Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/1992
  • Label: Word Entertainment
  • UPC: 075992698023
  • Catalog Number: 26980
  • Sales rank: 4,275

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture: A Partial History of Black Music (5:13)
  2. 2 Comfort Ye My People - Vanessa Bell Armstrong (5:47)
  3. 3 Every Valley Shall Be Exalted - Chris Willis (3:42)
  4. 4 And the Glory of the Lord - Dianne Reeves (3:56)
  5. 5 But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming? - Patti Austin (6:40)
  6. 6 And He Shall Purify - Tramaine Hawkins (4:36)
  7. 7 Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive - Howard Hewett (3:58)
  8. 8 O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion - Stevie Wonder (3:53)
  9. 9 For Unto Us a Child Is Born - Sounds of Blackness (3:52)
  10. 10 Glory to God - Michelle Weeks (4:53)
  11. 11 Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion - The Richard Smallwood Singers (5:10)
  12. 12 Behold, The Lamb of God - Yellowjackets (4:35)
  13. 13 Lift up Your Heads, O Ye Gates - Commissioned (5:13)
  14. 14 Why Do the Nations So Furiously Rage? - Al Jarreau (2:39)
  15. 15 I Know That My Redeemer Liveth - Tevin Campbell (6:00)
  16. 16 Hallelujah! - Quincy Jones (5:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Clark Sisters Vocals, Ensemble, Track Performer
Daryl Coley Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Track Performer, Vocal Ad-Libs
Commissioned Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Sandra Crouch Choir, Chorus
Clifton Davis Choir, Chorus
Larnelle Harris Choir, Chorus
Tramaine Hawkins Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Marilyn McCoo Choir, Chorus
Donna McElroy Vocals, Background Vocals
Richard Smallwood Keyboards, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Group Member, Vocals, Ensemble
Sounds of Blackness Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Take 6 Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Al Jarreau Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Johnny Mathis Choir, Chorus
Patti Austin Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Howard Hewett Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Gladys Knight Choir, Chorus
Stephanie Mills Choir, Chorus
Vanessa Williams Choir, Chorus
Gerald Albright Brass
George Duke Keyboards
Quincy Jones Conductor
Tom "Bones" Malone Brass
Bob Mintzer Saxophone
Joe Sample Choir, Chorus
Yellowjackets Ensemble, Track Performer
The Boys Choir of Harlem Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Linda Hopkins Choir, Chorus
Tevin Campbell Vocals, Track Performer
Phil Perry Background Vocals
Darryl Tookes Choir, Chorus
Leaders of the New School Ensemble, Rap, Track Performer
Eric Darken Tambourine
Mike-E Guitar, Choir, Chorus, Rap
Thomas Whitfield Choir, Chorus
Bob Bailey Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Ben Tankard Keyboards
Jimmy Haslip Bass
Daniel Kobialka Violin
Babbie Mason Choir, Chorus
AndraƩ Crouch Choir, Chorus
Vanessa Bell Armstrong Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Jeff Bailey Brass
Jamecia Bennett Soprano, Vocals, Soprano (Vocal)
James Blair Drums
George Bohannon Brass
Victor Caldwell Bass
Chaka Khan Choir, Chorus
Core Cotton Alto, Vocals, Alto (Vocal)
Steve Croes Synclavier
Raymond Davis Background Vocals
Cedric Dent Keyboards, Choir, Chorus
Mark Douthit Saxophone, Brass
Robert Edwards Tenor Saxophone, Tenor (Vocal)
Edwin Hawkins Choir, Chorus
Carolene Evans Vocals, Group Member
Caroline Evans Vocals
Russell Ferrante Keyboards
Chuck Findley Brass
Kim Fleming Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Roy Galloway Background Vocals
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Dennis Good Brass
Gary Grant Brass
Robert Green Brass
Fred Hammond Keyboards, keyboard bass
Vicki Hampton Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Haynes Brass
Tom Hemby Guitar
Jerry Hey Brass
Dan Higgins Brass
Joe Hogue Keyboards
Kim Hutchcroft Brass
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Valerie Johnson Alto, Alto (Vocal)
William Kennedy Drums, Keyboards
Mark Kibble Keyboards, Background Vocals
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Ricky Lawson Drums
Lizz Lee Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Sam Levine Brass
Wanda Lewis Soprano, Soprano (Vocal)
Tim Linzy Bass
Charles Loper Brass
Lew McCreary Brass
Chris McDonald Brass
Terry McMillan Percussion
Craig Nelson Bass
Ann Nesby Soprano, Soprano (Vocal)
Leslie Norton French Horn
Jeffrey Osborne Choir, Chorus
David Pack Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Rhythm
Greg Phillinganes Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Rhythm, Synthesizer Bass
Bryant Pugh Keyboards
Eberhard Ramm French Horn
Dianne Reeves Vocals, Track Performer
Jackie Ruffin Vocals, Group Member
Robert Sadin Keyboards, keyboard bass
Dennis Sawyers Vocals, Group Member
