This week starts the new feature; ten on ten. I will rank what I consider an artist’s 10 best recordings and then offer ten thoughts on those recordings. This feature came about as a result of a conversation I had regarding the Kingdom Heirs recent release, We Will Stand Our Ground. This friend of mine and I had varying opinions on the recording. I wasn’t impressed with this recent effort while this friend of mine thought it was one of their better recordings. I kept listening to determine if I missed something. I finally asked my friend, are we listening to the same album? Does this album really stack up to the group’s body of work?
So, the Kingdom Heirs kick off this inaugural feature. I want this feature to allow, you, the reader to offer insight on what you feel to be an artist’s best albums to counter my thoughts.
The Kingdom Heirs ten best albums are:
- Going On With The Song (2003)
- True To The Call (2007)
- Forever Changed (2004)
- Anchored (1997)
- City Of Light (2000)
- Forever Gold (1995)
- Pure Gold (1988)
- Off The Record: A Tribute To The Sensational Statesmen (2006)
- The Journey Home (1999)
- Extraordinary (1992)
- The Kingdom Heirs have had two strong recording periods in their career. From 2003 to 2007 was their strongest followed by 1995 to 2000.
- Going On With The Song edged out True To The Call as the Kingdom Heirs best recording based on song selection.
- “Forever Changed” remains one of the best recorded songs of the Kingdom Heirs career.
- The group’s 1988 recording Pure Gold was my first introduction to the group. “Test Of Time” was the group’s first big hit.
- I’m rarely sold on greatest hit, tribute albums etc. The group’s tribute to the Statesmen was one of the group’s best recordings. Probably the most traditional sounding recording of the group’s career.
- The best David Sutton (Tenor), Eric Bennett (Bass) era recordings were Anchored, City Of Light and Forever Gold.
- The late ’90s edition of the Kingdom Heirs were reminiscent of classic Kingsmen.
- The Strickland (Tenor), Inman (Lead), French (Baritone), Bennett (Bass) recording Extraordinary deserves to be among the group’s ten best recordings. “I Can See Heaven” alone propels this recording passed current recordings.
- The group’s last two recordings, When You Look At Me and We Will Stand Our Ground does not stand up to the Kingdom Heirs body of work.
- The 1995 recording Forever Gold is the forgotten gem by the Kingdom Heirs. Listen to this recording again if you consider We Will Stand Our Ground one of the group’s better recordings.
**NEXT UP ON TEN ON TEN: THE HAPPY GOODMANS**