Take It Back

Take It Back

by Dorinda Clark-Cole
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Take It Back

The timing of Take It Back, the third release from Dorinda Clark-Cole, seemed too good to be true. Released in the wake of the Clark Sisters garnering three long-overdue Grammys for their comeback smash Live: One Last Time, the disc was unleashed at the cusp of Clark mania, but the promotional push doesn't belie the disc's own strengths. Take It Back happens to be Clark-Cole's strongest effort thus far, perhaps because it was recorded entirely in the studio: the Clarks have a thing for cutting albums live, but their charismatic background sometimes gets the best of them, resulting in naturally over-the-top vocalizations. Not so with Take It Back: while some songs do have an unmistakable COGIC stamp ("Take It Back," "Got to Hold On"), the controlled environment of the studio keeps Clark-Cole contained, resulting in some pretty terrific church. While Clark-Cole really kills this COGIC-styled material, she proves a stylish songstress in the more urbanized selections, like the breathtaking "Yesterday," an encouraging ballad that sounds like a long-lost b-side from 2nd Chance, the Elektra debut from sister Karen Clark-Sheard. Clark-Cole sounds hippest in songs like "Return" (featuring cousin J. Moss) and "It's Okay" (a duet with niece Kierra "KiKi" Sheard), but the more modern context is never out of place, mainly because Clark-Cole knows how to seesaw between sacred and secular sensibilities -- that's was one of the trademarks of the Clark Sisters. That's the reason Take It Back is Clark-Cole's best album yet: more so than any other outing from a solo Clark, it succeeds at knitting together all the eras of the renowned gospel family -- past, present, and future -- all on one disc.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2008
Label: Gospocentric
UPC: 0886971002720
catalogNumber: 710027

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dorinda Clark-Cole   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
John P. Kee   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Errol Dixon   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
David Curry   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jonathan DuBose   Guitar
Andrew Gouche   Bass
Barry Green   Trombone
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Terrance Palmer   Bass
Kevin Powell   Organ
Tony Russell   Bass
Eddie Brown   Organ
Vinnie Ciesielski   Trumpet
Maurice Fitzgerald   Bass
Sheila Lakin   Background Vocals
Garland Waller   Organ,Background Vocals
David Blakely   Organ
Jeanette Taylor   Background Vocals
Marvin McQuitty   Drums
Tim Mole   Acoustic Guitar
Kierra "KiKi" Sheard   Background Vocals
Chris Johnson   Drums
Keith Newton   Bass
LaTonya Smith   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Darrell Freeman   Bass
J Moss   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lejuene Thompson   Background Vocals
Connie Johnson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Michael Bereal   Organ,Piano
Jimmy Bowland   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Paul "PDA" Allen   Vocals
Miranda C. Ward   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Aaron "Arvis" Dixon   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Errol Cooney   Guitar
Bill Brown   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Angel Chisholm   Vocals
Ricky Watford "Bishop"   Guitar
Phillip Lassiter   Horn

Technical Credits

John P. Kee   Producer
Carnell Murrell   Composer
Lloyd Barry   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Dorinda Clark-Cole   Composer
James Moss   Composer
Derrick Starks   Composer
Shawn McLemore   Composer
Walter Kearney   Composer
Asaph Ward   Audio Production
J Moss   Producer
Paul "PDA" Allen   Producer
Brian Bradley   Engineer
Michelle Lukianovich   Art Direction
Stêphanie Meyer   Composer
Rodney Levens   Composer
Willie Wood   Composer
Dan Davis   Composer
James "Jazzy" Jordan   Executive Producer

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Take It Back 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dorinda you have outdone yourself with this album. If I could rate this album higher I would. She's such an annointed vocalist, songwriter, and preacher. This is a phenominal album and I would recommend any Gospel fan to buy it. Everyone please support Mrs. Cole.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD has some of the best songs on it although I have only heard two. Dr. Cole is taking worshiping God to a whole new level. As her song says I'M GONNA TAKE EVERYTHING THE DEVIL HAS STOLE FROM ME! Dr. Cole, keeping praising him, until he says, "Servant, Well Done."