Darlene Simmons Vocals, Group Member
Denis Solee Brass
Billy Steele Baritone, Baritone (Vocal)
Jackie Street Bass
Craig "Niteman" Taylor Tenor (Vocal)
George Tidwell Brass
Chuck Tilley Drums
Mervyn Warren Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Kirk Whalum Saxophone, Brass
Chris Willis Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Stevie Wonder Vocals, Track Performer
Victor Wooten Bass
Angela Wright Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
David Young Vocals
Dorothy Brown Soprano, Soprano (Vocal)
Gary Hines Conductor
Bernie K. Choir, Chorus
Charles Mims Jr. Synthesizer, Keyboards
Michelle Weeks Vocals, Track Performer
Eddie Howard Jr. Keyboards
Gayle Mayes Background Vocals
Jennifer Whitlock Alto, Alto (Vocal), Brass
Shirley Marie Graham Alto, Alto (Vocal)
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Brass
Trenon Graham Baritone, Baritone (Vocal)
Carrie Harrington Alto, Vocals, Alto (Vocal)
Michael L. Bowens Bass, Bass (Vocal), Vocals
Rock Deadrick Percussion
Terrence Frierson Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Patricia Lacy Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Beverly Mahto Alto, Alto (Vocal)
Dorothy Shelby Alto, Alto (Vocal)
Dorothy J. Townes Alto, Alto (Vocal)
Walter J. Turnbull Choir Master
Fred Vaughn Organ
Michael Weeks Vocals
Freddie Winston Bass, Bass (Vocal)
Rev. Joseph Young Jr. Bass (Vocal)
Elizabeth J. Turner Soprano, Soprano (Vocal)
Angela Henderson Soprano, Soprano (Vocal)
Dawnn Lewis Choir, Chorus
Linda Lou McCall Soprano
Phylicia Rashad Choir, Chorus
Renee McCall Soprano (Vocal)
Alecia Russell Alto, Alto (Vocal)
Dr. Robert Jones Tenor (Vocal)
Sandra Harris Soprano, Soprano (Vocal)
Jim Ferguson Bass
Jayn Bell Porter Soprano (Vocal)
David B. Young Bass (Vocal), Vocals
Dwayne Adell Piano
Mustafa Abdul-Aleem Percussion, African Drums
Manecia Bennett Soprano (Vocal)
Elmore Brantly Percussion, African Drums
Kimberly Brown Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Timothy Carpenter Keyboards
Beverly Dent Choir, Chorus
Charles S. Dutton Choir, Chorus
Kim Fields Choir, Chorus
Duane Hamilton Choir, Chorus
Michael O. Jackson Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Russell Knighton Tenor Saxophone, Tenor (Vocal)
Pat Lacu Vocals
Barbie Mason Choir, Chorus
Cherly Reeves Soprano, Soprano (Vocal)
Bill Smith Tenor (Vocal)
Melvin Warren Vocals
Marsha Wilson Choir, Chorus
Craig Taylor Tenor (Vocal)
Jayne Bell Soprano, Soprano (Vocal)
George Bohanon Brass
James F. Wright Vocals, Baritone, Baritone (Vocal)
Joe Ferguson Bass
David Young Vocals
Bill Airey Smith Tenor (Vocal)
Larry Hall Brass
Janice Chandler Eteme Vocals
Larry Williams Brass
Technical Credits
Daryl Coley Duet
Richard Smallwood Arranger, Programming, Producer
Take 6 Producer
Patti Austin Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
George Duke Arranger, Producer
Yellowjackets Arranger, Producer
Shelton Kilby Arranger
Mike-E Rap Lyric Adaptation
Ben Tankard Programming
Vanessa Bell Armstrong Duet
Steve Boyer Engineer
Dorinda Clark-Cole Vocal Arrangements
Gary Clugston Engineer
Dave Darlington Programming, Engineer
Cedric Dent Arranger, Programming, Horn Arrangements
Jeffrey K. Dovner Programming, Engineer
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Marlon Graves Creative Consultant
Mick Guzauski Engineer
Gail Hamilton Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Fred Hammond Producer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming, Re-arranged
Mark Hammond drum programming
Jerry Hey Brass Arrangment
Joe Hogue Arranger, Programming
Roger Holmes Engineer
Leroy Hyter Creative Consultant
Mitchell Jones Vocal Arrangements
Mark Kibble Arranger, Programming
Mike Krowiak Engineer
Lizz Lee Duet
Carl Lucero Engineer
Bob McChesney Contributor
Glenn Meadows Engineer, Mastering
Norman Miller Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
David Pack Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Greg Phillinganes Arranger, rhythm arrangement
Randy Poole Engineer
Bryant Pugh Programming
Barry Rudolph Engineer
Robert Sadin Arranger, Programming, Producer, drum programming
Tony Shepperd Engineer
Mervyn Warren Arranger, Programming, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming, rhythm arrangement
Chris Willis Duet
Erik Zobler Engineer
Gary Hines Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Charles Mims Jr. Arranger
Laura LiPuma Art Direction, Art Direction
Mike McCarthy Engineer
Lane Craven Engineer
Jack Hersca Engineer
Chad Blinman Engineer
Walter J. Turnbull Director
Chris Murphy Engineer
Dwayne Adell Arranger
Martin Ansolabehere Illustrations
Mark Hammons drum programming
Michael O. Jackson Arranger, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming, rhythm arrangement
Craig Portails Engineer
Greg Battle Creative Consultant
Gil Morales Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must have

