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With musical influences centered around such bands as Guns N' Roses and Motley Crue, Guardian has become a powerful force in the gospel music industry. The Christian rockers, best known for such hits as "Power of Love" and "Shoeshine Johnny," have forged their way into the '90s with modern gospel metal. Guardian was originally known as "Fusion" by its founders, bassist David Bach and vocalist Paul Cawley. Along with drummer Rikk Hart and guitarist David Caro, the band played at local gigs throughout the early '80s before finally obtaining a record deal from the Enigma label in 1985. When they found that there was already a band of the same name, they changed to Guardian and added guitarist Tony Palacios to replace Caro. Their album First Watch was released in 1989 and was followed by extensive touring. When the band finished their tour in Japan, both Cawley and Hart left in 1990 after being unable to handle the stresses of touring. Bach and Palacios asked to be freed of their Enigma contract, requesting a more Christian label. They would be released later that year, and vocalist Jamie Rowe and drummer Karl Ney would be added around that same time. The new lineup began to record, finally releasing their first album on their new Pakaderm label, Fire and Love, in 1991. The response to the album was overwhelming, and the video filmed for their hit "Power of Love" was added to MTV's Headbangers Ball. After a more successful tour, Miracle Mile was released in early 1993, and the album reached the CCM Top Five. Miracle Mile was quickly followed by Swing Swang Swung in 1994, the band's experiment with acoustic music. By 1995, they had finally accepted the modern '90s mainstream rock that had become such a strong fad, and in a new agreement with Myrrh Records, they released Buzz that fall. After another tour and a Spanish disc recording, Guardian released Bottlerocket, their fifth studio album, in the spring of 1997. ~ Barry Weber
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  1.   Song
  2.   Takin' on the World
  3.   Still on My Mind
  4.   You & I
  5.   Break Me Down
  6.   Time Stands Still
  7.   Lift Me Up
  8.   Fire and Love
  9.   Turnaround
  10.   Babble On Acoustic remix
  11.   Like the Sun
  12.   Rich Man Over the Line
  13.   Don't Say That It's Over
  14.   Preacher and the Bear
  15.   Shorty
  16.   Hand of the Father
  17.   Are You Gonna Keep Your Word?
  18.   Endless Summer
  19.   The Way Back Home
  20.   The Captain
  21.   Sister Wisdom
  22.   Curiosity Killed the Cat
  23.   Mr. Do Wrong
  24.   Shoeshine Johnny
  25.   Long Way Home
  26.   Harder Than It Seems
  27.   Fear the Auctioneer
  28.   My Queen Esther
  29.   The Water Is Fine
  30.   What Does It Take?
  31.   Revelation
  32.   Coffee Can
  33.   Bottle Rocket
  34.   State of Mine
  35.   Lion's Den
  36.   The Rain
  37.   I Found Love
  38.   Are We Feeling Comfortable Yet?
  39.   Let It Roll
  40.   Lead the Way
  41.   Even It Out
  42.   Send a Message
  43.   See You in Heaven
  44.   Let the Whole World
  45.   Psychedelic Runaway
  46.   One Thing Left to Do
  47.   Queen Esther
  48.   This Old Man
  49.   Dr. Jones & The Kings of Rhythm
  50.   Sweet Mystery
  51.   Salvation
  52.   Blue Light Special
  53.   Babble On
  54.   Forever and a Day
  55.   C'mon Everyone
  56.   Hell to Pay
  57.   Time and Time Again
  58.   Why Don't We
  59.   Never Say Goodbye
  60.   Do You Know What Love Is
  61.   Psychedelic Runway
  62.   Power of Love
  63.   Your Love
  64.   Pride
  65.   State of Mind
  66.   Them Nails
  67.   Lullaby

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