1) Heavenbound 2) Gah Ta Be 3) Final Days 4) King 5) Spinnin Round 6) Voices Praise Him 7) Time Ta Jam 8) He Loves Me
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Record Label Capitol
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 1989
Publisher EMI- CMG DISTRIBUTION #36
ISBN 7901603429 ISBN13 0724382510420 UPC 724382510420
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More About dc Talk
Since releasing their album Jesus Freak, dc Talk has emerged as a leader in the pursuit of melding rock 'n' roll with provocative questions of faith. Although various rock predecessors have examined spiritual issues--U2, Van Morrison, and Bob Dylan immediately come to mind--dc Talk has taken the notion to new lengths, both in commercial terms and depth of artistic exploration. Numerous Dove Awards, three Grammy Awards, two platinum albums, one gold album, and two gold-certified long-form videos attest to the group's ability to bridge the gap between religious and secular audiences. "We are very open about our Christian faith," says Toby McKeehan, "but when we make our records we want to create a musical experience that anyone can immerse themselves in. One of our goals is to encourage listeners to question themselves and to seek out truth." Authoring the books in the JESUS FREAKS series is the newest venture in an ongoing growth process which began when the three members first met in the mid-1980s while attending college in Virginia. After relocating to Nashville, dc Talk released a series of increasingly ambitious-and successful-albums, beginning with their self-titled 1989 debut; followed by their gold-certified 1990 sophomore album Nu Thang; the platinum-certified 1992 opus Free at Last; 1995's Jesus Freak, a platinum-plus watershed which afforded the group more mainstream success than ever before; and 1998's Supernatural, which reflects the maturity and sophistication of their latest stage of development and growth. They have sold over seven million albums and have won four Grammys. With Jesus Freaks and Jesus Freaks Volume II: Stories of Revolutionaries Who Changed Their World Fearing God, Not Man, they launch into a new media form to challege readers to question their standards of faith and dedication. By giving these stories a platform from which to be heard, they hope to impact the world in a way they never have before. Whether forging strong bonds with concert audiences, expressing their faith in the recording studio, or confronting readers with no-compromise stories of commitment, dc Talk strives to treat their audiences as equals rather than receptors. McKeehan says,"We want to create art that encourages people to think about the things we think about-spiritual issues and truth." Max adds, "Just as we all share the idea of caring and conscience, we also share the hunger to find truth and meaning in life." With Jesus Freaks Volume II, dc Talk once again encourages each of us to set out on our journey to discover our response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Visit the Jesus Freaks Web site at jesusfreaks.net and the band Web site at dctalk.com
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I bought this cd online but realized soon afterwards that it was hard to listen to...but Heavenbound was so impressive I cannot give it a bad rating. First of all, of course it's bad! It was their first cd, it was the late '80s and Kevin was not a prominent member. But rewind, give them grace and see how far they've come, and you'll appreciate how they started out, however bad it was. However, I see no reason for anyone but a die-hard fan to buy this cd. Compared to the other incredible selection of Christian music that is out now, it's a pitiful little dot in the corner. But it signifies the start of successful Christian rap/hip hop, so it's pretty interesting as far as Christian music history goes. But like I said, it's not worth it if you don't know the group. Don't "start here", and in fact, don't even really end here. It's more interesting than "good". Overall, it's not the greatest...but if you think it's worth the buy for Heavenbound, then do it, because the song is really lyrically great.
DCT RULES!!!!!!!!! Jul 31, 2005
I don't care what others think but as for listening to this cd I think it is the best cd out there that shows what dc Talk was when they first started. Sure It may sound horrible, but if you really are a DCT fan then you can understand why the first cd was average and the rest were above awesome. For all those that want to trash this cd I will say this: This cd is the basis of why tobyMac returned to rap music after all those years with Mike and Kevin. A must for any serious DCT fan.
pitiful... Mar 25, 2005
Anyone out there a recording musician? Remember that first low budget demo you ever recorded? Remember how proud you were at first because you'd finally recorded something, but then when you play it for a friend you wind up explaining how much better it would be if you had better equipment, or how "this is just a rough demo", etc, etc... That's kinda how I think the Toby, Mike and Kevin all feel about this album. No shame in it (although I can't believe a record company could see DC Talk's talent somewhere in this putrid mess)...it takes guts to take that first step and make that first awful recording, and these guys are proof that working hard and developing your talent will eventually pay off. Only buy this album if you are really really curious about how these guys sounded as raw (and I mean RAW), inexperienced young musicians, and only if you can appreciate the guts in bearing your soul on tape for the first time.
Fun stuff Mar 3, 2005
I went browsing in the value music section (has most of the really old CDs that nobody wants anymore) of a Christian music store. I happened to find dc Talk's self-titled debut album from '89, and I just thought "what the heck, I'll buy it, it's dc Talk, and it's not something that I'll find every day in a music store". I was afraid that I would end up hating it and regretting my purchase, but I just finished listening to the whole thing, and I think it's pretty awesome. I love every song on it (except for Time Ta Jam and He Loves Me). It's funny to hear how different all the guys in the band sounded at that time; they were so much younger and so much more different. I almost think Kevin Max sounded a little better at that time than he does now. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE the sound of Kevin's voice now, but I think back in the beginnings of dc Talk, his voice sounded younger, fresher, and let me just say sweeter. As for Michael Tait and Toby Mac, they sound a heck of a lot better these days than they did in the beginnings. As for the over-all sound of the CD? Good old '80's "garage" rap. It was than that dc Talk totally changed the direction of Christian music, and they did a pretty darn good job of it.
If you're a fan of the band, skip it Mar 2, 2005
I bought this CD for a few bucks a while ago at a Christian music store. The next day I brought it back. I expected it to be different, but I didn't expect it to be horrible.
This is early '90s rap. We're talking really bad here. Like, Vanilla Ice/Ninja Rap-bad. They had to start somewhere, but if you want my advice, skip this and go to the good stuff - Supernatural, Jesus Freak, etc.