Forgotten Albums: The Cathedrals – Voices In Praise Acappella

Much acclaim is given to Gold City’s 1993 acappella CD, Acappella Gold, and rightfully so as it is a tremendous album.  However, this 1983 recording by the Cathedrals during the Kirk Talley/Mark Trammell era stands as its equal.  These two albums form the “gold standard” by which all other SG acappella albums should be judged.   This album is a collection of hymns, and it was arranged masterfully by Lari Goss.  It is quite heavily stacked, and unless I miss my guess, Roger Bennett adds a fifth vocal part quite frequently.  However the arrangements are thrilling, the performances flawless, and the album impeccable.  “Brethren We Have Met To Worship” opens the album and is a true highlight.  This album also contains my favorite version of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and “Abide With Me.”  The “Children’s Medley” is also exquisite.  If the truth be told, there isn’t a weak song on the entire LP.  However, for some reason, this album is very rarely mentioned when talking about SG acappella performances, and it’s an absolute shame, as it is quite an album.  If you have this, pull it out and listen.  If you don’t, start scouring Amazon and Ebay now.

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6 Responses to Forgotten Albums: The Cathedrals – Voices In Praise Acappella

  1. ITF says:

    You’re absolutely right, this is a fantastic album.

  2. RDB says:

    If you have that Cathedrals Classics – Acappella album thingy (don’t recall the exact name at the moment) over half the songs are from this album. There’s a few from the “Symphony of Praise” album plus a GOLD CITY acappella version of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”!

  3. matt says:

    This album is the standard. There are none better since. Even the Cathedrals own Worship HIs Glory is not as good, and suffers from over-arranged songs. Goss had the right touch with this album. And the blend of the group was perfect.

  4. The Gospel Stache says:

    Not only the best Acappella album to grace Southern Gospel, but one of the most influential and best produced and executed albums of all time.

  5. Auke says:

    My favorite acappella album hands down! It’s actually my first Cathedral I ever owned. Love ‘ My Jesus I love Thee’ and At The Cross’ . Like you said, there’s not a bad song on the album. “Great is Thy Faithfullness’ is also my favorite rendition of the song..love Glen’s solo verse! I bought the double CD ‘live in atlanta/voices in praise on the Riversong label…years ago..late 80’s.

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