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Live at the Apollo: The Proclamation

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All Music Guide - Andree Farias
Much was made of Live at the Apollo: The Proclamation, Byron Cage's third solo outing after his days with Purpose. A press release heralding the album's arrival crowned Cage the "first gospel artist to record live" at the famed Apollo Theater -- a huge misnomer, considering the Mighty Clouds of Joy beat the so-called Prince of Praise by some 25 years. Cage himself didn't do his homework and ran with the faux pas, thanking the Apollo staff in the liner notes for helping him "make history." All of this would be forgivable if the high and mighty Proclamation lived up to the hyperbole, but even for Cage -- who cut his teeth leading worship at Bishop Eddie L. Long's megachurch...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andree Farias
Much was made of Live at the Apollo: The Proclamation, Byron Cage's third solo outing after his days with Purpose. A press release heralding the album's arrival crowned Cage the "first gospel artist to record live" at the famed Apollo Theater -- a huge misnomer, considering the Mighty Clouds of Joy beat the so-called Prince of Praise by some 25 years. Cage himself didn't do his homework and ran with the faux pas, thanking the Apollo staff in the liner notes for helping him "make history." All of this would be forgivable if the high and mighty Proclamation lived up to the hyperbole, but even for Cage -- who cut his teeth leading worship at Bishop Eddie L. Long's megachurch New Birth Cathedral -- seeing his name in lights on the Apollo's marquee got the best of him. Cage always had a knack for leading the saints in song -- his beloved hits "The Presence of the Lord Is Here" and "I Will Bless the Lord" proved that much -- but here the intentions aren't congregational. Instead, it's show time for all those involved, including Cage, a choir led by Tri-City Singers alumnus DeWayne Woods, urban gospel knobturners PAJAM, and guests Kim Burrell, J. Moss, and Dave Hollister. It's all a celebrity parade, where the glitterati and the grandstanding are more prominent than the songs themselves, all of which try hard to distinguish themselves but get buried beneath the pyrotechnics. Cage himself is so ensconced trying to make the audience sing, he hardly does any singing himself. It's unfortunate, because Cage does have a commanding voice and admirable stage presence, two qualities that take a backseat to showmanship, flashiness, and at times plain cacophony.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Gospocentric
  • UPC: 886971111422
  • Catalog Number: 711114
  • Sales rank: 191,688

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Proclamation (5:29)
  2. 2 Worship the Lord (4:50)
  3. 3 Royalty (7:22)
  4. 4 I've Got a Reason (6:37)
  5. 5 Anyhow (6:20)
  6. 6 When He Comes Back (5:49)
  7. 7 With All of My Might (4:45)
  8. 8 If You Never (7:48)
  9. 9 More Than You'll Ever Know (5:52)
  10. 10 Your Spirit (8:43)
  11. 11 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Byron Cage Primary Artist
Jeff Bailey Horn
Lloyd Barry Horn
Dana Davis Drums
Doug Moffett Horn
Terrance Palmer Bass
Steve Patrick Horn
Darryl "Major D" Dixon Guitar
Gerry Smith Background Vocals
Noel Hall Keyboards
Melissa Walker Background Vocals
Yolanda Simpson Background Vocals
DeWayne Woods Background Vocals, Vocal Director
Roy Agee Horn
Alfred Young Background Vocals
Tiffany McLymore Background Vocals
Paul "PDA" Allen Keyboards
William "Billy" Brown Background Vocals
Tracy Bryant Background Vocals
Ashanti Edwards Background Vocals
Evin Martin Background Vocals
Jor'el Quinn Background Vocals
The PAJAM Chorale Background Vocals
Angela Crawford Background Vocals
Torrence Greene Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Lloyd Barry Horn Arrangements
V. Michael McKay Composer
Herb Powers Mastering
Byron Cage Composer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Noel Hall Arranger, Music Direction
Walter Kearney Producer
Denise Trorman Art Direction
J Moss Producer
Paul "PDA" Allen Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Jonathan Merritt Intern
Melissa Britton Monitor Engineer
Deon Kipping Composer
Demond Mickens Composer
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