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Evolution of Gospel
     

The Evolution of Gospel

by Sounds of Blackness
 
Though from beginning to end one of the best gospel albums of its era, The Evolution of Gospel became and remains noteworthy because of three songs in particular: "Optimistic," "The Pressure," and "Testify." These three songs rocketed to the upper reaches of the R&B charts in 1992, all three entering the Top 20 and "Optimistic" peaking at number three --

Overview

Though from beginning to end one of the best gospel albums of its era, The Evolution of Gospel became and remains noteworthy because of three songs in particular: "Optimistic," "The Pressure," and "Testify." These three songs rocketed to the upper reaches of the R&B charts in 1992, all three entering the Top 20 and "Optimistic" peaking at number three -- remarkable numbers for such unashamed gospel music. And these weren't flukes or novelty hits. No, these were amazing songs that captured the spirit of the time, in particular the new jack swing production sound that was all the rage in the early '90s. Furthermore, it didn't hurt that Sounds of Blackness teamed with the hottest production team of the time for these songs, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who were in the process of producing Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation at the time. The result was three definitive songs that synthesized Jam and Lewis' incredibly dense rhythms with Sounds of Blackness' uplifting gospel technique. The remainder of the album unfortunately didn't feature Jam and Lewis' production, but group mastermind Gary Hines obviously knew he had a winning formula and stuck with the new jack motifs, even if he's a second-rate Teddy Riley at best. As a further testament to this album's monolithic status, it's important to note that much of this album remains as charged as it did at its prime, while all the other Bobby Browns and Color Me Badds of the time admittedly haven't aged nearly as well. Sounds of Blackness never could duplicate the success of Evolution of Gospel, the undisputed zenith of the group's career.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/1991
Label:
Perspective Records
UPC:
0028968100020
catalogNumber:
1000

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sounds of Blackness   Primary Artist
Jamecia Bennett   Soprano (Vocal)
Core Cotton   Alto (Vocal)
Robert Edwards   Tenor (Vocal)
LaSalle Gabriel   Guitar
Jimmy Jam   Keyboards
Kevin Johnson   Keyboards
Valerie Johnson   Alto (Vocal)
Terry Lewis   Bass
Wanda Lewis   Soprano (Vocal)
Robert Pittman   Bass
Larry Sims   Trumpet,Piccolo Trumpet
Billy Steele   Organ
Stokley   Vocals
Lawrence Waddell   Keyboards
Gary Hines   Piano,Conductor,Conga,Drums,Timbales
Jennifer Whitlock   Alto (Vocal)
Kevin Whitlock   Conga,Timpani
Shirley Marie Graham   Alto (Vocal)
Franklin Wharton   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Balafon
Louis J. Wilson   Horn,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Trenon Graham   Percussion,Drums
Carrie Harrington   Alto (Vocal)
Ann Bennett-Nesby   Soprano (Vocal)
Terrence Frierson   Tenor (Vocal)
Sonya Kates   Vocals
Patricia Lacy   Alto (Vocal)
Otis Montgomery   Tenor (Vocal)
Dorothy Shelby   Alto (Vocal)
Dorothy J. Townes   Alto (Vocal)
Cheryl D. Warder-Reeves   Soprano (Vocal)
David Wright   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Rojeem Taylor   Bass (Vocal)
Freddie Winston   Baritone (Vocal)
Rev. Joseph Young   Bass
Elizabeth J. Turner   Soprano (Vocal)
Angela Henderson   Soprano (Vocal)
Geoffrey Jones   Baritone (Vocal)
Sandra Harris   Soprano (Vocal)
Gregory Sears   Bass (Vocal)
David B. Young   Baritone (Vocal)
Regina Williams   Alto (Vocal)
Robin Berry   Harp
Bruce Gordon   Bass (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Jimmy Jam   Producer,drum programming
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer
Lance Alexander   drum programming
Gary Hines   Arranger,Composer,Director,Producer
James Harris   Composer
Bradley Yost   Engineer
Michael L. Bowens   Contributor
Chico Cockrell   drum programming

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