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Hit The Switch - Deluxe Edition

by Pantano/Salsbury

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $12 USD  or more


  • Limited Edition Alternative Records 2 x CD Set
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Released in three-panel digipak-like cardboard case, including original LP liner notes and photos, 16 panel interview insert (as originally developed for 1977 release, but not included at the time), and 16 page booklet with photos and essays. Reissue CDs feature original Solid Rock style artwork with logos. Limited pressing of 300 and there are just a few remaining, with no plans to repress a physical CD copy in the future. All releases officially licensed from Charles Norman and Solid Rock Records.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Hit The Switch - Deluxe Edition via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Originally released in 1977 by Larry Norman's Solid Rock Records, we are pleased to announce this 2023 Alternative Records reissue of "Hit the Switch" by Pantano/Salsbury is now available digitally on Bandcamp! Download includes both the album and bonus Disc 1 tracks as well as Disc 2 "Alternative Switches" material, and HtS complete digital / lyrics booklets in .pdf format.

(P)+(C)2023 Alternative Records
Original release (P)+(C)1977 Solid Rock Records


released November 15, 2023

An album of songs written and performed by John Pantano and Ron Salsbury
Produced and arranged by Larry Norman

[Original Credits]
John Pantano: vocals, electric, acoustic guitars, harmonica
Ron Salsbury: vocals, acoustic guitars
Peter Johnson: drums and percussion
David Coy: bass
Jeffrey David Hooven: piano
Tom Howard: Fender Rhodes piano
Bruce Neal: percussion
Ron Salsbury, John Pantano, Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, Tom Howard: background vocals

Engineered by Stewart Whitmore
Strings arranged and conducted by Tom Howard
Recorded at Mama Jo's, North Hollywood, California
Mastered at ABC
Pre-Production Recording was done at Solid Rock
Photography, album design, etc., by Larry Norman
Graphic production by Liza McDonald

Love to Jennifer for belief & support
Love and thanks to: Robert for encouraging, Mike, our parents and families, R.B., Jeff, Dave and Peter, Larry, Randy, Tom, Phil, and all the Solid Rock family

[Reissue Credits]
Main album licensed from Charles Norman and Solid Rock
Demos from Ron Salsbury licensed from Cathi Salsbury
Demos from John Pantano licensed from John Pantano
Compilation produced by Randy Layton
Executive Producers: Bruce Brown and Scott A.
Rough mixes, edits: Randy Layton & Billy Barnett at Gung-Ho Studio
Baking tapes: Don Ross at Don Ross Productions, Mike Schatzlein at TRC Studios, Nashville
Digital transfers from multi-tracks: Mike Schatzlein, Billy Barnett
Digital transfers from 4-track Ron Salsbury demos: Billy Barnett
Remix direction: Randy Layton
Remixes, Mastering: Miro Svetinsky, MVP
Download only content mastered by Bruce Neher, Randy Layton
CD Liner Notes: Randy Layton
Proofreading and editing: Mike Biedler
Artwork MVP: Marc Ludena
Extra photographs and memorabilia courtesy of John Pantano and Jo, Ron's sister!

Randy Layton would like to thank: John Pantano - for your patience, giving heart, encouragement, and input. None of this could have happened without you. And also Cathi Salsbury, Sonny Salsbury, David Edwards for their invaluable input and support. Ron! You were always on my mind while working on this. I hope this serves your legacy well.

Extra thanks for their help along the way: Jerry Bryant, Tom Gulotta, John Thompson, David Lowman, Matt Crosslin, John Smeby, & Terry Phillips. Charles Norman for the archives!

Thanks to each and every one of you for contributing to make this happen and supporting this project.

John Pantano would like to thank: David Coy, Peter Johnson, Tom Howard, Jeff Hooven, & Stewart Whitmore - all extremely talented musicians with great attitudes! It was a pleasure working with you. Your contributions to this recording still amaze me all these years later! David Edwards was a real influence. We had fun being creative. A true talent. And of course Larry, Randy and Tom - extremely gifted singer songwriters and musicians. What an influence and a privilege it was to be around them. Randy Layton for his interest, enthusiasm, guidance, and hard work on putting all the parts together. Thanks for bringing back all the memories. Also, my dear friend Rick Frye, drummer, introduced me to Ron. He was directly responsible for getting us together.

MVP support: Toby Person, Rick Rhodes

Special campaign support: Scott Anderson, David Haddock, Marty Brandt, Mike Beidler, David Mayfield, Johnny Hartman, Charles Currey, Jonathan Brotherton, Jon Wood, Mark Cazalas, Brad Staley, David Price, Freddy Persson, Mondo Quinn, Dennis Flynn, Larry S. Miller, Terrance Leair, Kerry Hopkins, Russ Gramhofer, Paul Pederson, Steve Rittgers, Matthias Layton, Stephen Johns, & Brent Pacheco.

Reissue produced and directed by Randy Layton
Bandcamp coordination and technical by Josh Rude

Dedicated to the memory of Ron Salsbury (2/8/1950 - 7/1/2016); Larry Norman (4/8/1947 - 2/24/2008); Tom Howard (2/23/1950 - 1/20/2010)


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The year is 1977. The J.C. Power Outlet, featuring John Pantano & Ron Salsbury, sign with Larry Norman at Solid Rock Records. Larry suggested the band adopt a duo they did.

The subsequent "Hit the Switch" album was the last album Solid Rock released during that first "Golden Era" of Christian rock.

Now you can hear the album remastered (& expanded!) on limited edition CD & digital!
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