Album Rank for Group: #2 of 13
Here’s a blurb: I never saw the Cathedrals live (I didn’t even really know who they were until well after they had retired), so live albums and videos are the only ways that I can know in a small way what it was like to sit in front of them and watch southern gospel mastery at work. The popular sentiment may be that Live…in Atlanta is the Cathedrals’ greatest live recording, and I understand why, but for me, it has always been Travelin’ Live. It features my favorite lineup of any quartet of all time, doing what they do best. George Younce may have been the greatest emcee in gospel music history. Danny Funderburk could bring the house down at any moment. Glen Payne quietly went about his business singing a perfect lead. Mark Trammell was solid as a rock, hitting whatever notes were required of him, high or low. And Roger Bennett backed them all with the ultimate in classy, yet skillful, accompaniment. Travelin’ Live was not a recording without mistakes: the big one on “Boundless Love” is well-known, and was fixed, while the one on “Come on Home” wasn’t. (EDIT: this error is probably only on the video) But it all seems very real, putting the listener right there in the auditorium, and that’s exactly the purpose of a live album. It’s a thrilling listening experience, repeatedly taking you up to heavens with energy, then bringing you back down to a calmer, pensive state, then back up again. Even after listening a hundred times, I can’t help but be carried away into the flow every time.
Knock my socks off: Come on Home, Boundless Love, Homeland, He’s My Lord, Blood Washed Band
Don’t skip that one: Whosoever Will, Dry Bones, Following in His Footsteps
I could honestly do without: Glory Special