Item description for Not of This World by Petra...
01 Visions (Doxology)
02 Not Of This World
03 Bema Seat
04 Grave Robber
05 Blinded Eyes
06 Not By Sight
07 Lift Him Up
08 Pied Piper
11 Visions (Reprise) (Doxology)
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Record Label Starsong
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.5" Width: 4.8" Height: 0.4"
Release Date Apr 1, 1987
Publisher EMI- CMG DISTRIBUTION #36
ISBN 7901621761 ISBN13 0054438805027 UPC 054438805027
Availability 0 units.
More About Petra
Petra and Toyo Kobayashi have been teaching the Cheng Man-Ch'ing style for over 20 years and are among the most prominent teachers of Tai Chi Chuan in Europe. Their students are also prominent teachers and have opened schools throughout Europe. The Kobayashis live in Munich, Germany.
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Petra's Pre-Schlitt Perfection Dec 4, 2006
"Not Of This World" is my favorite pre-Schlitt Petra album. Like others have stated, it has a very Kansas/Foreigner/Styx feel to it, but it does stand out from other Christian albums of that time. Most contemporary Christian bands have been accused of (and in many cases, rightfully so) copying secular bands' sounds in order to appeal to a Christian audience. With Petra, however, we get a band that has metamorphosized numerous times only to sound more unique with each transformation. The band had quite a few mellow years, especially after their wonderful "Beyond Belief," but went out with a bang on their last studio album, "Jekyll and Hyde."
This particular album includes one of my favorite Petra songs, "Graverobber." It seems to be a lot of other people's favorite as well. Other highlights include the title track, "Occupy" and "Blinded Eyes." In short, this is THE must-have early Petra album. There are a ton of compilation disks out there that will catch you up on the rest of their early work, but you have to own this album. Every song on it is a winner.
The best petra album before John Schlitt Sep 23, 2006
This in my humble opinion is the best Petra album of the Greg x voltz era. His vocal talent really shines on this one. This is a must have for any petra fans.
The only thing I did not like was the fact that it was really not a band effort.
Louie Weaver did not play on this one. I dont know who else didn't, but I do know that not everybody in the band was apart of this. Or had very little to do with it.
Bob did tell me though that since Louie was a live drummer he played relativly few albums. But dont let that stop you from buying this album in anyway
CrutcHead's fave Christian rock LP Apr 22, 2006
Personally, for me this is the best record ever unleashed by Christian Music's perennial rock act - the band Petra, which serves as their worthy follow up for their grand classic album MORE POWER TO YA, that forever laminated the band in their premiere status, stretching their career to a thirty year plus lifespan.
Packaged as the third one to appear with their spaceship-guitar mascot of sorts (this time all set up flying over into space in full ignition (first appearing on their fourth LP, the similarly Black Sabbath LP titled Never Say Die, wherein the Guitar-ship is flagging up not to totally sag down)), going on the similar vein as that of Queen's A DAY AT THE RACES (also a certain follow up LP to another monumental classic album A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, and also there's Aerosmith's PUMP) it is one of those albums which comes as a semi-concept album, containing a track which closed its entirety by the same portion which started the LP - in this case a good rendition of the traditional church tune Doxolgy by PETRA's then-unsung keyboard wiz John Slick, who sadly left the band after this effort.
A leverage of indispensable sound is found entirely on this album incorporated within its melodic rock delivery, that matches the equally insightful and powerful lyrics within each song, being that an improved quality (production-wise) is made possible due to a more expensive budget that's been made affordable from the success of their previous release MORE POWER TO YA to this one -- which claims in retrospect a straightforward thematical structure of christian messages, that are found from the initial title track that'd segued from the introduction of Slick's Doxolgy rendition, to the album's closer "Godpleaser" with its clear crystalized perspective of keeping a keen insight on eternal values within its scope. The band also lambasted matters regarding personal motives with the hard-rocking track "Bema Seat" with a no-holds-barred delivery, just as it suddenly clicks from the relaxed ambience of the very thoughtful title track, and drove again into the similar vein with the song "Grave Robber" - which peculiarly may have been among one of those songs which are intended to the memory of one among Christian music's finest the late Keith Green, who've died on a plane crash accident just a year before this album's release (along with Petra's then-co-STAR SONG label mate Twila Paris' "Do I Trust You"). Then it moved on to end its first side with a carrion call for those who 'do not see' with the track "Blided Eyes"; which afterwards turned to open up the platter's other half with Slick's "Not By Sight", continuing the band's awesome energizers by their lyrical structures for christians to continue on the path. What's outstanding as well is the track "Pied Piper" which speaks of so-called preachers who are more on the interest of propagating corporate means than for those matters with spiritual value.
What's really apparent in this album is Petra's sonic sincerety not only for what christian ideals they try to propagate, but also in their sheer integrity as a solid rock format unit for what they are packaged in at the time. It's a surprise that by the following year Petra pale-out quite instantly with their album BEAT THE SYSTEM - which is an attempt (I bet given by some unknowledgable executive's concept) to change their format vying for the so-called new-wave sound that was then prominent at that time, perhaps driven as well by certain ideas of certain religious communities ... but obviously that's just not what the band should've dealth themselves into, winding Petra to gradually progress to move on as a band in their continuity, but perhaps only just for the sake of making it so, if not for the better as a result.
However, Petra's NOT OF THIS WORLD is just about the simplest hard-rock album and yet undoubtably heavy when it comes to its impact of message and musical clarity.
A real classic.
One of the best still available May 15, 2005
NOT OF THIS WORLD is definitely and difinitively classic Petra! With the exception of NEVER SAY DIE/WASHES WHITER THAN, this is the best of the old years. This was the album that produced such hits as "Grave Robber," "Godpleaser," and, of course, the title song, "Not of This World". It may already be out of print, but this site is still selling used copies...some of which are selling at better prices than you're likely to find in your local Christian bookstore.
Great album Jun 24, 2004
Fantastic from start to finish. Early Petra is awesome! Probably the best Petra cd, next to "More Power to Ya." Songs like Grave Robber, Lift Him Up, and God Pleaser are some of the best Christian songs, of any style, Ever!