Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Greatest Christian Albums Ever?, Part Five

We come to the half-way mark on our look back on the 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music, as determined by CCM Magazine back in 2001. Once I pulled this book out of storage I thought it would be appropriate to revisit the list on The Night Beat and see how the list holds up to modern scrutiny.

The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music, 2001
Fifty Songs Down, Fifty to go. So far this has been fun. I hope I am stoking some serious music discussions as Festival Season gets underway. Don't get into any fisticuffs, but a good exchange of ideas is good for all.

Pages of Life: Chapters 1 & 2I wont say much this time around, but I will say that I don't think any Best Album List of any kind would have any kind of standing if it didn't have an album by Fred Hammond on it. Same with Kirk Franklin or at least one of the Winans. Gospel Music (not the Southern Variety) has been shaped by these artists, and if you are serious about the subject, you would acknowledge that. To CCM Magazines Credit, they do. Same with Andrae Crouch. I am every bit the typical white guy when it comes to music, except for my strong aversion to all things Country and Southern Gospel, and even I remember hearing Andrae Crouch and The Disciples growing up. Good Call there.

Circle SlideWhat the Winans or Andrae Crouch were to Gospel, The Choir are to the Christian Alternative scene. From their beginnings as Youth Choir with Voices in Shadows(1985) and Shades of Gray(1986) to their current release Burning Like the Midnight Sun (2010). The Choir has defined what alternative is. Current faves like Anberlin owe a lot to Steve Hindalong and Derri Daugherty. And not just alternative music but Christian Music in general owes a lot to these two. Where would the Modern Worship industry be today if it weren't for songs like God of Wonders. While the song had been redone by many artists over the years, the original writers were: Marc Byrd and Steve Hindalong (sorry folks, the answer was not Paul Baloche. Thanks for Playing). Stay with me, and as alway, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

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