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PETRA - NEVER SAY DIE (1981)



  
01 The Coloring Song 2:55
Words and music: Dave Eden
02 Chameleon 5:49
Words and music: Bob Hartman
03 Angel Of Light 4:22
Words and music: Bob Hartman
04 Killing My Old Man 3:48
Words and music: Bob Hartman
05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:29
Words and music: Greg X. Volz
06 Never Say Die 3:43
Words and music: Bob Hartman
07 I Can Be Friends With You 4:14
Words and music: Bob Hartman
08 For Annie 4:26
Words and music: Bob Hartman
09 Father Of Lights 3:04
Words and music: Bob Hartman
10 Praise Ye The Lord 3:18
Words and music: Greg X. Volz
10 tracks, 39:09

Petra
Greg X. Volz - Lead vocals, backup vocals
Bob Hartman - All guitars
Mark Kelly - Bass, backup vocals
John Slick - Keyboards, backup vocals
Additional musicians
Keith Edwards - Drums, percussion
Alex MacDougall - Percussion
Joe Miller - Trombone
Bob Welborn - Trumpet
Production details
Produced, engineered and mixed by Jonathan David Brown
Recorded at Rivendell Sound Recorders in Pasadena, TX
Additional overdubs at Martinsound, Alhambra, CA and Whitefield Sound, Santa Anna, CA
Mixed at Whitefield Sound
Track arrangements by Petra with Jonathan
String and horn arrangements on "For Annie" by John Slick
Mastered at MCA/Whitney Recording Studio by Steve Hall
All glory to God for this album
Artwork details
Illustration: Randy Rogers
Layout: Mary Ann Smith
Sleeve photography: Diane McLaughlin
Booking information
Petrified Productions, 1917 N. Main, Springfield, MO 65803, (417)-831-2147
Special thanks to
Bill and Dixie Little and Little More Sound for their willingness to give in a time of need. Thanks to Jonathan, Jeff Boggs, and the Star Song gang.
Original release date
Fall-1981
Vinyl releases
US Star Song Records SSR-0032 (manufactured by Star Song)
US Star Song Records SSR-0032 (Word, Inc. distribution - Side 2 Never Day Die)
US Star Song Records SSR-0032 (Word, Inc. distribution - Side 2 Never Say Die) ??
US A&M Records SP-5064
CA Star Song Records / Praise Records SSR 0032
UK Kingsway KMR 357
AU Star Song Records / Word Records Australia SSR-0032
8-track release
US Star Song Records SS8-0032
Cassette releases
US Star Song Records SSC 0032 (manufactured by Star Song) ??
US Star Song Records SSC 0032 (Word, Inc. distribution)
US Star Song Records SSC 8032 (Sparrow/Star Song distribution | white shell)
US Star Song Records SSC 8032 (Sparrow/Star Song distribution | transparent shell)
US Star Song Records SSC 8032 (Sparrow/Star Song distribution - Printed in Canada) ??
US Star Song Records SSC 8032 / G4 0544 3 880324 5 (No distribution credits)
US A&M Records CS-5064
UK Kingsway KMC 357
CA Star Song Records / Praise Records C 0032
CD release with Washes Whiter Than (1988)
US Star Song Records SSD 8016
Promotional releases
45rpm 7" vinyl The Coloring Song
45rpm 7" vinyl For Annie
Accompaniment trax
The Coloring Song
Sheet music
The Petra Songbook - Special 10-Year Anniversary Souvenir Edition

LP - USA - Star Song Records SSR-0032 (Manufactured by Star Song Records)

(p) & © 1981 Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2223 Strawberry, Pasadena, TX 77506 | Printed in the U.S.A. | Label: Manufactured by Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2223 Strawberry Village, Pasadena, TX 77502
SSR-0032 | Labels: SSR-0032A b/w SSR-0032B
No barcode | Matrix: SSR-0032-A / MONE-BACK / MCA8R / 12113(3)+ || SSR-0032-B / MO-TEE / 12114(3)+

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song
A02 Chameleon
A03 Angel Of Light
A04 Killing My Old Man
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die
B02 I Can Be Friends With You
B03 For Annie
B04 Father Of Lights
B05 Praise Ye The Lord
        

