It was during the Fall of 1987, when my brother, a group of friends and I went to Syracuse, N.Y. to see Mylon Lefevre and Broken Heart in concert during the Crack the Sky tour. It wasn’t at a large auditorium like I thought it might have been. After all, hearing all about the big production of the Sheep in Wolves Clothing long-form video, and having noticed that Mylon and co. were topping the charts and headlining festivals that past year, I thought for sure we were in for a big treat. Sure enough, we were, but not in a big auditorium. It was a big concert in a small auditorium–a movie theater, in fact. But what a performance.
Now, what does this have to do with the previous (not including Look Up) album? It was here that I first heard the songs from Sheep in Wolves Clothing. To this day, I can remember the band opening up its first set with the glow of the broken heart neon light, that wonderful smell from the smoke machine, and (standing right in front of the speakers) being pleasantly blasted with the beat and chant of “Yah-mah, Yah-mah Ye-eh-ah” from “Trains Up In The Sky,” not to mention the pyrotechnics. The band also opened its second set with “Crucible of Love,” complete with strobe light (back when bands did that) and I think even a black light.
Interwoven throughout the concert were other songs from the album such as “I Will Rejoice,” “So Help Me God,” and “The Warrior.”
To this day, all of those songs, and this 1985 album overall, still holds up as one of the best albums of the decade. Some of the best Contemporary Christian/Christian Rock songs of all time are here–such as “Crucible of Love,” “I Will Rejoice,” “The Warrior” and others mentioned above. Plus that live video really is one of the best long-form Christian concert videos of the era. I know others will debate between this album, Crack the Sky, More, and perhaps a few others. For me, I really teeter between Sheep in Wolves Clothing and Face the Music. But at the very least, in my humble opinion, this is the band’s best record from their Myrrh era.