We Shall See Jesus: This Time, Less Really Is More

While listening to iTunes on shuffle, I came across a re-recording of the Cathedrals’ monster hit “We Shall See Jesus.”  I have it on a compilation called 21 Favorite Hymns, but I’m guessing it was recorded for the 25th Anniversary album.  The newer version features Danny Funderburk on tenor, and only includes the last verse and chorus.  The track is given full orchestration and is done in typical big ballad style.  Vocally this version is fine, and it’s interesting hearing the difference that Funderburk brings to the blend as opposed to Kirk Talley’s original.  However, as a whole, the song just flops.  The power and intensity found on the original recording on Live In Atlanta doesn’t come through with the expanded track.  It just lacks the punch that the live, instrumentally stripped down version packs.  In this case, in terms of a complex arrangement, less is most definitely more.  Give me the original live version any day.

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

4 Responses to We Shall See Jesus: This Time, Less Really Is More

  1. Andrew S. says:

    I’m with you on this one. They don’t match up. Even though Funderburk had a stronger voice than Talley, I still prefer the Talley/Trammell/Payne/Younce version to anyone else’s.

  2. quartet-man says:

    It sounds like the one that was part of the 25th. Anniversary Medley. A better version with Funderburk was on one of their videos. (Can He Could He Would He?)

    Although Funderburk is a favorite tenor of mine, and although I liked the original version as my favorite initially, I preferred for the most part how the arrangement evolved to what it was at the end. I loved what Roger did on the piano and the big ending. After that, the original just seemed to drag too much.

  3. Kyle says:

    I really like what they did with it on the “Farewell Celebration” video with the band.

  4. quartet-man says:

    The Singing Americans did an interesting version with Michael English. It really picks up on the tempo at the end.

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