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The Way Home (1989)

Updated: May 28


The Way Home is the fourth studio album by Christian singer - songwriter Russ Taff, released in 1989 on Myrrh/Word Records.


In this album, Taff changes musical styles once again departing from the alternative rock of 1987's Russ Taff and replacing it with a mix of country and roots rock. The Way Home was critically received, especially by CCM Magazine and listed this album at number 11 in their 2001 book 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music. The album would give Taff his first and only number one on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. The Way Home was produced by Taff and his collaborator James Hollihan, Jr. Music videos were made for "Winds of Change" and "I Cry" to promote the album.


Taff won two Dove Awards for Rock Album of the Year and the track "The River Unbroken" won Rock Recorded Song of the Year at the 21st GMA Dove Awards. The track "Farther On" was nominated for a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance, Male.


Track listing


1. Winds of Change (Danny Tate, Danny Wilde) -4:17

2. It Was Love (Russ Taff, Tori Taff, James Hollihan, Jr., Darrell Brown, Marshall Chapman) -4:26

3. Farther On (Russ Taff, Tori Taff, James Hollihan, Jr.) -3:49

4. The River Unbroken (Darrell Brown, David Batteau) -4:24

5. He Came Through (Russ Taff, James Hollihan, Jr., Ashley Cleveland, Wally Wilson) -3:10

6. I Cry (Russ Taff, Tori Taff, James Hollihan, Jr.) -4:07

7. I Need You (Michael Anderson, Guy Roche) -4:36

8. Go On (Russ Taff, Tori Taff, James Hollihan, Jr., Darrell Brown) -4:22

9. Ain't No Grave (Traditional; arranged by Russ Taff and James Hollihan, Jr.)

-1:19

10. Guiding Light (Russ Taff, Tori Taff, James Hollihan, Jr., Hal Lindes, Marshall Chapman) -4:13

11. Take My Hand (Russ Taff, Tori Taff, James Hollihan, Jr., Darrell Brown, Marshall Chapman, Larry Hall) -4:35

12. Table in the Wilderness (Russ Taff, Darrell Brown, David Batteau) -4:12


Accolades

Dove Award -Rock Album of the Year (The Way Home)

Rock Recorded Song of the Year ("The River Unbroken")


Radio singles

1989 "Farther On" -#1 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1989 -1990 "I Cry" -#1 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1990 "Table in the Wilderness" -#7 Christian CHR, #13 Christian AC

1990 "Winds of Change" -#19 Christian CHR

1990 "I Need You" -#6 Christian CHR, #33 Christian AC


Previous release: Russ Taff (1987)

Watch the music video of "Winds of Change" here:

Watch the music video of "I Cry" here:


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