40 Years: In appreciation of Petra

It’s hard to believe that in some form or fashion Petra has, this year, been around for forty years. They are my favorite band of all time. When I first really started paying attention to music I was just getting into seventh grade and my attention was soon directed to Christian rock, and at that point Petra was the undisputed giant in Christian rock. Little did I know at that time they’d been around for 16 years.

Though the “official” Petra retired a few years ago with the live Farewell album, today they still remain in the form of John Schlitt’s solo albums and, of course, the Classic Petra lineup of the early ’80s touring and now working on a second album.

In celebration of Petra entering it’s fifth decade of ministry, what I plan to do here over the next several weeks and months is review their albums, counting down from least best to best. Live albums will not be considered, nor will simple compilation albums, as StarSong was prone to release after Petra left the label in the late ’80s. Double Take will be considered since it was a reinvention of previous songs and included two new tracks. Likewise, Back to the Rock is considered because it is also, in a sense, a reinvention and also included two new tracks.

So the list of albums being considered will be:

  • Petra
  • Come and Join Us
  • Washes Whiter Than
  • Never Say Die
  • More Power to Ya
  • Not of This World
  • Beat the System
  • Back to the Street
  • This Means War!
  • On Fire!
  • Petra Praise: The Rock Cries Out
  • Beyond Belief
  • Unseen Power
  • Wake Up Call
  • No Doubt
  • Petra Praise 2: We Need Jesus
  • God Fixation
  • Double Take
  • Revival
  • Jekyll & Hyde
  • Back to the Rock

The first album appreciation is on its way. I hope you enjoy it, and in the meantime, rock out to Petra to the glory of God!

Author: Matt Privett

Christian. Husband. Father. Pastor.

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