  

LP - USA - Star Song Records SSR-0032 / F-2332 (Manufactured by Star Song Records)

(p) & © 1981 Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2223 Strawberry, Pasadena, TX 77506 | Printed in the U.S.A. | Label: Manufactured by Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2223 Strawberry Village, Pasadena, TX 77502
SSR-0032 | F-2332 | Labels: SSR-0032A b/w SSR-0032B | Label side 2 gives "NEVER DAY DIE" as title for B01
No barcode

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song 2:52
A02 Chameleon 5:47
A03 Angel Of Light 4:21
A04 Killing My Old Man 3:46
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:26
Side 2
B01 Never Day Die 3:42
B02 I Can Be Friends With You 4:12
B03 For Annie 4:24
B04 Father Of Lights 3:02
B05 Praise Ye The Lord 3:18
        

  

LP - USA - Star Song Records SSR-0032 (Word, Inc. Distribution)

(p) & © 1981 Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2223 Strawberry, Pasadena, TX 77506 | Printed in the U.S.A. | Distributed by Word, Inc., Waco, TX | Label: Distributed by Word, Inc., Waco, TX
SSR-0032 | Labels: SSR-0032A b/w SSR-0032B | Label side 2 gives "NEVER DAY DIE" as album title
No barcode | Matrix: MR Δ 25955 / (2) / SSR-0032-A / MONE-BACK / MCA8 / 12113(3)+ || MR Δ 25955-X / (2) / SSR-0032-B / MO-TEE / 12114(3)+

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song 2:52
A02 Chameleon 5:47
A03 Angel Of Light 4:21
A04 Killing My Old Man 3:46
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:26
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die 3:42
B02 I Can Be Friends With You 4:12
B03 For Annie 4:24
B04 Father Of Lights 3:02
B05 Praise Ye The Lord 3:18
        

  

It is possible that there is a version out there with a corrected album title on the label of side 2, but I have found no confirmation for its existence.

LP - USA - Star Song Records SSR-0032 (Word, Inc. Distribution) - Signed

(p) & © 1981 Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2223 Strawberry, Pasadena, TX 77506 | Printed in the U.S.A. | Distributed by Word, Inc., Waco, TX | Label: Distributed by Word, Inc., Waco, TX
SSR-0032 | Labels: SSR-0032A b/w SSR-0032B | Label side 2 gives "NEVER DAY DIE" as album title
No barcode
Signed on the front of the cover in black sharpie by Bob Hartman

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song 2:52
A02 Chameleon 5:47
A03 Angel Of Light 4:21
A04 Killing My Old Man 3:46
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:26
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die 3:42
B02 I Can Be Friends With You 4:12
B03 For Annie 4:24
B04 Father Of Lights 3:02
B05 Praise Ye The Lord 3:18
        

  

LP - USA - A&M Records SP-5064

(p) & © 1981 Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2223 Strawberry, Pasadena, TX 77506 | Printed in the U.S.A. | This recording is also available on BASF chrome cassette | A&M Records, Inc., PO Box 118, Hollywood, CA 90028 | Manufactured and distributed by A&M Records, Inc.
SP-5064 | Labels: SP-5064 / Stereo (SP-05064-A) b/w SP-5064 / Stereo (SP-05064-B)
No barcode

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song 2:52
A02 Chameleon 5:47
A03 Angel Of Light 4:21
A04 Killing My Old Man 3:46
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:26
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die 3:42
B02 I Can Be Friends With You 4:12
B03 For Annie 4:24
B04 Father Of Lights 3:02
B05 Praise Ye The Lord 3:18
        

  

LP - Canada - Star Song Records (Praise Records Distribution) - SSR 0032

(p) & © 1981 Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2223 Strawberry, Pasadena, TX 77506 | Made in Canada | Manufactured and distributed by Praise Industries Corp., 6979 Curragh Ave., Burnaby, B.C. v5J 4V6 | Label: Manufactured and distributed by Praise Records, 6979 Curragh Ave., Burnaby, B.C. V5J 4V6
SSR 0032 | Labels: SSR 0032A b/w SSR 0032B
No barcode

