Category: Brian’s Top 100 Albums

Top 100: #11 Once Upon a Cross (Mark Trammell Trio)

Release Year: 2007 Album Rank for Group: #2 of 8 Here’s a blurb: For five or six years from their start, each successive album released by the Mark Trammell Trio showed signs of progress.  When Dustin Sweatman replaced Joseph Smith in the trio’s first personnel change in 2006, their vocal sound got a little boost. …

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Top 100: #12 Standing in the Gap (Gold City)

Release Year: 1995 Album Rank for Group: #6 of 15 Here’s a blurb: Standing in the Gap was the only major studio recording of new songs that Gold City recorded with David Hill in the lead position.  They took full advantage of his talents, utilizing him to great effect on the now-classic “I’m Not Giving Up,” …

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Top 100: #13 Far Beyond This Place (Greater Vision)

Release Year: 1999 Album Rank for Group: #3 of 13 Here’s a blurb: With nearly a decade of service in the books, Greater Vision was already one of the most established and popular groups on the road in 1999.  But their landmark album release that year propelled them “far beyond” what they had experienced before. …

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Top 100: #14 Are You Ready? (Gold City)

Release Year: 2000 Album Rank for Group: #7 of 15 Here’s a blurb: My favorite Gold City lineup ushered in the 2000s with another strong recording.  At the time of this album’s release, with the Cathedrals just retired, Gold City was perhaps the strongest and most popular group on the road in southern gospel.  With …

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Top 100: #15 A Farewell Celebration (Cathedrals)

Release Year: 1999 Album Rank for Group: #3 of 13 Here’s a blurb: This was the first southern gospel CD I ever bought, and it was only six or seven years ago.  If you’re going to get to the party late, you might as well get there in style, and that’s what I did getting …

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Top 100: #16 Stand Up at Opryland USA (Kingsmen)

Release Year: 1986 Album Rank for Group: #1 of 2 Here’s a blurb: Stand Up at Opryland contains some of my favorite live moments from Kingsmen recordings.  Everything I love about the Kingsmen can be found here: Garry Sheppard putting on a show with his special brand of tenor singing, Arthur Rice hitting the big notes, …

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Top 100: #17 We Still Believe (Collingsworth Family)

Release Year: 2007 Album Rank for Group: #1 of 3 Here’s a blurb: The Collingsworth Family has never sounded better than they do right now, and their two most recent studio albums contain their greatest vocal work.  But overall, including song selection, We Still Believe is my favorite recording they’ve made so far.  From their previous …

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