    This is the best CD I've purchased! Something for every age group. The best. Period.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    As a musician who has played "The Messiah" numerous times, I have to say that I was amazed at what I heard. I have never witnessed a compilation of artists create such an original sound out of music that has been performed so often. It is a purchase you will cherish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    I'm a fan of The Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration. Being brought up in church, I was used to the original piece of The Handel's Messiah and when I heard this piece, I lost my mind. It was different and I could relate to it without feeling lost. It made a change in my life for the better and every christmas I love forward to hearing it. I had a cassette but now I want the CD for my car and home. It deserve more then a five star but a ten star.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Celebration for the Soul!!

    My husband and I are lovers of many different kinds of music (nearer to classical though). Soulful Celebration caused us to get up and move! What a joy! The many different styles represented by this album are so very well done. I have recommended this album to many friends (mostly those who are soloists and have done "The Messiah") and they too have rave reviews. You will not be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Holiday Must-Have

    I have loved Handel's Messiah since childhood. I own several versions, including a three-record set of the complete work. But when I heard this version years ago, I was blown way. The creative gospel/soul/r & b renditions of these "classical classics" is fantastic! A Soulful Celebration is for Messiah lovers as well as for those who are not. I particularly love For He Shall Purify and the Hallelujah Chorus is fabulous, too. I lost the cassette I had years back, and have searched music stores in vain. I'm ecstatic to find it on Barnes & Noble.com. Thanks so much!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderfully Eclectic!

    For Messiah fans with flair, this is a wonderful piece that includes a facinating look at the rich history of Black Music. A couple of the tracks are a somewhat predictable, but overall, if you collect Messiahs, as I do, this is a must have!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Opens Your Heart, the Familiar Becomes Sacred

    As a child, we knew the popular parts of the Messiah inside-out from church groups and school groups and youth choirs, etc. Now the original scoring with vibrant dynamics brings Handel's music totally alive -- it is an amazing experience for anyone who already knows the classic versions. Utterly enjoyable, thrilling to realize the music is the same and you can sing along on the choruses. ''For Unto Us a Child is Born'' is my favorite: jungle rhythms and swing harmonics -- what a blast!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It is Majestic, its alive!!

    The whole family enjoys this one, We can listen for hours again and again,..The funny things is I never enjoyed the Handels Messiah as much before listening to this version. I am now hooked. Everytime I hear it seems to get better and you hear something different everytime, almost as if the songs were alive!!! A must have, especially for Christmas

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