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The Ultimate Gospel Collection

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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: 8/22/2006
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351576125
  • Catalog Number: 5761
  • Sales rank: 63,670

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When There's Nothing Left But God (6:16)
  2. 2 Grace, They Call It Amazing (5:07)
  3. 3 Shut Up and Start Praying - Dottie Peoples (4:28)
  4. 4 Go Tell It on the Mountain (5:53)
  5. 5 Bridge Over Troubled Water (5:27)
  6. 6 The First Face I Want to See - Joe Ligon (7:16)
  7. 7 Mama (3:03)
  8. 8 You Can Make It (4:14)
  9. 9 Friend (8:04)
  10. 10 Love Lifted Me - The Richard Smallwood Singers (5:12)
  11. 11 To Glorify Your Name - The McCrarys (4:46)
  12. 12 I Will Praise You (4:10)
  13. 13 He Cares for You (3:32)
  14. 14 Sin Doesn't Live Here Anymore (4:03)
  15. 15 Too Late - Maggie Staton (2:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 It's Your Season (5:26)
  2. 2 Halleluja Anyway (6:01)
  3. 3 I Will Rejoice in the House (4:27)
  4. 4 What's Going On? (4:38)
  5. 5 He Steps In (3:58)
  6. 6 When I See the Blood (4:52)
  7. 7 Dance Dance Dance (5:49)
  8. 8 The Blood Rushes (5:53)
  9. 9 Stand Up and Be a Witness (3:59)
  10. 10 Sing a Song (5:43)
  11. 11 God's Got It (4:01)
  12. 12 You Got the Love - Source (4:22)
  13. 13 He Set Me Free (3:21)
  14. 14 Nothing Can Separate Me (4:39)
  15. 15 Let Go and Let God (3:55)
  16. 16 He's Coming Back (3:58)
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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 Jr. 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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