Ranking All 43 Patch the Pirate Adventures

I have been a lifelong fan of the Patch the Pirate albums from Majesty Music . One of my earliest memories of any audio drama was trying to...

I have been a lifelong fan of the Patch the Pirate albums from Majesty Music. One of my earliest memories of any audio drama was trying to figure out how to put a cassette tape of (I think) The Friendship Mutiny into a tape player. There was a time where I felt that I outgrew the series. After all, it is aimed at a younger audience than even Adventures in Odyssey. However, like C.S. Lewis said “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” I think that applies to this situation as well.

I think part of it was nostalgia and also being old enough to appreciate the music and lyrics so much more. Also, the frequent jokes that only the parents and other adults will get are no longer lost on me. My siblings and I have listened to some Patch albums countless times. Only last year have I listened to ALL of the story-and-song albums. Throughout my time listening and re-listening, I’ve started listening to them with a more critical ear and am able to better identify what I believe are the best albums and ones that are my favorite and those that just don’t work well or don’t get very many replays in my library.

This list is a numbered list of my least favorite to favorite of all 43 audio drama albums. My favorite and least favorite ones were pretty easy but numbering a lot of the ones in between were difficult. I don’t think this is a 100% permanent listing but pretty close.

Just a quick note: I've refrained from giving major spoilers about the stories. I want this list to be a good resource for new listeners and old fans alike.

Alrighty, mate! Let's shove off and set sail!

The reason this one is my very least favorite is because of two things. None of the songs were memorable or catchy for me. Most Patch albums have at least one or two stand out songs. This one is the one exception.

The second reason is that I don’t think that the persecution of Christians was taken seriously enough. It sounds like most of the residents of Furlandia are animals and not humans. The only human we hear that is a resident is Pastor Paul. The threats against the animals are not that great when compared to the persecution of Christians in countries today. The stakes were not high enough, but it was probably because of the Majesty Music team not wanting to have the story get too dark for the target audience. 

I’m also glad that Savannah’s only appearance is in this album. She is mentioned as being a new crew member but I’m glad she didn’t stay on board any longer than she did. It felt odd that a new crew member was an animal and not another human. 

There were two one-time characters I did like. Edison was fun to hear with his energy and his bungling with the memory eraser gadget. Victor the Vulture was a very “good” villainous villain. 

#42 - The Great American Time Machine, 1986

I’m fairly certain that this album is an homage to Stan Freberg’s The United States of America (which I love). There are some funny moments but it paints almost every historical event seen as a joke (except for the Sunday School scene). Granted, none of the time jumps are to Biblical events but I still think kids might have some confusion on why their history book does not include a chicken of Edison’s inventing the light bulb. Future time travel stories from Patch the Pirate treat historical events with more dignity, thankfully. 

The inexplicable and unexplained nature of Lady Liberty coming to life is the biggest departure of reality in all of the Patch the Pirate universe. The talking trees from two of the albums on this list make more sense. Thankfully there are a few good songs on this album. My personal favorites are The Gratitude Attitude and I’m Thankful to Be an American.

#41 - The Villain of Venice, 2006

This album contains some of the most annoying characters in all the Patch albums: The Singing Cats of Venice. The story would have been better without them. They could have been cut and it would not have affected the story at all. I do like the mystery aspect of this story; the first one in the series like that. However, I think the series has a better whodunit later in this list.

Although most of the songs are nothing to write home about, there are four that stand out. I Will Sing gets stuck in my head quite often. Amazing Grace with Grace Greater Than Our Sin mixed in is a wonderful medley. The Secret Place is a beautiful piece of music and lyrics. You Are Too Skinny for Me is a fun song but not one of the most memorable silly songs from the series.

#40 - Shipwrecked on Pleasure Island, 2004

This is the first time we hear of the Jolly Roger being involved in a shipwreck (not including the desert landing in Patch the Pirate Goes West). However, instead of a deserted island like in so many shipwreck stories, this one is basically a tropical amusement park. It’s a cool twist on an old storytelling trope.

My biggest nitpick is the frustration that comes with the antagonists. It’s one of those times where the audience knows something is wrong long before the protagonists do. It’s a bit frustrating when it’s so obvious, especially when the crew’s sleeping quarters are in cages. I do like the two somewhat different storylines that all connect with Sissy on her own adventure and the rest of the crew on another. I wasn’t a big fan of the story overall but the theme was decent. 

The songs are hit or miss but there are some good ones to be found here. One Little Sparrow is a beautiful, comforting song ranking with some of the best songs in this genre, like How Can I Fear? and The Secret Place. Candy Time is a fun song with a bunch of names of different candy bars and other sweets. I love the medley I'm on the Rock, which contains parts of The Solid Rock, The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock, His Banner Over Me is Love, and I’m on the Rock To Stay. I really like the sea shanty style of Keep on Pluggin' Away.

#39 - Sing Along with Patch the Pirate, 1981

This is the first album of the series. Any criticisms I have with this one are not really going to be worth mentioning because everybody was just starting to figure out how this concept would work. As the title suggests, this one doesn’t really have a story like the rest of the albums. It’s mainly just dialog that leads into an intro to a song. It’s more in line with other children's music series like The Donut Man or The Music Machine. Again, it’s a first effort but still quite good for what it tries to do and that is mainly focus on the songs. 

It’s the first time we hear Patch (Ron Hamilton), Sissy Seagull (Shelly Hamilton), and PeeWee Pirate (Jonathan Hamilton) and it was fun going back to listen to this for the first time after hearing the many albums that follow. I do have to say that the reason this album doesn’t get a lower place is because nearly every song is a winner. Many of the songs in this album became beloved classics like Jonah, Grumblers, and Obedience, to name a few. Also, it’s so cute hearing a very young PeeWee praying with Patch near the end.

#38 - The Sneaky Sheik, 1998

I liked the idea of having Patch and company visit Israel. I enjoyed the music style we hear to match the setting. I liked the discussion about the Old and New Testament being unified in message about Jesus as the Messiah.

However, the acting from some of the new characters is a little underwhelming. It makes it a little hard to get attached to the crew’s guide and some minor characters. The camels are also grating additions. Not as bad as the cats from Villain of Venice but pretty close. Every time they show up, I’m ready for their dialog to be over.

Most of the songs are just okay. There are a few good ones though. I like the take on the Sunday School favorite Zacchaeus. The Quartet That Raised the Roof has some clever lyrics and God Has Provided the Lamb is a stirring anthem.

