Harvey Watkins Jr - It's In My Heart: Live In Raymond, MS Audio Samples Available

It's In My Heart: Live In Raymond, MS by Harvey Watkins Jr

Cross Rhythms Rating: 8/10
CD: Album
Tags: Gospel, CD, Album, Recommended, Top Rated
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One time member of the Canton Spirituals recorded live in church with many guests.

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  1. 1. You Brought Us
  2. 2. All Of My Help
  3. 3. Be Careful
  4. 4. Be More Like You
  5. 5. Its In My Heart
  6. 6. Blessings Keep Coming
  7. 7. Grateful
  8. 8. Everything I Need
  9. 9. We Need Your Help
  10. 10. Because I Love You
  11. 11. God Kept Me
  12. 12. Its Gonna Be Alright
  13. 13. Its In My Heart
  14. 14. America He Beautiful
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Reviewed by Philip Crawley

Before James Brown, Sam & Dave and a thousand more misappropriated the call and response sound of the black churches our brothers and sisters in the African American church knew there was power in this style of worship. Harvey Watkins Jr (ex of The Canton Spirituals) proves it is still the case by serving us up 14 tracks of raw gospel power. For the most part these are songs recorded in a worship meeting with numerous other vocal talents including Doug and Melvin Williams, Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson and Paul Porter, "the miracle man" of The Christainaires. Others such as Rev MJ Williams, The Spring Hill Centre Choir and the quartet Purpose also join in. You'll find no surprises in the orchestration with the mighty Hammond featuring heavily bringing great power and tenderness. The opener "You Brought Us" sets the tone with the vocalists taking turns to lead the congregation. My highlight is "Be More Like You" with its message of reliance on Jesus but there's no way you can listen to any of these songs without stomping your feet, clapping your hands or nodding your head. The vocals are tight and each song is filled with love for the Lord. The recording is so obviously done in church with the ambient mics  picking up plenty of congregational shouting and crying but that is where an album like this is set apart from some of the sterile recordings you hear from other "live" events. As if to confirm this the penultimate track is a studio version of "It's In My Heart" and it sounds a bit lame next to the live cut. "Live gospel worship like only black Americans can do - can I get a witness?"

Style: Gospel
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 9507
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Verity 012414322425
Release Date: 2004

One time member of the Canton Spirituals recorded live in church with many guests.

From Harvey Watkins Jr comes 'It's in My Heart - Live in Raymond'. Inludes the tracks 'Everything I Need', 'God Kept Me' and 'Be Careful'.

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