This “Best of the Best” series will not just cover my favorites from years past, but also my favorite recordings broken down by artist. I won’t cover every single group represented in my music collection, because my collection isn’t extensive, and my knowledge not expansive, for every artist. I thought I’d just go in alphabetical order, so I’ll kick this part of the series off with one of gospel music’s most celebrated and awarded trios, the Booth Brothers.
The Booth Brothers have covered a lot of stylistic ground over more than two decades on the gospel music scene, but what has remained consistent is their smooth, seemingly effortless harmony, which is among the best of the genre. Though they are perhaps better known for a quieter, soothing sound, my favorite Booth Brothers recording is their biggest departure from that. Declaration is chock full of grand, epic arrangements and soaring harmony, powerful from beginning to end. It presents deep, lyrical truth in a most stirring fashion, with a big assist from the maestro himself, Lari Goss.
Here is my list of my favorite Booth Brothers albums, with Declaration leading the pack. Their most recent offering, Still, with a mix of big arrangements and more easy-going tunes, makes a strong showing as well.
1. Declaration (2010)
2. Still (2014)
3. Let It Be Known (2011)
4. A Tribute to the Songs of Bill & Gloria Gaither (2012)
5. Pure Southern Gospel (2004)
And the songs:
1. “Then I Met the Master”, Declaration (2010)
2. “God Did It All”, Declaration (2010)
3. “Jesus Saves”, Still (2014)
4. “In Christ Alone Medley”, Declaration (2010)
5. “He Saw It All”, The Blind Man Saw It All (2005)
6. “Thank Him for the Miracle”, The Booth Brothers (2003)
7. “A Higher Throne”, Declaration (2010)
8. “I See Grace”, Declaration (2010)
9. “Touch of the Master’s Hand”, Still (2014)
10. “What About Now”, Let It Be Known (2011)
What are your favorite songs and recordings by these masters of harmony?