I Know It Was the Blood - Shirley Caesar, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle
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Overview Shirley Caesar is a living legend who is admired and tremendously respected in both the gospel and pop/R&B music worlds. With Shirley Caesar and Friends, her 37th album in a career spanning over five decades, she delivers the gospel, singing with top artists, Kirk Franklin, Dottie Peoples, Oleta Adams and more. Shirley Caesar and Friends marries the power and passion of Shirley Caesar?s vocals with each guest artist and a musical style ranging from hand clapping traditional to contemporary choir-inflected church gospel.
SONG TITLE 1. Starting All Over again 2. i'm ready 3. just a closer walk with thee 4. you are my friend 5. i'm gonna wait 6. hurting woman 7. i'm blessed 8. we praise you lord 9. i know it was the blood 10. home
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Studio: Word Entertainment
Record Label Word Entertainment
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2003
Publisher WORD ACCT# W41160193
ISBN 0012220744 ISBN13 9780012220740 UPC 080688600822
Reviews - What do customers think about Shirley Caesar and Friends?
Excelled Excellance Feb 10, 2005
Pastor Caesar has an atointing that can be felt in her cd. She is truly an inspiration and extremely energetic. If you have never seen her in person, go! Her energy outmatches some of those 20 years younger than her. If you can't get tickets to one of her concerts or performances, just go to her church in Raleigh 'cause she sings there too, and preaches the Word of God. I enjoyed her entire cd except for the I Know It Was The Blood.
Great Versatility Apr 26, 2004
I have never really been that much of a Shirley Caesar fan, but this CD is the bomb. I was first introduced it because of "I'm Ready" featuring Kirk Franklin. I am a youth choir director and my kids simply love the song. I listened to the rest of the CD and was pleasantly surprised. Pastor Caesar is much more versatile than I ever realized and I'm glad for this CD which shows her ability to do contemporary and old time gospel. The only song I didn't like was the one with Faith Evans. That was a reach. Way out there. The praise song with Kim Burrell is AWESOME!! More my taste.
Shirley Ceaser, You Shoulda Left Some of Your Friends.. Apr 22, 2004
Shirley Ceaser is annointed, but to me she a woman that stand alone by yourself. I felt some of your annointed was lacking from her friends..A few songs that I like are I'm Ready, with Kirk Franklin, I Know It Was the Blood, with Gladys Knight and Patti Labelle, and I'm Blessed, but without Dottie Peoples. As I'm not a fan of Dottie PEoples, which I know she pretty good singing some of her own songs..But that song wasn't for her, and Shirley proved it on the BET Gospel Celebration, that she can do it all by herself.
I felt that she should of let Patti out of her own song, she kept on drowning Shirley out, or they should of just let that song out. That song with Oleta Adams, STarting All Over Again, Faith Evans Hurting Woman , and Desmond Pringle Just A closer Walk with Thee. They was alright, but they would been more powerful if sung by herself..And Kim Burrell...Lawd, I gave it 3 stars just for Shirley Ceaser annointed.
Awesome!! Mar 8, 2004
Paster Shirley Caesar is truly the greatest gospel singer of this time and this very moving album is more spiritual than ever.
Anointed and Anointing Dec 9, 2003
This project was in the making for quite some time as I heard about it frequently for the last several years. Shirley Caesar has been a major listening in my household from my grandparents to my mother always listening to her. Though it took me a while to fully respect her anointed and anointing, I always knew even when I was much younger that this lady was truly blessed by God. Songs such as STRONG MAN, HE'S WORKING IT OUT, NEXT IN LINE FOR A MIRACLE and I REMEMBER MAMA are trademark bringin' thru the storm kinda songs. Her appearance on Kirk Franklins' 2002 REBIRTH project of CAUGHT UP is one of the best tracks on the CD done as only Shirley could do. At 65, it amazes me and simply lets me know that God is still blessing her and her voice as she handles the material well. It is not necessarily her singing but she is being used as a vessel.
STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN- Duetting with Oleta Adams who gets lost in the mix once Shirley lets loose. This empowering and very optimistic song is one to lift anyone out of the pits who needs to know that they can begin anew that their life is not ending no matter what: of disease, circumstance or age. There is still hope with God and these women definitely let that be known.
I'M READY- Kirk Franklin and his choir appear here on this song which sounds alot like something off of Kirk's REBIRTH CD. The song also sounds like something from other famous choirs. The song just speaks about being ready to live righteous for God. Shirley who enters with perfect pitch and conviction really tears into this song. Wait until the bridge where she just sings "Im Ready". There is something about that that touches me.
JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE- with Desmond Pringle who hails from Chicago. He actually used to sing at my church all the time. This enlivened song adds some extra touches to the original, slower version. Nevertheless, the message is not lost about desiring to be closer to Jesus.
YOU ARE MY FRIEND- Shirley duetting with my favorite singer- Patti LaBelle- on one of her trademark songs is probably the reason I bought this CD. They both do a good job on this song while Patti just sits back and lets Shirley go buck wild. She also adds her trademark bellowing vocals here and her famous "da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da" note in nasal tone but Shirley dominates this cut.
I'M GONNA WAIT- Featuring the Caesar Singers and the Greater Grace Temple Community Church Choir, this song which also sounds like something that Kirk would do also works well. It is a smooth midtempo that speaks on waiting for God to move and do His will. Blessings come when one waits on God!!
HURTING WOMAN- Duet with Faith Evans has alot of passion to it. They both sound good together on this song and Faith does very well. Watch for this fantastic vocal run she does toward the end. The song speaks about a hurting woman which is so many people out there so many can relate to this.
I'M BLESSED- with Dottie Peoples, this old school Gospel like song that is so appropriate for Shirley and Dottie who is a Gospel veteran in her own right. Being blessed is something we all are in one way or another and this song speaks on that. It brings out the many blessings that we take for granted.
WE PRAISE YOU LORD- One of those Praise and Worship songs with one of the greatest Gospel vocalists who is so impassioned- Kim Burrell. This song is so powerful about just sitting aback and praising God for who HE IS not what He does. Two of the most powerful vocalists coming together here is so welcoming, encouraging and positive.
I KNOW IT WAS THE BLOOD- A trio of Gladys Knight, Shirley herself and Patti LaBelle. The ladies do a very good job here on this song that just speaks of the blood of Jesus. Gladys' soulfulness, Patti's mournful soprano wailing and Shirley's gritty conviction adds so much to this song. It is tremendous hearing it and I know it was even more spiritual seeing it live. The ladies do so well that you know God was with them without a doubt.
HOME- Shirley closes out the CD by herself singing about nothing but that place where we all look forward to in one way or another even if it is just searching for world peace. She speaks about going home to Heaven where we all want to go in one way or another.
This is definitely an anointing and anointed CD that everyone needs to hear.