April 15, 2023

The Strait Tapes Volume 1 (1985?)

 Christian Pop / Rock 

The Strait Tapes – Volume 1
1985? (no label)
London, England, United Kingdom

Side 1:

  1. Larry Norman – If You Don’t Love the Lord
    (early version, later released on Rehearsal 4 Reality, 1986 Royal Music)
  2. Robin Lane – Hard Cover
    (from Heart Connection EP, 1984 Recon Records)
  3. Steve Turner – I Look Down
    (previously unreleased)
  4. Philip Bailey – The Wonders of His Love
    (from The Wonders of His Love, 1984 Myrrh Records)
  5. Jump the Nile – Innocence Abroad
    (previously unreleased)
  6. Ring of Fire – Brave Men Cry
    (previously unreleased)

Side 2:

  1. Bruce Cockburn – In the Falling Dark
    (from In the Falling Dark, 1976 True North Records)
  2. Maria Muldaur – There’s Gonna be the Devil to Pay
    (from Sweet and Slow, 1983 Spindrift)
  3. Randy Stonehill – Everything But Love
    (from Stonehill, 1985 Street Tunes)
  4. Press Any Key – Whistle on the Wind
    (early version, later released on Whisper in the Wind, 1987 Marshall Pickering Records)
  5. Garth Hewitt – Red Hot and Cooking
    (b-side to The Hungry Wind single, 1982 Blue Moon Records)
  6. Interface – Memories
    (from Memories, 1984 Embryo Arts)

Track 10(Re-Transfered) - DOWNLOAD


  1. Press Any Key was a band featuring guitarist John Russell from the UK Christian band 'After The Fire' after ATF folded in 1982-3, shortly after its international hit 'Der Kommissar'. I believe the 1987 LP was the only release by 'Press Any Key'.

  2. This is a nice tape, which I'm grateful to hear, so 'Thanks'.

    Perhaps being a little picky, but the audio sounds clipped/overloaded to me (and I'm no audiophile). Audacity does show the Press Any Key track as clipping throughout, so I assume this applies through the whole transfer. Is there any chance you would be able to get a better transfer?

    BTW I can confirm that the PAK track is a different version to that on the released album.

    1. I reTransfered that track.. If it's not any better.. Only copy of tape I have at the moment..

    2. Thank you very much for trying. Hope you have a peaceful and restful Sunday.

  3. Thanks for this. I have Volume 2 in a box in my loft, but had never heard Volume 1. Hope you manage to track down and post Volume 3 sometime


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