Magazine article Ebony

Let's Go to Church

Magazine article Ebony

Let's Go to Church

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The atmosphere of a downhome Baptist church service is captured on Let's Go To Church (CGI), the new recording from the National Baptist Convention Mass Choir. After an introduction by NBC president, Dr. Henry J. Lyons, the recording opens with the devotional hymn "Near The Cross," featuring the Rev. Walter Butts and Vergie Dishman, followed with scripture by the Rev. A. Harold White. Then there's "Prayer," a sermonette delivered by the Rev. Jasper Williams, and the lively title song, "Let's Go To Church," with Steve Jones on lead vocals. The Rev. C. L. Fairchild, the recording's producer, leads the choir on "I'll Go," while Evelyn Turrentine-Agee sings lead on "Not For Himself." Albertina Walker is featured on "Hallelujah," Paul Porter on "I'm Blessed," Kim McFarland on "Never Alone," and the Rev. Clay Evans on "Who Is This Jesus." Other vocalists include the Rev. Wendell Lowe and Lanelle Collins. The choir delivers on the promise to take listeners to church.

Al Green at his soulful finest is presented on the four-disc box set, Al Green Anthology (Right Stuff). Among the 61 tracks are "Back Up Train," "Let's Stay Together," the 7:41 seconds-long, live version of "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart," and the percolating "Take Me To The River." Featured in the set are chart hits, live cuts, alternative takes, remixes, and previously unreleased tracks. There are several interview segments, including a discussion on songwriting techniques and another from the movie, Gospel According To Al Green. Also included is an annotated 64-page booklet of liner notes and essays. …

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