16. 77’s: Eighty Eight

(BIA, 1991)
(BIA, 1991)

It would be hard to overstate just how good this record is. Not that the 77’s are strangers to greatness. The band has a darn good discography that boasts some of the greatest Christian albums ever recorded. Heck, All Fall Down was ranked #2 on just such a list, while the 77’s self-titled record was #1 on another. Such high praise is warranted, but those with a critical eye neglected the fact that Eighty Eight is the best record the 77’s ever made.

That’s of course in the opinion of one man, but I don’t think it gets any better for the 77’s fans than Eighty Eight, which captures the band at the height of its power in a live peformance. This record is seriously as good or better than The Who’s Live at Leeds, a critically acclaimed concert record that some think is the band’s best. Whatever the case may be, Eighty Eight is the 77’s record I’ve listened to the most, over and over again as a matter of fact. It has everything you want from the band: its best song ever (The Lust, The Flesh, The Eyes & The Pride of Life), an absolutely sensational classic rock cover (The Yardbird’s Over Under Sideways Down), and a trio of ear-pleasing extended jams that have the band firing on all cylinders (Mercy Mercy, You Don’t Scare Me, I Could Laugh) – all of which extend beyond 11 minutes.

Recorded in 1988 (hence the title) after the band’s “unceremonious dumping” from Island Records, it’s an impressive outing and fantastic record from start to finish. And with over an hour-and-a-quarter’s worth of music, there’s plenty of bang for the buck.

TRACKS:

  1. Perfect Blues
  2. I Can’t Get Over It
  3. Wild Blue
  4. Mary And The Baby Elvis
  5. Closer
  6. Where It’s At
  7. The Lust, The Flesh, The Eyes & The Pride of Life
  8. Over Under Sideways Down
  9. Mercy Mercy
  10. You Don’t Scare Me
  11. I Could Laugh

LISTEN HERE:

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/88/4735732

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One thought on “16. 77’s: Eighty Eight

  1. This is a live album? I always thought it was a collection. Anyway, 77’s is a great band. Their self-titled is among my favorite albums for sure. Also Pray Naked and All Fall Down are good choices.

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