Come and Join Us

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Come and Join Us
Petra Come and Join Us.jpg
Studio album by
Released1977
StudioGolden Voice Studios, South Pekin, Illinois
GenreChristian rock
Length35:37
LabelMyrrh
ProducerAustin Roberts
Petra chronology
Petra
(1974)
Come and Join Us
(1977)
Washes Whiter Than
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]

Come and Join Us is the second studio album of the Christian rock band Petra. It was released in 1977.

The album continues with a style similar to the one of their previous album, which is something between country and Southern rock. However, the music is more rock-oriented, and the lyrics show more depth.

Also - like their previous album - there is no lead singer per se. Instead, the lead vocals are handled by guitarists Bob Hartman and Greg Hough, and some guest singers. One of the guest singers is Greg X. Volz who later became the band's full-time singer.

Producing[edit]

Bob Hartman wanted to title the album "God Gave Rock and Roll to You", after one of the songs. This song was written by Russ Ballard for his band Argent, and later became a rock music anthem, covered by other bands like KISS (1991) and Bride (1993). However, Myrrh Records deemed it to be inappropriate and forced Hartman to change the title.[2] Petra would cover that song again in 1984 on their seventh album, Beat the System.

Another drawback for Hartman was the exclusion of the song "Killing My Old Man". It was recorded for this album, but was dropped by Myrrh before the album was released. The song remained a staple in concert, though, and was eventually recorded for the 1981 album, Never Say Die.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bob Hartman, except where noted.

Vinyl[edit]

Side one

  1. "God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You" (Russ Ballard) – 5:35
  2. "Holy Ghost Power" – 2:26
  3. "Woman Don't You Know" (Hartman & Hough) – 3:39
  4. "Sally" (Greg Hough) – 4:25
  5. "Come and Join Us" – 4:39

Side two

  1. "Where Can I Go" – 3:51
  2. "Without You" (Hough) – 4:27
  3. "Ask Him In" – 3:30
  4. "God Gave Rock and Roll to You" (reprise) (Ballard) – 2:48

CD[edit]

  1. "God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You" (Russ Ballard) – 5:35
  2. "Ask Him In" – 3:30
  3. "Sally" (Greg Hough) – 4:25
  4. "Without You I Would Surely Die" (Hough) – 4:27
  5. "Come and Join Us" – 4:39
  6. "Where Can I Go" – 3:51
  7. "Holy Ghost Power" – 2:26
  8. "Woman Don't You Know" (Hartman & Hough) – 3:39
  9. "God Gave Rock and Roll to You" (reprise) (Ballard) – 2:48

Note: The 2011 reissue on Wounded Bird Records (on one disc with Petra) restores the original (i.e. vinyl) running order.[3]

Cover art[edit]

The cover art was done by Dennis Bellile while the band's logo was designed by Craig Yoe (Yoe-Yoe Studio).

Personnel[edit]

Petra

Guest musicians

Recording

Production

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Come and Join Us at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b "Petra ...a little history". Archived from the original on 2007-08-09.
  3. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Petra-Petra-Come-And-Join-Us/release/8398762
  4. ^ As per the credits on the 2011 Wounded Bird Records reissue of "Petra"/"Come and Join Us".