Stryper: Live in Puerto Rico: Greatest Hits

Despite their multi-platinum career Stryper, especially in their bumblebee striped 80s heyday, have come in for a lot of stick. Their naff outfits, on their sleeve Christianity and bible tossing didn’t endear them to many either. But it cannot be denied that they are a talented bunch who can write a cracking catchy tune when they want to…just check out ‘Honestly’ or ‘Always there for You’ if you need proof. Even ‘To Hell with Devil’ has got enough balls to satisfy the average hard-rocker. It could be argued that the subtle Christian approach of Kings X or Trouble might have been better for cred. Never the less you can’t argue with success. Oh yes, I have met them and they are thoroughly nice blokes all around.

This “greatest hits” gig was recorded in Puerto Rico in 2004 in front of a rather keen audience. There are fourteen tracks on here, thirteen of their own and ‘Winter Wonderland’. What is odd is that their biggest hit is on here, but only in less than perfect archival footage from 1989. That aside this is a pretty good package, bereft of liner notes though it might be, and a must for any Stryper fan. I thoroughly enjoyed the 72 minutes of material on here and am not ashamed to say it. Take it from this heretic, there is talent in between all those yellow and black stripes.

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