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Side by Side (1983)

Updated: Jun 17

Side by Side is the 28th studio album by the Christian music vocal group The Imperials, released in 1983 on DaySpring/Word Records. It is The Imperials' first double album to feature each member taking a solo side. On lead singer Paul Smith's side, it features a duet between Smith and a new female CCM artist named Leslie Phillips on the track "Make My Heart Your Home." Phillips had just released her debut album Beyond Saturday Night that same year. In 1984, The Imperials were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group for Side by Side at the 26th Grammy Awards and at the 15th GMA Dove Awards, the group won their final Dove Awards for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. Side by Side peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart.

Track listing

Jim Murray, tenor (produced by Neal Joseph)

1. Sound HIs Praise (Melodie Tunnie) -3:03

2. Even the Praise Comes from You (Claire Cloninger, Lynn Keesecker) -3:29

3. Behold the Man (David Baroni, Niles Borop) -4:02

4. Built to Last (Steven Curtis Chapman) -3:46

5. I Need to Feel Your Touch Again (Tricia Walker) -4:13

David Will, baritone (produced by Neal Joseph and Keith Thomas)

6. All I Need (Paul Smith, John Rosasco) -4:20

7. You're the Only Jesus (Gordon Jensen) -4:08

8. Best of My Life (Paul Smith, Keith Thomas) -3:36

9. Jesus Never Fails (Gary Driskell) -4:15

10. Through Your Eyes (Billy Smiley, Bob Farrell) -3:55

Armond Morales, bass (produced by Neal Joseph)

11. Good Shepard (Paul Smith, Dick Tunney) -2:47

12. Keepin' My Eyes On You (Twila Paris) -2:59

13. Once and For All (Claire Cloninger, Lynn Keesecker) -2:57

14. They See God There (Dan Keen, Jim Weber) -2:40

15. Great Is Your Faithfulness (Tricia Walker, Dawn Rodgers) -4:36

Paul Smith, lead singer (produced by Keith Thomas)

16. Wait Upon the Lord (Paul Smith, Keith Thomas, Ragan Courtney) -4:24

17. Here On the Rock (Paul Smith, Keith Thomas) -4:22

18. Make My Heart Your Home (duet with Leslie Phillips) (Paul Smith, Keith Thomas)


19. Promise to Promise (Paul Smith, Keith Thomas) -4:03

20. All Because You Love Me (Paul Smith, Scott Wesley Brown, Phil Naish) -4:57


Dove Award -Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (Side by Side)

Radio singles

"Wait Upon the Lord" (Paul Smith) -#2 Christian AC

"You're the Only Jesus" (David Will) -#20 Christian AC

"Make My Heart Your Home" (Paul Smith and Leslie Phillips) -#13 Christian AC

Previous release: Stand by the Power (1982)

Next release: The Imperials Sing the Classics (1984)

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