Beat the System

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This article is about the seventh studio release of the Christian rock band Petra. For the Malaysian/American rock band, see Beat the System (band). For other uses, see Beat the System (disambiguation).
Beat the System
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Studio album by Petra
Released 1985
Genre Christian rock
Length 41:15
Label StarSong, A&M
Producer Jonathan David Brown
Petra chronology
Not of this World
Beat the System
Captured in Time and Space
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Beat the System is the seventh studio album of the Christian rock band, Petra. It was released in 1985.

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".[2] 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.[2] Fairlight programmer Rhett Lawrence added some elements to "Clean" and "Hollow Eyes".[2] 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.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bob Hartman, except where noted.

  1. "Beat the System" – 4:22
  2. "Computer Brains" – 4:01
  3. "Clean" – 3:01
  4. "It Is Finished" – 3:52
  5. "Voice in the Wind" – 4:30
  6. "God Gave Rock and Roll to You" (Words & Music by Russ Ballard) – 3:54
  7. "Witch Hunt" – 4:34
  8. "Hollow Eyes" – 4:03
  9. "Speak to the Sky" – 4:16
  10. "Adonai" – 4:42

Track Information[edit]

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.

Guitarist Bob Hartman stated that the recordings of some songs were left unfinished for the album and subsequently never released.[3]





  • 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


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c "Jonathan David Brown: the Petra years at A Guide to Petra". August 24, 1998. Retrieved February 16, 2013. [unreliable source?]
  3. ^ Renaud, Josh (September 1998). "Bob Hartman Interview Q&A".