Back In The Day &
Top 20 Gospel, Volume 2
Compilation projects are a popular item so far this year, judging from the
increasing number that are becoming available. We've selected to throw the spotlight on two brand new collections that reflect on the sounds of Gospel from a few years back.Producers: Various
CGI Records (Back In The Day)
CGI Records makes available a collection entitled Back In The Day, and you would be hard-pressed
to find a more descriptive or fitting title. With this 2-disc box set, the people
at CGI have mined their archives and
come up with this jewel of compilation that includes classics such as Daryl Coley's
"I'll Be With You", Howard Smith's "I Wanna Get To Know You", and "We Need To Hear From You" from
Sandra Crouch and Friends. Other cuts included come from a veritable Who's Who of Gospel greats from the
past few decades: Walter Hawkins, Douglas Miller, Vickie Winans, Commissioned, Beau Williams, LA Mass Choir,
The Winans. Also included in the box is a useful and comprehensive 8-page photo-filled
booklet that outlines the origins of Gospel music.
Another retrospective 2-disc compilation that deserves some attention is Top 20 Gospel, Vol. 2: Through The Refiner's Fire from
Tyscot Records. This one is intriguing, for it demonstrates how this independent, family-owned label
has been a proving ground of sorts for some of Gospel's most recognizable names today. Some of the highlights
include Kim Burrell singing "Something On The Inside" with The Trinity Temple Mass Choir, Marvin Sapp singing "Your Deliverance"
with The Greater Grace Temple Choir, and an incredible flashback cut "He'll Step In On Time"
featuring Beverly Crawford from when she was with Bobby Jones & New Life. It is definitely
worth examining the liner notes to see how keen your ear is, for this 120+ minute collection of mostly choir
material also peppers various cameos and guest spots of well-known artists such as James Moore, Dorinda Clark-Cole,
Carnell Murrell, Bishop Paul S. Morton and Shirley Caesar throughout. Certainly this is one of the
more fascinating compilations available on the shelves this year.
Tyscot Records (Top 20 Gospel, Volume 2)
reviewed by Stan North —
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