Top 100: #19 King’s Gold (Gold City & Kingsmen)

Release Year: 1992

Album Rank for Group: #1 of 3

Here’s a blurb: The King’s Gold series is, in my opinion, the greatest collaborative effort in southern gospel music history.  I love all four of the albums that came out of it, but none of them quite captured the character of these two groups like the first one.  Though he doesn’t sing all that much, this project is all Jim Hamill, who leads his choir of quartet members with seemingly reckless abandon.  The raw energy, unpredictability, and spontaneity make this recording exciting every time you listen to it.  The songs are primarily gospel music classics, and it’s apparent there wasn’t all that much rehearsal, but that’s what makes it great.  You just never know where Big Jim is going.

Knock my socks off: I’m Winging My Way Back Home, Everybody Will Be Happy Over There, Just a Little Talk with Jesus

Don’t skip that one: Hymn Medley, How Great Thou Art, The Glory Road

I could honestly do without: Amazing Grace (Lulu Roman)

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