Top 10: Cathedrals Alumni Projects
Recently, John Scheideman encouraged me to post a list of my favorite non-Cathedrals albums by Cathedrals members. I thought it was a good idea, but decided to think it over for a week or two before posting. I decided to focus this list on post-Cathedrals albums; pre-Cathedrals albums would be a list of its own.
- Quartets – Greater Vision. This is, in my opinion, Greater Vision’s finest project. It was a popular project for the group, but had the unfortunate effect for them of whetting everyone’s appetite for them to add a bass singer.
- Stand By Me Live – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. The project starts off with “Heavenly Parade”–and they had completely won the audience over before that song was over. Other highlights of the project include an acapella rendition of “Little is Much” and one of Haase’s best versions of “Oh What a Savior.” I rank this project so high since it was made before Signature Sound was fully part of the Homecoming Tour, and proves just what they could do on their own.
- Are You Ready (Gold City) – This was Gold City’s definitive project from their Mark Trammell days. It features songs like “Get Up, Get Ready,” “More Like Jesus,” “He Lives,” “Saved,” and, of course, Jay Parrack’s signature song, “Are You Ready?”
- Once Upon a Cross (Mark Trammell Trio) – I still stand by my initial assessment that this is one of the albums of the decade.
- Live at Music City (Legacy Five) – It was a tossup whether to rank this or London higher, but “I Have Been Changed” gave this the edge.
- Live at First Baptist Atlanta (Greater Vision). This is the definition of a perfectly paced concert, and features, among other songs, “Soon We Shall See” and “A Pile of Crowns.”
- London (Legacy Five) – Legacy Five’s finest studio project from the days Roger was still with them.
- Far Beyond This Place (Greater Vision) – This was their breakout recording, featuring “My Name is Lazarus,” a spellbinding rendition of “Redemption Draweth Nigh,” and a guest vocal from Glen Payne on “I Believe.”
- Pressed Down, Shaken Together, Running Over (Gold City) – This project, coming on the heels of Are You Ready? a year before, cemented Gold City’s position as the Southern Gospel supergroup following the Cathedrals’ retirement.
- Hold Forth the Light (Gerald Wolfe) – This 1988 solo project is one of Southern Gospel’s forgotten gems.
Honorable mention: Beside Still Waters (Mark Trammell Trio), 20th Anniversary Celebration (Gold City), and Feelin’ Fine and Encores (Old Friends Quartet).
This list focuses on projects within the last ten years or so, in part because these are the alumni projects with which I am most familiar, and in part because after all the projects I’ve heard, I still think these ten are the best.