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Artist: Petra

Title: On Fire!

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Petra On Fire! Album Cover


Category: CCM Hard Rock

Year: 1988

Label: Star Song

Catalog Number: ssc 8106


Bob Hartman lead guitar
John Lawry keyboards
John Schlitt lead vocals
Louie Weaver drums
Ronny Cates bass guitar


1.  All Fired Up  
2.  Hit You Where You Live  
3.  Mine Field  
4.  First Love  
5.  Defector  
6.  Counsel of the Holy  
7.  Somebody's Gonna Praise His Name  
8.  Open Book  
9.  Stand in the Gap  
10.  Homeless Few  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: nate Date: August 11, 2001 at 18:38
My favorite Petra album, as well as one of my favorites of all time. The Elefante brothers brought a rocker. "Hit you where you live" does just that both musically and lyrically.

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: July 7, 2002 at 9:58
Su mejor disco.Dejaron el toque progresivo de sus dos discos anteriores,y se quedaron con la parte mas comercial y melodica,buenos temas y produccion muy limpia.GRAN DISCO.

From: robert Date: October 22, 2002 at 9:51
Este es el unico q tengo de ellos , excepto el mogollon de temas q me bajao, me parece muy interesante: FIRST LOVE, la voz me recuerda un pelin al george michael!!

From: Sean Date: January 6, 2003 at 16:02
A true christian metal masterpiece. The best christian metal ever. Go out and find one!!!

From: Joe Date: January 14, 2004 at 1:37
Upbeat, rockin', inspiring music, yet another great one from Petra. Buy it if you can find it !

From: Swriter Date: February 6, 2005 at 17:03
This is the first Petra I got and noticed my fav singer John Schlit of HEast is the vocalist, this is a great one with 5 classic Petra tunes, All Fired Up, Hit You Live, Minefield, Counsel and Somebody. I loved this one that led me to all the other Petra releases, this one ties with Beyond Belief in my book!!!!

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: February 18, 2005 at 2:01
Great album of Hard/AOR, The best of Petra for away, Great songs how Hit You Where You Live(My fav), All Fired Up, Mine Field, Stand in the Gap, Defector I don't know that you wait for get this Awesome Album. Grande, grande extraordinario album de Hard/AOR, de lo mejor del rock cristiano que e escuchado tan bueno como los albums de Mastedon de los Hermanos Elefante aunque mas duros. Que esperas a conseguirlo.

From: Joan Date: April 10, 2005 at 5:39
Buenísimo. First Love, Homeless few, Somebody's gonna praise his name, Open book.. muy recomendado si te molan stryper

From: vandervelde Date: January 25, 2006 at 11:47
oh boy what an album!! this is why i listen to this kind of music...no because of long hairs, tattoos, piercings, all of this background...but this music has so much happy, feelgood feeling that it makes me cry when i think that someday i can die and be without albums like this jewel...well, for me if paradise exist they must have there Petra-On Fire(as well 1000 other cd's )...All Fired Up and Hit You Where You LIve combo is absolutely sensational, i'm out of words...

From: gugahardrock Date: December 26, 2006 at 10:56
This is the best Petra CD, and one of the bests CDs ever. If you're about to rock, buy it with your eyes closed.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 18, 2010 at 20:59
Fantastic release by one of the most interesting CCM bands but somehow underrated...Petra is an institution in CCM music 4 sure..Open Fire is so far their most successful album coz it has balnaced songs between HR and Hard AOR and of course ballads...talking about the album now i did not found any weak song in it being the track "MInd Field" the "less" attractive but still acceptable..."All Fired Up" is a good opening track,"Hit Me Where You Live" is a good song and "First Love" is a bombastic ballad with a beautiful message then "Defector" is a very good one and "Counsel Of The Holy" is surely one of the best track..just a killer tune indeed.."Somebody's Gonna Praise His Name" is just wonderful,"Open Book" is another goodie "Stand In The Gap" is putting things to a golden end that is "Homeless Few"..Just a marvellous album 2 have.95/100

From: MadMax Date: November 28, 2010 at 5:34
Rick puts it quite right! Best Petra album for sure! I think First Love being the weakest track (bit too cheesy) and still listenable this album is hard to beat...although year 1988 is about the best year there has been, musicvise (Iron Maiden - Seventh Son, Queensryche - Opoeration M., Survivor - Too Hot To Sleep, Toto - The Seventh One, Magnum - Wings Of Heaven, Yngwie Malmsteen - Odyssey, Impellitteri - Stand In Line, Bad Company - Dangerous Age, Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn, Forcefield II - The Talisman, Joshua - Intense Defense, Vinnie Moore - Time Odyssey, Ozzy - No Rest.., Scorpions - Savage Amusement)!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 12, 2010 at 0:45
Hey MadMax your list of bands/albums is awesome!!!!... ...1988 was a very intense year for bands and some great releases came out at that time...

From: metalmaniac777 Date: March 6, 2011 at 13:36
At the time of its highly-anticipated release, this was Petra's heaviest album ever (though, to be fair, when talking about Petra, you have to use the term "heavy" lightly), with added punch to the arena-rock style of the guitars. The songs featured some dead-on hooks and the choruses, in keeping with producers John & Dino Elefante's trademarks, were big, explosive, and stacked with backing vocals like a porn star's double-Ds stacked in a two-sizes-too-small sweater (yes, I just made a porn metaphor while describing a Christian band...get over it). This is Christian rock done right and if you're in the mood for some high quality stadium rock, this will set your speakers on fire.

From: elljam Date: January 24, 2012 at 10:03
Listened to this today & it's definitely one of their stronger albums. Production stands up well with powerful guitar sound & big backing vocals(like a lot of the hard rock bands of this era). Top tunes are "Hit you where you live", "Mine Field", "Counsel of the holy" & "Stand in the gap". Of the two ballads "Homeless Few" is good but "First Love " should have been given to Barry Manilow.

From: 123charpenay Date: February 2, 2012 at 12:53
thanx to elljam.i read your comments about this record and i buy this album.i have always heard that beyond belief was their best record.i have this fantastic album in my collection.for on fire only one filler track 4.the rest is excellent christian rock album.super songs in the vein of bloodgood all stand together withch is a real masterpiece.petra is with bloodgood legend and legend seven the best christian rock band ever.

From: 123charpenay Date: February 2, 2012 at 12:54
sorry i forget the production of elefante s brothers is amazing very clear and very strong.thumbs up !!!!!!!

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