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This Year's Model (1987)

Updated: Feb 23


This Year's Model is the 31st studio album by the Christian music vocal group The Imperials. Released in 1987, it is their second album on Myrrh Records.


This is the first album to feature two new members Jimmie Lee Sloas and Ron Hemby, replacing long-time tenor Jim Murray and lead singer Paul Smith. It was a change in direction as This Year's Model's sound was more rock-oriented alienating long-time fans of the Imperials' four-part harmony of their early years and it is considered by critics, their most ambitious album the group has ever released. The album is produced by Brown Bannister, who produced their previous album Let the Wind Blow. Armond Morales and David Will were not involved in this recording except for a couple of tracks and touring. The track "Power of God" became a theme song for Christian bodybuilders the Power Team and new younger fans began to come to Imperials concerts.


Songwriting contributions include Smith who co-wrote the first single "Wings of Love," Chris Eaton, Pam Mark Hall, Keith Thomas and the new singers Sloas and Hemby. This Year's Model peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart.


Track listing


1. Holding On (First Love) (Pam Mark Hall, Keith Thomas) -5:23

2. Fallin' (Jimmie Lee Sloas) -4:04

3. Warriors (Chris Eaton) -4:56

4. How Do I Get You? (Mark Gendel, Bob Johnson) -5:42

5. Wings of Love (Paul Smith, Keith Thomas) -4:53

6. Power of God (Ron Hemby, Tom Hemby) -4:09

7. Outlander (Chris Eaton) -6:15

8. Get Ready (Jimmie Lee Sloas) -5:00

9. Devoted to You (Ron Hemby, Stephen Bashaw) -3:44


Personnel


The Imperials:

Armond Morales -bass, vocals

David Will -baritone, vocals

Jimmie Lee Sloas -tenor, lead vocals

Ron Hemby -tenor, lead vocals


Radio singles

1987 "Wings of Love" -#2 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC for 6 weeks

1987 "Get Ready" -#10 Christian CHR, #4 Christian AC

1987 "How Do I Get You?" -#14 Christian CHR

1987 "Holding On (First Love)" -#3 Christian CHR, #23 Christian AC

1987 -1988 "Fallin'" -#6 Christian CHR

1987 -1988 "Devoted to Love" -#7 Christian AC


Previous release: Let the Wind Blow (1985)

Next release: Free the Fire (1988)




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