Bishop Carlton Pearson Presents - The Best Of Azusa: Yet Holdin' On

Monday 1st September 2003
Bishop Carlton Pearson Presents - The Best Of Azusa: Yet Holdin' On
Bishop Carlton Pearson Presents - The Best Of Azusa: Yet Holdin' On

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Word Curb 0688625023
RRP: £2.50

Reviewed by Pauline Muir

The revival that started the Pentecostal movement at the turn of the last century began in Azusa Street, Los Angeles. This album invokes the old time religion firmly rooted in the black Pentecostal experience. Unfortunately, as has been recently publicised, Bishop Pearson's theology is far from old time - an unfortunate mishmash of half baked liberal ideas. But what of the music compiled here from earlier 'Azusa' albums? If you like the old style, live gospel choir, with fast off beat claps, Hammond organ, joyful praise and worship, peppered with a good dose of testimony, you’ll love this. There is a first class mix of guest stars including the traditional sounds of Pop Winans to the more contemporary style of Fred Hammond and jazzy rhythms of Karen Clark. There is a slight dig at contemporary gospel by Donnie McClurkin, “Back in the day they used to the sing gospel,” implying that some of what is sung today isn’t “real” gospel. Nonetheless, this can be overlooked, get ready to “have church” with this enjoyable compilation.

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.

Interested in reviewing music? Find out more here.

Sample Track Listing:
1. Old Songs Medley [Listen]
2. Church Medlet [Listen]
3. I Won't Be Back [Listen]

This track data is supplied by the Cross Rhythms CD/DVD review library. Please note that CD tracks may vary according to release region or product version.

Be the first to comment on this article

We welcome your opinions but libellous and abusive comments are not allowed.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. By clicking 'Send comment' you consent to Cross Rhythms storing and processing your personal data. For more information about how we care for your data please see our privacy policy.