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Under Their Influence (1991)

Updated: Dec 15, 2023


Under Their Influence is the fifth studio album by Christian singer - songwriter Russ Taff, released in 1991 on Myrrh/Word Records.


It is an album of traditional spiritual covers that pays tribute to Blind Willie Johnson, Brother Joe May and Mahalia Jackson, among others. Even though the album was originally titled Under Their Influence Volume 1, there was no Volume 2. Taff and his guitarist, James Hollihan, Jr., produced and arranged the album.

Taff re-recorded a gospel blues version of "Just Believe," originally recorded for his 1983 debut solo album Walls of Glass. Taff also recorded a full-length extended version of "Ain't No Grave." A shorter one minute version was heard from his 1989 album The Way Home. A music video was made for the track "Life's Railway to Heaven."


Taff won his second solo Grammy Award (his fifth and final overall) for Best Rock Gospel Album at the 34th Grammy Awards. The album reached the Top 5 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart.


Track listing

All songs are arranged by Russ Taff and James Hollihan, Jr., except where noted.


1. God Don't Ever Change -4:28

2. Search Me Lord -4:38

3. God's Unchanging Hand -4:11

4. Life's Railway to Heaven -4:19

5. Were You There -3:05

6. As an Eagle Stirreth Her Nest -4:21

7. Just Believe (Russ Taff, Tori Taff, James Hollihan, Jr.) -4:47

8. Everybody Shoulda Really Oughta Been There -2:52

9. There's a Hand -3:43

10. Ain't No Grave -6:26


Accolades

Grammy Award -Best Rock Gospel Album (Under Their Influence)


Previous release: The Way Home (1989)


You can listen to the full-length album Under Their Influence below.

Watch the music video of "Life's Railway to Heaven" here:


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