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Artist: Ken Tamplin and Friends

Title: Wake the Nations

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 2003

Label: Now and Then Records (United Kingdom)

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Ken Tamplin vocals, guitars

Jeff Scott Soto vocals
Philip Bardowell vocals
Scott Van Zen guitar solos
Howie Simon guitar solos
Jeff Watson guitar solo
Pete Lesperance guitar solo
Stevie Salas guitar solo
Ritchie Kotzen guitar solo
Reb Beach guitar solo
Marty Friedman guitar solo
Mattias Eklundh guitar solo
Doug Aldridge guitar solo


1.  The Story of Love  4:47   Listen
2.  We've Jihad Enough  3:11   Listen
3.  Falling Houses  5:08   Listen
4.  The Man With a Plan  5:07   Listen
5.  Hare Kristians  4:07   Listen
6.  Wake the Nations  3:56   Listen
7.  God in Heaven  5:13   Listen
8.  Peace on Earth  4:17   Listen
9.  Mystery  4:13   Listen
10.  Cell Phone Freaks  3:40   Listen
11.  7 Eleven People  3:53   Listen
12.  Saints and Heros  3:53   Listen
13.  Waiting for Your Love  4:21   Listen
14.  Come Together  4:04   Listen
15.  Sing  5:15   Listen
16.  Falling Houses video  9:37 
Total Running Time:  74:42

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From: Dan Date: April 6, 2003 at 3:29
I've been a fan of Ken Tamplin's music for years now, ever since I stumbled across An Axe to Grind in a dusty pawn shop oh so many years ago. One listen to his distinctive voice and use of towering vocal harmonies, and I was hooked. I've since picked up the Shout discs, Magdallan, and all of his solo works. I've had the pleasure of meeting him and seeing him perform live twice. A nicer man you'd never meet; truly refreshing in an industry dominated by ego.

Ken is one of my favorite Christian artists; his lyrics showcase his faith without becoming "preachy". His positive outlook shines through without ever distracting from the music.

I was looking forward to this album, especially after reading that there was going to be a host of big-league guests. This album does not disappoint in any way! At its core, this is a melodic hard rock album. It occasionally dabbles in various musical styles about the periphery, but never strays far from the signature Tamplinesque vocal harmonies we've come to appreciate.

The myriad of guest guitarists add a unique touch to each and every song on the album; nothing comes across as "samey". My favorite tracks are the lead-off The Story of Love (featuring Jeff Scott Soto in a guest vocal appearance), Mystery, Cell Phone Freaks, and Saints and Heros. File this one in the "must have" column!

Rating: 92/100

Existing comments about this CD

From: Rocker65 Date: July 25, 2003 at 12:29
Actually I DOn't know the Guy but my eyes laid down to the guest on this album: Ritchie Kotzen, Jeff Scot Soto and Marty Friedman!?!?! This album can't be bad...

From: Josep Maria Date: November 20, 2003 at 14:20
Dan has said it all... this is a great album, with great songs! In every song you're waiting for the guitar solo: Howie, Doug, Pete, Scott,... fantastic!

From: Dani Date: December 2, 2003 at 20:07
GREAT!!! This is one of the best CDs I've listened to in years... Really good compositions, and every song has its amazing guitar solo, played by masters of guitar such as: Kee Marcello, Richie Kotzen, Pete Lesperance, Doug Aldrich, Marty Friedman, Matias Eklund, Howie Simon, and many more. Besides this, we need musicians like Ken Tamplin, with a strong belief in God, and this is shown in the lyrics, with a healthy, positive message.

From: robert Date: December 2, 2003 at 20:14
La Ostia!! cob esos guitarristas tiene q ser la Ostia!! q ganas d escucharlo q le entra a uno!! jjjj

From: Dusty Date: December 4, 2003 at 16:21
This is such a great album! And look at the endless list of great musicians. Richie Kotzen, Doug Aldrich, Kee Marcello, Reb Beach etc etc. This is must have for any hard rock fan! It's simply awesome!

From: metalhead1 Date: January 7, 2004 at 3:54
Ken has been a fave of mine for years.(Joshua, Shout, solo work) I can't believe he hasn't done anything yet with his cousin Sammy Hagar!

From: Bisser Date: February 15, 2004 at 8:35
yes its a great album i love it sot sings geaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttttt! loooking for fans of talisman and soto please write to

From: andresribeiro Date: February 24, 2004 at 1:43
ken tamplin ,this a greay christian, its not like stryper ,but i like plis send

From: hugoldias Date: July 4, 2004 at 22:53
He create a monster song like sing Hallelujha!! never seeing before!!!

From: lucasgordon Date: July 9, 2006 at 18:17
***********************************Mas allá de hacer florecer una amistad, hay que tener talento como para que monstruos de la talla de Jeff Scott Soto, Kee Marcello (Europe), Marty Friedman (Megadeath), Ritchie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison), Reb Beach (Winger), Pete Lesperence (Harem Scarem), Mattias Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Howie Simon (Jeff Scott Soto), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger) y Steve Salas participen de un disco como “Wake the nations”. No creo que sea por simple casualidad o simpatía,

From: lucasgordon Date: July 9, 2006 at 18:18
ya que ningún músico quiere “quemarse” al participar en un disco que no tenga la calidad debida. Con estas pocas palabras ser resume un poco de lo que pueden esperar de esta producción, aunque hay mas. Ken Tamplin tiene una basta carrera como compositor, interprete y productor con Shout, Magdallan, y a diferencia de otros artistas de hard rock cristiano, Ken no abusa de sus creencias en sus letras, cosa que para quienes las sepan interpretar y no tengan una férrea creencia,

From: lucasgordon Date: July 9, 2006 at 18:18
es un cd literalmente digerible en este aspecto En sus 18 tracks, abarca desde el mas comercial AOR como en “Saints and heroes “, pasa por el rock mas bluesy “Every day is precious”, hasta el potente hard rock como “The store of love” en el cual se manda un terrible dúo con Soto, se imaginan estos dos maestros cantando juntos?

From: lucasgordon Date: July 9, 2006 at 18:19
Si hablamos de maestros, también es destacable el gran aporte de Howie Simon (Jeff Scott Soto, Glass Wolfe) en cada tema en el que hace uso de la guitarra, particularmente en “Cell phone freaks”. El duo entre Marty Friedman y Reb Beach en “7 Eleven people” es de la p…tisima madre. En fin, se podría escribir un biblia de este cd, pero el resto dejo que los descubran por ustedes mismos. *******************Lucas H Gordon

From: metalmaniac777 Date: January 9, 2011 at 10:13
I'm a big fan of Ken Tamplin's work, but this is not his best effort, despite the inclusion of a whole host of legendary guest musicians. It's not bad, per se, but it slots safely into the melodic hard rock genre, whereas most of his other stuff was fret-scorching melodic metal. While there are some good hooks and solid choruses on here, they pale in comparison to his work with Shout or the self-titled Tamplin release (the less said about Magdallan, the better). You probably won't want to boot this CD out of your collection, but you will most likely listen to other Ken Tamplin projects more often.

From: andi Date: January 28, 2012 at 10:10
There are much more other solo shapes about Ken tamplin better once than this one...this is nothing more as AOR!!!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 27, 2012 at 17:10
Well Dan's comment said it all...Ken Tamplin is undoubtebly one of the best CCM artist and musician in its all to be around up to these days...Ok,this album is not as strong as other releases of the main man but still offers great songs such as "The Story Of Love","We've Jihad Enough","Wake The Nations"(rocks!),"God In Heaven"(nice chorus line)& "Sing"(nice)...87/100

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