Saturday, July 30, 2011

One More Song For You

The Imperials are an American Christian music group that has been around for over 47 years since their inception in 1964. As you can imagine there have been several line up changes through the years. Now homercat is not a religious cat in the normal sense of the word. I have my own faith and spirituality and I'm not a fan of any sort of organized religion. Having said that, I'm a huge fan of The Imperials because when I listen to their music, something happens inside of me that lifts and soothes my heart.  Don't ask me why.

The Imperials really started getting recognition when during the years between 1966 and 71 they recorded a lot with Elvis Presley and appeared  on his last two grammy award winning albums. In 1969 Elvis was embarking on his Vegas years and The Jordanaires who usually sang back up for the King didn't want to stray far from Nashville because of their studio work. Elvis hired The Imperials to be his backup singers, so from 1969 to 1972 these guys toured with Elvis. They finally had to part ways in 72 because of scheduling conflicts.

In Early 1976, the group hired baritone David Will, who would stay on for 23 years with the group, and soulful belter Russ Taff as their new lead vocalist. It was with the Taff-led outfit that the group found their biggest success, both with awards and on the charts. Mrs. homercat introduced me to these guys

[Mrs. Homercat interjects] [I saw The Imperials in Calgary at the Jubilee Auditorium in 1982 with my brother, sister-in-law, and sister.  My sister brought a second date to this concert and he was absolutely blown away ... between the horn section and the words of each song it was so beyond amazing.  I was heart-broken when Russ Taff left to pursue a solo career. The happy part of this is that I had several of their albums on vinyl ... though they spent several years in my parents basement. When mom & dad brought my record collection to us last year I rediscovered them and was so happy to introduce hubster to them.  I encouraged Homercat to listen to them, & one day he broke them out to rip them and this was the first one he ripped.]

By the end of the album I was hooked. The music On One More Song for You is in the soft pop rock vein and this Grammy nominated masterpiece is listed among CCM Magazine's best 100 Christian albums of all time. For very good reason as it really is a five star album. Highlights are I'm Forgiven, Eagle Song and the title cut. Since ripping their albums we listen to them a lot and I gotta thank the missus for making me listen to them. Check it out, you might be surprised. Don't let the cheesy looking album cover scare you away.

I'm Forgiven
Eagle Song
Buy It

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