STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 15549-CAS2602 LABEL: Word 7019493602 FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 1995-09-04 RRP: £2.50
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
I've kind of lost count of the number of Shirley's live albums...but I'm not complaining for certainly recording the gospel matriarch as she storms along in front of a choir robed-swaying throng and with a congregation urging her on to rafter-raising heights is an impossible-to-beat formula. This was recorded at (very deep breath) the Greater Bibleway Miracle Temple International Fellowship Of The Apostolic Faith (don't you wish your church had a name like that?) in Atlanta, Georgia and bristles with passion and gutsy exuberance. There's a cooking rhythm section complete with some sassy horns, some excellent new material and the version of "He Will Come" featuring one of Shirley's famed folksy sermonettes about a little boy is the kind of spiritual communication some find to be contrived sentimentality but which will grip any black gospel buff. Wonderful, timeless stuff.
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