Saturday, November 05, 2011
More excellent performances and selections from a sampler LP--last time, it was the Christian Faith label; this time it's Zondervan Victory. Yes, this is middle of the road gospel, and yes, the album's a thrift store staple, but so what? It's great stuff.
True memory: years ago, in a campus record shop, I asked about Chad Mitchell Trio LPs. The clerk looked troubled, and he asked me, "Weren't they popular?" Well, yeah. So were the Beatles and Stones, but I suspect he had no issue with them. I didn't ask, however.
An inspiring true-life tale from the annals of actual events. To the music. And isn't that a great cover?:
Click here to hear: Zondervan Sampler: Echoes from the Albums
THE HOLY CITY--Ronnie Avalone, Dramatic Tenor
SAVED BY GRACE--Hermon Voss, Organist
THE LORD'S PRAYER--King's Choraliers Male Chorus
CALVARY LOVE--Pauyl McNtt
HE CARES--Keller-York Quartet
TELL ME THE STORY OF JESUS--Johnny Ambrose, Tenor
O SPEAK TO ME--Gary Moore, Baritone
OUT FROM HIS WOUNDED SIDE--Jeanette York, Contralto
STAND UP FOR JESUS--Gene Jordan, Marimba
JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE--Kyle Wilson and the Vocal Trio
ACCORDING TO THY LOVING KINDNESS--HCJB Vocal Trio
LORD, I ADORE THEE (HOW GREAT THOU ART)--Virgil Hale, Lyric Tenor
Monday, October 31, 2011
Just to let you know that all of this month's slaylists are up and running at 4Shared. That is to say, I moved them from Box.net, where the downloading bandwidth has run out due to (logically enough) lots of downloads. It doesn't help that my recent files have been larger.... Anyway, everything Halloween 2011 is available through 4Shared as we shriek. I mean, speak. (Arf! Arf!)
So, check back over this month's posts for any 2011 slaylists you may have missed and/or weren't able to download. And remember: A killer tree's bark IS its bite!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
The jacket may be drab (though arty), but there's not a dull track in the bunch. I was expecting the playlist to maybe drag a little, but every performance is first-rate, and every number an inspired choice. It's nice enough to have a version of the 1866 classic, Ring the Bells of Heaven, but to have one by the Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet... priceless. Well, 99 cents, but that was for everything. And it's always a treat to hear good, solid renditions of I Will Sing to My Redeemer (here titled My Redeemer), Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary, and Lord, I'm Coming Home--titles which put the "good ol'" in "good ol' gospel."
Sorry--I couldn't resist typing "titles which put the 'good ol'' in 'good ol' gospel.'"
To sum up, great selections, highly enjoyable performances, and a fine diversity of styles, including the gospel equivalent of mood music. I figured this LP would be worth ripping, but I wasn't figuring on such a gem. But I do not complain.
To the music: Christian Faith Anthology No. 1
RING THE BELLS OF HEAVEN (Cushing-Root)--Old Fashioned Revival Hour Q.
JESUS I COME--Roy Atwood, Piano w. String Quartet
HOW GREAT THOU ART--Vere Raley, with the Lundberg Singers
LORD, I'M COMING HOME--Phil Carson, Pipe Organ with Vibraphone and Guitar
IS YOUR ALL ON THE ALTAR--John Gustafson, w. Ralph Carmichael Orch.
WHEN THE REDEEMED ARE GATHERING IN--Haven of Rest Quartet
WHISPERING HOPE--Charles Turner, w. Ralph Carmichael Orch.
MY REDEEMER (Bliss-McGranahan)--Ralph Carmichael, Harp with Orch.
WHAT A FRIEND--Earle Anderson, Baritone
BURDENS ARE LIFTED AT CALVARY--Christchurch Festival Male Voice Choir
Christian Faith Anthology No. 1 (Christian Faith 2001)