Hugely influential CD on me as a gospel musician
souldrummer | Washington, DC United States | 11/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a solid GMWA CD when the spirit of James Cleveland was still largely influential over the organization. Kurt Carr fans get to hear a selection by him. Tramaine Hawkins fans get to hear a solo by her on "I've Got to Hold On". Darryl Coley fans get to hear him on a track too. Before the WOW compilations, GMWA was a major way to hear a collection of compositions from a wide range of heavy hitters in gospel. More importantly, charts from all of these tunes are still available. For musicians who learn by sheet music, GMWA remains a powerful source for a wide range of gospel music. My prayer is that many of the contemporary gospel musicians who have built off the foundation of GMWA will not completely overlook many of the classic choir tunes contained in sets like this.
4.5 stars, mostly for historical impact on the black choir tradition"