3:1: Simplicity (Old Paths)
1. Behold the Master Cometh: This song was a standout track on the 1995 Kingsmen project Georgia Live. Penned by Sandy Knight and originally featuring Eldridge Fox, it was a track that didn’t deserve the neglect it has received since. This Kingsmen alumnus group – Jeremy Peace is a former Kingsmen tenor – was the perfect group to bring the song back. One only wishes they still had their live band, because with a live band in a concert setting, this rendition would be raise-the-roof incredible.
2. It’ll Be Joy: This Ann Ballard-penned convention song has been quietly making the rounds for three decades or more. Its last high-profile cut was by Poet Voices (with Tim Duncan) about ten years ago, so it’s about time the song reappeared. This rendition features bass singer Brandon Barry and offers a vehicle to showcase his seemingly limitless lower-end range.
3. Someday: This song is not the Joe Moscheo / Prophets’ “Someday”; it’s the song more commonly known as “We Shall See Heaven Someday.” Much like “It’ll be Joy,” it is one of those songs that has been floating around for years without ever becoming iconic or over-recorded. It is this project’s standout fast song.
:1. One thing I would change: Real Good Feel Good Song: Some novelty songs are best left on the shelf.
Traditional or Progressive: Rather Traditional
Song Selection Creativity Meter: 83%
In place of radio single picks and an album rating, table projects reviewed in a 3:1 post will be measured by a new metric. The percentage indicates what percent of the songs on the album are pulled from outside of the 200 Most Frequently Recorded Southern Gospel songs.
Group members: Jeremy Peace, Wayne Rackley, Doug Roark, Brandon Barry. • Review copy provided. • Song list: Behold, the Master Cometh; Sweet Beulah Land; Gonna Be Some Changes Made; Real Good Feel Good Song; He’s All I Need; It’ll Be Joy; Leaving On My Mind; Oh What a Savior; Redemption Draweth Nigh; Someday [actually “We Shall See Heaven Someday”]; Wedding Music.