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song
A02 Chameleon
A03 Angel Of Light
A04 Killing My Old Man
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die
B02 I Can Be Friends With You
B03 For Annie
B04 Father Of Lights
B05 Praise Ye The Lord
        

LP - Canada - Star Song Records (Word Records Limited Distribution) - SSR0032

(p) & © 1981 Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2223 Strawberry, Pasadena, TX 77506 | In Canada: Word Records Limited, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 4B5 | Label: Manufactured in Canada by Word Records Limited
SSR0032
No barcode

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song 2:52
A02 Chameleon 5:47
A03 Angel Of Light 4:21
A04 Killing My Old Man 3:46
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:26
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die 3:42
B02 I Can Be Friends With You 4:12
B03 For Annie 4:24
B04 Father Of Lights 3:02
B05 Praise Ye The Lord 3:18
        

  

LP - UK - Kingsway Music - KMR 357

(p) & © 1982 Star Song Records | European manufacture under license by Kingsway Music, Lottbridge Grove, Eastbourne
Label: (p) 1982 | Made in England
KMR 357
No barcode | Matrix: KMR357A1 / PAG / B / <><BILBO.TAPEONE || KMR357B1 / PAG / A / BILBO.TAPEONE

Side 1
A01 The Colouring Song
A02 Chameleon
A03 Angel Of Light
A04 Killing My Old Man
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die
B02 I Can Be Friends With You
B03 For Annie
B04 Father Of Lights
B05 Praise Ye The Lord
        

LP - Australia - Star Song Records (Word Records Australia Distribution) SSR-0032

(p) & © 1981 Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2223 Strawberry, Pasadena, TX 77506 | Distributed by Word, Inc., Waco, TX | Distributed in Australia by Word Records Australia | Label: Distributed in Australia by Word Records Australia
SSR-0032
No barcode

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song 2:52
A02 Chameleon 5:47
A03 Angel Of Light 4:21
A04 Killing My Old Man 3:46
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:26
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die 3:42
B02 I Can Be Friends With You 4:12
B03 For Annie 4:24
B04 Father Of Lights 3:02
B05 Praise Ye The Lord 3:18
        

  

8-track - USA - Star Song Records SS8-0032 (Manufactured by Star Song Records)

Star Song Records
SS8-0032 | No barcode

8-track programs
Program 1
 
Program 2
 
Program 3
 
Program 4
 
WANTED

It is possible that there is a version with either The Benson Company or Word, Inc. distribution credits.

CASSETTE - USA - Star Song Records SSC-0032 (Manufactured by Star Song Records)

Star Song Records
SSC-0032 | No barcode

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song 2:52
A02 Chameleon 5:47
A03 Angel Of Light 4:21
A04 Killing My Old Man 3:46
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:26
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die 3:42
B02 I Can Be Friends With You 4:12
B03 For Annie 4:24
B04 Father Of Lights 3:02
B05 Praise Ye The Lord 3:13
WANTED

The Word, Inc. distribution deal didn't happen till Fall 1982, so there must be an earlier printing out there. It is possible that there are different versions with either The Benson Company distribution credits or without any credits at all.

CASSETTE - USA - Star Song Records (Word, Inc. Distribution) SSC-0032

Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2223 Strawberry, Pasadena, TX 77502 | Distributed by Word, Inc., Waco, TX 76796 | Shell: Made in USA
SSC-0032 | No barcode
White shell

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song 2:52
A02 Chameleon 5:47
A03 Angel Of Light 4:21
A04 Killing My Old Man 3:46
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:26
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die 3:42
B02 I Can Be Friends With You 4:12
B03 For Annie 4:24
B04 Father Of Lights 3:02
B05 Praise Ye The Lord 3:13
        

CASSETTE - USA - Star Song Records (Sparrow/Star Song Distribution) SSC 8032 - White shell

(p) © 1981 Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2223 Strawberry, Pasadena, TX 77502 | Sparrow/Star Song Distribution, 9255 Deering Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 9131 | Printed in U.S.A.
Shell: (p) © 1981 Star Song Records, a division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 12929 Gulf Frwy, Suite 201, Houston, TX 77034 | Printed in USA
SSC 8032 | No barcode
White shell

