The Wonder Years (Michael W. Smith box set)

The Wonder Years 1983-1993 is two-CD package with accompanying book released by Reunion Records in 1993, and is intended to be a greatest hits album with a career retrospective of the contemporary Christian musician, Michael W. Smith. The elaborate slipcase packaging contains a 10.5 by 6 inches (27 cm × 15 cm) spiral-bound book that contains facing pairs of pages highlighting each of his prior eight albums. Each spread featured photographs and an accompanying background story on this period in his career. Inside the back cover are two trays which contain the two picture CDs.

The Wonder Years 1983–1993
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Box set by
ReleasedJanuary 1, 1993
Recorded1982-1992
GenreContemporary Christian music
Length144:19
LabelReunion
Michael W. Smith chronology
Change Your World
(1992)
The Wonder Years 1983–1993
(1993)
The First Decade
(1983-1993)

(1993)

The album won a Dove Award for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year at the 24th GMA Dove Awards in 1993. This album has since gone out of print in favor of the more modest (and more focused) greatest hits collection The First Decade (1983-1993), which was released later that same year. This album is also notable to collectors for being the only issued CD containing the radio single version of "I Know" from The Live Set.

Track listingEdit

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Friends"M. Smith, D. Smith4:40
2."You Need a Savior" 3:35
3."Could He Be the Messiah" 4:29
4."Great Is the Lord"D. Smith, M. Smith2:52
5."A Way"M. Smith, Gary Chapman, Tim Marsh3:49
6."Hosanna"M. Smith, D. Smith2:29
7."I Am Sure"M. Smith, Mike Hudson4:41
8."Pursuit of the Dream" 5:11
9."Lamu"M. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Amy Grant5:55
10."Rocketown" 4:32
11."Old Enough to Know" 4:47
12."Goin' Thru the Motions" 4:55
13."I Know" 4:29
14."Emily"M. Smith, Kirkpatrick4:17
15."Secret Ambition"Smith, Kirkpatrick, Grant6:26
16."Pray for Me" 3:53
17."I Miss the Way" 4:34
Disc two
No.TitleLength
1."I Hear Leesha"5:26
2."The Throne"6:55
3."All is Well"4:08
4."Gloria"5:03
5."Go West Young Man"3:54
6."Love Crusade"4:23
7."Place in This World"3:58
8."Seed to Sow"6:14
9."For You"4:10
10."Picture Perfect"3:58
11."I Will Be Here for You"4:35
12."Somewhere Somehow" (duet with Amy Grant)4:21
13."Give It Away"5:07
14."Love One Another"4:53
15."Cross of Gold"4:20

Chart performanceEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1993) Peak
position
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[1] 30