The Very Best of Praise & Worship

The Very Best of Praise & Worship


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The Very Best of Praise & Worship offers a solid overview of modern gospel styles. Veteran Daryl Coles kicks off things with a gritty "Thank You Lord" (one of 8 live cuts among the 15 in this collection), a hard-edged, muscular performances in the style of the Sensational Nightingales' great Julius Cheeks, with an instrumental sound dominated by piano and organ, like back in the day. By contrast, the veteran vocal group Commissioned offers a smooth-groove, close-harmony rendition of Dottie Rambo's "We Shall Behold Him" that's straight out of the early-'70s Stevie Wonder stylebook, right down to the lead singer's familiar filigreed phrasing. More traditional, R&B-style emoting and testifying is provided by veterans Vicki Winans ("Forever," a live track with the Gospel Heritage Praise & Worship Conference Mass Choir), whereas the towering Andrae Crouch, the kingpin of modern gospel, employs a robust southern soul horn section and energetic female backing vocalists (part of his group, Anointed) in declaiming his funkified "Jesus Is Lord." Tender, string-enriched balladry and restrained thunder are the order of the day when the formidable, under-recognized Yolanda Adams systematically scorches her way through an urgent plea, "Let Us Worship Him" with a blend of power, authority, and nuance that Whitney Houston must envy. Hip-hop beats and production flourishes (compressed male voices and Vocoder effects) reflect the integration of the most contemporary of secular musics into the gospel family when Mary Mary throw down on the dynamic "Shackles (Praise You)." All ye who doubt, prepare to be converted.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/13/2006
Label: Verity
UPC: 0828768160527
catalogNumber: 81605
Rank: 33784

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Daryl Coley   Composer,Producer
Richard Smallwood   Composer,Producer
Yolanda Adams   Producer
Kurt Carr   Composer,Producer
Ben Tankard   Producer
Anointed   Producer
Vanessa Bell Armstrong   Producer
Dan Cleary   Producer
Fred Hammond   Producer
Sanchez Harley   Producer
Bill Maxwell   Producer
Pastor Hezekiah Walker   Producer
Jason White   Producer
Donald Lawrence   Producer
Cedric Thompson   Producer
Twinkie Clark   Composer
Warryn Campbell   Producer
L. Campbell   Composer
Dadra Crawford Greathouse   Producer
W. Campbell   Composer

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