For this cover we return to the flying guitar motif. It will be of special interest to computer hobbyists, especially computer graphics enthusiasts, because it was computer-generated by Melvin L. Prueitt of Los Alamos National Laboratory, author of "Art and the Computer". The picture itself is a spaceship guitar near the bottom right-hand corner and the word "PETRA" written in green letters in an orange triangle at the top left, with "CAPTURED IN TIME & SPACE" directly under it. In an interesting side note, I once spotted this album (with the group and album name airbrushed off) in an episode of the TV series "Mr. Belvedere" in which the girl gets a job at a record store and the boy she likes takes advantage of the situation to steal some albums. He steals himself a copy of CIT&S... hey, if you're going to steal a record, at least steal one that will get you saved!
This album contains live versions of all of the songs from Beat The System except "Witch Hunt" and a good selection from the other albums after Never Say Die, so I won't cover them again. The only "new"
material is the solos and the altar-call song, "The Great I Am", which is available nowhere else... because it was spontaneously created, ad-
lib, as the concert was in progress! It was never performed before that night and has never been performed (by them) since. The part of the keyboard solo which is called "Jesus Loves You" is a game with a digital
sampler; John plays a little song with the words "Jesus Loves You!" You have to hear it to appreciate it. This song also includes a lengthy (for an album) sermonette/altar call between "Godpleaser" and "The Great I Am". And, you get to hear several of the guys speak as they introduce some of the songs. If you want a good introduction to pre-John Schlitt Petra, this is a good one to get just because of the fantastic selection of songs on it.
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