The Essential Kirk Franklin

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's almost unthinkable that contemporary gospel star Kirk Franklin hasn't had a greatest-hits offering before now. He sold over seven million records between 1993 and 2011, and that total continues to rise. In addition, Franklin is a true crossover artist: his recordings have consistently charted on the pop, R&B, and gospel charts. Sony Legacy lays out this eclectically sequenced double-disc comp full of singles and album tracks from all of his Gospocentric recordings. As if to showcase just how wide-ranging Franklin's music is, the album opener -- a live "He Reigns/Awesome God (The Medley)," from his 2002 album The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin -- weaves together hip-hop, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's almost unthinkable that contemporary gospel star Kirk Franklin hasn't had a greatest-hits offering before now. He sold over seven million records between 1993 and 2011, and that total continues to rise. In addition, Franklin is a true crossover artist: his recordings have consistently charted on the pop, R&B, and gospel charts. Sony Legacy lays out this eclectically sequenced double-disc comp full of singles and album tracks from all of his Gospocentric recordings. As if to showcase just how wide-ranging Franklin's music is, the album opener -- a live "He Reigns/Awesome God (The Medley)," from his 2002 album The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin -- weaves together hip-hop, gritty contemporary soul, contemporary gospel, and the norteƱo and conjunto sounds Franklin grew up with on the radio and in the streets of Riverside, Texas. The accents on sopranos, altos, and contraltos weave through the beat-heavy Spanish guitar arrangement, and genuinely stir the listener -- no matter her or his belief system. The track that started it all, the stellar single "Why We Sing" from 1993's Kirk Franklin & the Family, also appears on disc one, as do cuts from Hero (an album that featured guest appearances by Rance Allen and Stevie Wonder) and Songs for the Storm, Vol. 1. Disc two also relies on tracks from those offerings and includes the funky "Looking for You," which contains a sample from Patrice Rushen's stepper "Haven't You Heard," delves more deeply into cuts from Songs for the Storm, Vol. 1, and includes "Revolution" from Nu Nation Project, "Let Me Touch You (Live)" from 2001's Whatcha Lookin' 4, as well as "I Am" and the title track off 2011's Hello Fear to bring things up to date. There are 28 completely remastered cuts in all, spanning 18 years, totaling two-and-a-half hours of music. The set also comes with an historical liner essay by Bil Carpenter, and sells for a very attractive budget price. While fans of Franklin will more than likely have these tracks from his albums, hearing them sequenced this way makes for an enlightening experience. For the curious, The Essential Kirk Franklin also provides a very solid introduction to one of the most dynamic artists gospel has produced since AndraƩ Crouch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • Label: Verity
  • UPC: 886919151329
  • Catalog Number: 191513
  • Sales rank: 11,604

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 He Reigns/Awesome God (the Medley) (4:27)
  2. 2 Hide Me (5:16)
  3. 3 Conquerors (8:25)
  4. 4 Something About the Name Jesus (6:09)
  5. 5 Silver and Gold (4:52)
  6. 6 Why We Sing (5:55)
  7. 7 Why (4:37)
  8. 8 The Storm is Over Now - God's Property (5:47)
  9. 9 Imagine Me (5:19)
  10. 10 Help Me Believe (6:52)
  11. 11 Before I Die (4:25)
  12. 12 Now Behold the Lamb (6:59)
  13. 13 Hosanna (5:09)
  14. 14 Stomp - Cheryl "Salt" James (5:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Looking For You (4:06)
  2. 2 You Are (3:55)
  3. 3 Blessing In the Storm - Kirk Franklin & the Family (3:29)
  4. 4 He's Able (4:06)
  5. 5 When I Get There (6:26)
  6. 6 Brokenhearted (6:03)
  7. 7 He'll Take the Pain Away - God's Property (8:40)
  8. 8 Speak To Me (4:19)
  9. 9 Afterwhile (2:52)
  10. 10 Family Worship Medley (7:49)
  11. 11 Revolution (5:39)
  12. 12 I Am (5:37)
  13. 13 Let Me Touch You - Kirk Franklin & the Family (5:24)
  14. 14 Hello Fear (5:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kirk Franklin Primary Artist, Vocals
Rance Allen Vocals
Darrell Blair Vocals
Byron Cole Vocals
Dalon Collins Vocals
Demetrius Herefort Vocals
Tamela Mann Vocals
Terri Pace Vocals
Nelda Washington Vocals
The Family Background Vocals
Men of Standard Vocals, Background Vocals
David Mann Vocals
Technical Credits
Kevin Bond Producer, Vocal Producer
Arthur Dyer Producer
Clare Fischer Arranger
Kirk Franklin Composer, Producer
Rodney Frazier Producer
Sanchez Harley Producer
Shavoni Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Chris Godbey Producer
Monica Bacon Producer
Alice Butts Art Direction
Bil Carpenter Liner Notes
Shaun Martin Arranger, Producer
S. Brown Composer
Michael Robinson Arranger
"Bassy" Bob Brockman Producer
G. Clinton Jr. Composer
S. Greene Composer
P. Rushen Composer
N. Watts Composer
M. Butler Arranger
Bobby Sparks II Arranger, Producer
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