February 12, 2008 11 Comments
In rock music, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds are widely regarded as the two landmark albums of rock history. Both albums were full of great songs, no “filler” and produced several major hits. They also had a major influence on artists following them.
What would be considered the landmark albums in Southern Gospel history? Applying the same criteria as above, I would have to posit Gold City’s Pillars of Faith and the Cathedrals Symphony of Praise. Both albums have nothing on them that are really considered filler, as all of the songs are great, and both provided several hits. For GC, “There Rose A Lamb”, “If God Be For Us”, and “One More Time Will Do It” were all major chart hits. For the Cathedrals, you have “Champion Of Love”, “This Ol’ House”, and “For What Earthly Reason”. Those are the two that first come to my mind, but I am certainly open to other suggestions. Have at it. Remember, every song has to be great, and several hit singles (3 or more) that have withstood the test of time, as well as influencing artists and later recordings.