To Be Like Jesus

Great song with great harmonies written by two of the best known gospel singers in the world; Miss Albertina Walker and Pastor Shirley Caesar.

 

  1. To Be Like Jesus Evelyn Turrentine-Agee 5:21

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Make Your Love Known

The O’Neal Twins had a distinctive and unique sound.  From 1960 – 1980 they were hugely popular putting out 20 some odd albums.  In 1969, the O’Neals were voted the “World’s Greatest Gospel Duo” by the National Association of Television and Radio Artists. They have both passed away now, but their music lives on.  If you care to know more, read their bio on the COGIC website…the link is below. (p.s. Sorry about the audio quality; it sounded worse and I added filters and equalization to make it sound better.You can’t make gold from straw.)

 

  1. Make Your Love Known The O'Neal Twins & The First Baptist Church Hamilton Park Mass Choi 4:21

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THE O’NEAL TWINS

Blessed and Highly Favored

God willing, I will be arriving back home today and I’ll get back to my usual newsy, informative posts tomorrow.  Missed ya!!

  1. Blessed and Highly Favored Tasha Neal & For His Glory 6:29

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Come On Up A Little Higher

Not to be confused with the classic Mahalia Jackson song “Move On Up A Little Higher”, this is a head on ’80’s full funk/soul gospel song from Alvin Darling from an album that predates his first commercial album from Savoy Records, “I’ve Learned to Put My Trust in God ” released in 1990.

From the opening funking slap/popping bass line that is joined by the B3 organ, you know you’re in for a funky gospel ride.  I love it!

 

  1. Come On Up A Little Higher Alvin Darling and The Alvin Darling Singers 4:39

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Thank You

From 1967, a very funky kind of “gospel” song.  It sounds sort of like Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” in places…it’s a mash-up of a bunch of pop songs, but the lyrics are clearly gospel lyrics.  I can’t find ANY information on The Twilights, other than the fact that this album is VERY rare.  No idea where they were from.  There are other songs from them on Youtube.

  1. Thank You The Twilights 2:41

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Lord Send Your Power

I really like this song from Bishop Yvette Flunder and The City of Refuge Praise Ensemble’s (CORPE) 1995 CD, “There’s Power”. The reviews of this CD on Amazon are glowing, e.g. “This is the best CD I have ever heard in a long time, the songs have a great message in them. Yvette Flunder and The Praise Ensemble sound just wonderful. I rate this CD as a 5 out of 5 – you should get this CD – I promise you, that would be the best thing you could ever do.”

 

  1. Lord Send Your Power Yvette Flunder & C.O.R.P.E. 7:01

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Happy Memorial Day…have fun doing whatever you end up doing!

Only A Look

Only A Look is a gospel song written by Thomas Whitfield. It expresses generations of prayers for the good Lord to keep the “Balm in Gilead” flowing for his people. This version is performed by James Cleveland & Roberta Martin, as well as members of The Caravans, Albertina Walker, the Barrett Sisters & others.
 
This cut is a nice piece of gospel history combined with some wonderful singing.
 
  1. Only A Look James Cleveland, Roberta Martin, The Caravans, The Barrett Sisters, Albertina Walker 8:19

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Expect Your Miracle

  1. Expect Your Miracle The Clark Sisters 4:31

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Often (incorrectly) called “I’m Looking For A Miracle” after the first line of the song, this 1980 hit for The Clark Sister’s exemplifies their “sound” with unique harmonies and a very contemporary feel to the music.

Just as their mother, Mattie Moss Clark, led the Church of God in Christ’s music program to the gospel forefront in the late 60’s and early 70’s, the Clark Sisters continued raising the musical bar and further pushing the boundaries of the emerging contemporary gospel scene.

Really it wasn’t the Clark Sisters per se pushing the limits, it was Mattie’s daughter Twinkie (Elbertina) Clark, who led the group.  Twinkie plays both organ and piano on this cut. The credits for the “Is My Living In Vain” album that this song is from reads:
Written-By, Keyboards, Synthesizer [bass], Conductor, Arranged By, Mixed By E. Twinkie Clark (oh yeah, she sings too!)

I’m looking for a miracle
I expect the impossible
I feel the intangible &
I see the invisible

The sky is the limit
To what I can have

Just believe and receive it
God will perform it today

I expect a miracle every day,
God will make a way out of no way

 

Come By Here

  1. Come By Here Evelyn Turrentine-Agee 4:33

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Here is a nice take on a song we all know, Kumbaya. Kum ba yah (“Come by Here“) was first recorded in the 1920s. The title may well come from an early version sung in Gullah in the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia called “Come by Yuh”.

Evelyn Turrentine-Agee was born in 1946 as the third sibling in an eighteen sibling household. Her father, Cleveland Tyler, was a deacon in the church, and her mother was Ruthie Mae Tyler. She started singing on stage at the age of three because her father was in a quartet, and later they formed a family gospel girl group, The Tylerettes. She graduated high school by seventeen, and this enabled her to make her first record. Her education would not get forsaken because of her musical acumen and prowess because she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology that she earned at the University of Detroit. Many gospel music groups tried to get her to join them, but her stay with them was rather brief because she had a strong desire for a solo music career.

 

Healing

An online synopsis of Richard Smallwood’s “Healing: Live in Detroit” album calls it “a dynamic, moving performance that demonstrates the power and energy that Richard Smallwood and Vision display in concert.”  Yup, that exactly sums it up.

And of all the songs on the album, “Healing” is the best…IMHO.  The dynamics the singers apply to each and every word is remarkable and shows what an extraordinary group of singers they are and what an exactly director Smallwood is.

This song can reduce me to tears…to me it’s as powerful, if not more so, than his “Total Praise”. (And Smallwood’s soaring single note at 3:52 is remarkable.)

 

  1. Healing Richard Smallwood & Vision 7:52

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