Crossroads posts NQC Vol. 9 track list
Crossroads has posted the track list to NQC Vol. 9 (the highlights CD/DVD from this year’s NQC) on their website:
- O It Thrills Me (Hoppers)
- I Want To Know That You Know (Greater Vision)
- Cast Your Bread Upon The Water (Gold City)
- Mountain Mover (Talley Trio)
- God Saw A Cross (Kingsmen)
- Favorite Song Of All (Ivan Parker)
- Hold On (Dove Brothers)
- Ephesians 1 (Karen Peck & New River)
- Trading This Old Cross For A Crown (Booth Brothers)
- Jesus Made A Believer Out of Me (Kingdom Heirs)
- God Will Make A Way (Janet Paschal)
- Jesus Will Pick You Up (Brian Free and Assurance)
- Bonus: Hold On (Greenes) from Phil Cross’ Song of a Lifetime
- Bonus: Champion of Love by former Cathedrals members
While previous years’ releases included fifteen or more songs (plus bonus tracks), that list is now down to twelve songs. The most surprising omission was the Perrys’ “If You Knew Him.” Not as surprising (but just as disappointing) is the absence of the Gaither Vocal Band and Signature Sound. Their appearance would particularly help bookstore sales. Legacy Five also isn’t on the list, but that’s a little easier to explain, since Frank Seamans’ departure had been announced, and Gus Gaches will have started by the time the project comes out. Finally, the new Inspirations lineup doesn’t appear. It would have been nice to have the new lineup captured on film. (EDIT: I knew I was forgetting at least one I meant to list. A reader reminds me that the Male Quartet of the Year, Triumphant, isn’t featured, either.)
There seems to be an emphasis on including current radio singles in the song list. That’s not inherently a bad thing, but neither is it the best. It would almost certainly help sales if the most moving and memorable moments were selected—even if they were only selected from the same groups that would otherwise appear on that year’s project. A few examples: Heading that list would be “Save Me a Seat” from Brian Free & Assurance’s final set of the week; BFA bass Jeremy Lyle turned in an unforgettable performance as a tribute to his father, who had just been buried that morning. Also high on that list would be the original Couriers’ rendition of “Statue of Liberty” from Song of a Lifetime; when they were introduced, there seemed to be some audience apprehension as to whether they still had “it,” but that question was answered by the first chorus, when the audience was on its feet. One other worth mentioning would be the Kingdom Heirs’ performance of “He Locked the Gates” at their final set of the week; though it got a surprisingly lackadaisical response earlier in the week, it got the strong response it deserved later in the week.
Make no mistake, the right choices were certainly made on several songs, “God Saw a Cross” (Kingsmen) and “Cast Your Bread Upon the Water” (Gold City) being two of the best picks. But less focus on current radio singles and more focus on the most memorable moments would better capture the essence of the event.
A full film crew is only on hand for the second half of the week, so Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are the days from which the highlights are selected. Suppose NQC gave each person who purchased a ticket for those days a ballot for their favorite moment on mainstage, which could be turned in at the end of the week. These ballots could then be used to select the highlights.
One final idea, that may be a few years ahead of its time. Footage from at least the last decade is presently collecting dust in someone’s archive. Since there is already a live edit available for the video and audio footage, it should be a fairly simple cut-and-paste job to split each song into separate tracks.
Suppose the power to decide which highlights are worth purchasing was given to the fans. Suppose Crossroads and NQC made individual videos of each song available for $1/song, $5/set, and $25-$35/night. Most of the contractual framework with the different labels is already in place. (It might just not be possible for the Gaither footage to appear, but even having everything else available would be incredible.) Bandwidth may be an issue if the idea takes off, but should be in place within the next few years.
What would make this even more incredible is if footage from past years is also released. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to purchase the complete final mainstage appearances of individuals like Vestal Goodman, George Younce, or Jake Hess, or of groups like the Cathedrals, Florida Boys, Happy Goodmans, or Poet Voices? Or to revisit the Kingsmen in their Jerry Martin days, Gold City in its Trammell days, or the Kingdom Heirs in their Sutton/Bennett days?
In the words of Bill Gaither . . . why not?