At the Foot of the Cross

Vol. 1: Clouds, Rain, Fire

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There is no other record out there like this one, except for maybe Vol. 2 of this series. No other praise & worship album goes to such lengths to make one want to praise or worship. The songs are simply beautiful, with masterful string arrangements by Rob Watson and brilliant vocal arrangements by Daniel Amos' secret weapon, Greg Flesch. A brainchild of the members of the Choir, this is a meditation on the trinity -- and there is a "trinity of trinities" present, so to speak. The first of these is obviously Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but then there are the three orders of the Mass -- Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei. And with a modern spiritual take on the trinity, there is Clouds, Rain, and Fire. Special guests abound, including Phil Keaggy, Victoria Williams, Mark Heard, and the Aunt Bettys' Mike Knott. The only track that sounds remotely like the Choir is "When the Sun Fades," featuring their signature spooky sound, groovy bassline, and Derri Daugherty's vocals. Notable is the country-influenced Victoria Williams, Julie Miller, and Buddy Miller trio on "Sanctified." The classic hymn "My Redeemer Lives," featuring Mark Heard, is another beautiful track, made even more endearing by Heard's untimely death shortly after the release of this album. The three liturgical pieces give the recording the meditative feel it aspires to. This is the premier desert island album for the devout.

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