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Nothing But The Best: Rock Classics (1994)

Updated: Sep 30, 2023


Nothing But The Best: Rock Classics is an official 1994 compilation album by the Christian rock band White Heart. This is the first of two albums by White Heart with the other being Nothing But The Best: Radio Classics, as they were released separately. This collection features songs from both the Sparrow and Star Song years 1986 -1994 focusing on their faster and sometimes slower rock songs where as Radio Classics focuses on their pop and AC hits from the same period. Rock Classics contains two new songs: "Letter of Love" and "Climb the Hill." Both tracks were released as Christian rock singles from this collection. Session musician Mark Hill was brought in and played bass guitar on both new songs and replaced Anthony Sallee who had left the group after the release of 1993's Highlands. Former White Heart drummer Chris McHugh played drums on "Climb the Hill" and current drummer Jon Knox played drums on "Letter of Love."


Track listing

1. Letter of Love (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Brian Wooten) (new recording) -3:53

2. Convertibles (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Gordon Kennedy) (from Don't Wait for the Movie) -3:43

3. No Taboo (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Rick Florian) (from Emergency Broadcast) -4:51

4. Sing Your Freedom (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Gordon Kennedy, Tommy Sims) (from Freedom)

-4:57

5. Let the Kingdom Come (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Gordon Kennedy, Tommy Sims)

(from Freedom) -5:02

6. Powerhouse (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Brian Wooten, Anthony Sallee, Mark Nemer)

(from Powerhouse) -4:32

7. Independence Day (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Rick Florian) (from Powerhouse) -5:39

8. His Heart Was Always In It (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Brian Wooten) (from Tales of Wonder) -4:14

9. Light a Candle (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl) (from Tales of Wonder) -6:04

10. Nothing But the Best (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Brian Wooten, Anthony Sallee) (from Highlands) -3:45

11. Change the Way (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl) (from Highlands) -4:51

12. Heaven of My Heart (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl) (from Highlands) -6:13

13. Climb the Hill (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl) (new recording) -4:59


Personnel


White Heart:

Rick Florian -lead vocals, backing vocals

Mark Gersmehl -keyboards, co -lead vocals on tracks 3 and 5, backing vocals

Billy Smiley -rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Brian Wooten -lead guitar on tracks 1, 6 -13

Gordon Kennedy -lead guitar on tracks 2 -5

Anthony Sallee -bass guitar on tracks 6 - 12

Tommy Sims -bass guitar on tracks 3 -5, co -lead vocals on track 3, backing vocals on tracks 4 and 5

Gary Lunn -bass guitar on track 2

Mark Hill -bass guitar on tracks 1 and 13

Chris McHugh -drums on tracks 2 -5, 8, 9 and 13

Mark Nemer -drums on tracks 6 and 7

Jon Knox -drums on tracks 1, 10 -12


Production credits


Billy Smiley -producer (tracks 1, 2, 8 -13)

Mark Gersmehl -producer (tracks 1, 8 - 13)

White Heart -producers (tracks 2 and 3)

Brown Bannister -producer (tracks 4 and 5)

Bill Drescher -producer (tracks 6 and 7)


Previous release: Highlands (1993)


Listen to the playlist Nothing But The Best: Rock Classics:


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