Live [Deluxe Edition]

Live [Deluxe Edition]

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by Smokie Norful
     
 

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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" isSee more details below

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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 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:
08/25/2009
Label:
Emi Gospel
UPC:
5099969484629
catalogNumber:
94846

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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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