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song 2:52
A02 Chameleon 5:47
A03 Angel Of Light 4:21
A04 Killing My Old Man 3:46
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:26
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die 3:42
B02 I Can Be Friends With You 4:12
B03 For Annie 4:24
B04 Father Of Lights 3:02
B05 Praise Ye The Lord 3:13
     

CASSETTE - USA - Star Song Records (Sparrow/Star Song Distribution) SSC 8032 - Transparent shell - Suite 201 on shell

(p) © 1981 Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2223 Strawberry, Pasadena, TX 77502 | Sparrow/Star Song Distribution, 9255 Deering Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311 | Printed in U.S.A.
Shell: (p) © 1981 Star Song Records, a division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 12929 Gulf Frwy, Suite 201, Houston, TX 77034 | Printed in USA
SSC 8032 | No barcode
Transparent shell

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song 2:52
A02 Chameleon 5:47
A03 Angel Of Light 4:21
A04 Killing My Old Man 3:46
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:26
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die 3:42
B02 I Can Be Friends With You 4:12
B03 For Annie 4:24
B04 Father Of Lights 3:02
B05 Praise Ye The Lord 3:13
     

CASSETTE - USA - Star Song Records (Sparrow/Star Song Distribution) SSC 8032 - Transparent shell - Suite 110 on shell

(p) © 1981 Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2223 Strawberry, Pasadena, TX 77502 | Sparrow/Star Song Distribution, 9255 Deering Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311 | Printed in U.S.A.
Shell: (p) & © 1981 Star Song Records, a division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 12929 Gulf Freeway, Suite 110, Houston, TX 77034 | Printed in U.S.A. | Distributed by Sparrow/Star Song, 9255 Deering Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311
SSC 8032 | No barcode
Transparent shell | Dolby HX Pro B NR

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song 2:52
A02 Chameleon 5:47
A03 Angel Of Light 4:21
A04 Killing My Old Man 3:46
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:26
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die 3:42
B02 I Can Be Friends With You 4:12
B03 For Annie 4:24
B04 Father Of Lights 3:02
B05 Praise Ye The Lord 3:13
     

It is likely that there is a Sparrow/Star Song distributed version out there with a small 'Printed in Canada' logo.

CASSETTE - USA - Star Song Records (Sparrow/Star Song Distribution) SSC 8032 - Transparent shell - Suite 110 on shell - With barcode

(p) © 1981 Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2223 Strawberry, Pasadena, TX 77502 | Sparrow/Star Song Distribution, 9255 Deering Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311 | Printed in U.S.A.
Shell: (p) & © 1981 Star Song Records, a division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 12929 Gulf Freeway, Suite 110, Houston, TX 77034 | Printed in U.S.A. | Distributed by Sparrow/Star Song, 9255 Deering Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311
SSC 8032 | Barcode: 0 54438-8032-4 5
Transparent shell | Dolby HX Pro B NR

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song 2:52
A02 Chameleon 5:47
A03 Angel Of Light 4:21
A04 Killing My Old Man 3:46
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:26
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die 3:42
B02 I Can Be Friends With You 4:12
B03 For Annie 4:24
B04 Father Of Lights 3:02
B05 Praise Ye The Lord 3:13
     

CASSETTE - USA - Star Song Records SSC 8032 - Printed in Canada

(p) © 1981 Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2325 Crestmoor, Nashville, TN 37215 | Shell: © (p) 1981 Star Song, a division of Star Song Communications, Inc., P.O. Box 150009, Nashville, TN 37215 | Printed in U.S.A. |
SSC 8032 | Shell: SSC-8032 | Barcode: 0 54438-8032-4 5
Transparent shell | Dolby system | CrO2

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song 2:52
A02 Chameleon 5:47
A03 Angel Of Light 4:21
A04 Killing My Old Man 3:46
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:26
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die 3:42
B02 I Can Be Friends With You 4:12
B03 For Annie 4:24
B04 Father Of Lights 3:02
B05 Praise Ye The Lord 3:13
     

