Welcome to Paradise (album)

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Welcome to Paradise
Studio album by Randy Stonehill
Released 1976
Recorded Solid Rock Recording Studios
Mama Jo's
Sunset Sound.
Label Solid Rock
Producer Larry Norman
Randy Stonehill chronology
Get Me Out of Hollywood
Welcome to Paradise
The Sky is Falling
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

Welcome to Paradise is an album by Randy Stonehill, released in 1976, on Solid Rock Records. The album was produced by Larry Norman, with Andy Johns (The Who, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin) doing the engineering. Stonehill, with producer Mark Heard, titled his 1989 album, Return to Paradise, a reference to the title of this record.

This album was listed at No. 13 in the 2001 book, CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music. The album includes a rerecording of "Puppet Strings" from Get Me Out of Hollywood.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Randy Stonehill.

Side One: Paradise Lost (sorrow and sadness....)[edit]

  1. "King of Hearts" – 4:53
  2. "Keep Me Runnin'" – 5:57
  3. "The Winner (High Card)" – 3:43
  4. "Lung Cancer" – 3:31
  5. "Puppet Strings" – 4:25

Side Two: Paradise Regained (....turn into gladness)[edit]

  1. "First Prayer" – 3:08
  2. "I've Got News for You" – 3:49
  3. "Song for Sarah" – 3:28
  4. "Christmas Song for All Year 'Round" – 3:56
  5. "Good News" – 3:18


  • Randy Stonehill: acoustic guitars, vocals.
  • Larry Norman: electric guitar, piano, harmonies.
  • Jon Linn: lead guitar.
  • Mark Walker: drums.
  • The Mighty T-Bone: bass.
  • Anthony Harris: charts and baton.

Production notes[edit]

  • Produced and Arranged by Larry Norman. A Solid Rock Studios Production.
  • Engineered by Andy Johns
  • Co-Engineered by Tom Trefethen.
  • Pre-Production recording at Solid Rock Recording Studios, 16trk/24trk at Mama Jo's And Sunset Sound.
  • Mastered At Artisan
  • Larry Norman: photography and album design.
  • Joe Taylor: lettering.


  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r91244
  2. ^ Barry Alfonso The Billboard guide to contemporary Christian music 2002- Page 248 "recording Get Me Out of Hollywood in London for Philips Records. With the exception of the apocalyptic "Puppet Strings," most of these songs are wistful musings about love ..."