  • Bill Batstone: fretless bass
  • David Miner: acoustic bass
  • Tom Willett: bass guitar on "Strong Hand Of Love"
  • Greg Leisz: pedal steel, lap steel
  • Joe Weed: fiddle and viola
  • Phil Keaggy: classical guitar on "I Don't Ever Want To Live Without You," 12-string guitars on "Love Tells No Lies"
  • David Baker: percussion
  • Pam Dwinell: backing vocals
  • Mark Heard: mandolin, accordion, electric guitars, bass guitar on "Stand Like Steel" and "Love Tells No Lies," tambourine on "Strong Hand Of Love"

Production notes[edit]

  • Produced by Mark Heard, with Randy Stonehill
  • Executive Producer: Tom Willett
  • Recorded and Mixed by Mark Heard at Fingerprint Recorders February - June 1989
  • Tracks recorded at Neverland Studios
  • Second Engineers: Gary Gerhart, Dan Reed, Stephen Padgett, Derri Daugherty, Dave Hackbarth
  • Photography: Linda Krikorian