The Southern Gospel “live” album has gone extinct. Today’s Southern Gospel listeners will not be treated, by today’s artists, with pure live Southern Gospel albums. If an artist decides to release a live album nowadays, the vocals are mostly over dubbed in the studio anyway. The artist should just release a studio recording instead of wasting their time and our time.
One thing that set up the great live albums of the past was the introduction given by the emcee of the program. I thought I would provide a montage of what I consider to be the best Southern Gospel album introductions of all time. If you had to pick the best Southern Gospel live album introduction, which would you choose?
- And Friends Live – Dixie Melody Boys (1982)
- Lift The Roof Off – Hinsons (1984)
- Chattanooga Live – Kingsmen (1977)
- Alabama Lightning – Wilburns (1990)
- Live At Fayetteville Community Church – Bishops (1988)
- Performance – Oak Ridge Boys (1971)
- All Access Live – Tony Gore & Majesty (1996)
- Live…Naturally – Kingsmen (1981)
- Live At Murray State University – JD Sumner & Stamps (1975)
- Wanted Live – Happy Goodmans (1971)
- On Stage – Statesmen (1960)
- Come Fly – McGruders (1990)