Originally released in 1996 and reissued a decade later, shortly after Petra had disbanded, THE EARLY YEARS focuses on the seminal Christian rock act's Journey-esque late-1970s/early-'80s era. During this formative period, the group honed its arena-rock sound with vocalist Greg X. Volz, who stands out on tracks like "Praise Ye Lord" and the slightly funky "Chameleon." For devoted Petra fans, this is an excellent compilation, and its budget price makes it that much more appealing.
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