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The concert medium particularly suits an energetic gospel performer like Smokie Norful, as was apparent on his 2003 release Limited Edition, but this album really shows off his rapport with his audience. Norful's primary influences are the pop-soul music of '70s Stevie Wonder and '80s Lionel Richie Richie's "Jesus Is Love" is performed here in a duet with Heather Headley, and like those singers he has an expressive tenor. He uses it in call and response choruses with a small gospel choir over dense, keyboard-dominated arrangements, repeating phrases praising God as he whips up the crowd. "God's gon' do it!," they intone over and over on the opening track, "He's Gonna ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The concert medium particularly suits an energetic gospel performer like Smokie Norful, as was apparent on his 2003 release Limited Edition, but this album really shows off his rapport with his audience. Norful's primary influences are the pop-soul music of '70s Stevie Wonder and '80s Lionel Richie Richie's "Jesus Is Love" is performed here in a duet with Heather Headley, and like those singers he has an expressive tenor. He uses it in call and response choruses with a small gospel choir over dense, keyboard-dominated arrangements, repeating phrases praising God as he whips up the crowd. "God's gon' do it!," they intone over and over on the opening track, "He's Gonna Come Through," and similar sentiments pervade the rest of the album. Norful stays timely in his lyrics. "I thought we'd never see the White House, but I'm claimin' it!," he declares in "Justified," while acknowledging, "The economy's down," at the start of "Don't Quit." As those titles indicate, whether he is pleased or dismayed by the state of the nation, it's all fodder for the basically upbeat, inspirational message he has to convey. The recording shows signs of being edited, with several tracks fading out instead of ending in applause, which quells the excitement now and then. But Norful is in his natural element before an audience, and he shines on this disc. [Four and a half months after its initial release, the album was reissued in a deluxe edition adding two bonus tracks a live version of "My Choice" and a studio take of "Dear God," in that order, not the reverse, as shown incorrectly on the back cover, plus a 92-minute DVD of the show. The extra time demonstrated that the edits on the CD trimmed some of Norful's preaching, which also served as introductions to the songs. The video showed that, while Norful might sound like Lionel Richie, he looked more like Cuba Gooding, Jr.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Emi Gospel
  • EAN: 5099969484629
  • Catalog Number: 94846

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 He's Gonna Come Through (4:56)
  2. 2 I Will Bless the Lord (6:07)
  3. 3 Justified (8:43)
  4. 4 Mighty God (6:10)
  5. 5 In the Presence of the King (7:02)
  6. 6 Dear God (5:37)
  7. 7 No One Else (6:12)
  8. 8 Jesus Is Love (6:41)
  9. 9 Don't Quit (7:07)
  10. 10 I've Been Delivered (6:32)
  11. 11 My Choice (4:39)
  12. 12 My Choice (4:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dear God
  2. 2 Intro
  3. 3 He's Gonna Come Through
  4. 4 I Will Bless the Lord
  5. 5 Justified
  6. 6 Mighty God
  7. 7 My Choice
  8. 8 In the Presence of the King
  9. 9 Dear God
  10. 10 No One Else
  11. 11 Jesus Is Love
  12. 12 Don't Quit
  13. 13 I've Been Delivered
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smokie Norful Primary Artist, Piano
Rodney Jones Bass
Ruben Alvarez Percussion
Lloyd Barry Conductor, Horn
Faith Howard Vocals
Vinnie Ciesielski Horn
Rick Watford Guitar
Nikki Ross Vocals
Tim Mason Organ
Michelle Pickett Vocals
Jimmy Bowland Horn
Moiro Konchellah Vocals
Darryl "DJ" Abernathy Drums
Tiffany Gatlin Vocals
Denise Rutledge Vocals
Keshia McFarland Vocals
Reuben Alvarez Percussion
Kahari Parker Drums
Floyd Wilkerson Vocals
Carla Barnes Vocals
Lajuanese Robinson Vocals
Jason Tyson Organ, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Lionel Richie Composer
Rodney Jones Composer
Lloyd Barry Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Roger Heiss Engineer
Ken Pennell Executive Producer
David Habegger Engineer
Nick Sparks Engineer
Smokie Norful Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Myron Butler Arranger, Composer
Nikki Ross Vocal Arrangements
Tim Frank Art Direction
Tye Tribbett Composer
Tim Bailey Composer
Denise Rutledge Vocal Arrangements
Brian "Platinum Fingers" Porter Engineer
Jason Tyson Producer
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