Back to the Street

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Back to the Street
Studio album by Petra
Released 1986
Genre Christian rock, Hard rock
Length 40:51
Label StarSong Records
A&M Records
Producer John & Dino Elefante
Petra chronology
Captured in Time and Space
(1986)Captured in Time and Space1986
Back to the Street
This Means War!
(1987)This Means War!1987
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Back to the Street is the eighth studio album of the Christian rock band, Petra. It was released in 1986 and is the first album to be produced by John and Dino Elefante.

The album is also the first to feature new lead singer John Schlitt, former lead singer of Head East.

While the sound of the album is rather transitional and unlike anything that would be heard by the group for another seven years, it did mark a movement toward the style that would become Petra's most identifiable sound: prominent keyboards backing up hard-edged guitar tones and raspy, near-screaming vocals.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bob Hartman, except where noted.

  1. "Back to the Street" – 4:14
  2. "You Are I Am" – 3:08
  3. "Shakin the House" (Words by Hartman and John Lawry) – 4:28
  4. "King's Ransom" – 4:18
  5. "Whole World" – 4:50
  6. "Another Crossroad" – 3:50
  7. "Run for Cover" – 3:15
  8. "Fool's Gold" – 4:48
  9. "Altar Ego" – 4:43
  10. "Thankful Heart" (Words by Hartman and Dino Elefante) – 3:17




Additional musicians[edit]



  • Recorded and Mixed at Pakaderm Studio, Long Beach, California
  • Engineered by Dino Elefante, John Elefante and Mike Mireau