4 Essential Greater Vision Albums
The Essential Albums column highlights the albums every Southern Gospel fan should add to their collections. This list is in chronological, not ranked, order.
- 1992: It’s Just Like Heaven. Greater Vision’s acclaimed original lineup—Chris Allman, Gerald Wolfe, and Mark Trammell—made several recordings which demonstrated their versatility and vocal power. With songs like “It’s Just Like Heaven,” “He is Mine,” and “There is a River,” this is the strongest album from that era.
- 2002: Live at First Baptist Atlanta. There was a time when Southern Gospel studio recordings consisted of a piano player, a drummer, a bass guitarist, and a utility musician who played steel guitar, harmonica, and a few other instruments. In that era, groups like Gold City, the Happy Goodmans, and the Kingsmen made live recordings with bands that could replicate that sound. In an era where Southern Gospel’s sound is often more orchestrated, this album joins the Bishops’ Chapter X Live and the Collingworth Family’s Fear Not Tomorrow as one of an incredibly small number to do justice to the orchestrated Southern Gospel sound in a live setting.
- 2003: Quartets. Quartet harmony fans aren’t the only ones to acclaim this projects as Greater Vision’s all-time greatest. Let’s tie an arm behind its back, so to speak, and even the playing field by setting aside the dimension of the rich textures that voices like Glenn Dustin, Gene McDonald, and Tracy Stuffle brought to their ensemble sound. Just judge the album by its songs; “He is to Me,” “We Seek Your Face,” “Just Ask,” “God’s Grace Reaches Farther,” and “Crown of Bright Glory” alone make this a must-have recording.
- 2006: Hymns of the Ages. The magnificent orchestrations and vocal arrangements make this one of the finest hymns projects ever recorded. The group recently announced that they will re-issuing the project with tenor Chris Allman’s vocals. This is quite likely to refute the aphorism “you can’t improve on perfection.”
Do you agree or disagree with this list? If you could only choose four albums to introduce a friend to this group, which would you pick?