Richard Smallwood, Vision - Adoration: Live In Atlanta

Published Saturday 19th July 2008
Richard Smallwood, Vision - Adoration: Live In Atlanta
Richard Smallwood, Vision - Adoration: Live In Atlanta

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Verity 012414301598
FORMAT: DVD Music video
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

Filmed live back in 1996 at the Cathedral Of The Holy Spirit in Atlanta, Georgia when the acclaimed US gospel frontman had recently formed his new group Vision, this two hour show is packed full of attitude, poignancy and passion. Proceedings kick off with a stately string ensemble prelude before the man himself, resplendent in a natty blue suit, leads his choir and an extremely tight backing band in the stirring "Total Praise". Smallwood takes the lead vocal on a handful of numbers ("Call The Lord" and "Bless The Lord" amongst others) but it is the individual members of his formidable choir that steal the show. Vanessa Williams and Maurette Brown Clark give a masterclass in slow burning soul in "Angels" whilst the Mahalia Jackson-sized Carolene Hatchett gives a Mahalia Jackson-sized performance in the more traditional gospel of "Great Day". Elsewhere, the sheer abandonment of Charisse D Nelson in the meditative "Thank You" typifies Smallwood and his team's dedication to ministering God's word to the congregation with uncompromising fervency. Whilst this is very much a no frills release with a lack of special features that enhance many modern day DVD releases, this is nonetheless a worthwhile document of a great performance by one of the world's leading gospel outfits.

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Product Description
In the late seventies, Richard Smallwood decided to devote his life to gospel music full time. From the beginning it was clear he would quickly make his mark. Adoration was recorded live at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at Chapel Hill in Atlanta, Georgia. 116 minutes of pure excitement; everything is captured here – the praise and the worship.

The DVD includes Richard’s Vision with the Smallwood Singers and friends including Vanessa Williams, Maurette Brown-Clark, Tramaine Hawkins and more! This DVD is a must-have for Praise & Worship fans everywhere.

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