Rez (also known as The Resurrection Band) formed during the height of the Jesus People USA movement of the late '60s and early '70s, comprising vocalists Glenn and Wendi Kaiser, guitarist/keyboard player Stu Heiss, bassist Roy Montroy and drummer John Herrin. The band has released close to twenty studio albums since then plus a few live albums and compilations. Their first demo/album was called "Music to Raise the Dead." I should also mention that guitarist/vocalist Glenn Kaiser has done several projects outside of Rez, including Mansfield, Howard, Kaiser.

Awaiting Your Reply/Ranbows End Resurrection Band-Awaiting Your Reply/Rainbows End (Star Song) 1978/1979

1. "Intro" (:41)
2. "Waves" (2:57)
3. "Awaiting Your Reply" (4:09)
4. "Broken Promises" (6:57)
5. "Golden Road" (4:57)
6. "Lightshine" (5:21)
7. "Ananias and Sapphira" (2:58)
8. "Death of the Dying" (3:19)
9. "Irish Garden" (4:51)
10. "The Return" (3:53)
11. "Outro" (:06)
12. "Midnight Son" (3:16)
13. "Strongman" (3:41)
14. "Africaans" (3:10)
15. "Skyline" (3:10)
16. "Paint a Picture" (4:47)
17. "Rainbow's End" (3:47)
18. "Concert for a Queen" (3:16)
19. "Sacrifice of Love" (3:03)
20. "The Wolf Song" (3:14)
21. "Everytime It Rains" (4:46)

Two of Rez's earliest albums on one disc. This was a cool find. The music is early 70's hard rock with lots of blues influences. Both of these albums are actually better than some of their late 70's and early 80's albums. A few songs are reminiscent of early Led Zeppelin.

DMZ Resurrection Band-D.M.Z. (Light) 1982

1. "Military Man" (3:39)
2. "Reluctance" (2:14)
3. "Babylon" (2:36)
4. "I Need Your Love" (3:24)
5. "Act 112" (3:56)
6. "No Alibi" (4:9)
7. "White Noise" (3:41)
8. "Lonely Hearts" (3:00)
9. "The Prisoner" (2:54)
10. "So In Love With You (3:38)

A friend of mine has been a Rez fan since the early 80's. He considers this disc to be a classic. Well, I guess since this was new to me as of 1995, I don't hold the same esteem. There are a few cool songs, "Military Man" and "White Noise," but otherwise I hardly ever play this one. "DMZ" also features one of the worst album covers of all time.

Beween Heaven 'n HEll Rez-Between Heaven & Hell (Sparrow) 1985

1. "The Maine Event" (3:03)
2. "Love Comes Down" (3:08)
3. "Zuid Afrikan" (5:20)
4. "Walk On" (3:12)
5. "Talk To Me" (4:25)
6. "I Think You Know" (3:13)
7. "Shadows" (5:00)
8. "Save Me From Myself" (3:30)
9. "Nervouse World" (4:22)
10. "2,000" (4:56)

This was the first Rez album I had ever heard. I bought it for one song, "Shadows," which is not only one of my favorite Rez songs, but one of my favorite songs of all time. The rest of the album pretty much sucks as most of the material has that horrible 80's new wave sound (ie "Talk To Me," "Save Me From Myself"). There are a few decent cuts though. "I Think You Know" and "The Main Event" are both good hard rock songs. Generally the songs that Glenn Kaiser sings are good and the songs his wife Wendy sings are not.

Silent Screams Rez-Silent Screams (Grrr) 1988

1. "Silent Screams" (4:11)
2. "You Got Me Rockin'" (3:13)
3. "Someone Sleeps" (5:18)
4. "Waitin' On Sundown" (4:04)
5. "Presence of the Lord" (4:33)
6. "Light/Light" (3:43)
7. "Rain Dance" (5:03)
8. "Every Waking Hour" (4:05)
9. "Three Seconds" (4:36)
10. "You Get What You Choose" (4:30)

This was about the time I started really getting into Rez. I had heard the song "Shadows" from "Between Heaven & Hell" but the rest of that album was so cheesy, that I never gave Rez another listen. However, at this time in my life, I was desperate for some good Christian music, as stuff like Petra just didn't cut it. I went to a Christian music store and checked out Rez's "Silent Screams." To my surprise it was a solid slab of blues based hard rock and heavy metal. The title cut is a great song that has been covered by Treasure Seeker. "Light/Light" is a concert favorite Rez continued to play through the 90's. "Rain Dance" is an awesome blues rocker with a great message. "Presence of the Lord" is an Eric Clapton cover.

