I want to thank all my readers for participating in the search for Southern Gospel music’s best album of the 1980’s. We started with 64 of the best albums released during the decade and narrowed it down to the Cathedrals (Travelin’ Live) and the Singing Americans (Live And Alive).
When the dust settled, Travelin’ Live was crowned the best Southern Gospel album of the 1980’s. Here are the top 10 finishers based on total number of votes received during the entire competition.
Today, I want to get around to reviewing an album I missed getting to in 2017, the Greenes; Blessing.
It is great seeing Tim Greene continuing the Greene legacy that started in 1979. Traveling with siblings, Tony Greene and Kim (Greene) Hopper, the trio introduced hits such as “It Sure Sounds Like Angels To Me”, “Miracle In Me” and “When I Knelt The Blood Fell”.
The current edition of the Greenes is composed of original member and resident songwriter Tim Greene (lead), Keith Skiles (tenor) and Warren Finney (baritone).
The stand out track on Blessing is the up-tempo, “Take Me Home”. This song has classic Greenes written all over it. I can see the original trio performing this number.
Tim Greene doesn’t shy away from writing songs about the blood. “The Blood Stained Side Of The Cross” is another in a long line of great ‘blood’ songs from Tim’s pen.
Warren and Keith trade verses on a nice ballad, “He Chose Me”. If the group was thinking about releasing any song to radio from Blessing, this should be at the top of the list.
The only song on the album not written by Tim is the Andrus Blackwood classic, “Stones Throw Away”. The trio turns in a nice rendition of a song I haven’t heard in many years.
The album closes on a reflective note with the worshipful song, “Jesus”.
Strongest songs included in order: “Take Me Home”, “The Blood Stained Side Of The Cross”, “He Chose Me”, “Stones Throw Away”, “Jesus” and “Send A Little Rain”.
The current edition of the Greenes lack that powerhouse sound they had with a soprano vocalist in the trio.
On the same note, the Greenes legacy in Southern Gospel music shouldn’t overshadow what Tim Greene is still doing with the group.
Weakest songs included in order: “Just A Little Baby” and “Praise His Name”.
Thank you Tim Greene for continuing the Greenes long, rich heritage in Southern Gospel music.
SONG (tempo)/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:1. “Praise His Name” (Mid)/Ensemble; Warren – Tim Greene 2. “Send A Little Rain” (Fast)/Ensemble – Tim Greene3. “Power In The Cross” (Mid)/Tim – Tim Greene 4. “Just A Little Baby” (Up)/Ensemble; Tim – Tim Greene 5. “Stones Throw Away” (Slow)/Keith – Andrus Blackwood 6. “The Blood Stained Side Of The Cross” (Mid)/Tim – Tim Greene 7. “He Chose Me” (Slow)/Warren; Keith – Tim Greene 8. “Take Me Home” (Fast)/Ensemble – Tim Greene 9. “Arise My Love” (Slow)/Ensemble – Eddie Carswell 10. “Jesus” (Slow)/Tim – Tim Greene