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|Rev James Cleveland, Angelic Choir|
James Cleveland and the Angelic Choir, Vol. 3: Peace Be Still
Genres: Pop, Christian, Gospel
One of the classic--and bestselling--gospel recordings, this live release from 1962 has all the trademarks of the contemporary gospel sound (which the Reverend James Cleveland almost single-handedly forged in the 1950s as ... more »
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One of the classic--and bestselling--gospel recordings, this live release from 1962 has all the trademarks of the contemporary gospel sound (which the Reverend James Cleveland almost single-handedly forged in the 1950s as composer and arranger for the vibrant Caravans). Very progressive music for the time, the sound is big, the arrangements bluesy, and Cleveland's powerful vocals alternate between rough-hewn and soaringly handsome. The live recording captures many of the shouts and cries of a superenthusiastic church audience. The backing choir is energized and booming, the funky organ just makes you want to jump up out of your chair, and Cleveland's preaching is simple, smart, and to the point. The only drawback is the crudeness of the recording, but surely the low fidelity is overcome by the performance's sheer power. "[Jesus] can save you tonight until your hands look new," Cleveland preaches. "Glory to God!" --Mike McGonigal
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Steven R. Seim | 10/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"GREAT LISTENING GOSPEL MUSIC THAT I WISH I COULD HEAR MORE OF WHILE REVIEWING AS I CAN DO WHILE REVIEWING BLUE NOTE LABLE MUSIC WHERE THEY PLAY THE ENTIRE ALBUM EACH SONG/HYMN AT A TIME TO COMPLETION. PLZ TAKE UNDER CONSIDERTION AS 30 SECONDS IS SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH TO CRITIQUE. THANX!!"
Perhaps the Best Gospel Album of All Time!
Steven R. Seim | Beaver Dam, WI United States | 07/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I cannot praise this recording highly enough - "Peace Be Still" is the epitome of high-octane black gospel. Cleveland's vocals raise the roof, and the Angelic Choir provides the perfect counter-punch, complemented by bluesy keyboards and swinging percussion (the drums on "I Will Wear a Crown" have an almost surf-rock feel). And the rousing doxology and amens ("Praise God") provide the perfect conclusion. If you are a fan of gospel, you must have this record! If you are interested in gospel, this is the place to start.Unfortunately, Rev. Cleveland never equalled this masterpiece. If anyone knows of any albums that sound like "Peace Be Still," I would love to hear about them."