#37 - Kung Phooey Kid, 2009

This marks the first time we hear Pistol Pirate. Even at a young age, he does a great job with the lines he’s given and is a welcome addition to the crew. 

The idea of Patch the Pirate going to China (maybe they could have called it Patch the Pirate Goes to China) is a good one. We get to hear a musical underscore and songs with an Asian flare. It’s really beautiful and it's nice hearing something different from the more American music we hear in many of the albums.

Although hearing Hu Flung Chow again was kind of fun, he doesn’t do a whole lot in the story. He has a more prominent role than in Camp Kookawacka Woods. However, that's not necessarily a good thing.

Even though I like the music a lot, most of the songs are mostly standard fare. Ooey! Gooey! Chop-Chop Suey feels like an homage to Camp Food from Hu Flung Chow’s first appearance but doesn’t quite get to the caliber of that classic. Two songs I did really like were Treasure in the Bank and Shiver Me Timbers. The second song is especially fun and a great pirate ditty. However, for some reason, that same song appeared on the album that came before this one, Armadillo Amigos. Although I think the song's placement works better on Kung Phooey Kid.

#36 - Patch the Pirate Goes to Space, 1982

This sophomore release gets a little more of an actual plot than Sing Along with Patch the Pirate but not much. Though it is fun hearing the sea creatures from the previous album in a very different environment.

We have some crew changes this time. Davy Jones is absent (we only hear him in the first album) and Pixie Pirate (Tara Farrell née Hamilton) joins PeeWee Pirate, Sissy Seagull, and Captain Patch. We hear a new one-off character in this one called Marvin Martian, a space sailor. He’s an okay character but, unfortunately, his voice is a little bit too garbled (it makes him sound like a robot) and it makes it difficult to hear some of his dialog. 

Several songs are quite memorable though. The very first Patch the Pirate song I ever remember hearing wasn’t from listening to this album but from my mother singing Pigs Don’t Live in Houses to me and my siblings. was a song we heard a lot. There are not very many other standout songs (the previously mentioned song not included) but Sailing Home is a perfect ending to the album and one that is both a lullaby and a sentimental song.

#35 - The Evolution Revolution, 1994

This was one of the first Patch albums I ever owned. I remember receiving the cassette tape from a family friend. I listened to it many times. However, this one just has not aged well.

The biggest mistake is the Ape Men group at IQ University. It really paints it as more of a cult than a school club. Now, I don’t doubt there are some organizations that are a little like what’s portrayed here but it’s just…not great writing. The chant they repeat is really cringy to hear. Although evolution is a totally unrealistic and faulty theory, it seems like this story goes too far in almost mocking "believers" in it rather than showing that there are sane people that do believe this theory. Thankfully, these kinds of people are portrayed in a much better way in a future album that ranks much higher than this one.

The time travel element is much improved from The Great American Time Machine. Tin Lizzy is a more fun and “believable” machine. We get to hear a little bit more of how it works which is kind of nice to know.

Although there are several moments of levity, there are several serious scenes and songs that do a good job of showing the severity of rejecting God and His commands. The conversation with Noah and the soul-searching song called Seek the Lord are good examples of this. 

Speaking of songs, what this album does best is delivering on the songs. Each one of them are solid lyrically and Biblically, including I Saw Jesus in You, Great Are You, Lord, and I Was Made to Praise the Lord.

#34 - Limerick the Leprechaun, 2003

This one, in case you didn’t notice, has one of the coolest cover arts of the series. The green really brings out the Ireland setting and is a pretty ominous scene that doesn’t usually show up on Patch the Pirate album covers. 

There is a little bit too much expositional dialog for the villain of the story. That’s something that does show up fairly regularly in the series but this one seems to contain too much. 

Again, the songs are what carries most of the album. The Celtic instruments and styling in some songs go a long way in making you feel like you’re in Ireland. Don't Be Sheepish and I Just Wanna Be a Sheep are cute and fun songs using the sheep characters. There’s some fun novelty songs like Me, Me, Me, Whiners, and Irish Potatoes. The standout song is Bow the Knee, one of the most beloved songs from Ron Hamilton. 

#33 - Kilimanjaro, 2014

This album is a memorable one for a couple of reasons. It contains the first appearances of Precious Pirate (Chloe Farrell) and Bootstrap Ben (Ben Farrell), the latter would later become a part of the crew. It’s a great intro for Bootstrap Ben’s character and made me like him quite a bit the first time I heard him. Ben’s singing voice is amazing and he elevates every song he sings.

The story is not the most compelling but it is a better treasure hunt than the one in Patch the Pirate Goes to the Jungle. There is a good twist I didn't see coming that made it even more unique. The characters of the elephants are kind of similar to the camels in The Sneaky Sheik, but are a little more subdued in their attitudes, thus more bearable. 

There’s a Lion in the Street and That’s Where Wisdom Begins are good songs. However, the standout ones are Blessed and God Is so Good/You Are Always Good. The first one is a beautiful song which puts scripture to song (it’s also part of the beautiful Quiet Time Scripture Songs from Proverbs). The latter song is a well-crafted medley with a song from the Hamiltons and the classic song God is so Good, with some lyrics in Swahili (I think).  

#32 - A Tale of Two Siblings, 2022

If you didn’t guess from the title already, this is a bit of a parody of the Charles Dickens's classic book A Tale of Two Cities. I’m not fully versed in the whole plot of that book but I could pick out some of the homages to the original sprinkled throughout the adventure. I really liked the speech from Blownapart which is filled with references to Dickens' other books. Classic literature fans will love this stuff!

Pistol Pirate is now gone and Pogo Pirate takes his place in this album. He is a fun and humorous addition to the crew. 

Left: Adam Morgan (Commodore) Right: Hamilton Morgan (Pogo Pirate)
recording for A Tale of Two Siblings

We also get to know more about the history of The Jolly Roger itself which was cool to hear. The humor is quite bountiful in this one. There are several LOL moments, both for kids and adults.

This is the most recent adventure in the series (released in 2022). This one leans into the musical genre probably more than all 42 albums before it. In other words, it uses lots of songs to keep the story going rather than stopping the story to just sing a song. Most of the recent Patch adventures have been like this but this one I believe does it the best. Great examples of this are the songs For So Long and The Truce. It’s just such a fun adventure and the story and song mesh so well together.

The first song I mentioned is one of my favorites. However, there are others I really enjoyed. Forgiven, Better Together, and Show You’re Sorry are a few of them.

#31 - Time Twisters, 2017

This one appears to be an experiment or, at the least, a glimpse into the future. It’s the least amount of airtime for Patch since the series’ beginning and returning crew members PJ Pirate and Princess Pirate take the lead. It was great getting to hear PJ again for the first time since The Colonel’s Colossal Character Quest.

