Petra (album)

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Studio album by Petra
Released 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Christian rock
Length 34:04
Label Myrrh Records
A&M Records
Producer Billy Ray Hearn
Petra chronology
Come and Join Us
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Petra is the first studio album by the Christian rock band of the same name. It was released in 1974.

The album features a style bordering between country and Southern rock somewhat similar to The Eagles or Lynyrd Skynyrd,[2] which was the band's trademark during its first years.

The band's debut is more raw than later Petra albums, lacking the refined production values of future releases. It was recorded on a limited budget of $1,000 during the span of 2 weeks.[3] Nevertheless, this first record displays remarkable guitar technique with many dual guitar solos reminiscent of the Allman Brothers, Wishbone Ash, Thin Lizzy, and other bands from the period who employed harmony leads.

Unlike later Petra albums, the band's first release doesn't rely on a separate lead singer. Instead, the lead vocal duties are shared by guitarists Bob Hartman and Greg Hough.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bob Hartman, except where noted.

  1. "Wake Up" (Greg Hough) – 3:40
  2. "Get Back to the Bible" – 2:23
  3. "Gonna Fly Away" – 4:55
  4. "Storm Comin'" – 4:30
  5. "Parting Thought" – 1:31
  6. "Walkin' in the Light" – 3:16
  7. "Mountains and Valleys" - 2:48
  8. "Lucas McGraw" - 3:24
  9. "Backslidin' Blues" – 4:29
  10. "I'm Not Ashamed" (Hough) – 3:01




  1. ^ Allmusic review | noprose = yes
  2. ^ Mark W. B. Allender. "Petra first album Review". 
  3. ^ "Petra ...a little history".