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Petra Praise: The Rock Cries Out (1989)

Updated: Jan 3

Petra Praise: The Rock Cries Out is the eleventh studio album by the Christian rock band Petra. The album marks a return to Petra on Word Records after being on the Star Song label for 10 years. Petra recorded on Word's Myrrh label for their first two albums and are now recording on the DaySpring label. This is also their first praise album and is produced by band members Bob Hartman and John Lawry.

Petra Praise was released in the fall of 1989 and it was released the same week as Star Song released their rock compilation album Petra Means Rock. The music is mostly a collection of traditional praise songs with a rock style. However, there are two original songs, both written by band founder Bob Hartman. This album also marked the end of custom artwork on Petra albums. From this album forward, Petra would use photos of the band on them for album covers. Compilations by Star Song would continue to use custom artwork though.

Commercially it is the second most successful album of the band, after Beyond Belief. Petra Praise peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. In 1998, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales of 500,000 copies. The album cover won a Dove Award for Best Recorded Music Packaging awarded to Mark Tucker and Buddy Jackson.

Track listing

1. I Love the Lord (Bob Hartman) -3:35

2. King of Kings (Sophie Conty, Naomi Batya) -1:46

3. Jesus, Jesus, Glorious One (Curtis Peifer) -2:20

4. The Battle Belongs to the Lord (Jamie Owens-Collins) -3:06

5. Take Me In (Dave Browning) -4:14

6. Salvation Belongs to Our God (Adrian Turner, Pat Howard) -2:58

7. The King of Glory Shall Come In (Bob Hartman) -3:13

8. No Weapon Formed Against Us (unknown author) -1:44

9. I Will Celebrate/When the Spirit of the Lord (Linda Duvall) -4:09

10. I Will Sing Praise (Jacque DeShetler) -2:46

11. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Bill Ancira) -4:13

12. Friends (All in the Family of God) (John Wierick) -4:20

13. I Will Call Upon the Lord (Michael O'Shields) -3:47

14. We Exalt Thee (Pete Sanchez) -3:47



Bob Hartman -lead guitar, arrangements

John Schlitt -lead vocals

Ronny Cates -bass guitar

John Lawry -keyboards, arrangements, backing vocals

Louie Weaver -drums

Gold certified in 1998.

Radio singles

1989 -1990 "We Exalt Thee" -#8 Christian CHR, #25 Christian AC

1990 "Salvation Belongs to Our God" -#23 Christian CHR

Previous release: Petra Means Rock (1989)

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