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Lead Me On (20th Anniversary Edition) (2 CDs)

By Amy Grant (Artist)
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Record Label   Sparrow Records
Format   Extra tracks
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.18" Width: 5.64" Height: 0.37"
Weight:   0.17 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Jun 24, 2008
Publisher   EMI CMG Distribution
EAN  5099952221729  

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Track Names
1.  1974
2.  Lead Me On
3.  Shadows
4.  Saved by Love
5.  Faithless Heart
6.  What About the Love
7.  If These Walls Could Speak
8.  All Right
9.  Wait for the Healing
10.  Sure Enough
11.  If You Have to Go Away
12.  Say Once More
13.  Lead Me On [Acoustic][#]
14.  Intro to Faithless Heart [Acoustic][#] - Amy
15.  Faithless Heart [Acoustic][#]
16.  Say Once More [Acoustic][#]
17.  Wait for the Healing [Live][#]
18.  Shadows [Live][#]
19.  All Right [Live][#]
20.  Piano Intro [Live][#] - Michael W. Smith
21.  Lead Me On [Live][#]
22.  Interview with Amy Grant: Quite a Change [*]
23.  Interview with Amy Grant: The Great Balancing
24.  Interview with Amy Grant: Seasons [*]
25.  Interview with Amy Grant: Wait for the Healin
26.  Interview with Amy Grant: Looking Back [*]

Item Description...
01. 1974
02. Lead Me On
03. Shadows
04. Saved By Love
05. Faithless Heart
06. What About The Love
07. If These Walls Could Speak
08. All Right
09. Wait For The Healing
10. Sure Enough
11. If You Have To Go Away
12. Say Once More

01. Intro To Faithless Heart (Amy & Michael W. Smith)
02. Michael W. Smith Interview
03. Faithless Heart (Acoustic)
04. Say Once More (Acoustic)
05. Wait For The Healing (Live)
06. Shadows (Live)
07. All Right (Live)
08. Piano Intro (Michael W. Smith)
09. Lead Me On (Live)
10. Quite A Change (Interview)
11. The Great Balancing Act (Interview)
12. Seasons (Interview)
13. Wait For The Healing (Interview)
14. Looking Back (Interview)

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More About Amy Grant

Amy Grant Born on November 25, 1960, in Augusta, Georgia. Amy Grant has helped revolutionize contemporary Christian music.

Harking from Nashville, Tennessee, Amy was part of a close-knit, religious family. She had a strong grounding in God's Word through her Church, would would become a major influence on her music.

Grant learned guitar as a teen, and worked at a local recording studio. It was during this time that she made a tape of her music for her parents, which had been discovered by a producer with Word Records, a Christian music label. This led to a recording contract, and her first album was released in 1977. The self-titled album was a big success in the world of Christian music. With her unique style, Grant charted new territory. She fused elements of existing genres of gospel, hymns, and Jesus music—which used rock music to convey Christian teachings—to create a fresh, new sound, not heard before. Her songs are often deeply personal as well as reflecting her spiritual faith.

Grant continued recording and performing throughout high school and college, and has made a significant career for herself releasing numerous popular albums over the years.

She also earned several Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association (GMA), including for Performer of the Year.

Amy Grant has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Daywind Karaoke Style
  2. Daywind Soundtracks Contemporary
  3. VeggieTales

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Still Outstanding over Twenty Years Later  Apr 15, 2010
If any Amy Grant album -- indeed, any contemporary Christian music (CCM) album -- deserves a 20th anniversary edition, it's Lead Me On (1988). Over 20 years ago, from the moment you first started playing your LP, cassette tape, or CD of this album (and I had the LP version, which had two fewer songs than the other two formats), if you were paying even a modicum of attention, you knew immediately something was different. The opening shake of the tambourine and the cascade of organic sound that immediately followed was the total opposite of the technopop of Amy Grant's previous release, the successful crossover (i.e., from Christian to secular markets) album Unguarded. Unguarded had been many things -- extremely evangelistic, joyful, and fun come most immediately to mind -- but it had only very rarely been deep and even less frequently been introspective. Lead Me On showed us an Amy Grant who was willing to bare her darker side, not (thankfully) in a way that even remotely approached a gossipy tell-all, but in a here's-what-my-real-life-is-like kind of admission. (In interviews, Grant and her then-husband Gary Chapman spelled out what much of the music pointed to: an extremely difficult time in their marriage.) In doing so, Grant not only made an "artist's album" that showed her, for the first time, to be a very talented poet as well as a very good pop songwriter, but also unintentionally brought the entire CCM industry to a new level of honesty and maturity.

The album opens with the poetic "1974," a song recalling Grant's teenage conversion to Christianity in the year mentioned. The song surprises by being both wistful ("We were young") and honest about Grant's own sense of distance from that faith (to God, she pleads, "Stay with me/Make it ever new/So time will not undo/As the years go by/How I need to see/That's still me"). It is immediately followed by the rich lyricism of the title track. Using evocative imagery to depict both slavery and concentration camps as illustrations of inexplicable events, the song offers no answers for the issues it raises, but only poses questions. The only possible response is to ask God to "lead [us] on" into his presence. The musically quirky "Shadows" initially sounds lighthearted, but it describes a Romans 7-type battle between good and evil within the speaker and conveys a sense of both sadness and menace in its atypical-for-Grant lengthy musical conclusion. Thanks are probably mainly due to the wonderful band The Innocence Mission for both the unconventional music and the lack of lyrical clichés; Grant took their song and probably only lightly modified it.

