Various Artists

House of Gospel Anthology: The 70's

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Commercial gospel music changed tremendously in the 1970s as the vocal with piano accompaniment style of the '50s and '60s gave way to more ornate and elaborate instrumentation and the appropriation of various market-tested pop techniques. Gospel stars learned to embrace rock, as Danniebelle Hall does here with "I Go to the Rock," and the personal, as Tramaine Hawkins does here with "Changed," embellishments that didn't necessarily lead to better gospel. It's worth noting that the best track on this collection of '70s gospel tracks is the Barrett Sisters' version of "I'll Fly Away," which features gorgeous harmonies with only hand clap backing, a clear throwback to the earlier gospel styles.

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