Triumphant Quartet released their new album, The Greatest Story, on April 9th, 2013. Early indications show this new album to be a custom recording by Triumphant. Whether Mansion Entertainment plans to distribute the album later is an answer I don’t have.
The Greatest Story is a 15 song collection filled with traditional Southern Gospel quartet music. The album doesn’t tackle any new ground musically but offers Triumphant fans what they have come to expect from the reigning Southern Gospel quartet of the year.
Song list: (1) “Because He Loved Me” – Traditional (PD) (2) “I Go To Calvary” – Gene Ezell, Terry Franklin, William Maggart (3) “Thomas Never Doubted Again” – Rodney Griffin (4) “Take It From Me, Meshach” – Rodney Griffin (5) “He Was There All The Time” – Gary Paxton (6) “No Such Thing” – Phil Cross, Mark Lanier (7) “He Would Do It All Over Again” – Jeff Bumgardner (8) “There’s A Fountain” – Rebecca Peck, Daryl Williams (9) “Heaven Will Be Mine Someday” –
Squire Parsons Scott Inman, Dianne Wilkinson (10) “I Saw The Light” (Instrumental) – Hank Williams (11) “I Can’t Help But Smile” – Scott Inman, Dianne Wilkinson (12) “Jesus Is The Anchor” – Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey (13) “I’ve Got Confidence” – Andrae Crouch (14) “If You Had The Only Key” – Tim Lovelace (15) “The Greatest Love Story” – Ricky Goodman, James Payne
- I like a variety of styles and this CD has quite an assortment from the country-flavored songs to songs with light instrumentation that lets the piano work shine through to songs with the bigger orchestral tracks. Quite a few of the songs used instrumentation that I would say lends itself more to the country side. Is that a weakness or a highlight? For me, a highlight!
- The Greatest Love Story was previously recorded on Triumphant’s own Past to Present project and I think the updates they have made to the song make it worthy of the (almost) title track distinction.
- While it’s not a big highlight, the harmonica/piano duets are always enjoyed so much by the audiences at their live concerts that they frequently get standing ovations. I think that’s why I Saw the Light was included on this album.
- Triumphant Quartet doesn’t shy away from covers. At least half of The Greatest Story is filled with previously recorded songs. Eric turns in two of the best covers. They include the opening track, “Because He Loved Me” and the closing track “The Greatest Love Story”. Listeners may remember the latter being recorded by the Happy Goodmans on their 1990 Reunion album.
- Eric doesn’t leave off with those two selections. He also shines on the second verse of “There’s A Fountain”. This slow tempo reflective tune is a perfect fit for Eric.
- Scott continues to prove why he is one of the best male vocalists in Southern Gospel music right now. He is featured on the best new song on the album, “I Go To Calvary”. Father, Clayton isn’t left out as he is featured on another of the album’s best new songs; “He Would Do It All Over Again”.
- There are some really strong up tempo Southern Gospel quartet numbers. First on the list is “Jesus Is The Anchor”. If you listen close enough it sounds a lot like the Hoppers, “Hope”. The group also covers the Poet Voices barn burner “No Such Thing” and the Downings classic, “I’ve Got Confidence”. All three songs deserve several listens.
- A couple of the cover songs didn’t appeal to me too much. (“No Such Thing” was not one of them though! I love that little song!)
- Having a 15 song album means there will be filler. Such is the case with several selections, the biggest filler being the harmonica instrumental of “I Saw The Light”
- With all the big songs on The Greatest Story, I was surprised “Take It From Me, Meshach” was chosen as the first single. I consider this one of the weaker songs on the album along with “I Can’t Help But Smile”.
- YES – This CD contains an assortment of tempos and styles and has some great solo features. With this many songs, you’re sure to have several favorites!
- YES – While there was some filler on this 15 song collection, there is too much good to not give this a yes on the ‘must buy’ scale. I don’t doubt this will be one of the best-selling Southern Gospel quartet albums of 2013.