Straight On (Lamb & Lion LL-1043) 1979
As good as This Time Thru is, the band’s vision comes to full fruition on Straight On. Top-notched songwriting, skillful playing and professional production are all at their peak here. Slick jamming guitar grooves from Key, rippling forth on cuts like ‘Jericho’, Go Tell Them’, ‘Long Distance Runner’ and ‘Let Him Help You Today’. DeGarmo’s keyboards get equal time in the spotlight, satisfying the progressive rock edge heard on cuts such as the Kansas-like ‘Bad Livin’ or the instrumental ‘Enchiridion’. ‘Livin’ On The Edge of Dyin’ is an especially strong track with bold intro that blends the synths of ELP with the harmony guitars of Queen. Closes on a slightly quieter note with the graceful ‘Mary’. One of the strongest un-compromised Christian classic rock albums of all time.
It has been reported that Dana Key has gone to be with the Lord. Rest in peace brother. Pray for his family.
01 – Jericho
02 – Livin’ On The Edge Of Dyin’
03 – Go Tell Them
04 – Bad Livin’
05 – Enchiridion
06 – Long Distance Runner
07 – Let Him Help You Today
08 – I Never Knew You
09 – Mary