The Golden Gate Quartet - Incredible

Published Monday 20th June 2011
The Golden Gate Quartet - Incredible
The Golden Gate Quartet - Incredible

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 105380-17703
LABEL: DixieFrog DFGCD8700
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1

Reviewed by Phil Thomson

We need to get this in perspective: there are 80 - yes, 80 - years of experience wrapped up in these voices. Not added together, but continuous ministry. And that counts. If there's a perfect baritone gene, Paul Brembly inherited it in 1950. But, long before he was born - 1932 in fact - the four-year-old would-be boxer Clyde Wright was flexing his vocals and setting in train the legacy we hear right now in 'Incredible'. It's a long story. Let's just say there are no greater exemplars of the genre. In this latest manifestation, together with Frank Davis' rich tenor and the mighty bass voice of Anthony Gordon, close harmony gospel has never sounded so secure. Of course, it is pretty much how an earlier generation learned its theology and is as fresh and urgent as it ever was. "Standing" (a take on "Standing In The Need Of Prayer"), "Crossing Deep River", "On The Other Side", "Jesus Christ Is His Name" - all deliver the most timely message. Maybe at times it feels light, almost cheeky, so much in sympathy is the voice, the timing, the absolute integrity of every expression, yet it is precisely the stripped down familiarity which carries the day. There simply is no doubting their calling. "Yes Jesus Loves Me" they sing; "Oh Happy Day".

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