We get another time travel story with a different means of doing that. Unfortunately, we don’t hear much of the Bible story itself. Mainly it’s exposition and songs telling about it. I wish we had actually heard some of the events of the story of Exodus more. 

With that said, the characters from the menagerie are pretty colorful and fun to hear. There are quite a few funny lines from them and the actors sound like they’re having a lot of fun. The new “arch nemesis” Pegleg McGreedy and his lazy crew are good additions and help bring the message of obedience across all the better.

The crowning achievement of this album is the wonderful songs. The arrangement of All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name in a minor key is hauntingly beautiful, the same with Go Down Moses that has new lyrics paired with the original chorus. God of Wonders and The Promise Keeper are both compelling anthems. It’s also so fun to hear the classic song Obedience from Patch the Pirate Goes to Space as a part of Now Is the Time to Obey.

#30 - Armadillo Amigos, 2008

We get to hear another one-time-only crew member in this adventure: Ernest. Although not the best, he’s more memorable than Davy Jones and Savannah. His overachieving nature and clumsiness is kind of endearing.

There’s actually a pretty good mystery going on in this story. It definitely had me guessing whodunit. All the armadillos are likable characters. Lola the screaming hairy armadillo (yes, that’s a real thing) is the funniest. 

I love all the songs on this album! The title song is one that’s going to roam your mind long after hearing it. There are some good silly songs as well with Bugs and All I Get Is Tacos. Some really beautiful songs are Love the Lord  with All Your Heart (set to the tune of Michael, Row the Boat Ashore), a new arrangement of Tis So Sweet (To Trust in Jesus), and The Lily of the Valley with What A Friend We Have in Jesus mixed in with it.

#29 - Coldheartica, 2002

This album has a special memory for me because it was the first Patch album I ever owned on a CD. It was a lot easier to play than a cassette so it got played many times in my house.

This adventure takes place in the coldest region the crew of the Jolly Roger have ever been. It’s actually, AHEM, pretty cool. Another cool addition is Klondike the penguin (who’s also a secret agent). His voice and spy gadgets add a good bit of humor to the story.

I don’t think any of the songs are amazing but all of them are good ones. Some fun songs to sing along with are Lean a, Lean a, Lean, Sardines and Saltines, and Zip Your Lip. Sailing, Sailing is another great song for the pirate band and Isn't He Wonderful is a wonderful medley with many familiar song lyrics.

#28 - The Incredible Race, 2018

I don’t have a whole lot to say on this one because I already wrote an entire review for this album on the blog a few years ago. However, I will say that it makes a great prelude to the long conclusion that is The Final Voyage?. It is definitely a lot better to hear right before hearing the sequel/conclusion, rather than waiting about a year for it to be released like I did. You can read more of my thoughts about this production in my review for this album.

#27 - The Custards' Last Stand, 1990

This may be one of the most serious albums of the series. The theme is the importance of the Christian home. There are a lot of teaching moments and songs that seem like they are more for the parents listening with their children. Although not my favorite story from the series, I appreciate the message and the symbolism found in it.

There are plenty of deep and meaningful songs in this album. Yours Forever, Cherish the Moment, and Lord, Bless Our Home are a few of them. Some fun songs are still found on the album. Chocolate Fever and Let Those Pearlies Shine are some examples. You’ll also hear what may be the longest and one of the most clever songs in the series called I Do My Part.

#26 - Whale of a Tale, 2021

I really like getting to know more about Hubert after his first appearance in The Incredible Race. We also get to hear PJ Pirate again after him being absent in Mystery Island. I also really love the voice for the Judge. Such a great voice for radio!

Shelly Hamilton (Sissy Seagull) recording for Whale of a Tale

This album is the first completely Patch-less adventure with no audio of him, only references. At this point, I like the crew members that are left and I think the show is in good hands. Yes, it’s not the same but it still is a quality production with great messages and songs.

This album has some of the best humor out of all the albums. The songs Mine and Courtroom Chaos are good examples of that. As for the title song? Best of wishes trying to get that catchy sea shanty out of your head! There are also some really beautiful songs on here, including Carry Me Tenderly (a recently-found Fanny Crosby song!), Justified, and At the Name of Jesus

#25 - Mount Zion Marathon, 1995

This is the second journey to a kingdom for Patch and company. It’s different enough from Once Upon a Starry Knight although the purpose of the crew is somewhat the same. Thankfully, the story is unique enough to not be confused with past and future visits to kingdoms. 

This story is, in a way, a take on Pilgrim's Progress. It’s not a paint-by-numbers version, which is great. Making it more of a race rather than a long journey is a good idea. Doing a more traditional Pilgrim’s Progress parody would have felt very rushed for the runtime for this album.

I really like the characters of Chris (short for Christian) and Achilles. It’s a great picture (or allegory) of how Christ-followers should encourage others to go to Heaven as well. The last time I heard this album, it brought me to tears. Not too many Patch albums do that to me but it’s such a tough and beautiful ending, made partly possible with the impactful songs He Will Be Exalted and the reprise of Faithful Men.

There are some amusing songs along the way, too. Lazy Bones is a song that is fun to sing along to and Re-Nik-A-Dee-Boks is one of the most fun and shortest songs in the series.

#24 - The Colonel's Colossal Character Quest, 2007

The concept of the crew playing a giant board game is quite inventive. It was never done before on the series and makes for some really fun moments and sound effects usage. There’s a really fun and short song called Fun and Games where Patch names off the many board games he’s played (like Scrabble and Hi Ho! Cherry-O). It’s also funny to hear other characters use game names in certain sentences as puns throughout the story.

I mentioned one of the songs earlier but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other great songs on this album. Two songs especially get quite inventive: Have Patience and All Puffed Up. Both take a departure from the tempo of the verses once it gets to the chorus. It really helps accentuate the character traits they’re trying to communicate. The wordplay in Our God Is Bigger is quite fun. You Go First is a little like the traditional song B-I-N-G-O with repeating lyrics but removing a word each time in the middle. Dot Every "I" is yet another fun song, one that I’m sure kids will enjoy singing (and making the noises to go along with it).

#23 - Mystery Island, 2020

With this being the first adventure without Patch the Pirate being the ship’s captain, this story could have been a real mess. However, because of two major elements, it works: the strength of the remaining crew members and an excellent story. We do have one last cameo from Patch though. With that and a strong tie to Patch’s family integral to the plot, the Captain’s presence is very much felt. 

