Best Of 2014 – #15

L5The best of 2014 rolls on today with the album and recorded song ranked 15th among the best of the year.

The first quartet album finds its way on the count down today.  Legacy Five released their newest effort, Great Day, back in March 2014.  If you read the mega review (linked) and see that I gave this album a no on the ‘must buy’ scale, you may question how the album is ranked 15th among the best albums released in Southern Gospel music in 2014.

When I do individual artist reviews I always rank the group’s newest effort against their entire body of work.  When I am compiling this annual list I am ranking all the albums released in a given year against each other.  As a result, that is how Legacy Five’s, Great Day made the top twenty.

While there are some weak moments on the album, the strong moments more than make up for it.

Personal favorites from this recording include:  “He Heals”; “Christ Is Still The King”; “So Many Things”; “He Is To Me”; “Who Is This Man” and “Only The Living”.

KingsmenWhen the books close on the year 2014 in Southern Gospel music, there is no one that will be able to argue that the Kingsmen released one of their best albums of the last decade with Battle Cry.

There are several songs that could have made this top 20 list, but when the dust settled two songs from the recording did make the list.  The first, to land at 15 among the best recorded songs of 2014, is the Rebecca J Peck penned tune; “I’ve Never Seen The Righteous Forsaken”.

Chris Jenkins tenor work on the entire song is classic Kingmsen and Bob Sellers lead vocals takes the song to another level.

Here is a YouTube clip (published by The Kingsmen – Topic) of the audio version from Battle Cry of “I’ve Never Seen The Righteous Forsaken”.  Enjoy!

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