Chronology, Volume One (1996-2000) releases as the first of two exclusive projects celebrating the remarkable career of Third Day. Featuring rare, previously-unreleased audio and video, this CD/DVD combination showcases the band’s first five years—an inspiring story of a fledgling garage band rising to become one of music’s most enduring rock headliners still performing and recording today.
Across more than a decade, Third Day has sold in excess of six million albums. Its tallied 24 No. 1 radio singles, 23 career Dove Awards, two GRAMMY Awards and two consecutive American Music Award nods. To make it all happen, the Atlanta-based five-piece maintains a touring record second-to-none, playing for millions of loyal fans. Spotlighting moments that have stood the test of time, Chronology traces the music and the images showcasing this unforgettable trek. Chronology, Volume Two (2001-2006), featuring hits and a 10-year video documentary, will release this fall.
“These songs have been a lot of help and encouragement to us as a band,” Mac Powell says. “Hopefully they’ve been equally so for fans who have been with us all these years. It’s really been a privilege.”
With Chronology, longtime Third Day fans will revisit the hits that attracted them to the confab from the beginning. Recent converts—those fans attracted to the tight, progressive rock measures of Wire and Wherever You Are, for example—can now discover in one collection the musical roots of their favorite tracks today.
“We continue to see we’re making a lot of new fans, even with our most recent album, Chronology, Volume One,” Tai Anderson says. “This project is our way of offering a look into the early days of the band; those windows of time that made us who we are today. It offers amazing musical elements but the DVD delivers some really fun stuff; some very personal memories shared by the five of us, that we’re so excited to unveil. It’s something of a snapshot of where we’ve been and where we’re going.’”
No matter when a listener became one of Third Day’s deeply loyal enthusiasts, all can agree something special happened when Powell, Mark Lee, Anderson, David Carr and Brad Avery united. In the mid-1990s, when most rock bands lived on the scraps left by bombastic, vocal-driven marquee acts like 4HIM, Point of Grace, and Clay Crosse, plus introspective singer/songwriters like Rich Mullins and Cindy Morgan, Third Day challenged the status quo. With tight rhythms and heavy guitar surrounding Powell’s earthy lead vocals, Third Day operated like nothing else in the genre. Later, thanks to its unique live/studio-blended worship record Offerings: A Worship Album, the band played a key role in advancing the modern worship movement still popular today.
Chronology, Volume One (1996-2000) includes the rock, pop, modern worship and adult contemporary song titles that thrust Third Day into the forefront. Included are “Nothing At All,” “Consuming Fire,” “Your Love Oh Lord,” “King of Glory” and “Have Mercy,” and many others. Anchoring the project are two exclusive new recordings, “Thief 2006” and “My Hope Is You 2006,” while seven of the 17 tracks are newly-released mixes. Rarities include “Long Time Comin’” and “She Sings In Riddles,” previously only available on the limited release Southern Tracks. Rounding out the project are newly-released live cuts, “Blackbird” and “Alien.” Extensive historical liner notes and photography accompany the music in elaborate packaging fans will be eager to own.
Composed with a nod to “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” the DVD features music videos, GMA Dove Award Show performances and never-before-seen bootleg videos—archival footage from band members’ personal collections.
Says Powell, “As much as we want to challenge our audience to ask questions about things of faith and life, writing and playing these songs has allowed us to ask those same questions and to try to be real with who we are as we wrestle for answers.”
Again and again, the questions yield a single answer: “Love one another.” Clinging to that time-honored message, Chronology Volume One (1996-2000) documents inspired musicians and their hard-fought story to live out an ambitious mission.
“We learned from each other passion for God, worship, service and looking out for the least of these,” Lee concludes. “These are crucial aspects of faith that are easy to overlook when simplified into a collection of songs. That’s what I hope people will remember happened to us as we made these songs. We hope that our experience affected their experience, too. And that’s what we hope will come out more and more as we continue forward.”
The physical copy of Third Day's "Chronology - Volume 1" with CD/DVD in a jewel case.