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  • Writer's pictureJoel Caballero

More Power to Ya (1982)

Updated: Dec 31


More Power to Ya is the fifth studio album by the Christian rock band Petra, released in 1982 on Star Song Records. This was the first album to feature Louie Weaver as the official drummer. It also features the vocals of bassist Mark Kelly on the song "Disciple." "Stand Up" gave Petra their first Top Ten hit on the Christian Rock chart while the title song peaked at the top of the Christian AC chart and was ranked at number 72 on CCM Magazine's 100 Greatest Songs in Christian Music, while the album ranked at number 98 on the 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music. More Power to Ya peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart, produced by Jonathan David Brown. In 2012, More Power to Ya was reissued for its 30 anniversary with three live tracks from their 1986 album Captured in Time and Space.


NOTE: on the track "Judas' Kiss," the song's intro includes the phrase "What are you lookin' for the devil for when you oughta be lookin' for the Lord?" and was played backwards. Petra used a technique called "backmasking." According to many people, backmasking was being used in rock music to include hidden satanic messages. This caused a backlash from the Christian community against the genre. In an attempt to divert people obsessed with this from it, Petra used the technique with the intent to send a message.


Track listing

All songs were written by Bob Hartman, except where noted.


1. Stand Up -3:36

2. Second Wind -4:37

3. More Power to Ya -3:40

4. Judas' Kiss -4:45

5. Rose Coloured Stained Glass Windows -4:20

6. Run for the Prize -4:33

7. All Over Me -5:54

8. Let Everything that Hath Breath (Greg X. Volz) -4:24

9. Road to Zion (Mike Hudson) -4:02

10. Disciple -3:32

11. Stand Up (live) -1:59

12. Judas' Kiss (live) -2:47

13. More Power to Ya (live) -2:40


Personnel


Petra:


Bob Hartman -lead guitar

Greg X. Volz -lead vocals

Mark Kelly -bass guitar, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on track 10

John Slick -keyboards, synthesizer arrangement, backing vocals

Louie Weaver -drums


Radio singles

1982 -1983 "More Power to Ya" -#13 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC


Previous release: Never Say Die (1981)


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