Left: Adam Morgan (Commodore) Right: Ron Hamilton (Captain Patch)
recording for Mystery Island 

This story is a much better mystery than Villain of Venice. The suspects are varied and all have possible motives. Although it’s not a complete solve-it-yourself whodunit, there are some clues that can suggest that one person in particular is not what they appear to be.

Pretty much all the songs range from good to great. Can It Be is the best song on this album. It features beautiful lyrics and another great performance from Bootstrap Ben. There are quite a few fun, silly songs as well. My One Big Chance is a real show-stopping musical number, A Logical Explanation is a fun satire of what many “experts” peddle as fact (“I’m not insane! He’s not insane!”), and Coffee, Coffee, Coffee is a fast paced goofy piece about everyone’s favorite caffeinated beverage. I also love Lay up Your Treasures in Heaven. I’m a sucker for songs that include people whistling. 

#22 - Patch the Pirate Goes West, 1983

This story (yes, this is where the Patch albums start to get more story-focused) has many elements that countless Westerns have. As a fan of Westerns myself, I'm glad of that. The setting and some of the characters found in this adventure certainly became fan favorites and later spawned two sequels and another visit to the West in future productions.

The songs are even stronger than the first two albums. I Love Broccoli, He's My Friend, and Rise and Shine are some of the best. Cool Water is one that often has parts of it stuck in my head.

#21 - The Legend of Stickyfoot, 2010

We get another camping-esque story after Camp Kookawacka Woods (I'll talk about that one soon) in this album. This time, it’s at a state park. However, it's not as fun or memorable as the other album I mentioned. It’s a bit of a mystery but not a very compelling one. Most of the new characters in this story are not real likable or interesting. The villain(s) are probably the most interesting characters besides maybe Woody. We did get a surprise cameo from Wally Whale. That was a cool throwback since he was last in the second Patch the Pirate adventure. I'm glad it’s not the last time we hear from him either.

Of all the villains in the Patch the Pirate's rogues' gallery, the fearful fowl featured on the front of the album is possibly the most scary and mean-spirited one of them all. I'm a little surprised how much this story was allowed to go on with this scary factor. Although most of the story is relatively tame like most Patch adventures, I feel like this one (almost) could have been better with a parental warning. Since the target audience is for much younger ages than Adventures in Odyssey or Paws and Tales, I think that could have been helpful. 

Thankfully, about half of the songs are good ones. Bitter to Better has a fun rhyming scheme in the chorus and unique concept. Tell the T-R-U-T-H is a cool spelling song. Great Big Beautiful World is a great anthem opener to the album and You’ll Know That We Are Pirates is perfect sea shanty for the Jolly Roger crew with a clever pun. Call the Wambulance! is not my favorite song from the series but I know it’s quite popular with fans so I thought I better mention it.

#20 - Patch the Pirate Goes to the Jungle, 1984

This one may be the most impactful album from the series. It’s a fan favorite to be sure and has inspired many people to become missionaries and encouraged missionaries themselves.

It’s the first treasure hunt for the crew of the Jolly Roger. It’s a fairly simple and straightforward story. It introduces us to many memorable characters: Lilly, Worry Warthog, and of course, BANANA MAN! The songs are all excellent as well. Some of the most popular songs from the entire series are heard here, including The Poochie Lip Disease and How Can I Fear?. I remember reading multiple comments from people on that last song and how it has blessed them when they were suffering from anxiety and fear. I have a great connection with Here Am I, Lord. My sister and I sang that song several times in our family’s missionary services we held years ago.

#19 - Camp Kookawacka Woods, 1989

Oh my goodness! There are so many good things about this one. Even though it is not my ultimate favorite, this album does so many things right with its story and songs that it remains a pinnacle of excellence in the Patch the Pirate universe.

The camp certainly lives up to its name and can be quite kooky at times. Listening to Sarge (the army drill sergeant wannabe), his embarrassing, doting mother, and the roadkill cook Hu Flung Chow makes for an entertaining time. 

Even though there is a lot of humor and good times, it’s perfectly balanced with the theme of being ready for the Second Coming of Jesus. The story has a parallel of what that might look like on a kid’s level of understanding. The subject is handled tastefully and with respect.

As for the songs? There’s not one dud in the bunch. There are thought-provoking songs like Listen for the TrumpetWorthy Is the Lamb, and God's Perfect Lamb. There are also plenty of fun and funny songs that show the highs and lows of camp, like I Wanna Go HomeThe Peanut Butter Song, and, my personal favorite, Camp Food. I don’t know how many times now that I’ve sung that last song, along with doing all the different voices for all the lyrics.

#18 - The Tumbleweed Opera, 2001

This is the second sequel to Patch the Pirate Goes West and the first sequel to The Lone Stranger. All the characters from The Lone Stranger reappear along with a few new ones. This one is the closest we get to a more recent album being like Sing Along with Patch the Pirate. The majority of the runtime is devoted to a sort of variety show to raise money. 

Although the story is a little less detailed as many of the other albums from this era of the series, it is still compelling. A great deal of that is due to the fact that the actress for Sweet T has a very sweet voice and is quite endearing. 

This album contains a couple of songs that are heard in many Sunday Schools. It was fun hearing Patch the Pirate versions of Arky, Arky, Stop!, Let Me Tell You, and Only A Boy Named David. There are newer songs too, like There's Nothing Like a Family and Happy Christian Cowboy. Really, all of these songs are quite good and the album has a nice variety of gospel favorites and some novelty songs.

#17 - IncrediWorld, 2011

This is one album that did not impress me a lot at first listen, but gradually became better with repeated listens. 

This is the first time we hear the crew at a theme park. IncrediWorld has various rides and attractions that parallel or point to God’s design in our world. Some of them were very creative. Maybe Answers in Genesis should take notes on things to add to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter.

One of the reasons I think this album works better than The Evolution Revolution is that it depicts some believers in evolution as not being cartoonish lunatics. In other words, there was more of a balance of the two worldviews with more realistic characters. There were also some actual apologetics talking points and better-worded logical ideas in support of Creationism. I think that is more helpful than just saying “Evolution is wrong and Creationism is right” and not giving some solid reasons why that statement is correct.

I like all the songs, but Bible Glasses and Cotton Candy are a little on the weak side. One of my favorite songs from this album is Days of Creation. It’s a bit of a long song but it makes it very easy for kids to memorize what God created on which day in a fun way. My other favorites are Simple As That and Right-side Up Turned Up-side Down. Also, I love the arrangement for the centuries-old hymn All Creatures of Our God and King.