Innocent Blood Rez-Innocent Blood (Grrr) 1989

1. "Rooster Crow" (:48)
2. "Alter of Pain" (3:15)
3. "The House is On Fire" (3:25)
4. "80,000 Underground" (3:14)
5. "Fiend or Foul" (7:20)
6. "Where Roses Grow" (7:20)
7. "Right On Time" (5:46)
8. "Child of the Blues" (3:40)
9. "Laughing Man" (3:31)
10. "Bargain" (5:31)
11. "Great God in Heaven" (2:56)

Second killer disc in a row by Rez. This disc is even more blues-based than "Silent Screams," which is apparent immediately by the album opener which is an acoustic blues intro. "Great God in Heaven" is a traditional sounding blues song. Much of the rest of the disc is more blues based heavy metal ("Alter of Pain," "80,000 Underground") or Chicago-style/electric guitar blues rock ("Where Roses Grow," "Child of the Blues"). "Bargain"is a remake of the Who classic. Overall, one of Rez's better albums and probably the disc I have played more than any other.

Civil Rites Rez-Civil Rites (Ocean) 1991

1. "Lovespeak" (3:29)
2. "Mission Bells" (3:36)
3. "Comatose" (3:13)
4. "Deathmachine" (2:57)
5. "Players" (4:17)
6. "Lincoln's Train" (4:$2)
7. "Hot Footin'" (2:54)
8. "In My Room" (2:44)
9. "Little Jeanie" (4:29)
10. "Footprints" (2:37)
11. "Pauper's Grave" (4:30)
11. "Somebody to Love" (3:01)

Rez's last two discs have been pretty consistent."Civil Rites" continues in the same mode as the last two, although the production gives the album a slightly heavier sound. "Civil Rites" containes less blues-based songs and more heavy metal numbers. Favorite songs are "Lovespeak," "Mission Bells," "Players" and the bluesy "Lincoln's Train." "Somebody to Love" is a Jefferson Airplane song.

Rez-Reach of Love (Ocean) 1993

1. "Heart's Desire" (3:50)
2. "If Your Love Grows Cold" (3:22)
3. "Numbers" (2:31)
4. "Sunrise" (4:02)
5. "Dead to the World" (4:23)
6. "Reach of Love" (6:04)
7. "Land of Stolen Breath" (4:07)
8. "Mannequin's Dream" (1:30)
9. "Empty Hearts" (3:17)
10. "Thought I'd Never Love Again" (4:09)
11. "White Lies" (3:58)
12. "On My Dyin' Bed" (4:55)
13. "Heart's Desire (Reprise)" (1:03)

Rez knows what they do best, so they haven't messed with the formula in the last four albums. Rez play hard rock with a few blues based numbers, and they do it well. Not since their fatal attempts at new wave a few albums back have they put out a bad album. Must say though that I never gave this one the play time that I gave "Silent Screams," "Innocent Blood" or "Civil Rites."

Twenty Years Rez- Twenty Years (Ocean) 1992

1. "Introduction/Waves" (2:49)
2. "Military Man" (3:29)
3. "Africaans" (3:02)
4. "Attention" (3:47)
5. "Colours" (3:36)
6. "Players" (3:25)
7. "The Struggle" (3:50)
8. "Fiend or Foul" (5:00)
9. "Alienated" (2:00)
10. "Paint a Picture" (4:26)
11. Wendi's Rap" (4:43)
12. Right on Time" (5:10)
13. Love Comes Down" (3:25)
14. White Noise" (5:09)

15. "My Jesus Is All" (4:42)
16. "Lovespeak" (3:25)
17. "In Your Arms" (3:36)
18. "Bargain" (4:50)
19. "Shadows" (4:47)
20. "Somebody to Love" (2:50)
21. "Every Time It Rains" (4:29)
22. "Where Roses Grow" (9:12)
23. "Light/Light" (4:00)
24. "Glenn's Rap" (5:56)
25. "I Will Do My Last Singing" (4:27)

A great retrospect of band whose career has spanned two decades. There is at least one song from every album on this disc. 'Glenn''s Rap" and "Wend's Rap" are not music, but rather Glenn and Wendi sharing their testimony of how God has worked in their lives. "Bargain" is a The Who song, "Somebody to Love" is a Jefferson Airplane song.

Lament Resurrection Band-Lament (Light) 1995

1. "Parting Glance" (1:12)
2. "Across These Fields" (4:21)
3. "On the Move" (2:10)
4. "Summerthrow" (4:14)
5. "At Land's End" (4:04)
6. "Song and Dance" (4:52)
7. "In Change" (3:18)
8. "Road" (3:51)
9. "Dark Carnival" (2:37)
10. "Mirror" (4:03)
11. "Another Look" (:27)
12. "Surprised" (5:28)
13. "Richest One" 4:12)
14. "Across These Fields (Reprise)" (3:42)

I'm not sure why Rez changed their name back to the Resurrection Band. In any case, this is another solid hard rock album, with a slightly more modern edge. This may be because "Lament" was produced by Ty Tabor of King's X . "Summerthrow" even takes on that King's X heavy groove. Despite this, the band still sounds like themselves and have retained some of the bluesy influence that I enjoyed so much in the past. "In Change" is a cool acoustic number with some nice harmonica jams. "Lament" is a good Rez album but the last one I bought for a while. Will eventually fill up the wholes in this collection.

On cassette: Rez-Bootleg (Sparrow)

On vinyl: Rez-Mommy Doesn't Love Daddy Anymore (Sparrow)

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