15 Songs, 1 Hour 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Over the course of his first decade as a recording artist, Michael W. Smith evolved from a mild-mannered purveyor of synthesizer pop into a credible rocker able to tell stories through music. Commercially, he demonstrated an ability to score mainstream hits like “I Will Be Here for You” and “Go West Young Man” while retaining his hold on his Christian fan base. As a messenger for the Word, he found creative ways to express spiritual themes, stretching the limits of the Christian music genre in the process. Not surprisingly, The First Decade: 1983-1993 largely concentrates upon his best-known tunes, from his debut Christian chart-topper “Great Is the Lord” through his minor (but still appealing) hit “Kentucky Rose.” From the heart-tugging “Friends” to the street-savvy “Rocketown” and the anthemic “Place In This World,” the arc of Smith's career is traced in these tracks. Fans might want to seek out his individual albums for worthwhile lesser-known songs, but as a well-balanced introduction to this enduring artist’s beginnings, this collection serves quite nicely.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Over the course of his first decade as a recording artist, Michael W. Smith evolved from a mild-mannered purveyor of synthesizer pop into a credible rocker able to tell stories through music. Commercially, he demonstrated an ability to score mainstream hits like “I Will Be Here for You” and “Go West Young Man” while retaining his hold on his Christian fan base. As a messenger for the Word, he found creative ways to express spiritual themes, stretching the limits of the Christian music genre in the process. Not surprisingly, The First Decade: 1983-1993 largely concentrates upon his best-known tunes, from his debut Christian chart-topper “Great Is the Lord” through his minor (but still appealing) hit “Kentucky Rose.” From the heart-tugging “Friends” to the street-savvy “Rocketown” and the anthemic “Place In This World,” the arc of Smith's career is traced in these tracks. Fans might want to seek out his individual albums for worthwhile lesser-known songs, but as a well-balanced introduction to this enduring artist’s beginnings, this collection serves quite nicely.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
79 Ratings
79 Ratings
Jacob 9 ,

Great song

My mom had breast cancer and I thought about this song when she had it🙂

Dissapointed was already taken ,

What?!

How does this album not have 5 stars?!

Gracie365321Willow ,

Pray for me

This song always gets me in a mood where I cry, not sad tears happy tears and it is worth all of the $1.29 so get the song one of my favorites

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