First Circle : CD

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First Circle : CD

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First Circle : CD

This worship album achieved unheard of success in the early days of the modern worship movement, not just because of the organic, tribal acoustic sound, but because of how it reminded us all of how it felt, deep down, to read the stark honesty of the Psalms. 

I know all my broken places like the back of my hand
That slapped your face again
Wash me with your love and hold me tight like a baby
'Till I have no memory of ever breaking Your heart
Put in me what I cannot buy with gold
Put in me, oh God, come restore my broken soul
Put in me what I cannot give myself
Put in me ... a clean heart
Song: Put in Me, Writer: Ben Pasley

Sounds a lot like David in Psalm 51 doesn’t it?

Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love …
Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. 
For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. 
Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow …
Create in me a clean heart, O God … 
Psalm: Excerpted from Ps 51:1–10, Writer: King David
(Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation.)

Buy this album and re-live this breakout moment of honest worship from the heart of the Psalmist. You will be amazed at how many songs you know from this album, and thought they were written by someone else! Put it in your permanent collection today, and we will be deeply thankful for your purchase.

P.S. Those tracking our musical evolution will want to note the super low “boom” sounds of the djembe, an african drum, that Robin Pasley began playing in the early 90’s with her husband Ben—this was a signature sound for their alt-indie duo 100 Portraits—and she brought that into this first album and then it became an important influencer on worship and Christian indie-music culture.  This low tone is strongly related to the hip hop drum sound called the “808” (a knickname related to a piece of electronic gear), and it reappears in the 2016 release Down Here and Up Above which features a true 808 sound in a more deliberate hip hop rhythm bed. Thanks, Robin, for the inspiration!

Additional Notes:
Release: 1998
Produced by Ben Pasley.
Also available as an MP3 download right here at our own shop where you can directly support the artist!
This is a nicely packaged CD in full color sleeve, and is the digitally remastered version of the original album! 
The chord charts that make these songs easy to play have always been free, and you can download them, all of them, right here in one Zip file, and also find tutorial videos on our YouTube channel.