Albums of Current Hits
Much has been made of a disappointing trend in Southern Gospel away from recording live albums. I do not refer to live videos of songs that the group has already made popular, but live albums introducing new songs, preferably with mostly live instrumentation.
In this column, I want to address another type of album I don’t want to see go away.
In the old days, groups would record table projects of two sorts: Albums of classic songs and albums with recent hits by other groups. Today, groups still record table projects with classic Southern Gospel songs and hymns. But the project of recent hits by other groups has virtually disappeared.
I’d like to see this kind of album return.
Let’s take a few minutes and think over some possibilities. Might you purchase albums with these songs?
Kingdom Heirs: God Handled it All (Gold City); We Will be Changed (Perrys); It’s Still True (Florida Boys); Overwhelming Joy (Inspirations); The Return (Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet); Damascus Road (Perrys); I Am Redeemed (Poet Voices);
Collingsworth Family: But for the Blood (Hoppers); There’ll Come a Day (Brian Free & Assurance); More Like Jesus (Gold City); The Depths of the Father’s Love (Kingdom Heirs); His Scars (Perrys); I Stand Redeemed (Legacy Five); God Wants to Hear You Sing (Greater Vision); Calvary Answers for Me (Perrys).
Prophets: I Have Been Changed (Legacy Five); Mighty Deep Well (Kingdom Heirs); He is to Me (Greater Vision); I Know I’m Going There (Kingdom Heirs); Paid in Full Through Jesus Amen (Greater Vision).
Perrys: I Don’t Wanna Go Back (Kingdom Heirs); Mighty Deep Well (Kingdom Heirs); I Have Been Changed (Legacy Five); Free to Go Home (Collingsworth Family); Forgiven Again (Signature Sound); One Holy Lamb (Poet Voices); Once Upon a Cross (Mark Trammell Trio).
Mark Trammell Trio: Walk Away Free (Perrys); The Voice I Could Not Resist (Greater Vision); I Will Find You Again (Perrys); One Holy Lamb (Poet Voices); In Time On Time Every Time (Gold City); A Wonderful Shepherd (Poet Voices); Until I Start Looking Ahead (Perrys).