#16 - The Lone Stranger, 2000

This was probably one of my most-wanted Patch albums as a kid. I listened to Patch the Pirate Goes West multiple times during my childhood. However, I never got to hear the first sequel to it until I was an adult. 

As a fan of Westerns and of the original Patch Western adventure, I had some high hopes for this one. It did not disappoint. In case you didn’t guess by the title yet, the premise is a spoof of the classic Old Time Radio show The Lone Ranger (another childhood favorite). There are some fun homages to that series, along with some callbacks to Goes West, like the “crack of dawn” sound effect joke.

My absolute favorite song from this album is Keep Following the Savior. It is very similar in style and lyrics to Happy Trails (made popular by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans). It’s one I’ve listened to several times and often gallops around in my head for a while after hearing it. A Blanket of Stars is a lullaby that is equally beautiful in both lyrics and music. It wasn’t until years later when I listened to an instrumental version of the traditional cowboy song The Colorado Trail that I realized that they both share the same tune. As with the original Western adventure and this one, Ron and Shelly Hamilton present a musical homage to the many beautiful American cowboy tunes from bygone years.

#15 - The Final Voyage?, 2019

Like The Incredible Race, you don’t want to listen to this if you’re only a casual fan that’s only heard a few previous albums. You also only want to hear this if you’ve already heard the previous album and pretty much all of the ones before that one. The sheer number of characters and places represented in this longest Patch adventure ever is a love letter to the fans. Everyone that has listened since the early days and those that have heard nearly all previous adventures will have so many nostalgic flashbacks to listening to their favorite album. I don’t want to say too much about who returns in this one because it would get too spoiler-y.

The way they settled who would be the new captain was brilliant. However, the way some past history was retconned was a bit far-fetched. I know why it was needed but it added a bunch more questions about the history of the show in the process. When you try to explain the simplicity of the framework of the Patch adventures, it complicates things.

I have to say, the final farewell from Captain Patch wrecked me. The possibility of losing another piece of the show, too, also made the waterworks flow. It really could not have been any more emotional. It's a bittersweet ending. However, I treasure the experience now.

However, I’m not a big fan of the unnecessary cliffhanger. As of yet, this plot line has not been picked up in any of the following albums. It takes away a little of the perfect ending in the track before this one.

That said, I still love this album so much. If you were a longtime fan of Adventures in Odyssey listening to Album 50: The Best Small Town or of Jonathan Park Volume 10: The Journey Home (now known as the Creation Museum Adventure) for the first time, you can get why The Final Voyage? touches fans like me. Like those albums from those other shows, this one is a big celebration of the series, brings old characters back, and creates a potential disaster that could threaten the worlds we care so much about, yet that still ends with a very satisfying and heartwarming conclusion. 

This album was packed full of story scenes and dialog with songs having less airtime than usual. I think that was the correct move since there’s only so much plot progression that can happen in a musical number. I think having the runtime be the longest of any Patch adventure helps, too. 

There are some really great songs in this album! It also contains numerous of the very rare occurrences of songs being reused from a previous album in the Patch the Pirate series. Most of those past instances have been adding verses or mixing it with another song. The latter is mostly what happens in this album, more so than any previous albums. Just like having many characters return to celebrate the series, having many songs being sung again makes the reunion all the sweeter.

Bonkinland Forever makes a reappearance, along with a brilliant mashup of a new song Pity Party with the classic Poochie Lip Disease. The Uplifter Medley is a mix of some of Ron Hamilton’s most beloved songs like Rejoice in the Lord. There are other instances as well. Ending with the current crew singing the Patch the Pirate Club Song again tugged at my heartstrings. It was a great way of saying “Even without Patch onboard, he’s with us in spirit.”

There are some new songs that stand out on their own without any old songs being attached to them. My favorite of the originals here is Follow a Leader Who Follows the Lord. It’s a great earworm and a great truth, too. Make a Joyful Noise is also fun because it’s the first time we get to hear a completely a cappella song in the series. Ben and Amanda Everson play the Acapelicans in the story and they sing Make a Joyful Noise.

#14 - Operation Arctic: Viking Invasion, 2016

This has become one of the best-selling Patch the Pirate albums ever. I’m not surprised because this album has three strong elements that make it a modern classic.
  • The Return of Princess Pirate: Her last appearance was five years ago in IncrediWorld
  • Colorful and memorable villains: Baroness Vainessa von Vain (Nicole Stratton) and the vikings are some of the most hilarious and bombastic antagonists in the entire series. Nicole really shines playing the Baroness and it sounds like she’s having so much fun playing the role.
  • A perfect lineup of songs: There’s nary a subpar or average song. There are so many great songs on this album.
More on the songs now. Stay the Course is a new arrangement of the hymn I Am Resolved with a new chorus that works very well. Simply Trust is quite catchy. 

To Be a Viking is a fun villain song. The Greatest Story Ever Told is an epic ballad and the ending anthem Heir of Heaven is phenomenal. I could go on but I’ll just mention one more. This album contains the last song Ron Hamilton ever wrote before his dementia took away that ability: It’s All About Me. It’s a fun, battling duet song with one character saying the attention should be on her and another person saying it should be about God. It’s these types of song that really gives the newer Patch adventures the feeling of a regular musical with songs important to the plot rather than just songs in between dialog.

#13 - Kidnapped on I-Land, 1985

It’s at this point that I believe the creators of the series finally caught on to how to make this series’ format really work with balancing song and story. This adventure is focused mainly on a new character (and his pet parrot) and his learning the importance of not being selfish. There’s also a neat tie-in to a story from the New Testament. It’s set up brilliantly early on with the names of some of the new characters.

This story also has the appearance of the first real villain in the Patch the Pirate universe: King Me First. He, and his hotheaded sidekick Torch the Dragon (a.k.a. His pet flamethrower), give the right amount of scariness without being too scary. Although, their fiendish plan is quite despicable. 

I really like the musical overture. It helps make this story feel more like a regular musical. We hear parts of Jesus Is First before we hear it in its entirety at the end of the album. Remember Your Manners sticks out in my mind for two reasons: it’s quite memorable (especially with all the overlapping lines from different characters) and I learned how to play this song from a children’s piano book called PianoVentures that had several Patch songs in it. The Praise Song is one that often comes to my mind and is a good example of what Johann Sebastian Bach says about music:  
“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” 
My Quiet Time is a beautiful song with lyrics that bring out the importance of personal time with God every day. Will U. Waite and  Do It Now are two songs that are polar opposite in messages (the first one is sung by one of the antagonists). Both are incredibly catchy.

