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Beginnings by Richard Smallwood

Cross Rhythms Rating: 7/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Gospel, Album
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A compilation of tracks from 1987, 1988 and 1990 albums.

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  1. 1. He's Able
  2. 2. I Give You Praise
  3. 3. Holy Holy
  4. 4. I Will Pray
  5. 5. The Center Of My Joy
  6. 6. Holy Spirit
  7. 7. You Did It All
  8. 8. Calvary
  9. 9. Joy Will Come
  10. 10. I've Come Too Far
  11. 11. Vision
  12. 12. You Better Mind
  13. 13. Your Love Divine
  14. 14. The Glory Of The Lord
  15. 15. The Lord's Prayer
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Reviewed by Stephen Luff

The Richard Smallwood Singers were formed in 1977 but it was in the late '80s when they reached their peak with three albums produced for Word Records, 'Textures' (1987), 'Vision' (1988) and 'Portrait' (1990), which supply the material for this 15-track compilation. Leaving aside the observation that 'Beginnings' is a pretty inaccurate title for a composer/choir director who has been recording albums (not represented here) since 1982, I can report that the funky "He's Able" opens the album with a great feel, which continues with tracks like "Holy Holy" and "Vision" with its enjoyable classical opening! The only downside to the album is that time has not been kind in terms of the production values and arrangements and a number of tracks have a distinct '80s feel, for example "I Will Pray" with its slap bass and electronic drums. Best cuts are the uplifting "Your Love Divine" and the inspiring "Center Of My Joy" written by Richard alongside Bill and Gloria Gaither. Richard's songwriting has been a blessing to many and down the years he's made a pretty big impact on black gospel music development. In truth, he deserves a more wide-ranging and thought through compilation than this one.

Style: Gospel
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 122979
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Word 080688851026
Items: 1
Release Date: 23 Jan 2012

A compilation of tracks from 1987, 1988 and 1990 albums.

Richard Smallwood's illustrious career began at Word Records with the release of three no. 1 albums; Textures, Portrait and Vision. This 15-song collection features the biggest hits and top fan favourites from these three records. For current fans, this compilation showcases the Beginnings of what is today, a stellar career!

Richard Smallwood Singers - PortraitRichard Smallwood Singers - Portrait
Gospel 12 inch vinyl


For more information about Richard Smallwood, check the Richard Smallwood Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)

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