3:1 CD Review: Step Up (Torchmen Quartet)

3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.

1. “You Cannot Touch My Joy”: Listen to this new Rodney Griffin ballad two or three times. Then lean back, close your eyes, and listen to it one more time. You can almost hear Greater Vision’s voices singing it, with Chris Allman’s voice on the solo. In fact, it’s mildly surprising that Rodney didn’t save this one for Greater Vision. Don’t be surprised to see Greater Vision cut this themselves in a few years.

2. “One Way Trip”: The Kingsmen introduced this song ten years ago, on “I Will.” Even though the Torchmen’s rendition doesn’t top the Kingsmen cut, it’s still Step Up‘s standout fast song. “One Way Trip” is simply too strong a song to lie forgotten, and it’s good to see it pick up a new lease on life here.

3. “Jesus Saved My Soul”: Step Up‘s opener is another catchy uptempo song. Neither are particularly deep theologically—this one’s a straight-ahead testimony song, and “One Way Trip” is a straight-ahead Heaven song—but both fit the group’s sound well.

:1. One thing I would change: Phrasing: Whether in the vocal session or in post-production, the album would be stronger if the vocal phrasing was a little tighter. (Phrasing, in a quartet context, is matching beginning and ending points of a phrase, as precisely as possible.)

Traditional or Progressive


Radio Single Picks

“You Cannot Touch My Joy,” “One Way Trip”

Album Rating

Average song rating: 3 stars. Overall rating: 3.5 stars.


Producer: None Credited. • Group members: Sandy MacGregor (tenor); Dave Randall (lead); Mike Moran (baritone); Josh Friend (bass). • Review copy provided.  • Song list: Jesus Saved My Soul; Keep in Step; Again; We Sing About a Savior; Footsteps; When I Can’t See; Where There’s His Will There’s a Way; One Way Trip; You Cannot Touch My Joy; Following in His Footsteps; Walk Those Streets of Heaven; How Great Thou Art.

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  1. If I am not mistaken, didn’t the Torchmen get a song on the mainstage this past NQC because of standing out in a showcase? I think I am remembering them correctly? I noticed you mentioned the phrasing needed to be tighter. Most people who do not sing in a group do not realize how much tighter the harmonies can be when all of the phrasing matches. I will have to listen to this CD. Great review.

    • You’re correct. I saw them. As I seem to recall, they sang a song from this CD – perhaps “Jesus Saved My Soul”?

  2. Thanks for the review. Mike Moran is truly a legend in (Canadian) SG. He has been at this for a looonnng time. I have many of their old albums, from the 70’s and 80’s. I used to play bass for them for a summer gig when I was a bit younger.:-)

  3. For some reason, I thought you already reviewed this. 🙂

    • That’s possible, but I don’t recall doing it!

  4. I’ve heard another version of “Jesus Saved My Soul” on the radio. Do u know who might have sang it Daniel?

    • No, not off the top of my head.

    • The Cavaliers Quartet did it first, and have the better version, IMHO.

      I really like the Torchmen’s bass singer. Very rich tone.

      • I’ll have to look that up to see if it’s the version I remember. Thanks. 🙂