The album then slows down for the first CCM single, "Saved by Love." Amidst standard country music stylings, Grant first paints a loving picture of a sibling's (here given the fictional name of "Laura") challenging life before turning the spotlight upon herself. The transparency then goes through the roof as the singer confesses to adulterous temptations and prays for God to remove them in the harrowing "Faithless Heart." All of the struggles related in the song are internal -- Grant made it clear in interviews that no transgression had been committed -- but CCM conventions were nonetheless shattered.

If you weren't uncomfortable and challenged yet, the biting "What about the Love" (the side two opener if you had the LP version) would no doubt throw you over the edge if you paid attention to the lyrics. Credited to both '70s pop star Janis Ian and the lesser-known Kye Fleming, the song blisteringly critiques evangelicals for a lack of concern for social justice and a lack of love in general. These sentiments are couched within stories related by a devout-but-legalistic speaker, a technique that drives the point home with force when the speaker realizes that the real problem is his or her own judgmentalism. The repentant tones of pop songwriter Jimmy Webb's moving "If These Walls Should Speak" follow next. Grant stretches her voice to incredible effect in this spare, piano-driven ballad of family estrangement.

The album now winds to its conclusion. "All Right," a gospel song, looks with hope to God's faithfulness in the midst of many troubles without taking back the many questions already raised in previous songs. Just one simple line of doubt amidst the hope, "When will I learn there are no guarantees," proves enough to again move us away from standard CCM territory. It is ironically followed by the less confident, although still hopeful, "Wait for the Healing," a song that examines pain on a cultural level and offers no answers save for the advice to do what the song title says. The album then closes with three songs about marital relations: the optimistic "Sure Enough," the bouncy-but-tinged-with-uncertainty "If You Have to Go Away," and the moving closer "Say Once More." All three express marital commitment in the midst of doubts and/or other challenges.

At the time it was released, Lead Me On was billed as a step backward from pop star trajectory for Amy Grant, but that assessment has always been too surface-level. Yes, the album is often musically spare when compared with Grant's two previous studio releases (Straight Ahead and Unguarded), but not always; songs such as "Lead Me On" and "Wait for the Healing" are more complex and rich musically than anything on those albums. Yes, the album is unquestionably more of an artist's album than an appeal to the masses. But it's important to remember the album that had dominated the pop music scene since the previous year and had shot a band to superstardom: U2's The Joshua Tree. That album was full of musically "organic" (a term favored by Grant to describe Lead Me On) and spare, lyrically downbeat "desert songs" (U2's term for The Joshua Tree's content). It's always been hard for me not to see Lead Me On as Amy Grant's own Joshua Tree, and I've always supposed that A&M Records limited their tinkering with the album (most later Grant records would be plagued by the company's interference) in the hope that it could ride on U2's coattails.

In any case, Lead Me On still retains most of its power after 20 years, and its influence on the CCM industry proved remarkable. Some artists (e.g., Out of the Grey) have said that a major reason for their decision to enter Christian music was seeing the artistic freedom accorded Grant with this album. Furthermore, it's hard to imagine artists such as Jars of Clay being able to make their music without Lead Me On having blazed the honesty trail path. And as Grant herself admits in an interview on the 20th anniversary extras disc, it probably will remain her most-loved and most-remembered album. If you already love Lead Me On, the 20th anniversary edition is worth the price for the live versions of several songs taken from the 1988-89 tour. (The new acoustic studio versions of some songs are puzzling, as more live versions would have been infinitely preferable.) But in any format, Lead Me On is still arguably the best CCM album ever made, and an outstanding album by any standards.
Still the Best....after all these years!!!  Oct 19, 2008
This by far is one of the best albums..........period!
Since "Heart In Motion" became Amy's "Thriller"..."Lead Me On" is definetly her "Off The Wall" album that you can play over and over again and never get tired of it!
AND...if you have a chance to see the LEAD ME ON 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR...GO AND SEE IT!!!

Seeing her do these songs live after 20yrs is amazing! I remember all that I was going through when this album came out and how it got me through!!...It still has the same impact today as it did so long ago.

BTW, another reviewer mentioned how "Faithless Heart" is difficult to listen to considering what Amy has been through in her personal life...I understand why this was said ......BUT, I do want to share what AMY said during the concert:
"Gary Chapman played bass on the original tour and since he, Vince and I decide that would not be a good idea for this reunion, I got the guy who played bass on the orignal recording, Mike Brignardello".....(The audience laughed!).....So with that said, all I can say is "Thank You Jesus for the power of forgiveness!"
The Lead me on Anniversary Edt. is a great CD..especially the BONUS CD with the LIVE Tracks from the 1989 Tour and the Accoustic recordings are a blast to listen.
I hope Amy will do many many new songs..she has such an heart-warming voice, the lyrics are so real, positive and it was fun listening to her in the 80's in the 90's and also in 2008.
Worth Purchasing  Aug 1, 2008
I remember purchasing my original copy of Lead Me On 20 years ago! This special edition sounds great and I love the acoustic versions of some of the classic recordings from this CD. Any Amy fan must have this anniversary edition in their collection!
Breakthrough Album  Jul 20, 2008
You have to understand that Amy Grant's musical style, prior to 'Lead Me On' were VERY upbeat, sweet, contemporary christian. She was, after all, a teen-aged evangelical. This album, however, marked a change. Now, we hear about her struggle... her history... her maturing faith. There are even some selections where she DOESN'T mention God! A very honest, lean album full of heart-felt, more mature songs. Great album.

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