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Commander Sozo and the Charge of the Light Brigade (1985)

Updated: Jun 15

Commander Sozo and the Charge of the Light Brigade is the sixth studio album by the Christian rock duo DeGarmo & Key, released on September 10, 1985 by Power Discs/Benson Records. The duo produced the album themselves.

Commander Sozo... was D&K's fourth Top 10 album, climbing up to number 7 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart by spring of 1986. Its two lead singles were both Top 10 hits and were made into music videos: "Competition" (Rock) and "Destined to Win" (AC/CHR). The latter track is a vocal duet with Gospel singer Jessy Dixon. "Destined to Win" also appears on Dixon's 1985 Power Discs album Silent Partner, which is produced by Key. D&K wrote all the songs on the album, with the exception of the opening track "Activate," which they co-wrote with their drummer Greg Morrow.

D&K was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group in 1986 for Commander Sozo... It is the duo's second Grammy nomination, their first in five years. They also earned their first Dove Award nomination for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. They also released a collection of music videos on VHS entitled Visions of the Light Brigade featuring "Competition," "Destined to Win," two versions of "Six, Six, Six" (the original un-edited and the MTV re-edited) and "Alleluia, Christ is Coming." Commander Sozo... was reissued on CD in 1992 by ForeFront Records.

Track listing

All tracks were written by Eddie DeGarmo and Dana Key, except where noted.

1. Activate (Eddie DeGarmo, Dana Key, Greg Morrow) -3:47

2. Competition -3:47

3. Temporary Things -3:41

4. Apathy Alert -3:41

5. Charge of the Light Brigade -3:52

6. Destined to Win (vocal duet with Jessy Dixon) -3:24

7. No More Goodbyes -3:51

8. Rise Up -3:16

9. Jesus is Comin' -3:43

10. Casual Christian -4:06


DeGarmo & Key:

Dana Key -lead vocals, guitars

Eddie DeGarmo -keyboards, vocals

Tommy Cathey -bass guitar, vocals

Greg Morrow -drums, vocals

Radio singles

1985 -1986 "Destined to Win" with Jessy Dixon -#2 Christian CHR, #5 Christian AC

1986 "Casual Christian" -#9 Christian CHR, #20 Christian AC

1986 "Apathy Alert" -#15 Christian CHR

Previous release: Communication (1984)

Next release: Street Light (1986)

Watch the music video collection Visions of the Light Brigade here:

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