Smack Down!! “My Hope Is In The Blood”

One of the most popular features on Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row in the early days of the blog was a feature, song covers Smack Down.  It has been nearly a year since the last Smack Down.

Today we look at a Primitive Quartet original, “My Hope Is In The Blood” and pit it against the recent cover of the song by the Perrys.  Primitive quartet member Reagan Riddle wrote the song.  Which version comes out on top.  You decide.

  • Artist:  Primitive Quartet
  • Album:  My Hope Is In The Blood
  • Release Year:  1990
  • Featured Vocalist:  Norman Wilson

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  • Artist:  Perrys
  • Album:  Testament
  • Release Year:  2017
  • Featured Vocalist:  Libbi Stuffle
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Smack Down!! – “We Are Not Ashamed”

hissong2006watchingandwaiting150One of the most popular features on Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row in the early days of the blog was a feature, song covers Smack Down.  It has been over a year since the last Smack Down.

Today we look at the current single from the Taylors, “We Are Not Ashamed”.  The song was first recorded by HisSong in 2006.  Geron Davis wrote the song.  Which version comes out on top.  You decide.

  • Artist – HisSong
  • Album – Watching And Waiting
  • Release Year – 2006
  • Featured Vocalists – Ensemble

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  • TaylorsArtist – Taylors
  • Album – Hope And Healing
  • Release Year – 2016
  • Featured Vocalist – Ensemble

Smack Down!! – “Since You Gave Me A Song”

hinsons1974glimpseofglory150This week’s smack down feature highlights the recent cover by Jay Parrack and Vocal Event of the Hinsons, “Since You Gave Me A Song”.

This Kenny Hinson penned tune was originally recorded by the Hinsons in 1974 on the LP, Touch Of Hinson, Glimpse Of Glory.  Which version comes out on top.  You decide.

  • Artist – Hinsons
  • Album – Touch Of Hinson, Glimpse Of Glory
  • Release Year – 1974
  • Featured Vocalists – Kenny Hinson (1st Verse)

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  • vocalevent2015whispers150Artist – Jay Parrack and Vocal Event
  • Album – Sometimes He Whispers
  • Release Year – 2015
  • Featured Vocalist – Anthony Hallman (2nd Verse)

Smack Down!! – “Black And White”

thesingingamericans1985This week’s smack down feature highlights the recent cover by Triumphant Quartet of the Singing Americans, “Black And White”.

This Danny Bunnelle/Dave Clark penned tune was originally recorded by the Singing Americans in  1985.  Which version comes out on top.  You decide.

  • Artist – Singing Americans
  • Album – Black And White
  • Release Year – 1985
  • Featured Vocalists – Dwayne Burke (1st Verse)

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  • triumphantqt2015harmonymaxArtist – Triumphant Quartet
  • Album – Living In Harmony
  • Release Year – 2015
  • Featured Vocalist – David Sutton (2nd Verse)

Smack Down!! – “Another Time, Another Place”

PattyThis week’s smack down feature highlights the recent cover by Amber Nelon Thompson and Michael English of Sandi Patty and Wayne Watson’s, “Another Time Another Place”.

This Gary Driskell penned tune was originally recorded by Patty and Watson on Sandi’s 1990 recording, Another Time…Another Place.  Which version comes out on top.  You decide.

  • Artist – Sandi Patty
  • Album – Another Time…Another Place
  • Release Year – 1990
  • Featured Vocalists – Sandi Patty/Wayne Watson

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  • amber2015justsingmaxArtist – Amber Nelon Thompson
  • Album – Just Sing
  • Release Year – 2015
  • Featured Vocalist – Amber Nelon Thompson/Michael English

Smack Down!! – “Greatest Of All Miracles”

Jim Brady TrioOne of the most popular features of my blog when I first started was my smack down feature.  I thought it would be time to get back to that.  Artists are always covering songs from prior decades to keep this feature alive for years.

I made a bold statement in my review of the Jim Brady Trio’s, A New Chapter, recording last week that their cover of Squire Parsons classic, “The Greatest Of All Miracles” was one of the best I’ve heard.  Let’s put that to the test.  In this week’s smack down feature, I will pit the Jim Brady Trio’s cover of “The Greatest Of All Miracles” against Gold City’s original cut.  You decide which is better.

  • Artist – Jim Brady Trio
  • Album – A New Chapter
  • Release Year – 2015
  • Featured Vocalist – Melissa Brady

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  • goldcity1983readitagain150Artist – Gold City
  • Album – I Think I’ll Read It Again
  • Release Year – 1983
  • Featured Vocalist – Brian Free

Smack Down!! – Kingsmen: Round 2

kingsmen1987mississippilive1502015 sees the return of one of the blogs most popular features; Smack Down.  Coming off the heels of a great 2014, I thought it fitting the first Smack Down of 2015 should feature the Kingsmen.  Two of the group’s biggest live recordings pitted against each other.  A musical mash-up of each album is provided.  Vote on your choice.

  • Album – Mississippi Live
  • Release Year – 1987
  • Vocal Line Up – Garry Sheppard (tenor), Jim Hamill/Arthur Rice (lead), Ed Crawford (baritone), Ray Dean Reese (bass)
  • Song List – (1) “Inside The Gate” (2) “Look For Me At Jesus Feet” (3) “We Will Sing” (4) “Satisfied” (5) “Holiness Fire” (6) “When We All Get To Heaven” (7) “Tell Everyone You Know” (8) “When Mama Prayed (Heaven Paid Attention)” (9) “He’s Coming” (10) “He’s Still Living”  (11) “Stand Up (reprise)”

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  • kingsmen1983alabama150Album – Live At The University Of Alabama
  • Release Year – 1983
  • Vocal Line Up – Ernie Phillips (tenor), Jim Hamill (lead), Wayne Maynard/Ed Crawford (baritone), Ray Dean Reese (bass)
  • Song List – (1) “Shoutin’ Happy” (2) “I’m So Glad” (3) “More Excuses” (4) “Child, Child” (5) “Bound For The Land Of Canaan” (6) “Angels Camping All Around Me” (7) “When Crossing Time Shall Come” (8) “Saints Will Rise”

Smack Down!! – Dixie Echoes – Round 1

It has been way too long since the last smack down feature.  I want to bring this series back on a regular basis.  This week brings round 1 for the Dixie Echoes.  Listen to sound bytes from each album and vote for the one you think should triumph.

  • dixieechoes1970shadesofthought250Album – Shades Of Thought
  • Release Year – 1970
  • Vocal Line Up – Larry Ford (tenor), Dale Shelnut (lead), Joe Whitfield (baritone), Ken Turner (bass)
  • Song List – (1) “Reunion In Heaven” (2) “Ship Ahoy” (3) “I’m Free” (4) “Hide Me Rock Of Ages” (5) “Sheltered In The Arms Of God” (6) “Come In The Prayer Room” (7) “Walk With Me” (8) “I Can Tell You The Time” (9) “Until You’ve Known The Love Of God” (10) “It’s In Your Hands”

 

 

 

 

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  • dixieechoes2005newchapter250A New Chapter
  • Release Year – 2005
  • Vocal Line Up – David Robinson (tenor), Randy Shelnut (lead), Randy Shelnut, Jr (baritone), Tracy Crouch (bass)
  • Song List – (1) “River Of Jordan” (2) “After All” (3) “Close To The Master” (4) “Roll Away Troubled River” (5) “Until You’ve Known The Love Of God” (6) “I’m Gone” (7) “The Riches Were Free” (8) “If He Said It, I Believe It” (9) “A God Who Is Aware” (10) “When The Power Of The Lord Comes Down”