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Do You Remember Lanny Wolf? By Philip Mayaab

There have been many albums released over the years that fall into the category of "contemporary Christian music," and there are also a lot of albums that fans know by name...Age To Age, The Great Adventure, Morning Like This, Jesus Freak, The Big Picture, etc. Then you have the fans who might   read more

This week's album was the first cassette that I got from the music club: By Philip Mayabb

I have a unique memory tied to this week's Vinyl Revival feature the age of 17, I got my first job, and that meant that I had my own money to spend any way I wanted. Naturally, I wanted to invest in music, so I joined the Word Record And Tape Club. There were no Christian CDs avail  read more

You May Love or Disdain Chris Christian; The fact is, He is a Legend in the CCM World With a Great Album in 1981: By Philip Mayaab

In 1981, the contemporary Christian music scene was starting to grow quite a bit, but it still was nothing like it would be within a few years. There were no real big superstar artists yet, outside of the Imperials, and their stock was injured when Russ Taff left the group early in the yea  read more

If You Are a Gary Chapman Fan, Then This Weeks Blog is Just For You; by Philip Mayabb

This week we're featuring an album that I would not have been able to play not too long ago, although I've had a copy of it for many, many years. Around 1982 or so, I purchased my first copy of this album on an 8-track tape. I loved it so much that I wore that poor tape out, and then abou  read more

The Most Prolific Writing Team in the History of Christian Music: Guess Who? By Philip Mayaab

There are many reasons why I enjoy doing Vinyl Revival for CCM Classic...I love vinyl LPs (obviously), and I enjoy presenting them to our listeners in their original audiophile glory. There's just something about listening to a classic album in the old school manner. Second, I enjoy doing   read more

This Christian Artist Started His Career With His Own Funk Band ala Sly & The Family Stone? By Philip Mayabb

When I first began listening to Contemporary Christian music in the late 70s, there were several different things I liked about the genre. I like the fact that it sounded like pop music (to this day, I STILL don't do country music), I really liked the idea of singing about other subjects than j  read more

Amy Grants "Humble Beginning to Iconic Crossover Artsit"; by Philip Mayaab

This week is a little different on Vinyl Revival, mostly because the album we're playing was not easy to find on vinyl in the United States, in fact, I had to get my vinyl copy of it from a dealer in Germany. That notwithstanding, I was thrilled as could be when the album arrived, and e  read more

Isaac Air Freight Delivers...Ask Tommy Coomes:by Philip Mayaab

Well, this week is something special on CCM Classic's Vinyl Revival - it's a week of firsts...three of them! We are featuring our first "greatest hits" type album, our first spoken word album, and our first comedy album, all in the same week. Now before you start saying things like "oh ma  read more

A Young Soprano Singer From The Gaither's Backup Group Who Stole the Show in 1981; Guess Who: by Phillip Mayaab

Those of us "older" folks who were conscious enough in the late 70s remember a time when the "live" album was one of the biggest fads in the music industry. On the mainstream side of the musical spectrum, live albums by artists like Peter Frampton and Kiss were some of the biggest selling r  read more

Who Was The Greatest Christian Rock Band of All Time? " In My Opinion".... By Philip Mayabb

Not many good things have risen from the end of something successful, usually the end of a successful entity involves bad vibes, people not getting along, etc. However, once in a while, something great will come to an end, only to have something else that is also successful to emerge from its d  read more