Free at Last (DC Talk album)

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Free at Last
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Studio album by DC Talk
Released November 1, 1992
Recorded 1992
Genre Christian rock, golden age hip hop, Christian hip hop
Length 54:07
Label ForeFront
Producer Mark Heimermann, Joe Hogue, Toby McKeehan
DC Talk chronology
Nu Thang
(1990)Nu Thang1990
Free at Last
(1992)
Jesus Freak
(1995)Jesus Freak1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Cross Rhythms 10/10 stars [2]
Jesus Freak Hideout 5/5 stars [3]

Free at Last is the third studio album from DC Talk, which was released in 1992. Music videos were filmed for "Jesus Is Just Alright", "The Hardway" and "Luv Is A Verb". In 1994, DC Talk released a long-form video of the "Free at Last World Tour" entitled Narrow is the Road, in which all three music videos can be seen.

The album was listed at No. 9 in the 2001 book, CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music and received the Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album (including Best Rock/Contemporary Gospel Album) in 1993. The songs "Socially Acceptable" and "Jesus Is Just Alright" received Dove Awards at the 24th GMA Dove Awards for Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year and Rock Recorded Song of the Year respectively. "Luv Is a Verb" received a Dove Award for Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year at the 25th GMA Dove Awards.

A special commemorative reissue of this album, including rare tracks and a DVD, was released upon its 10th anniversary.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Luv Is a Verb" – 4:15
  2. "That Kinda Girl" – 4:12
  3. "Greer" – 0:21
  4. "Jesus Is Just Alright" – 4:37
  5. "Say the Words" – 5:00
  6. "WDCT" – 0:43
  7. "Socially Acceptable" – 4:57
  8. "Free at Last" – 4:55
  9. "Time Is..." – 4:10
  10. "The Hardway" – 5:19
  11. "2 Honks & a Negro" – 0:18
  12. "Lean on Me" – 5:00
  13. "Testimony" – 0:44
  14. "I Don't Want It" – 4:14
  15. "Will Power" – 0:15
  16. "Word 2 the Father" – 4:02
  17. "Jesus Is Just Alright (Reprise)" – 1:00

(10th Anniversary Edition features "The Hardway - Revisited" and look back tracks)

Music videos[edit]

  • "Jesus Is Just Alright"
  • "The Hardway"
  • "Luv Is a Verb"

Singles[edit]

  • "Jesus Is Just Alright"
  • "Socially Acceptable"
  • "Luv is a Verb"
  • "The Hardway"
  • "Say the Words (Now) - (Remix)"

Legacy[edit]

The album is looked at as a turning point in the history of Christian music and has been named one of the greatest albums in the genre.[4] It has been rereleased twice with a tenth anniversary edition in 2002[5] and a single disc remaster in 2013.[6]

Credits[edit]

  • Michael Tait - vocals
  • Kevin Max - vocals
  • TobyMac – rapping, programming, producer
  • Joe Baldridge – Engineer
  • Mary Chapman – Vocals (background)
  • Todd Collins – Vocals (background)
  • Michael Sweet - Background vocals on "Time is..."
  • Mark Heimermann – Keyboards, Producer
  • Roberta Higgs – Vocals (background)
  • Joe Hogue – Bass, Keyboards, Programming, Vocals (background), Producer
  • Dann Huff – Guitar
  • Gregg Jampol – Engineer
  • Wade Jaynes – Bass
  • John Madgett – Vocals (background)
  • Majik – DJ
  • Jerry McPherson – Guitar
  • Anthony Miracle – Keyboards
  • John Mark Painter – Strings
  • Juanita Pemister – Vocals (background)
  • Veronica Petrucci – Vocals (background)
  • Paul Salveson – Engineer
  • Toby Spice – Vocals (background)
  • Jackie Street – Bass
  • Chris Willis – Vocals (background)
  • Micah Wilshire – Guitar, Vocals (background)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Free at Last at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Review: Free At Last - dc Talk". Cross Rhythms. April 1, 1993. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ "dc Talk, "Free At Last" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ "dc Talk, "Free At Last" Review". www.jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  5. ^ "dc Talk, "Free At Last - The Music: 10th Anniversary" Review". www.jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  6. ^ "Capitol Christian Distribution". www.capitolchristiandistribution.com. Retrieved 2016-02-07.