Hidden Gems: Oak Ridge Boys – “Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt”
September 29, 2009 12 Comments
First of all, I will apologize for my lack of posting lately. My family and I are in the process of buying a new home, which is taking up a lot of my former blogging time. We close in about a month on our new home, so my blogging time is going to be sporadic between now and then. I’ve got some things in the works, I just haven’t had the time to devote to them that I’d like. Stick with me, I’ll do my best to keep things going, and of course anything major that comes down the pipe I’ll be sure to post and comment on, but the weeks following NQC are typically fairly slow anyways.
This gem comes from the Oak Ridge Boys 1973 LP Street Gospel LP, which was the last full album to feature Willie Wynn as the tenor, along with Duane Allen on lead, William Lee Golden on baritone, and Richard Sterban on bass. William Golden has the lead on the song, with Duane Allen switching down to the baritone part. The verses are done in a syncopated rhythm with a progressive (for the era) feel. The chorus smooths out the rhythm to a typical SG feel complete with the entrance of a banjo. Golden sings the verses solo, with the rest of the quartet entering for the chorus. Folks who are only familiar with the Oaks from their country days or their Gaither appearances will be surprised by Golden’s upper range that is displayed on this song, as he sings the song in a typical lead range. The second chorus is repeated before a tag that has the other members of the quartet chanting “Right now” and inverting the harmony up a couple times while Golden ad libs variations of “He’s here right now…” Buried as the last track on side 1 of the LP, this song could be overlooked very easily, but it’s performed very well, and is a very enjoyable tune. This would make a great cut on a table project, and Gold City or Triumphant could do very well with it, with Daniel Riley or Scotty Inman taking Golden’s verses. I’d love to hear someone bring it back.