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The Live Set (1987)

Updated: Jun 23

The Live Set is a 1987 live album by Christian singer - songwriter Michael W. Smith, released by Reunion Records.

This live album features songs from 1983's Michael W. Smith Project and 1986's The Big Picture plus three new songs: "Nothin' But the Blood" is a modern reworking of Robert Lowry's classic hymn "Nothing But the Blood," "I Know" is a song recorded from his Michael W. Smith - In Concert video in 1985 and was originally released as a non-album radio single in 1986 and makes its first appearance on this album and "Emily" would later receive a studio release on Smith's 1990 album Go West Young Man. The album was recorded at The Civic Theatre in Des Moines, Iowa and The Civic Center Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.

The band included Wayne Kirkpatrick, Chris Rodriguez, David Huff, Mark Heimmerman and Chris Harris. A video version of the concert called The Big Picture Tour was also available commercially with additional songs not on The Live Set album. It won a Dove Award for Long Form Video of the Year in 1988.

The album peaked at number four on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart.

Track listing on CD

1. Nothin' But the Blood (Robert Lowry; arranged by Michael W. Smith, Chris

Harris) -3:42

2. Lamu (Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Wayne Kirkpatrick) -8:26

3. You're Alright (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Chris Rodriguez) -4:55

4. Could He Be the Messiah (Michael W. Smith, Deborah D. Smith) -5:17

5. Rocketown (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) -6:18

6. Emily (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) -3:51

7. I Know (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) -4:29

8. Friends (Michael W. Smith, Deborah D. Smith) -4:05

9. Old Enough to Know (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) -6:01

10. Pursuit of the Dream (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) -6:02

11. Be Strong and Courageous (Michael W. Smith, Deborah D. Smith) -4:21

12. You Need a Savior (Michael W. Smith, Deborah D. Smith) -6:25


Dove Award -Long Form Music Video of the Year (The Big Picture Tour)

Radio singles

1986 "I Know" -#1 Christian CHR for 8 weeks, #5 Christian AC

1987 "Emily" -#1 Christian CHR for 2 weeks, #8 Christian AC

1987 -1988 "Nothin' But the Blood" -#5 Christian CHR, #28 Christian AC

1988 "Friends" -#13 Christian CHR, #34 Christian AC

Previous release: The Big Picture (1986)

Next release: i 2 (EYE) (1988)

Listen to the full-length live album The Live Set here:

Watch the concert video The Big Picture Tour here:

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