Best Gospel

by Various Artists
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CD Details

  • Released: May 25, 2004
  • Label: Varese Sarabande


  • 1.Unspeakable Joy - Douglas Miller
  • 2.So Good to Know the Savior - Comissioned
  • 3.I'll Be Thinking of You - Andrae Crouch
  • 4.Tomorrow - The Winans
  • 5.Holy One - Tramaine Hawkins
  • 6.I'm in a Winner - Calvin Bernard Rhone
  • 7.I've Been in the Storm Much Too Long - Mighty Clouds Of Joy
  • 8.Wonderful - Beau Williams
  • 9.Down by the Riverside - Blind Boys Of Alabama
  • 10.Power in the Blood - Andrae Crouch
  • 11.Be Grateful - Walter Hawkins & The Love Center Choir
  • 12.We Shall Behold Him - Vickie Winans
  • 13.King Jesus Is Listening - LA Mass Choir
  • 14.If I Labor - The Winans
  • 15.Jesus Is Lord - Andrae Crouch

Product Description:

Liner Note Author: Lin Woods.
Arrangers: Douglas Miller; Gregory Cauthen; Alan V. Abrahams ; Walter Hawkins & The Hawkins Family; Rev. Calvin Bernard Rhone.
These 15 tracks were originally released on the Light label between 1985 and 1997, and include some of the biggest names in late 20th century contemporary African-American gospel. The Winans, Andra? Crouch, and Tramaine Hawkins are all here, as are a couple of groups whose roots stretch back decades before the 1980s, the Blind Boys of Alabama (whose swinging and bluesy "Down by the Riverside" is a highlight) and the Mighty Clouds of Joy. Most of it functions as something of an overview of commercial trends in 1980s and 1990s black gospel, the decidedly upbeat music absorbing much of its flavor from secular soul and adult contemporary pop (and, on the Winans' "If I Labor," funk and disco), but retaining spiritual lyrics. Unfortunately, the musical arrangements often have a slick gloss that lacks the dynamism and commitment of much of the vocal performances. The earthier live number by Crouch ("Power in the Blood") fares better, as do the ones featuring vocal choirs, "King Jesus Is Listening" (by L.A. Mass Choir) and "Be Grateful" (by Walter Hawkins & the Love Center Choir). ~ Richie Unterberger
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  • Sales Rank: 36,426
  • UPC: 030206656725
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