The Very Best of Praise & Worship offers a solid overview of modern gospel styles. Veteran Daryl Coles kicks off things with a gritty "Thank You Lord" (one of 8 live cuts among the 15 in this collection), a hard-edged, muscular performances in the style of the Sensational Nightingales' great Julius Cheeks, with an instrumental sound dominated by piano and organ, like back in the day. By contrast, the veteran vocal group Commissioned offers a smooth-groove, close-harmony rendition of Dottie Rambo's "We Shall Behold Him" that's straight out of the early-'70s Stevie Wonder stylebook, right down to the lead singer's familiar filigreed phrasing. More traditional, R&B-style emoting and testifying is provided by veterans Vicki Winans ("Forever," a live track with the Gospel Heritage Praise & Worship Conference Mass Choir), whereas the towering Andrae Crouch, the kingpin of modern gospel, employs a robust southern soul horn section and energetic female backing vocalists (part of his group, Anointed) in declaiming his funkified "Jesus Is Lord." Tender, string-enriched balladry and restrained thunder are the order of the day when the formidable, under-recognized Yolanda Adams systematically scorches her way through an urgent plea, "Let Us Worship Him" with a blend of power, authority, and nuance that Whitney Houston must envy. Hip-hop beats and production flourishes (compressed male voices and Vocoder effects) reflect the integration of the most contemporary of secular musics into the gospel family when Mary Mary throw down on the dynamic "Shackles (Praise You)." All ye who doubt, prepare to be converted.
Technical CreditsDaryl Coley Composer,Producer
Richard Smallwood Composer,Producer
Yolanda Adams Producer
Kurt Carr Composer,Producer
Ben Tankard Producer
Vanessa Bell Armstrong Producer
Dan Cleary Producer
Fred Hammond Producer
Sanchez Harley Producer
Bill Maxwell Producer
Pastor Hezekiah Walker Producer
Jason White Producer
Donald Lawrence Producer
Cedric Thompson Producer
Twinkie Clark Composer
Warryn Campbell Producer
L. Campbell Composer
Dadra Crawford Greathouse Producer
W. Campbell Composer
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I played this CD so much, I wore it out and ordered another. Purchasing this CD is worth every cent. Twinkie Clark, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker....singing about the most powerful, most awesome being...what more can be said?