Russ Taff - We Will Stand: Yesterday And Today

Monday 1st August 1994
Russ Taff - We Will Stand: Yesterday And Today
Russ Taff - We Will Stand: Yesterday And Today

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Myrrh 7016972615

Reviewed by Peter Smith

Russ has been one of the big guns in American CCM for one and half decades now and this retrospective is a fitting showcase for his remarkable talent. The son of an Arkansas preacher, his earliest musical influence was black gospel and, whether he is delivering gritty, gut level rock and roll, upbeat funk or heart wrenching ballads (like "I Cry"), his roots shine through. Russ's vocal technique has been honed and refined through years of working with some of the best musicians and producers in the business and his later songs in particular show a spiritual integrity and reality that's encouraging for anyone who might find that the road to glory is a rocky one. It's difficult to single out any individual songs but Russ' definitive version of The Call's "I Still Believe" reduces me to tears with the honesty of it's message. The collection finishes with the previously unreleased "Your Love Stays With Me" which takes us right back to Russ's gospel roots.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 02:14 on Sep 19 2010

I have this cd collection in my huge ccm library, wouldn't be complete without it. Russ' first solo "We Will Stand", a signature song for him is one of the best loved hi-lights from the cd. "Winds of Change", "I Cry", Trumpet of JESUS" and "Praise the LORD", are among cd favorites. I had disappointment when the video hit "I'm not Alone" didn't make this cd collection from 1985 "Medals" cd/lp. I also like the song from 1989 "Farther On". Gary Chapman's "YOUR Love Stays with Me" closes this collection of songs; it would be Russ' newest recording to date for 1994. I have several songs in video format from this cd. GOD Bless! -Don

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