7: The Best of Stryper

7: The Best of Stryper

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Throughout rock history, all great bands spawn quite a bit of similar-sounding offspring -- and the mighty Van Halen were no different. Throughout the '80s, a plethora of VH disciples appeared on the scene -- many of which happened to also hail from the same locale, Hollywood. Musically, Stryper were quite similar to the Van Halen boys, but vocally, singer Michael Sweet was more a kin to Styx's Dennis DeYoung. The pairing of both styles won Stryper a large following, and for a stretch of several years, scored several MTV hits, all of which are neatly compiled on 2003's 7: The Best of Stryper. While Stryper's lyrical message did not reflect either the party-hearty (Mötley Crüe) or the "demonic" (W.A.S.P.) bands of the era, they were cut from the same musical cloth. As a result, Stryper were known primarily as a rock band ("Soldiers Under Command," "Free," etc.), even though they also specialized in schmaltzy power ballads ("Honestly," "Lady," etc.). Also, there was the odd moment when both styles merged, such as "Calling On You," and Stryper get credit for the unlikeliest cover tune for a pop-metal band -- Earth, Wind & Fire's "Shining Star" (perhaps only outdone by the Bulletboys tackling Tom Waits' "Hang On St. Christopher"). With all the expected favorites included here, the 18-track 7: The Best of Stryper is a much better Stryper compilation than 1991's paltry Can't Stop the Rock.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2003
Label: Hollywood Records
UPC: 0720616239129
catalogNumber: 162391

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stryper   Primary Artist
Oz Fox   Guitar,Vocals
Michael Sweet   Guitar,Vocals
Robert Sweet   Drums
Jackson Marques   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Philip Bailey   Composer
Stryper   Composer,Producer
Maurice White   Composer
Carl Beatty   Engineer
Lawrence Ethan   Engineer
Oz Fox   Composer,Producer
Tim Gaines   Title Concept
Stephan Galfas   Producer
Ron Goudie   Producer
Paul Lani   Producer
Michael J. Lloyd   Producer
Dan Nebenzal   Engineer
Carmine Rubino   Engineer
Michael Sweet   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Robert Sweet   Composer,Producer
Michael Wagener   Producer,Engineer
Tom Werman   Producer
Kenny Lewis   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Lorenzo Dunn   Composer

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