#12 - Afraidika Fever, 1999

I actually heard this sequel to Patch the Pirate Goes to the Jungle before I heard the 
original. That may play into why I ranked it higher than that one. However, I don’t believe that is the main reason. I think this story is much more detailed and exciting. Instead of a treasure hunt, it’s a race against time to save the life of one of the characters from the original adventure in Afraidika. It’s also quite a bit longer so we can spend a lot more time with the returning characters.

There are several good songs this time around, but only a handful of them are up to par with the original Jungle album. Around the Corner, Around the World is another wonderful missionary-minded song. I Pray to the Lord is almost a sequel song to How Can I Fear? but it still stands very much on its own. Banana Man gets his own self-titled theme song and we get to hear a very fun cover of I've Got the Joy Joy Joy Joy (Down in My Heart).

Songs are rarely repeated in the Patch the Pirate albums. However, the remake of Here Am I, Lord is spectacular. The original song was just a chorus but this time verses are added. It’s also great hearing Ron Hamilton sing it this time. Although this album ends in a very similar fashion to Patch the Pirate Goes to the Jungle, I think this ending works better and has a stronger buildup to it.

#11 - Giant Killer, 1996

This is kind of a sequel to The Evolution Revolution. However, it is not necessary to hear that one before Giant Killer. Only one character reappears but in a totally new situation with new characters and a new Bible story. I think some of those elements make me rank this album higher than the original Tin Lizzy adventure. This one is also more enjoyable because this one sticks with time traveling to just one Bible story; David and Goliath. I think that the strongest element in Giant Killer is the story, along with its message. This album is one of my most-listened-to albums in the entire series.

The one way that The Evolution Revolution is better than this one is the song selection. There are some good songs here but not nearly as many strong ones as the original. However, there are some standout ones here. Goliath’s song I'm Big, I'm Bad is so hilarious as it goes from having insincere sappy lyrics to raging villain lines. Shepherds to Kings is a beautiful contemplative song that applies to modern Christian life as well as David’s. Giants Still Roam This Land is also one of those great times the Bible story is applied to spiritual matters. It’s also nice hearing the Sunday School standard Little David, Play on Your Harp included as well.

#10 - The Kashmir Kid, 2005

This was one of the last albums I listened to going through the entire series. I was not super interested in the story summary. However, it exceeded my expectations and then some. Dare I say it, it’s one of the best Patch adventures ever!

There was an unexpected parallel to a Bible story I did not see coming at first. I think this Patch adventure weaved that in along with several of the lessons we can learn from the Bible character. The characters of Duck Duck and Izzy the Tennessee Fainting Goat were quite funny without being borderline annoying. The actors for both those characters did a great job playing them.

It’s always great when a well-written story is paired with well-written songs. The Kashmir Kid is a great example. I’ll only mention a few here but I did like all the songs on this album. The unexpected Western-themed ballad Mud Slinger is a standout song. Doin' Dishes is a song that goes right along with Remember Your Manners and I Love Broccoli from the early albums. Six Billion Reasons is a super catchy, up-tempo song with a really deep message. Yes, Jesus Loves Me is a wonderful new arrangement and medley of Jesus Loves Me and Jesus Loves Even Me. I know I’ve mentioned other new arrangements that have been in previous Patch adventures on this list but this may be the best of the bunch.

#9 - Polecat's Poison, 1997

This was one of the first Patch the Pirate albums I ever heard. Because of that, it holds a lot of memories for me. It also helps that this is the first appearance (not counting the Christmas-themed Harold the King) of my favorite junior pirate, PJ Pirate (Jason Hamilton).

Quite a bit of this story is focused on brothers Clovis and Rufus. For being the main protagonists, they fit that role well. Their banter and bickering is always fun and never annoying. The moral about being careful who you model your life after and who you have as heroes is a good one.

A lot of the songs on this album are as good as the plot. There are some really fun ones that fleshes out this hillbilly holler and its citizens. Possum Pot Pie and Sweet, Sweet Vidalia are as catchy as they come, especially the latter one. I think it was years after hearing Polecat’s Poison that I actually ate some sweet Vidalia onions and, of course, that brought that song to memory and that happens pretty much anytime I hear mention of that variety of onion. My Father's Old Guitar is very much an autobiographical song as it puts some of Ron Hamilton’s childhood memories to music. It’s a nice addition and fits well with the country setting in which the story takes place. Of course, there are some spiritually rich songs as well. The Things I Used to Do is another memorable track that also helps teach an additional lesson alongside the main one. Standing at the Crossroads has some great lyrics that could work as an altar or invitation song at church.

#8 - Harold the King, 1993

This is the one and only Christmas story from Patch the Pirate and boy, is it a great one! It’s also one of the longest Patch adventures. The theme of the album is one of the most unique when it comes to Christmas stories on any series. The titular character is a spoiled boy king who is the head monarch of a county called The Land of Christmas. He and his suffering servants are on a quest to find the “imposter” who calls himself the King of Christmas. The crew of the Jolly Roger get caught up in their shenanigans and help protect Harold from some not-so-jolly elves who are trying to take over the kingdom. The whole theme of this album is about making Christ King of your life.

This is the first time we hear of longtime crew members leaving. The remaining junior sailors cry about PeeWee Pirate being gone now but a surprise visitor in the form of PJ Pirate as a baby helps comfort them. It is strange though that we don’t get any mention or appearance from PJ until 4 albums later.

Of course, what would a Christmas musical be without great Christmas songs? There are plenty of them here. I Hate Mistletoe, The Perfect Cookie and Gimmie, Gimmie are some really funny songs that poke fun at or teach some lessons about different Christmas traditions and activities. Worship the King and King of My Heart are wonderful, worshipful songs that help cement the story’s theme. 

The one song I don’t like on this album is Make Yourself at Home. I feel it goes on at least one minute too long. It helps carry the plot a little bit but it gets excessive in its runtime. I don’t skip songs when I listen to the albums anymore but this is one that makes me reconsider that.

Although there are many original songs, there are some classic Christmas hymns included. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, Birthday of a King, and O Come, All Ye Faithful are some great covers and The First Noel gets a unique medley.

#7 - The Friendship Mutiny, 1991

For a long time, this was my absolute favorite album. Possibly being the first one I ever heard from Patch the Pirate might have played into that fact. Even though it has moved further down my list, it still remains one of my favorites.

This adventure has one of the smallest cast of any album. I think that makes the character arcs more intimate. We see Pixie, Peanut, and PeeWee all have their own part of the plot and they're not just side characters. Each one is reacting differently to the events of this adventure and it makes these characters much more three-dimensional. 

