Land Of The Lost….Songs

goldcity1987movinup150As I had my music library on shuffle again the other day, another new series was born.  How many times are great songs overlooked on a specific album because a much more popular song garnered all the attention.

Today, starts a new series titled Land of the Lost….Songs.  It came to be when my music library decided to play Gold City’s “Midnight Cry” and “The Search Is Over” back to back.  It just so happens both songs are found on the group’s award-winning 1987 recording, Movin’ Up.

Any long time listeners of Southern Gospel know the song “Midnight Cry”.  Some may not realize it spent six months at #1 on the Singing News chart in 1988.  It became the song of the year in 1988 as well.  The song still seems as popular today, some 27 years later.

What I am about to say many readers will consider heresy, but after hearing both of those songs back to back that day, I believe “The Search Is Over” is a better song than “Midnight Cry”.  Ronny Hinson and Mike Payne had come together several years earlier to pen one of the biggest Southern Gospel songs of the 1980’s with “When He Was On The Cross”.  “The Search Is Over” happened to be another collab from this songwriting duo, that if not for “Midnight Cry”, could have been another big hit.

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One thought on “Land Of The Lost….Songs

  1. You are right! And I had forgotten about this song. It would probably have been a single had it not been another Ivan ballad from the same record.
    Your observation brings another observation of mine. You are no doubt suggesting someone bring this one back. What I’m noticing when groups record songs from other albums such as this, you and other reviewers seemingly dismiss these newer recordings of old songs (that often were not radio singles) as “covers”–which kinda has a negative connotation.
    I have been considering this for some time every time I see that term used. For instance, if say the Old Paths were to record Midnight Cry, yes, that would be a cover. But Gold City recording Never Too Broken To Belong that Lordsong recorded a few years prior would not be considered a cover because A. Lordsong didn’t make it popular and B. Gold City did.
    So it bothers me when I see a review of an album where a song is deemed a “cover” just because another group recorded. My point is I think the term is over-used. I’m probably the only person it bothers.
    Think back to the SG of the 50s and 60s when multiple groups would record the same songs. Even in the early days of the SN chart, you’d see more than one group charting the same song. Maybe SG would actually have more of an impact if this happened more often to make a song popular rather than making a group popular. I see this happening today in (dare I say it) modern Praise & Worship music with multiple versions of the same song.

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