The Collection (Amy Grant album)

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The Collection
Compilation album by Amy Grant
Released July 22, 1986
Recorded "Stay For Awhile" & "Love Can Do"
Oceanway Recording,
Hollywood, CA
The Bennett House,
Franklin, TN
Bullet Recording,
Nashville, TN
1978-86
Genre Contemporary Christian music
Length 40:13 (LP version)
60:49 (cassette version)
69:12 (CD version)
Label Myrrh, A&M
Producer Brown Bannister
Johnny Potoker
Amy Grant chronology
Unguarded
(1985)
The Collection
(1986)
Lead Me On
(1988)
Singles from The Collection
  1. "Stay for Awhile"
    Released: 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]

The Collection is the tenth album by Christian music singer Amy Grant, released in 1986 (see 1986 in music).

The Collection was the first compilation of Amy Grant's music to be released, and it was issued after her crossover success in 1985 with the album Unguarded. The Collection spanned Grant's first decade in music, and featured the new songs "Stay for Awhile" and "Love Can Do", the former of which was a Top Twenty Adult Contemporary hit in the United States.

Release[edit]

The Collection was originally released in two different versions: a cassette version and an LP version. The LP version was directed to her newer fans, who knew her primarily for her Top 40 pop hit "Find a Way". The cassette version was directed to her older fans, who knew her for her Christian work as well as her secular work. The LP version contained ten tracks, and the cassette version contained fifteen tracks. In 1990, The Collection was re-released on CD with the 15 tracks featured on the cassette version, and two additional tracks, "Too Late" and "I'm Gonna Fly". Word Canada accidentally released the ten-track LP version to CD. The cover and tray art were that of the seventeen-track version causing confusion and recalls. They later issued the seventeen-track version as well. According to CCM Magazine, The Collection is the best-selling Christian music compilation album ever released, having sold in excess of 1 million copies.

An unauthorized reproduction of the album artwork (featuring Amy Grant) was used for issue No. 15 of the Marvel Comics series Dr. Strange.[2] Apparently, the issue's artist was a fan of the singer and decided to use her likeness for a character in the story.

In 2007, The Collection was reissued and digitally remastered by Grant's new record label, EMI/Sparrow Records. The remastered edition is labeled with a "Digitally Remastered" logo in the 'gutter' on the CD front.[3]

Track listing[edit]

LP version[edit]

Side A[edit]

  1. "Stay for Awhile" (Grant, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Michael W. Smith) – 5:37
  2. "Find a Way" (Grant, Smith) – 3:27 About this sound Listen 
  3. "Everywhere I Go" (Kortes) – 4:10
  4. "Angels" (Brown Bannister, Gary Chapman, Grant, Smith) – 4:10
  5. "El Shaddai" (Michael Card, Thompson) – 4:06

Side B[edit]

  1. "Love Can Do" (Grant, Kirkpatrick, Smith) – 4:22
  2. "Sing Your Praise to the Lord" (Rich Mullins) – 3:17
  3. "Father's Eyes" (Chapman) – 4:05
  4. "Thy Word" (Grant, Smith) – 3:19
  5. "Emmanuel" (Smith) – 3:07

Original cassette version[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Stay for Awhile" – 5:37
  2. "Love Can Do" – 4:22
  3. "Find a Way" – 3:27
  4. "Everywhere I Go" – 4:10
  5. "Angels" – 4:10
  6. "Thy Word" – 3:19
  7. "Emmanuel" – 3:07
  8. "Where Do You Hide Your Heart" (Grant, Smith) – 3:55

Side two[edit]

  1. "Sing Your Praise to the Lord" – 3:17
  2. "In a Little While" (Bannister, Chapman, Grant, Shane Keister) – 4:22
  3. "El Shaddai" (Michael Card, Thompson) – 4:06
  4. "I Have Decided" (Card) – 3:16
  5. "All I Ever Have To Be" (Chapman) – 2:38
  6. "Father's Eyes" – 4:05
  7. "Ageless Medley" (Bannister, Card, Chapman, Christian, Grant, Mullins, Thompson) – 6:10

CD version[edit]

  1. "Stay for Awhile" – 5:37
  2. "Love Can Do" – 4:22
  3. "Find a Way" – 3:27
  4. "Everywhere I Go" – 4:10
  5. "Angels" – 4:10
  6. "Thy Word" – 3:19
  7. "Emmanuel" – 3:07
  8. "Where Do You Hide Your Heart" – 3:55
  9. "Sing Your Praise to the Lord" – 3:17
  10. "In a Little While" – 4:22
  11. "El Shaddai" – 4:06
  12. "I Have Decided" – 3:16
  13. "Too Late" (Bannister, Christian, Grant) – 4:24
  14. "I'm Gonna Fly" (Grant) – 4:23
  15. "All I Ever Have to Be" – 2:38
  16. "Father's Eyes" – 4:05
  17. "Ageless Medley" – 6:10

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Awards[edit]

GMA Dove Awards

Year Winner Category
1988 "Stay For Awhile" Short Form Music Video Of The Year

Chart procession[edit]

Preceded by
Morning Like This by Sandi Patti
Morning Like This by Sandi Patti
This Means War! by Petra
This Means War! by Petra
Billboard Top Contemporary Christian number-one album
February 7, 1987 – April 25, 1987
May 30, 1987 – June 20, 1987
December 12, 1987 – February 6, 1988
April 9, 1988 – April 30, 1988
Succeeded by
Morning Like This by Sandi Patti
Morning Like This by Sandi Patti
Morning Like This by Sandi Patti
Make His Praise Glorious by Sandi Patti

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r728646/review
  2. ^ Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #144
  3. ^ Sparrow Records News
  4. ^ "The Collection". 
  5. ^ "Top Christian Albums - 1980's". Retrieved February 27, 2014.