STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 87293-16225 LABEL: Kingship KSCD007 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
Following on the from the reformation of the pioneering '70s and '80s gospel outfit in 2009, the Majestic Singers' seminal 1979 release 'Free At Last' has finally been re-released. Featuring the likes of future London Community Gospel Choir maestro Bazil Meade, the vocal talents of Maxine Simpson amongst others and under the auspices of director Paulette Peters, this delightful collection of upbeat numbers celebrates Christ with the fervour and joy that only gospel music can. Hymns such as "What A Friend" and "Soon And Very Soon" kick proceedings off to a sturdy start whilst a rendition of the Edwin Hawkins classic "Oh Happy Day" reflects something of the disco sound of the day. Elsewhere, the worshipful "Master" reflects Peters' inspired decision to use her singers' vocal talents to harmonise with each other instead of going for the traditional mass choir approach whilst the then 14 year old pianist Stephen Thompson's virtuoso skills shine throughout. Songs like the considered "No Other Help" and the epic title track cement the fact that this groundbreaking album is a must have for any self-respecting gospel music fan.
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