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Music to Raise the Dead: 1972-1998

Music to Raise the Dead: 1972-1998
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Release Date
September 1, 2008
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Grrr Records

Sounds like … classic rock from the late '70s and early '80s by bands like Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, U2, Heart, Aerosmith, Journey, and ZZ Top

At a glance … this impressively packaged 3 CD box set adequately compiles varied highlights from Resurrection Band's 30-year run while also providing a quality DVD concert recording for the longtime fans

Resurrection Band is probably better known for their contributions to ministry and Christian culture than for their music. Born out of the Jesus Movement—and in some sense, continuing the spirit of it to this day—the members were instrumental in helping establish Jesus People USA in North Chicago in 1972. They're also responsible for launching Cornerstone Festival, the annual alternative Christian music event that draws artists and audiences from all over the country.

But Resurrection Band was every bit the Christian rock pioneer that Petra was, and remained true to their classic rock roots over most of their 30-year span. True, their sound did change with the times, as did their name—to Rez Band and simply Rez in the '80s and '90s—but the band maintained a core sound and a remarkably consistent lineup, with only Roy Montroy replacing original bassist Jim Denton back in 1988.

Borrowing the title of the Resurrection Band's first independent release in 1974, as well as the title of their first best-of compilation in 1984, Music to Raise the Dead: 1972-1998 demonstrates how to do a box set right. Though no thicker than a pair of CD jewel cases, the packaging includes three CDs spanning the band's long career (each in their own sleeve), as well as a DVD with an impressively preserved concert from Chicago in 1992 and a thick 80-page booklet ...

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