The Essential Kirk Franklin

The Essential Kirk Franklin

by Kirk FranklinKirk Franklin


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It's almost unthinkable that contemporary gospel star Kirk Franklin hasn't had a greatest-hits offering before now. He sold over seven million records between 1993 and 2011, and that total continues to rise. In addition, Franklin is a true crossover artist: his recordings have consistently charted on the pop, R&B, and gospel charts. Sony Legacy lays out this eclectically sequenced double-disc comp full of singles and album tracks from all of his Gospocentric recordings. As if to showcase just how wide-ranging Franklin's music is, the album opener -- a live "He Reigns/Awesome God (The Medley)," from his 2002 album The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin -- weaves together hip-hop, gritty contemporary soul, contemporary gospel, and the norteño and conjunto sounds Franklin grew up with on the radio and in the streets of Riverside, Texas. The accents on sopranos, altos, and contraltos weave through the beat-heavy Spanish guitar arrangement, and genuinely stir the listener -- no matter her or his belief system. The track that started it all, the stellar single "Why We Sing" from 1993's Kirk Franklin & the Family, also appears on disc one, as do cuts from Hero (an album that featured guest appearances by Rance Allen and Stevie Wonder) and Songs for the Storm, Vol. 1. Disc two also relies on tracks from those offerings and includes the funky "Looking for You," which contains a sample from Patrice Rushen's stepper "Haven't You Heard," delves more deeply into cuts from Songs for the Storm, Vol. 1, and includes "Revolution" from Nu Nation Project, "Let Me Touch You (Live)" from 2001's Whatcha Lookin' 4, as well as "I Am" and the title track off 2011's Hello Fear to bring things up to date. There are 28 completely remastered cuts in all, spanning 18 years, totaling two-and-a-half hours of music. The set also comes with an historical liner essay by Bil Carpenter, and sells for a very attractive budget price. While fans of Franklin will more than likely have these tracks from his albums, hearing them sequenced this way makes for an enlightening experience. For the curious, The Essential Kirk Franklin also provides a very solid introduction to one of the most dynamic artists gospel has produced since Andraé Crouch.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2012
Label: Verity
UPC: 0886919151329
catalogNumber: 191513
Rank: 19176

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kirk Franklin   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rance Allen   Vocals
Darrell Blair   Vocals
Byron Cole   Vocals
Dalon Collins   Vocals
Demetrius Herefort   Vocals
Tamela Mann   Vocals
Terri Pace   Vocals
Nelda Washington   Vocals
Family   Background Vocals
Men of Standard   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Mann   Vocals

Technical Credits

Patrice Rushen   Composer
Kevin Bond   Producer,Vocal Producer
George Clinton   Composer
Arthur Dyer   Producer
Clare Fischer   Arranger
Kirk Franklin   Composer,Producer
Rodney Frazier   Producer
Sanchez Harley   Producer
Shavoni   Producer
Chris Godbey   Producer
Monica Bacon   Producer
Alice Butts   Art Direction
Bil Carpenter   Liner Notes
Shaun Martin   Arranger,Producer
S. Brown   Composer
Michael Robinson   Arranger
"Bassy" Bob Brockman   Producer
S. Greene   Composer
N. Watts   Composer
M. Butler   Arranger
Bobby Sparks   Arranger,Producer

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