The only other characters besides the Jolly Roger crew is the crew of the Fiendship: Captain Fiendly *ahem* Friendly, Big Sty and Vanity Felinous. All three are very distinct characters and are the perfect antagonists. They’re really one of the best groups of villains in all of the Patch universe.

I haven’t said much about the artwork for a lot of these albums but I have to with this one. The first is the title. I love how it has the letter “R” just hanging on the rest of the word “FRIENDSHIP.” Also, it has possibly the most provocative scene from the series on the cover. It shows an actual evil pirate making the preaching pirate walk the plank. Oh, and there’s a shark, too. It takes the pirate stereotype to a whole new meaning.

The song selection on this album is awesome. Quite a few are based on scripture from Psalms and Proverbs like The Lord is My Shepherd, Blessed Is the Man, and Walk with the Wise. The latter is quite catchy. Friendship and Gossip are both fun songs that also teach some good truths. It's Me is a clever restructuring of the classic Standing in the Need of Prayer. I Will Be True is a beautiful song that opens and closes this album.

#6 - The Misterslippi River Race, 1987

This one is often named as many fans’ favorite albums. I can definitely see why. There are so many reasons why this is so popular. It’s the first time in the series where we hear how Patch became a pirate. It’s one of the few times where Ron Hamilton’s life and the fictional character’s share the same life events. Colonel Cottonmouth (Ken Collier) is one of the most colorful villains in the whole series. His henchman, er, henchsnake, Moccasin is also a fun addition. There are many times on the show where we hear a character become a Christian. I won’t say who but the scene and the accompanying songs with this person is the best salvation scene in the series, in my opinion.

What about the songs? They’re all treasures! Rejoice in the Lord, Ron Hamilton’s most popular song, is on this album along with other classics like Wings as Eagles and Always the Same. There are also some really fun novelty songs like the spooky Ballad of Big Toe, the short tongue twister Widder Magnolia's Fixer Elixir, and a song that’s so hard not to sing along with every time is Down the Misterslippi. Little by Little is a simple-but-profound song that speaks to how the Christian should live each moment. I could go on but then I might list every song. To recap, every track on here is not to be missed!

#5 - The Calliope Caper, 1988

I may get a lot of flack for this but this album is slightly higher than The Misterslippi River Race when it comes to my favorites. This is one of those rare times that a sequel turns out to be just about as good (or better) as the original. I do confess that the reason why this second outing to Misterslippi is so good is because of how great the characters and experiences are in the first.

Some characters that had little airtime in the last one get to really shine in this one. It took me a while to realize that Baby Blue does not show up in this one, not even a mention. However, it’s no great loss. The large cast of characters are enough to keep up with. Plus, Cool Ray’s introduction is a worthwhile trade off. One character that gets more of the spotlight is Colonel Cottonmouth. He’s played by Ken Collier again (one of the most prolific actors in the series) and this is one of his most memorable characters he’s ever done. Cottonmouth’s ego and consistent verbal faux pas are hilarious! 

The whole story’s theme and several of the songs have to do with the Fruit of the Spirit. The way the story wraps up with showing how important it is for Christians to bear spiritual fruit is really inspiring. The album’s theme song is Bring Forth Fruit and it is a beautiful reminder of its significance. The Fear of the Lord is another one of those songs that often gets stuck in my head and I find myself singing. Skin and Hippo Critter are some fun novelty songs that aren’t just there for levity but also teach. The Army of the Lord and Mountain Moving Faith are some great upbeat tunes as well. The song selection is not quite as strong as The Misterslippi River Race but is still awesome. Paired with a really fun story and some colorful characters, The Calliope Caper still leaves me smiling and singing.

#4 - Kingdom Chronicles, 2012

The medieval adventure story is what stands out the most in this album. There are a few plot twists that I was not expecting. I also love how this story leans into the medieval aspects even more than past Patch adventures that had kings and castles before.

It’s also cool that Sissy Seagull gets to be one of the main heroes in this story. I won’t say in what way but I like how much of an integral part she is here. It’s a role she doesn’t normally get to play.

My only gripe about this album is the new crew member, Alberta Einstein. She came on the show after Princess Pirate left. What I don’t like about it is it’s similar to how Adventures in Odyssey now uses a lot of adults to play kids. It doesn’t sound as natural as an actual child actor. Since Alberta has been in all the following albums since this one, I have gotten used to her and like her a little bit more now. 

There are many awesome and epic songs on this album. The theme song, The Armor of God, strikes all the right notes and has a great soaring and grand feeling to it. I love the arrangement of the classic hymn Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus and the different marching vocals. Flaming Arrows and Fiery Darts is a fun, toe-tapping number. Another catchy ditty is So Do Right. I also love the way the verses of The Solid Rock are given a new tune and a new chorus in My Hope is Jesus. It’s a beautiful combination! I really like The Sharpest Blade, too. It has one of my favorite lines of wordplay in any Patch song and that is “When the battle rages I can overcome / with the Word of God on the tip of my tongue.”

Kingdom Chronicles also makes for a great stage musical. The Logos Theatre from The Academy of Arts often has some of their stage actors play voices on Patch the Pirate albums. Several years ago, they adapted this audio drama into a stage play with some really cool set design and an awesome dragon puppet for Rex. Whether or not you’ve heard this album, this is a really cool production to watch. 

#3 - Ocean Commotion, 2015

Although the series is called Patch the Pirate, most of his adventures take place away from the sea. This story takes place almost all on the Jolly Roger or some kind of boat. It’s a great return to form for the series and is an absolute gem. Or, should I say, a pearl. Much like The Kashmir Kid, this album parallels a Bible story from the Bible. Looking at the list of songs will give you a hint to which one.

Hearing Bootstrap Ben become a crew member, the new First Mate, of the Jolly Roger is great.  He really has some good moments that shows he truly is a “respectable pirate”. Plus, he nails every solo he gets in the songs.

Wise Guy and Scarlet Macaw are the best villain combo since the crew of the Fiendship. Alan Morgan’s role as Wise Guy is especially memorable. You can tell he’s having a ball playing this pompous and sinister bad guy. Follower Flats is the perfect villain song for him.

Okay, more about the songs now. The story is strong and the songs are even stronger. There are some fun Sunday School songs included here: The Wise Man Built His House and Noah Found Grace. Both have unique twists or arrangements that bring those children’s songs to a whole new level. Treasured and You Are My Refuge are some beautiful selections, along with the amazing arrangement of the classic hymn How Firm a Foundation. My absolute favorite song from Ocean Commotion is There is a Storm. It is an absolute earworm, in the best possible way! It’s also a great way for the plot to be weaved into a musical form.

