Ultimate Gospel Collection

Ultimate Gospel Collection

by Candi Staton
     
 

Many gospel singers have made the transition to secular fare as their careers have expanded, with singers like Sam Cooke, Al Green, and Aretha Franklin coming immediately to mind, but former R&B and disco singer and songwriter Candi Staton ran the trail in the opposite direction,See more details below

Overview

Many gospel singers have made the transition to secular fare as their careers have expanded, with singers like Sam Cooke, Al Green, and Aretha Franklin coming immediately to mind, but former R&B and disco singer and songwriter Candi Staton ran the trail in the opposite direction, turning away from her secular success altogether in 1982 and embracing gospel. This two-disc retrospective divides her gospel work into two distinct approaches, with the first disc featuring songs performed in fairly standard traditional Southern gospel settings while the second disc offers material recorded with a more contemporary urban approach. As such, the two discs are remarkably different, and while the second disc has technically nothing secular on it, it wouldn't sound at all out of place at a wild Saturday night dance party. This combination of strong urban dance rhythms and Southern gospel ends up sounding more like modified disco than anything else, and Staton herself has termed it "gospco." It really is a fascinating hybrid, and when Staton applies the approach to classics like Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?," the possibilities seem endless. The more traditional-sounding first disc also yields some pleasant surprises, including Staton's own "The First Face I Want to See," the near-reggae feel of "I Will Praise You," and the street corner doo wop tone of "Too Late," so the traditional tag in Staton's hands ends up being a fairly relative term. Her commitment to gospel and praise songs is firm, and her vision for updating the sound so it can bang note for note with secular songs on the dancefloor has proven to be a visionary move. It's clear, really, that Staton didn't so much leave disco for gospel as much as she ended up dragging gospel kicking and fighting to the disco floor. It was a bold statement when she did it in the mid-'80s. It seems much less radical now, which is a testament to Staton's musical vision.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2006
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351576125
catalogNumber:
5761
Rank:
57423

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. When There's Nothing Left But God
  2. Grace, They Call It Amazing
  3. Shut Up and Start Praying  - Dottie Peoples
  4. Go Tell It on the Mountain
  5. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  6. The First Face I Want to See  - Joe Ligon
  7. Mama
  8. You Can Make It
  9. Friend
  10. Love Lifted Me  -  Richard Smallwood Singers
  11. To Glorify Your Name  -  McCrarys
  12. I Will Praise You
  13. He Cares for You
  14. Sin Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  15. Too Late  - Maggie Staton

Disc 2

  1. It's Your Season
  2. Halleluja Anyway
  3. I Will Rejoice in the House
  4. What's Going On?
  5. He Steps In
  6. When I See the Blood
  7. Dance Dance Dance
  8. The Blood Rushes
  9. Stand Up and Be a Witness
  10. Sing a Song
  11. God's Got It
  12. You Got the Love  -  Source
  13. He Set Me Free
  14. Nothing Can Separate Me
  15. Let Go and Let God
  16. He's Coming Back

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Candi Staton   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Kay Reed   Background Vocals
Joni Berlmon   Background Vocals
Theresa Davis   Background Vocals
Randy Harper   Acoustic Guitar
Anthony Lockett   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Vance Taylor   Piano,Keyboards
Marcus Williams   Drums
Derrick Starks   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Bruce Thompson   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Kofi Burbridge   Keyboards
Derrick Scott   Guitar
Anthony Stephens   Keyboards
Terrence Williams   Percussion
Darryn Ray   Background Vocals
Charisse Dancey   Background Vocals
Rhonda Davis   Background Vocals
Drea Rhenee   Background Vocals
Toni Williams   Background Vocals
Cassandra Hightower   Background Vocals
Teri Goodwin   Background Vocals
Kevin "KT"   Guitar
Gregory Kirkland   Background Vocals
Myron "Max" Mattox   Guitar,Percussion
OShoa   Background Vocals
Maggie Staton   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Candi Staton   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Mike Freeman   Engineer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Randy Harper   Composer
Marcus Williams   Remixing,drum programming
Anthony Stephens   Composer,drum programming
Helena Barrington   Composer
Bil Carpenter   Liner Notes
Chris Broughton   Programming

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