Tag: Top 100

Top 100: #4 What a Great Lifestyle (Gold City)

Release Year: 1997 Album Rank for Group: #2 of 15 Here’s a blurb: What a Great Lifestyle ranks this highly largely on the strength of two of my very favorite songs Gold City has ever recorded.  “God’s Building a Church” is a thrilling brass-driven number with Jay Parrack taking it to the rafters and Tim Riley absolutely …

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Top 100: #5 Always Have a Song (Mark Trammell Trio)

Release Year: 2008 Album Rank for Group: #1 of 8 Here’s a blurb: We’re in rarefied air now, entering my Top 5 albums of all time.  Leading off the top five is my favorite album ever that wasn’t recorded by a quartet.  Of course, the only thing this recording lacks that keeps it from being …

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Top 100: #6 Within the Rock (Gold City)

Release Year: 1998 Album Rank for Group: #3 of 15 Here’s a blurb: Recorded right in the middle of my favorite recording era by any southern gospel group, Gold City’s Within the Rock has some of my favorite uptempo and mid-tempo songs the quartet has ever recorded.  “Gonna Take It and Leave It” is the quintessential …

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Top 100: #7 It’s Just Like Heaven (Greater Vision)

Release Year: 1992 Album Rank for Group: #1 of 13 Here’s a blurb: My favorite Greater Vision album reaches back to the original lineup, which I consider to have the greatest trio vocal blend in the history of gospel music.  The album contains my favorite Greater Vision song, “He Is Mine,” as well as every …

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Top 100: #8 Pressed Down, Shaken Together, Running Over (Gold City)

Release Year: 2001 Album Rank for Group: #4 of 15 Here’s a blurb: This is the last album recorded by my favorite Gold City lineup of Tim Riley, Jonathan Wilburn, Mark Trammell, and Jay Parrack.  After five years together making the albums that dominate the top of my countdown, Trammell was the first to leave, …

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Top 100: #9 Live at First Baptist Atlanta (Greater Vision)

Release Year: 2002 Album Rank for Group: #2 of 13 Here’s a blurb: Live at First Baptist Atlanta is Greater Vision’s only live album of new songs to date.  To be sure, they are not the Kingsmen, whose live albums are driven by adrenaline and spontaneity.  The “live” aspect of this recording is just what you’d …

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Top 100: #10 Renewed (Gold City)

Release Year: 1994 Album Rank for Group: #5 of 15 Here’s a blurb: The aptly named Renewed might be the greatest “comeback” album in the history of southern gospel music.  By that I don’t really mean that Gold City was “down” and had to rise back to the top.  But when you lose half of one of …

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