#2 - Once Upon a Starry Knight, 1992

I have quite a bit of history with this album. It was one of the first Patch albums I heard and one that I love to this day. There are a couple of milestone events in this production as well. It was the first time the crew of the Jolly Roger entered into a medieval world. It also contains the first appearance of Princess Pirate (Megan Morgan née Hamilton), probably the most endearing pirate up to this point in the series. Also, her catchphrase “Wow, it’s a big one!” is heard for the first time.

The theme of servanthood is probably my favorite in all the albums. Humbleness and the absence of pride is very rare today, even more so than when this album came out in 1992. The story shows both sides of someone who goes out of their way to exalt themself and how another humbly serves others. It’s a beautiful message and one that is simple for children to comprehend and profound for the adults listening, too.

Like all the other Patch adventures, there’s quite a bit of humor in this one. If you love puns, there’s a lot of puns related to the word “knight” in this. The melodrama parody scene with Shylock and Guinevere is always amusing, especially Shylock’s propensity to speak in verse. I may be shunned by other longtime Patch the Pirate fans but I enjoy the novelty song Tickle Bug over Wiggle Worm any day. It’s not that I don’t like the latter, it’s probably just that I heard the former first. Tickle Bug is a song that’s often hard to keep a straight face or keep from laughing while listening to it. A Good Knight's Sleep is an instance of the aforementioned puns. The lyrics are a comical lament at the hazards of growing old.

This is a good place to mention that there are some songs in the series that have certain characters (a villain, for example) sing about themes that are antithetical to Christianity. Sometimes, in the middle of the song, another character will give the correct response to the other’s point of view. Other times it happens in dialog after the song ends. So, if a message is presented that is not the correct way for someone to act, it does get addressed. There’s a really unique way this is done in this album. Any Ol' Thing Will Do is a character’s selfish, backhanded way of giving charity. There’s some dialog after that and then the same tune but different lyrics is sung by another character in the form of Only My Best Will Do. It’s a cool way to show both viewpoints and, at the same time, refute the prideful and selfish actions shown in the first song.

Some other really good songs that also teach are Happiness Came Looking for Me and Upside Down. These both are cheerful melodies that also illustrate the way Christ’s upside down kingdom works on earth that baffles men’s “wisdom.” All That I Need is a really memorable song and does a great job of reminding us that nothing in this life matters unless Jesus is our Lord. The theme song that is introduced in the musical overture and sung in its entirety at the end is Servant of All. It perfectly encapsulates the message of the story and calls us to humbly serve God and others.

#1 - Down Under, 1993

This was a difficult decision on whether Down Under or Once Upon a Starry Knight would be my #1. I recently relistened to both of them and I’m still flipflopping on their placement in my mind. Like I said, this list is subject to change for me but I believe I’ll stick with Down Under this time. 

This album is not one that I grew up listening to as a kid. I had heard a small portion of it at some point but never the whole thing then. I listened to it all for the first time only about six years ago. It became one of my sister’s favorites and, later, became mine as well. 

The characters are so colorful and memorable. Billy Bong Boomerang is a great tour guide for Australia. Wombrat and his conspirators are devious and also kind of cute. The kangaroo family are feisty and fun. Squash the Squid may be the most slimy (pun intended) and fiendish of all of Patch the Pirate’s nemeses. You’ll know why when you hear his evil plot. I also love his apparent affinity for alliteration. 

Part of the reason I like the story so much is that the stakes are quite high. Next to The Friendship Mutiny, in the first 20 albums of the Patch the Pirate series, this is the biggest compelling reason for the Jolly Roger crew to accomplish their mission. It’s not very often the conflict gets this intense. As an older listener, this appeals to me more. Also, I really like the theme about reaping what you sow. It's a great one and it’s taught in an excellent way in the story and several of the songs.

Another aspect of this story is quite memorable. This is PeeWee Pirate’s last voyage with the crew. I really like the deep character moments he had in The Friendship Mutiny. We hear some more of that in this story because he has a really thoughtful and spiritual talk with Captain Patch after PeeWee’s disobedience and bad attitudes causes some discord. Since the actors for both are real life father and son respectively, the chemistry in their acting really shines though.

This album really immersed me into the culture and geography of Australia. It was really cool hearing about the different instruments, geographical elements, and popular words and phrases (Fair dinkum!) that can be found there. This album is one of the best in the series when it comes to showing a different part of the world to American audiences.

I love the songs! I could stop there but of course I won’t. Not only is the story one of the best in the series but the songs are equal in quality. There’s hardly a weak song on this album. Put on Your Running Shoes, Mean Ol’ Mister Devil, You Reap What You Sow, and The Boomerang Song are all songs that often take up space in my brain. You’ll have a hard time getting that last song I mentioned out of your head as well. I really like the overture at the beginning of the album with the choruses from the latter two songs being sung. I also love the use of the didgeridoo being played in The Boomerang Song. Nothing But the Blood is a beautiful anthem (this one is not the popular hymn but a newer song). Lend a Hand is a fun teaching song and includes some cute lines from little Princess Pirate. I’ve mentioned nearly all the songs now so I think I better stop now. Needless to say, they’re all stellar!


Whew! That was a lot to go through. Thank you for reading all of this. It took me a long time to write but it was a lot of fun to do.

If you're new to the series, you can easily pick up listening to any of the Patch the Pirate albums and not need to know what happened in past adventures to enjoy it (at least, all the albums that come before The Incredible Race and The Final Voyage?)

There are links to where you can buy the CD copies on the titles of each album in this list. Several of them are also available for purchase or streaming on Apple Music and Amazon Music. You can also browse the titles at ChristianBook.

If you want to sample the show, you can catch Patch every Saturday morning on PorchlightFM Radio. However, if you want to have access to all of these albums (along with many other Patch-related productions) for one low price, you can subscribe to the Patch Plus app.

So, I want to know. Did my choices surprise you? Were there some that you disagreed with or think I should have ranked differently? What are some of your favorite Patch the Pirate albums? Let me know in the comments!

Austin Peachey is a die-hard reader and audio drama fan. He ran the Adventures in Odyssey Blog for over 12 years and has produced a few audio dramas of his own, including FaithFilled Stories. He's also helped work on the 2nd edition of The Official Guide to Odyssey and is a member of the Audio Drama Alliance.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. ATC receives a small percentage of your purchase when you buy these products via our links. Thank you!


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