3:1: Simplicity (Old Paths)

Old Paths - Simplicity3:1 highlights three strong points of an album and one area that could have been improved.

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.

Credits

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.


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  1. I’ll give you a 5.0 rating for this review, Daniel! I love this album!!!

    • Thank you! And by the way, I’m pretty excited about my new metric here. There’s just something that rings true about rating table projects on a creativity meter, instead of by the same measurement we give mainline projects.

  2. I like the Song Selection Creativity Meter!

    I found that Poet Voices album (on cassette) with “It’ll Be Joy,” and practically wore it out on just that song. So, I’m very looking forward to hearing Old Paths do it. Brandon Barry’s climbing up my list of favorite basses everytime I hear him.

    • Actually, I also found that one on cassette! That must have been right about the time PV stopped selling cassettes on their table, and perhaps there were a whole bunch left over.

      Anyhow… I think I actually prefer Tim Duncan’s voice on this one, by a slight edge, but they’re both really solid renditions.

  3. My only question is why do so many groups keep rolling out “Oh, What a Savior”? Are there no other tenor songs that could be done?

    • I think they keep doing it because audiences give the song warm reactions.

    • I touched on this in my review of this project. We (myself included) need to remember that for all the people who say they are tired of this song or that song (on this project, I pointed out “What A Savior” and “Beulah Land”), the artists have just as many (if not more) people who approach the product tables and ask about those songs.

      Remember that the primary purpose of table products is to sale CDs and help keep the ministry on the road. How do you do that? You record the songs that people who buy CDs want to hear.

      And Daniel, I would also love to hear “Behold The Master Cometh” live (especially with a band). I really enjoyed TOP’s studio cut, but it couldn’t capture the energy and feeling in Foxy’s live cut.

      • I am not necessarily saying that I am tired of the song but….Gold City is now doing it with Dan Keeton and now TOP has put it on a table project and I’m sure are singing it every night….just makes a person wonder.

      • Ghopper – TOP has been staging this song at almost every concert since Jeremy Peace has been with them and have just put it on a recording.

      • Well, now that does make sense, in that light. If they sing it every night, surely some people ask for it.

      • Not questioning that at all…just wondering why it seems that most tenors feel the need to do “Oh, What a Savior”…there are more songs out there than that one to be featured on

      • Super point. You can’t judge too harshly the song selections of a table project. But sometimes different arrangements can be refreshing.

  4. Agreed, Ghopper1. Using the Old Paths as an example, I think Jeremy does a great job on “What A Savior”, but I would rather hear him sing “I Of The Storm” or “He Chose The Tree”. Still, you find a lot of truth in the joke, “Old people like old songs.”

    • And I do realize that crowds play a role in song selection…I just think that if I were a tenor I would want to find my own “niche” song and win fans over to something new and different.

      • …especially when he has some incredible solos to pull from his Kingsmen days, including the magnificent ballad “I Found Mercy.” TOP really should bring that one back!

  5. There are actually several songs I have tried to get away from through the years, like Oh What A Savior, I Know A Man, Looking For A City, Look For Me At Jesus’ Feet, etc… Not that they are bad songs, or that I may not like them, but because they have been covered so many times by every tenor in the business. Regardless of how I feel about the songs though, it’s the people who request these songs and they are the ones who support our ministries through funding and prayers. I’m more inclined to honor their requests and sing their favorite songs. It would be different if we put those songs on a major cd release, but the Simplicity cd was basically a cd of requests that we had been singing from the stage.

    Daniel, give it a few more years and perhaps I’ll be able to recut “I Found Mercy”. Great song!!!

    • Well, it’s hard to beat that argument! You don’t argue with the people who sign the paycheck – or, as the case may be, sign the boss’s paycheck! 🙂

      That’s great news! When I think of you, I still think of that song (and of “Sweeping All The Debt Away,” which is the single Kingsmen song I have played more often than any other in all the time that I have known Southern Gospel!)