Journeys: Live in New York

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Recorded in 2005 at various venues including the Hammerstein Ballroom in N.Y.C., this vibrant, spiritually uplifting two-disc set celebrates the renowned multiple Grammy and Stellar Award-winning performer's quarter century as a recording artist. Between the concerts and the album's release, Richard Smallwood cemented his place in his genre's history with his induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. One would think with that kind of background -- he's the forerunner to later singer/producer/big-show ringleaders like Kirk Franklin -- listeners wouldn't have to be subjected right off the bat to the somewhat self-indulgent spoken biography that introduces disc one. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Recorded in 2005 at various venues including the Hammerstein Ballroom in N.Y.C., this vibrant, spiritually uplifting two-disc set celebrates the renowned multiple Grammy and Stellar Award-winning performer's quarter century as a recording artist. Between the concerts and the album's release, Richard Smallwood cemented his place in his genre's history with his induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. One would think with that kind of background -- he's the forerunner to later singer/producer/big-show ringleaders like Kirk Franklin -- listeners wouldn't have to be subjected right off the bat to the somewhat self-indulgent spoken biography that introduces disc one. Fortunately, Smallwood and his numerous all-star guests let their faith and exciting vocals and rhythms speak for themselves after that. Smallwood offers his own testimony in song on "I Won't Give Up" and then the parade of legends and future legends begins, led by Kim Burrell's rousing "Journey" and Smallwood's stirring anthem "I'll Trust You" backed by Vision, his 21-voice choir since the mid-'90s. The powerhouse soul vocals of Burrell, R&B star Kelly Price (on the searing ballad "Morning's Breaking"), and the famed Chaka Khan (the pop-jazzy breezes of "Precious Is Your Name") are balanced by the intense operatic magic of Janice Chandler-Eteme's lead voice on "We Worship You." The powerful vocal soloing is complemented by one of the concert's best tracks, the lively toe-tapping "We've Come Too Far," sung in perfect harmony by the renowned Hawkins Family. The set closes with the collection's lone studio track, "I'd Rather Have Jesus," rendered tenderly by Smallwood sitting alone at the acoustic piano. The story goes that this was the only song he ever heard his mother -- the rock and foundation of her son's life -- play on the piano. As the concert well illustrates, praise songs are as fun and funky as music gets. But sometimes, as Smallwood shows on this last track, a simple note of gratitude to God communicates volumes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Verity
  • UPC: 828766222623
  • Catalog Number: 62226
  • Sales rank: 135,010

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (His-Story) - Vision (7:05)
  2. 2 I Won't Give Up (Richard's Testimony) - Vision (5:34)
  3. 3 Journey - Vision (7:24)
  4. 4 I'll Trust You - Vision (8:22)
  5. 5 Praise Break - Vision (1:36)
  6. 6 We Worship You - Janice Chandler Eteme (4:48)
  7. 7 Holy Holy - Vision (9:03)
  8. 8 I'll Trust You, Journey - Vision
Disc 2
  1. 1 All the Glory - Vision (6:27)
  2. 2 Morning's Breaking - Vision (6:00)
  3. 3 Morning's Breaking (Reprise) - Vision (2:17)
  4. 4 We've Come Too Far - Vision (6:20)
  5. 5 He Won't Leave You - Vision (6:43)
  6. 6 Precious Is Your Name - Vision (5:34)
  7. 7 Precious Is Your Name (Reprise) - Vision (1:36)
  8. 8 Journey's End - Vision (6:43)
  9. 9 Dedication to Mom: I'd Rather Have Jesus - Vision (3:11)
  10. 10 I'll Trust You - Vision (5:25)
  11. 11 I'll Trust You - Vision (5:25)
  12. 12 Holy Holy - Vision (4:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Smallwood Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Soloist, Vocals
Tramaine Hawkins Vocals
Dottie Jones Vocals
Al Hobbs Narrator
Stephanie Winslow Soprano (Vocal), Group Member
Edwin Hawkins Vocals
Darlene Simmons Background Vocals, Soprano (Vocal), Group Member
Raymond Reeder Vocals, Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Jeffrey Waddy Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Lisa Williams Background Vocals
Tara Fentress Alto (Vocal), Group Member
Renee Adams Alto (Vocal), Group Member
Angela Bell Soprano (Vocal), Group Member
Byron Nichols Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Vernon Love Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Carolene Hatchett Soprano (Vocal), Group Member
Shawn K. Hayden Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Rhonda Burnett Soprano (Vocal), Group Member
Burl Binion Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Ashley Williams Background Vocals
Tedd Winn Vocals, Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Andrew Leonard Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Richard Smallwood Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
George Beverly Shea Composer
Cedric Caldwell Arranger, Producer
Victor Caldwell Arranger, Producer
Roger Holmes Executive Producer, Management
Tom Howard Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
H. Beecher Hicks Jr. Liner Notes
Rhea F. Miller Composer
Thomas M. Petroski Mastering
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