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Somethin' Takes Over (1987)

Updated: Sep 23, 2023

Somethin' Takes Over is the third studio album by the Christian music group First Call, released in the fall of 1987 on DaySpring Records. It is the trio's second non-holiday album following up their 1986 release Undivided, featuring the same formula of contemporary pop with vocal jazz and big band with production by Neal Joseph and David Maddux. Some of the songs also draw some comparisons to fellow Christian vocal trio 2nd Chapter of Acts like "Lord of All" and "The Reason We Sing" with their harmonies and the highlight is the track "O Sifuni Mungu," which is the hymn "All Creatures of Our God and King" sung in Swahili with its African ambient sound. The album peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and in 1989, was nominated for a Dove Award for Group of the Year.

Track listing

1. The Comin' of the Lord (Randall Dennis) -3:24

2. Somethin' Takes Over (David Maddux) -3:25

3. The Reason We Sing (Dick and Melodie Tunney) -3:36

4. Billy on the Boulevard (David Maddux, Paul McCusker) -4:16

5. Forever in His Care (Randall Dennis) -4:07

6. O Sifuni Mungu (All Creatures Of Our God And King) (Marty McCall, David Maddux, Asukulu 'Yunu Mukalay, Mmunga Mwenebulongo Mulongoy) -5:42

7. The Look (Geoff and Becky Thurman, Wayne Berry) -4:49

8. Back to His Heart (Pam Mark Hall, John Chisum) -3:08

9. Double Talk (Pam Mark Hall, Shane Keister) -4:20

10. Lord of All (Phil McHugh) -5:02


First Call:

Marty McCall -vocals

Bonnie Keen -vocals

Melodie Tunney -vocals

Radio singles

1987 -1988 "The Reason We Sing" -#4 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1988 "O Sifuni Mungu" -#13 Christian CHR, #9 Christian AC

1988 "Back to His Heart" -#10 Christian AC

1989 "Lord of All" -#10 Christian AC

Previous release: Undivided (1986)

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