Gospel

November 6, 2014 - Comment

Hallelujah! How better to respond to this wonderful document than with some measure of the joy and passion displayed by the participants? Filmed at Oakland, California’s Paramount Theater, the 1982 film brings together some of gospel music’s heavy hitters (including the Rev. James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar, the Hawkins Family, and the Mighty Clouds of Joy).

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Hallelujah! How better to respond to this wonderful document than with some measure of the joy and passion displayed by the participants? Filmed at Oakland, California’s Paramount Theater, the 1982 film brings together some of gospel music’s heavy hitters (including the Rev. James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar, the Hawkins Family, and the Mighty Clouds of Joy). And folks, there is some serious testifying going on here, both onstage and in the audience, as one performer after another does his or her best to tear the roof off the sucker. Don’t be deceived by the gospel moniker. Take this music out of the pew and into the pub, and you’ve got Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, James Brown–that’s how good some of these singers are. And if righteous rave-ups like the Hawkins’ “Right On” and Cleveland’s “Determined to Make Heaven My Home” don’t get you moving, consider investing in a defibrillator. –Sam Graham

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Goza N. Parks "willing_to_listen" says:

Really 25 stars…5 stars for each group! I grew up watching this video and to my surprise I found it at Blockbuster. I could not believe it. I have been watching it for the last two months regularly. This concert was blessed by God almighty himself! I imagine that as they performed he was in Heaven throwing down, because you know God can outdance any of us. My favs:The Mighty Clouds of Joy-Walk Around Heaven (I forgot it was them and thought it was the Temptations for a second.)Shirley Caesar-No Charge (No one can tell a story quite like Shirley.Walter Hawkins & Family-EVERYTHING!!! Their musicians were amazing.The Clark Sisters-EVERYTHING!!!! It should be illegal to sing like that!James Cleveland-EVERY SINGLE SONG!!!Excellent must have for any true lover of gospel. I know a lot of people don’t enjoy older gospel as much as the new stuff, but I can bet any amount of money that the stuff people are listening to now can be traced back to these very artists. I have heard so many…

Juan L. Maultsby says:

Wonderful, Anointed, Vintage Gospel 0

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