Keith Green needs no introduction for most CCM fans, the fiery young piano-playing singer whose tragic death in an airplane crash ended his life far too soon. But his music lives on, as does the legacy of the polarizing artist. He was outspoken with a get-right-with-God, in-your-face approach that defined his career, although he shunned celebrity status. However, in a bitter twist of irony, Green, who blasted the CCM money-making machine for cashing in on the gospel (and even negotiated a contract for his music and concerts to be free), has had his music reissued on various compilations and greatest hits packages over the years…along with books and videos about his life.
You can’t blame the idealist for how things turned out. Nor can you ignore the demand for his music to be heard in the decades that have followed his untimely death. For Him Who Has Ears to Hear was Green’s first record and it is best described as piano-oriented pop that wouldn’t be out of place on an Elton John or Billy Joel album. There are some amazing songs on the record (except for the lyrical content, that is). You Put This Love in My Heart is a great opener, and one of the best tracks alongside He’ll Take Care of The Rest and Your Love Broke Through.
Green would go on to record three more records prior to that fateful flight in 1982. I’ve always enjoyed his music in small doses, and really appreciate his passion and fact that he wore his heart on his sleeve at all times. For Him Who Has Ears to Hear is no doubt a Keith Green classic and must have from the Jesus music era.
- You put this love in my heart
- I can’t believe it
- Because of you
- When i hear the praises start
- He’ll take care of the rest
- Your love broke through
- No one believes in me anymore (Satan’s Beast)
- Song to my parents (I only want to see you there)
- Trials turned to gold
- The easter song