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- FIRST TIME ON CD!!!
- High-Quality Expanded 8 Page Booklet with photos and lyrics
- Jewel Case CD
- 2022 Girder Records, GR1122
- Originally Release in 1985
- Legends of Rock™ Edition
- Release Date: March 11, 2022
- UPC: 763416070042
ABOUT THE RELEASES
Rick Cua was a force to be reckoned with in the world of contemporary Christian music recording 11 solo albums. An Italian American sporting a cool leather jacket, Cua was the bass player for the successful southern rock band The Outlaws. Rick Cua's first 4 albums were and still are among the top classic AOR albums to come out of the widely successful Christian Rock scene however the first 3 have never been on CD until NOW.
Koo'-ah (1982), No Mystery (1983), You're My Road (1985) and Wear Your Colors (1986), have been completely remastered in these officially licensed, limited edition Legends of Rock™ CD pressings with expanded 8 page booklets, collectors trading cards (in 2 of them) and restored original covers. Rick was also heavily involved in the process and was kind enough to provide insights and reflections on each release.
YOU'RE MY ROAD
This is Rick’s first album on Sparrow Records, featuring a pristine polished sound. Bob Halligan Jr, who contributed songs to such legends as Judas Priest, Kiss, Helix, Icon, and Kix, sits in the producer seat. The production is top notch, maybe even flawless. Background vocals are expressive without sounding over-powering. The guitars are given equal distribution with the keys. Overall, the song craft is punchy and inspired.
A few of the significant players include drummer Mike Mead and guitarist Peter York, who played with Second Chapter of Acts and later Phil Keaggy. Additionally, Rob Frazier, who released his notable debut album a year prior, added background vocals.
The opener is the Southern rock Don’t Say Suicide, co-written by Rick Cua’s wife. Being parents of two teenage daughters at the time, Rick felt compelled to address the issue. The song has received befitting feedback over the years.
Other stand-out tracks are the fast-paced You’ve Only Got One Life, House Calls, featuring great sounding electronic drums, and yacht-rock sounding Runaway, which has some fine saxophone soloing. The Old Man picks up the tempo a few notches with catchy cleverness: “You’re not going to see the old man, I want to make it clear, I’m not going to be the old man, I drove him out of here.” What a great way of expressing the truth that we are not the same as who we once were.
If you are a fan of John Elefante, Bryan Duncan or Phil Keaggy, you will likely enjoy this album.—Doug Peterson, Down The Line zine
Rick reflects on You're My Road
The cover photo for my third project, You’re My Road, was taken on the old Shelby Street bridge in Nashville. I loved making records and the images were an important part of the marketing but honestly I couldn’t wait to get that done and get back in the studio.
I remember, shortly before we started the project, Time Magazine did a feature on teen suicide. Since we had two teenage girls that article really caught our attention. After reading it my wife Diana went into the bedroom shut the door and starting to write the lyrics for one of You’re My Road’s lead songs, Don’t Say Suicide. She brought this one to myself and Bob Halligan Jr. and the 3 of us finished it.
God used that song in the lives of many and to save the lives of some. We heard beautiful testimonies about people choosing life in the eleventh hour and I’m sure there are many stories we won’t know about until heaven. Writing songs like that with life saving messages is what motivated me to devote a big chunk of my life to Contemporary Christian Music.
- DON'T SAY SUICIDE 3:30
- YOU'RE MY ROAD 3:54
- ONE CHILD IN PAIN 3:40
- WE ARE THE CHOSEN 3:51
- YOU'VE ONLY GOT ONE LIFE 3:40
- HOUSE CALLS 3:14
- RUNAWAY 3:33
- WE ARE YOURS 3:22
- HE OLD MAN 4:12
- CANT' STOP 3:07
ABOUT RICK CUA
Rick Cua is a force to be reckoned with in the world of contemporary Christian music. He’s an Italian American and sports a cool leather jacket. Cua became a believer in 1977 and played in local bands in the mainstream market. A couple years later he landed the opportunity to become the bass player for the successful Southern rock band The Outlaws. For several years he toured extensively with The Outlaws and helped them reach three million albums in sales.
Another widely-known musician, Joe English, former drummer for Paul McCartney & Wings, introduced Cua to the Christian music industry. While still in The Outlaws, Rick followed his heart and wrote gritty rock and adult contemporary songs as a vehicle to share the love of God. His songs have tackled issues current amongst young adults. He also brings in seasoned musicians from known bands. With over three decades in and twelve albums, six #1 songs, nine top 5 hits, and a Dove Award nominee, Cua remains passionate to record and perform, inspiring people to live in the fullness of Jesus. On occasions, he continues to play in Blues Counsel, a band made up of members who have been jamming together from twenty to forty years.
Drums: Mike Mead
Guitars: George Cocchini, Dave Perkins, Ron DeRollo, & Marc Ribler
Keyboards: John Sinclair, Bob Halligan, Jr., Larry Arlotta,
Dave Perkins, Tommy Greer (PPG 2.3), & Dino Pastin
Percussion: Mike Mead, Dave Hanlon
Synthesizer Programs: Dino Pastin, John Sinclair,
Tommy Greer (PPG 2.3), Dave Perkins, & Chad Welling
Bass Guitar & Lead Vocals: Rick Cua
Background Vocals: Bob Halligan, Jr., Rob Frazier,
Dave Perkins, Rick Cua, & Shawn Welling
Engineers: David Schober, Malcolm Harper, Dave Perkins, & Lynn Fuston
Additional Engineers: Don Martell, Ron DeRollo, Glen Marchese,
Chris McCollum, J.B., & David Shirley
Studios: ReelSound Bus, Nashville, TN,
Grand Slam Studio, West Orange, NJ &
Lakewood Studio, Jamesville, NY
Remote Location: Oak Hill Assembly, Nashville, TN
Mix: ReelSound Truck, Austin, TX
Mastered at Future Disc Systems, Hollywood, CA
Rick Cua exclusively uses Electrosonics Wireless Systems,
Roto Sound Strings, & Calzone Cases.
Thanks also to: Carver, Kramer, and Yamaha.
Dave Perkins appears courtesy of Word Records, Inc.
Rob Frazier appears courtesy of Light Records.
LEGENDS OF ROCK EDITION
Executive Producer: Greg Hays
Remastered by Rob Colwell @ Bombworks Sound
Layout & Design by Scott Waters @ NoLifeTilMetal
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