Classics Corner: Prophets – “Prophets” Sing 3002

One of the things I want to do with this blog is to highlight some classic recordings from SG’s past. I’m not going to rate these albums 1-10 as I do current albums, but I will give you a brief track by track review. I am very fortunate to count as a friend one of SG’s finest historians, John Crenshaw, who graciously agreed to read these reviews and correct any historical inaccuracies plus add any of his comments on these albums before I post them. He also sent me the picture of the album cover. Thanks John!

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Up first is the Prophets self titled album on Sing records. Personnel on this album include Lew Garrison, Jay Berry, Ed Hill, Jim Boatman, and Joe Moscheo.

  1. Sinner Let Me Tell You – Great uptempo number to open the album. There is some really nice modern harmony on the last chorus of this song.
  2. Worry Who I – Jay Berry absolutely shines on this track. Others may not hear it, but to me, Jay’s lead vocal on this track sounds very much like Mark Trammell. I wonder if Mark took some of his stylings from the great Jay Berry.
  3. Old Hymns Medley – This is a nice rendering of a couple of hymns. Jim Boatman does a great job on “Standing Somewhere In The Shadows.” He has a smooth bass voice that really anchors the anchors the quartet’s sound. He has plenty of depth as well.
  4. In Heaven – Nice ballad. The tempo increases with a nice harmony inversion at the end of the song.
  5. So High, So Low – A much different arrangement than the popular Kingsmen version. This almost has a 50’s pop sound, with again some nice modern harmony at the end. What a smooth blending group.
  6. Sweet Hour Of Prayer – Fairly straight ahead rendition of the classic hymn.
  7. No Disappointments In Heaven – Great ballad written by George Younce and Kenny Gates of the Blue Ridge Quartet. Great harmony singing on the bridge and there is the typical Prophets high harmony on the ending.
  8. When God Dips His Love In My Heart – Straight ahead rendition of the Cleavant Derricks tune. Jim Boatman does some great bass singing on this song, and has a couple really nice vocal runs on the choruses. Nice key change at the second verse and a great lead from Garrison with tight background harmonies.
  9. Wait Till You See My New Home – Incredible blend and incredible harmony on a great Joe Moscheo arrangement of this classic. To me, this version ranks right up there with the Statesmen version. The Prophets may have had the highest harmony of any group of the time period.
  10. By His Word – The short intro makes you think this is going to be a churchy anthem, then the Prophets come in with a straight ahead up tempo tune. Each member gets a chance to take the lead, ending up with Lew Garrison. Very serviceable tune.
  11. Promise You’ll Meet Me – Tender ballad by the group. This is probably my least favorite song on the album, but it is still very solid. Just a nice smooth ballad.
  12. I’ve Got To Sing – Fast song that closes the album splendidly. Jay Berry again sounds a little like Mark Trammell in some of his stylings on this song. Not quite as much as on “Worry Who I”, but I still can hear Mark Trammell singing this.

Overall, this is a really good album. The arrangements by Moscheo are very well done, with a lot of modern harmony sprinkled throughout the album. The cover artwork is nice as well, it is a charcoal drawing of the group. This is a little known or talked about album, but it is an absolute gem of a recording.

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About Wes Burke
I'm a .NET developer and Southern Gospel music fan. Married with a wonderful family.

6 Responses to Classics Corner: Prophets – “Prophets” Sing 3002

  1. Dean Adkins says:

    Good review — look forward to more.

    Dean

  2. Paul Jackson says:

    Hey Wes!

    Thanks for the review of this classic LP. I had the priviledge of having Ed Hill’s personal copy of this record in my possession for a couple of months. Great stuff…for sure! Excellent review.

    Paul Jackson / The Prophets

  3. William R. Burke (Wes's Dad) says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Mr. Maurice Lefevre at the Harley Davidson Dealership in Meridian, MS a few weeks ago (He owns the Dealership for you Harley riders). We had a great conversation for about an hour or so about these great SING recordings of the 1960’s. Maurice was very instrumental in getting SING recording up off the ground and becoming very competitive with the Nashville studios. This was one the best efforts that SING put out,,,and the singing of the Prophets is outstanding. This is one of my favorite albums (Guess where Wes got it!!!).

  4. Jim Green says:

    I just would like to have the lyrics to “Wait Till You See Me In My New Home.”

    I am an evangelist here in South Eastern Ohio. I sing Southern Gospel & would like to do this song. I have my own accompaniment.

    Tnx so much!

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  6. Dwight Hutchinson says:

    I love your reviews. The Prophets are my favorite group–no one has that unique blend and sound.

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