The Album That Almost Was, But Wasn’t, But Still Might Be

Of course I’m talking about Gold City’s still unreleased Somebody’s Coming which saw two of the tracks recorded by the Josh Cobb/Bruce Taliaferro lineup leaked via YouTube last week.  The two songs are “I Stand Redeemed”, featuring Cobb, and a new Jim Brady-penned tune called “Lord Of Life” featuring Taliaferro.  If these two songs are an indication of the CD’s strength, this was (is?) going to be a great one!  I’m anxious to hear Craig West tear into “Lord Of Life.”

(Ed. note:  The following paragraphs are written with tongue planted firmly in cheek!)

Most of you know that I am a huge fan of the Beach Boys.  In 1966/1967, the Beach Boys began working on an album that was to be called Smile.  This album was going to be their response to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper, and was going to turn the world of rock music upside down.  A ton of hype built up around the album.  Tracks were recorded and re-recorded.  More tracks were added and some deleted.  It never happened.  Brian Wilson, the mastermind behind the album, finally re-recorded and released a version of Smile in 2004 to much critical acclaim, and even won a Grammy.  37 years later.  A CD box set of the Beach Boys original recordings called The Smile Sessions has been promised this year by Capitol Records.  44 years later.  Better late than never, I guess…

Am I the only one starting to see similarities to Gold City’s Somebody’s Coming?  Tracks have been recorded.  Tracks have been re-recorded.  Songs have been cut (“I Stand Redeemed”).  Songs (yet unknown) have been/will be added.  Hype has built up (the report of M. English saying it would be better than the last GVB album, the leak of the aforementioned tracks).  I really hope Somebody’s Coming doesn’t become Southern Gospel’s version of Smile.

Getting back to more serious business, a quick Google search for the album displays some interesting results.  A Yahoo Music result promises to be able to hear the album.  There are multiple outlets that are showing the CD available for order, with multiple release dates.  Most are late last year, but shows a realistic date of 08/09/11.  Then there is, that has a release date of January 1, 2037!  I sincerely hope Danny and the rest of Gold City are able to get it released before then….though I guess that would fit with the whole Smile comparison.  🙂



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

3 Responses to The Album That Almost Was, But Wasn’t, But Still Might Be

  1. You’re funny! 🙂

    I’m sort of detachedly (is that a word?) watching the hype build up, because for some reason the unfinished mixes didn’t really catch my ear. Maybe it’s because they were rough, but I just wasn’t bouncing off the walls. Oh well…if they can ever get something actually finished, put together and released, I might sample it…

  2. quartet-man says:

    Funny indeed.

  3. Name says:

    Smile was not a response to Sgt. Pepper’s. The sessions were started in early to mid 1966 while Sgt. Pepper’s was released in June of ’67. Smile was scrapped even before Pepper’s release. If anything, Smile was a response to Pet Sounds, as Pet Sounds was a response to Rubber Soul, and at the point in question, Brian Wilson was really only competing with himself.

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