Album 51: Take it From the Top

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Album 51: Take it From the Top
March 2010
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Album 51: Take it From the Top

Take it From the Top is the 51st Adventures in Odyssey mainstream album. It was released in March 2010. Its episodes began airing on the radio starting on March 6, 2010 and finished on May 22, 2010. Take it from the top.png


See 2010 Season for more details.

It’s back to the basics in Take It from the Top, the long-anticipated 51st album of Adventures in Odyssey! Enter Whit’s new invention, The Inspiration Station, and find out why Connie wants to spend so much time in it. Solve mysteries with local sleuth Emily Jones, and learn why 10-year-old Matthew Parker doesn’t think being “target of the week” is such a good thing.

Catch up with Whit, Connie, Eugene, and Wooton, and meet two new families, as they learn lessons about responsibility, revenge, and God-given inspiration. Whether on a baseball field, at home, or at Whit’s End, there’s never a dull moment in the town of Odyssey!

Bonus Features

  • The music of “The Jubilee Singers”
  • Bonus song "The Gospel Train"
  • Outtake and deleted scene
  • Limited edition Full-Color Poster (only in 1st edition indicated on cover)
  • Several lines and scenes in the episodes themselves that were not included in the radio version


  • This album was originally going to include a fourth Kidsboro episode with the theme of "Freedom of Speech", but the episode never surfaced.
  • Six episodes for album 51 were recorded in May 2009, and the remaining six were recorded in September 2009.


Episode Original Airdate Writer Director Rating Buy Preview
#655: “The Inspiration Station, Part 1”
March 6, 2010
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
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Connie loves spending time in Whit's newest invention, the Inspiration Station. But when a glitch shuts down the machine, her obsession may go too far. Meanwhile, Eugene traces the source of the malfunction to Matthew Parker, who apparently has been “fixing” everyone’s electronics, with disastrous results!

#656: “The Inspiration Station, Part 2”
March 13, 2010
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
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Whit is concerned about The Inspiration Station's strange effects on Connie, but hopes the invention could be just the thing to inspire young Matthew Parker.

#657: “Clutter”
March 20, 2010
Bob Hoose
Dave Arnold
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After nearly being mauled by the junk in his own garage, David Parker declares that his family is going to have a yard sale. Will the entire Parker family survive parting with their treasures?

#658: “Game for a Mystery”
March 27, 2010
Kirby Atkins
Nathan Hoobler
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Simon Jones just wants the hedge trimmed, but his son Barrett can’t tear himself away from his portable video game – until it disappears without a trace! Emily, along with trusty sidekick Matthew, takes this as a case for the newly formed Jones and Parker Detective Agency.

#659: “Target of the Week”
April 3, 2010
Marshal Younger
Dave Arnold
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Matthew Parker is Vance King’s “Target of the Week” – which means certain humiliation at the hands of the bully! Matthew decides to take matters into his own hands by getting revenge on Vance during an Odyssey Coyotes baseball game.

#660: “For the Birds”
April 10, 2010
Phil Walton
Paul McCusker
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Camilla Parker desperately wants a pet, but her family seems to suffer from the “Parker Family Pet Curse.” To prove her responsibility, Camilla takes care of a baby blue jay. Meanwhile, Eugene has his own run-in with some feathered foes – which leads to drastic action!

#661: “When You’re Right, You’re Right”
April 17, 2010
Kirby Atkins
Dave Arnold
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Emily Jones is usually right about everything from solving mysteries to cooking chili. But when she decides to try her hand at matchmaking for her brother Barrett, the singing card she creates may have disastrous consequences. Will Emily have to face a situation where she could be...wrong?

#662: “Grandma’s Visit”
April 24, 2010
Bob Hoose
Bob Hoose
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The Parker family is in for a bumpy ride. It all starts when their grandmother (or Abuelita, the Spanish word for Grandmother) comes to tell them that their Aunt Rosalita has decided to their house! Then relative after relative arrives to stay with the family. Where will the chaos end?

#663: “Finish What You...”
May 1, 2010
Tim Hodge
Bob Hoose
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Doors are opening up for Olivia Parker - too many actually! After signing up for guitar lessons with Eugene, she also agrees to star in Connie's play. How can she possibly juggle the schedule?

#664: “The Jubilee Singers, Part 1”
May 8, 2010
Dave Arnold
Paul McCusker
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A talking portrait of Frederick Douglass tells Olivia Parker the story of the famous Jubilee Singers of Fisk University. In the story, school treasurer Mr. White tries to assemble a group of talented singers who can save the school from a financial crisis.

#665: “The Jubilee Singers, Part 2”
May 15, 2010
Dave Arnold
Paul McCusker
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Olivia Parker continues to hear the story of the Jubilee Singers from a talking portrait of Frederick Douglass. The singers’ journey is far from easy. Drunken threats, racism, sickness, and hunger follow the singers from town to town. They hope against hope for a miracle that can save their school.

#666: “The Jubilee Singers, Part 3”
May 22, 2010
Dave Arnold
Paul McCusker
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Olivia Parker hears the conclusion of the story of the Jubilee Singers from a talking portrait of Frederick Douglass. Things aren’t looking good for the Singers. With each performance, their tour seems closer to despair. Will a church in Oberlin, Ohio, spell the end of their tour and their school...or is it the miracle they’ve been praying for?

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Promo 15
Promo 30
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