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    30 Years Ago: Stryper released "Soldiers under command" album

     

    May 15 1985, Stryper released "Soldiers under Command" Album
    Soldiers Under Command is the second release, and first full-length studio album from  metal band Stryper, released in 1985. It was the first Christian metal album to achieve Gold record status, selling more than half a million copies. The album was originally issued on white vinyl. The Live in Japan in-concert video, released in 1986, was filmed on July 8, 1985 during Stryper's tour in support of this album.



    A music video of the title track was released.



    All songs written by Michael Sweet, except where noted.


    1. "Soldiers Under Command" (Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet) – 5:03
    2. "Makes Me Wanna Sing" – 2:51
    3. "Together Forever" – 4:03
    4. "First Love" – 5:43
    5. "The Rock That Makes Me Roll" – 4:56
    6. "Reach Out" (M. Sweet, R. Sweet) – 5:21
    7. "(Waiting for) A Love That's Real" – 4:36
    8. "Together as One" – 5:01
    9. "Surrender" – 4:28
    10 "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (Julia Ward Howe, M. Sweet) – 2:36

    Personnel
    Stryper
    Michael Sweet - Lead vocals, guitar
    Robert Sweet - Drums
    Oz Fox - Lead guitar, backing vocals
    Tim Gaines - Bass, keyboards, piano, backing vocals
    Additional musicians
    Christopher Currell - Synclavier, guitar
    John Van Tongeren - Bass, keyboards, piano

    Singles

    "Soldiers Under Command" / "Together as One" -
    released June 11, 1985
    "Reach Out" / "Together as One" -
    released September 30, 1985
    Production
    Michael Wagener (Metallica, Mötley Crüe) - Producer, engineer


    Apparitions on TV




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    1985 Photos








    October 1985
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