4 Essential Legacy Five 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.
- 1999: Strong in the Strength. Southern Gospel fans tend to give newly launched groups a few years to prove themselves. But due to the unique circumstances surrounding their launch, Legacy Five had to prove they could carry their portion of the Cathedrals legacy without missing a beat. This debut project had to be a home run—and it was. Suppose you measure a project with two five-star songs as a double, three as a triple, and so fourth. Strong in the Strength could have taken Legacy Five around the bases twice. To this day, it’s still the strongest collection of songs they’ve put on one project.
- 2003: London. This project kicked off the group’s still-running association with Daywind in style. Members Roger Bennett and Scott Fowler were, of course, Cathedrals alumni. In 1987, the Cathedrals made a trip to London to record their landmark project Symphony of Praise. London was a similarly epochal moment for Legacy Five. It produced what to this day is still their only #1 hit, “I Found Grace,” as well as concert favorites like “Joy” and “He Forgets.” And then there’s the unforgettable closing track, Roger Bennett’s re-interpretation of Wayne Watson’s CCM hit “Home Free.” It was immeasurably superior to the original from day one, and only took on added poignancy four years later.
- 2006: Live in Music City. This recording would be a landmark project even if it weren’t Roger Bennett’s last recording. “I Have Been Changed” became Glenn Dustin’s signature song, and there is likely consensus that it’s the project’s strongest track. But the project is full of strong songs and vocal performances, and, for all too many of us, our final dose of Roger Bennett’s unforgettable wit and powerful tenor voice. This recording was the fifth ever reviewed on SouthernGospelBlog.com, here.
- 2009: Just Stand. This site’s five-star review described the project as “simply one of the best CDs released this decade.” Rather than repeating all the reasons why, here’s the review.
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?