Forgotten Albums: The Cathedrals – Voices In Praise Acappella
August 11, 2010 6 Comments
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.