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This Time Thru (1978)

Updated: Jun 9


This Time Thru is the debut album by the Christian Rock duo DeGarmo & Key. It was released in the spring of 1978 on Lamb & Lion Records and, at the time,

distributed by Word Records. The album was produced and engineered by Ron

Capone.


This Time Thru is more of a progressive rock album featuring DeGarmo's keyboard work and Key's simple bluesy guitar solos. It contains the original recording of "Addey," a track they would revisit a near-decade later in their 1986 album Street Light. The traditional "Wayfaring Stranger" was released as the lead single to Christian radio with its jazz guitar and Hammond organ sound. Key provides a majority of the lead vocals with DeGarmo singing lead on the track "Chase the Wind" and provides backing vocals throughout the album, in addition to playing their respective instruments.


DeGarmo & Key used studio musicians to provide the rhythm section and future member John Hampton played drums on the closing title track, although he was uncredited but was mentioned in the "thank you" section of the LP liner notes. This album and future subsequent releases were recorded at Ardent Recording Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. This Time Thru was reissued on CD in 1992 by ForeFront Records and was reissued and remastered in 2021 on CD and limited edition vinyl by Girder Records.


Track listing

All tracks were written by Eddie DeGarmo and Dana Key, except where noted.


1. Emmanuel (Dana Key, Max Richardson) -3:03

2. Addey -4:11

3. Only the Meek Survive -3:03

4. Too Far, Too Long -4:29

5. Alleyways of Strive (Dana Key, Max Richardson) -3:10

6. Sleeper -2:45

7. Wayfaring Stranger (traditional; arranged by DeGarmo & Key) -3:38

8. In the Days of Thy Youth -1:26

9. Chase the Wind -5:19

10. This Time Thru -4:51


Personnel


DeGarmo & Key:

Dana Key -lead vocals, backing vocals, electric, classical and acoustic guitars,

harmonica, percussion

Eddie DeGarmo -lead vocals on track 9, backing vocals, keyboards, Hammond

organ, synthesizer, grand piano, electric piano

John Hampton -drums on track 10


Next release: Straight On (1979)


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