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Becker, Margaret - 1987 Never For Nothing



ARTIST: Becker, Margaret
ALBUM: Never For Nothing
LABEL: Sparrow Records
SERIAL: SPR 1134
YEAR: 1987

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Margaret Becker - vocals, guitar * Dann Huff, Chris Rodriguez, George Cocchini - guitars * John Slick, Tommy Dorsey - keyboards * Mike Brignardello - bass * Farrell Morris, Dann Huff, Billy Smiley - percussion * Chris McHugh - drums * Dave Mullins, Tommy Sims, Marty McCall, Missey Baker, Pete York, Billy Smiley, Chris Rodriguez - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fight For God * 02 Standing On Top Of The World * 03 Never For Nothing * 04 Break The Silence * 05 Sacred Fire * 06 Love Was Waiting * 07 What You Feel * 08 Make It Right * 09 Giants Will Fall * 10 For The Love Of You

WEBLINKS: www.margaretbecker.com


Background
Margaret Becker is a name well enshrined in the CCM genre. Originally from Long Island NY and of Irish and German descent, Margaret found God during her University years, but her knack for writing songs with an evangelical message did not strike a chord with the recording industry until she moved to Nashville in 1985. Here she found favour, her demos getting her a songwriting role with Sparrow Records. Some of her songs were presented to other artists, plus she featured on recordings by Steve Camp and sung live background vocals with Rick Cua's touring band. By 1987, Becker and her label Sparrow had formulated a plan to release her debut album, showcasing her songs with a stellar Nashville based lineup. Significant too, that White Heart members Billy Smiley and Dann Huff would play a key role on the album, Smiley also handling production chores. As a result, 'Never For Nothing' is a pop/rock oriented release which was appropriate for the time, and as it turned out, would be the only album of her vast discography that displayed 'rock' chops.


The Songs
Margaret announces her intention from the outset. 'Fight For God' is an absolute belter, with weighty vocals and the mighty Dann Huff laying down some incredible guitar lines. The solo in particular is off the scale! Ya gotta hear it. 'Standing On Top Of The World' is very radio friendly: melodic, commercial, plus of course Huff's presence adds to the appeal. Nice track! Moving into ballad territory is the title track 'Never For Nothing', which echoes 1985 era Heart and Swedish pop duo Roxette. 'Break The Silence' is a kind of bombastic sounding track, with big splashes of keyboards, piano dabbles and booming drums throughout. Margaret's cutting vocals making a mockery of the song title.. lol! 'Sacred Fire' is another to appeal, with its drift toward AOR, not unlike Jaime Kyle's candy-coated style. 'Love Was Waiting' is a deceptive tune, in that the initial impression is one of straight-forward no frills pop rock. That is until Dann Huff barges in with a guitar solo that sends this one over the cliff! 'What You Feel' is a semi-ballad high on atmosphere and heart rendering moments. 'Make It Right' is another musical mellow gem, though the preachy lyrics are a put-off. Back to the hard rock path we return with 'Giants Will Fall', containing huge vocal chants on the chorus and an excitable OTT solo from Huff that adds the icing on the cake. The closer 'For The Love Of You' is a gentle wind-down after all the thrills that went before, with the synth bass being a prominent feature.


In Summary
Margaret would go to record many more LP's for Sparrow. 'The Reckoning' in 1988, 'Immigrants Daughter' (1990) and 'Simple House' (1991) are just some of those, but in reality she recorded right through to about 1999 with Sparrow. Maybe some of those releases might get a review at some stage too, though if my memory serves me correctly, she moved away from the bombast of this album to lighter fare - as most CCM artists tended to do during this era. Still, 'Never For Nothing' is a neat slice of pop/rock with the added bonus of Dann Huff swinging his six-string antics in the most swashbuckling of ways! Interestingly, Margaret reverted from her Evangelical leanings back to Catholicism, which caused some controversy at the time. Fans of Irish/Celtic music might be surprised to hear of Margaret's work alongside Clannad's Maire Brennan and Iona's Joanne Hogg. Check out her website and other online resources to see what she is up to now.


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#1 | Eric on December 26 2008 21:28:50
One of my younger siblings had a Long Island AOR band and recorded a demo with Becker before this album came out ('85-'86??). I wasn't too impressed with the demo and from what I understand, Becker wasn't too impressed with the band! LOL!

Oh well. hilarious
 
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