CASSETTE - USA - Star Song Records SSC8032 / G4 0544 3 880324 5

(p) © 1981 Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2325 Crestmoor, Nashville, TN 37215 | Shell: © (p) 1981 Star Song, a division of Star Song Communications, P.O. Box 150009, Nashville, TN 37215
SSC 8032 | Shell: SSC8032 / G4 0544 3 880324 5 | Barcode: 0 54438-8032-4 5
Transparent shell | Dolby system

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song 2:52
A02 Chameleon 5:47
A03 Angel Of Light 4:21
A04 Killing My Old Man 3:46
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:26
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die 3:42
B02 I Can Be Friends With You 4:12
B03 For Annie 4:24
B04 Father Of Lights 3:02
B05 Praise Ye The Lord 3:13
     

CASSETTE - USA - A&M Records CS-5064 (without barcode)

Manufactured and distributed by A&M Records, Inc. | Printed in the U.S.A. | (p) 1979 Star Song Records
CS-5064 | No barcode
White shell | This cassette is manufactured with BASF professional II Chrome tape | CHROME 120μS EQ | Dolby System

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song 2:52
A02 Chameleon 5:47
A03 Angel Of Light 4:21
A04 Killing My Old Man 3:46
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:26
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die 3:42
B02 I Can Be Friends With You 4:12
B03 For Annie 4:24
B04 Father Of Lights 3:02
B05 Praise Ye The Lord 3:13
     

CASSETTE - USA - A&M Records CS-5064 (with barcode)

Manufactured and distributed by A&M Records, Inc. | Printed in the U.S.A. | (p) 1979 Star Song Records
CS-5064 | Barcode: 0 7502-15064-4
White shell | This cassette is manufactured with BASF professional II Chrome tape | CHROME 120μS EQ | Dolby System

Side 1
A01 The Coloring Song 2:52
A02 Chameleon 5:47
A03 Angel Of Light 4:21
A04 Killing My Old Man 3:46
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing 3:26
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die 3:42
B02 I Can Be Friends With You 4:12
B03 For Annie 4:24
B04 Father Of Lights 3:02
B05 Praise Ye The Lord 3:13
     

CASSETTE - Canada - Star Song Records / Praise Records C 0032

Star Song Records, A Division of Jubilee Communications, Inc., 2223 Strawberry Village, Pasadena, TX 77502 | Praise Records, 6979 Curragh Ave., Burnaby, B.C. V5J 4V6 | (p) & © Star Song Records | Made In Canada
C 0032 | No barcode
Transparent shell w/ white label

Program I
A01 The Coloring Song
A02 Chameleon
A03 Angel Of Light
A04 Killing My Old Man
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing
Program II
B01 Never Say Die
B02 I Can Be Friends With You
B03 For Annie
B04 Father Of Lights
B05 Praise Ye The Lord
     

CASSETTE - UK - Kingsway Music KMC 357

(p) & © Kingsway Music
KMC 357 | No barcode
White shell

Side 1
A01 The Colouring Song
A02 Chameleon
A03 Angel Of Light
A04 Killing My Old Man
A05 Without Him We Can Do Nothing
Side 2
B01 Never Say Die
B02 I Can Be Friends With You
B03 For Annie
B04 Father Of Lights
B05 Praise Ye The Lord
     

TRIVIA

This album features the first flying guitar, which would become a theme on Petra's album covers.

"The Coloring Song" and "Praise Ye The Lord" were originally songs from e-band. Greg Volz was the lead singer for this band during the early seventies. Petraspective has a live-recording of e-band's version of "Praise Ye The Lord" and several recordings of Greg X. Volz performing "Praise Ye The Lord" on tour with Phil Keaggy.

There is the story that quite a lot of the 7" vinyl singles with "For Annie" were destroyed, due to the false rumour among DJs that a young girl committed suicide after hearing the song.

Petra went on tour during the first three months of 1982 with headliner Servant. During the tour Petra's fame attracted more and more people, so much so that people came to see Petra rather than Servant.

The first official band pictures for Never Say Die feature the temporary drummer Jeff Boggs. Louie Weaver didn't join the band until 1982, during the Never Say Die tour.