Following the phenomenal success of the first album was not an easy task.
The first album was really a concept album, taking the cream of the crop of
our available songs and weaving them into a seamless statement of our
newfound faith. We really did not have such a concept for a second album.
Rather, we felt like we were taking leftover songs to a certain degree, and
trying to fashion them into something cohesive. We did, of course, have new
songs we had written, but overall this album seemed like more of a
patchwork quilt of songs that only had a general connection to each other-
that connection being the Christian aspect. Yet we did feel strongly about
these songs. We had performed many of them countless times in concert and
knew the ministry impact that the songs had under the anointing of God. So
there was never any intent to create a lesser work, yet we didn't really
have the strength of a concept in mind when we first entered the studio.
This album was recorded and mixed in its entirety at the newly completed Mama
Jo's, named after Freddie Piro's mother. I remember little about the
tracking of this album, but we had all decided that we wanted to move in a
little bit different direction in regard to production values. This time
we planned to use a string section, and outside players when needed. We
did desire to make an album that would not be a carbon copy of the first,
no matter how successful the first had been.
I don't remember how long the album took to record and mix. I do remember a
listening party at Freddie's house where we all listened to the album
together and felt that we had done well. When compared with the phenomenal
success of the first album, this album did not sell as well. When it came
out recently on CD re-release, I enjoyed listening to it more than I did
the first one.