Hidden Gems: Imperials – “The Way, The Truth, The Life”

This song came from the Imperials 1969 release, Now, and features Jim Murray, Terry Blackwood, Roger Wiles, Armond Morales, and Joe Moscheo as group members.  Musically this song is a midtempo flowing number that absolutely showcases the smooth blend of the group.  The song actually starts with a Gregorian-style chant before launching into the rest of the song.  Some of you may be like me and get images of the monks from Monty Python and the Holy Grail running through your head.  <g>  The tag to the song features some nice cascading harmonies.

The biggest thing about the song is the effortless manner in which the Imperials sing the harmonies.  I can say this because I used to be one, but it almost has the precision and accuracy in performance that you would expect to come from a group of singing engineers.  (Oh, and if you’re not sure on the difference between precision and accuracy, ask an engineer).  This particular group of Imperials were very methodical in their performance, and it clearly shows on this track.  Pull your LP out and give it a listen!

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