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Background Track: "Let Me Tell It" by Commissioned (lead vocals: Keith Staten and Fred Hammond; written by Fred Hammond; track from their album The Commissioned Reunion Live!)

On October 26, 2001, seven out of the twelve total Commissioned members reunited in an evening of some of the greatest Commissioned hits from albums I'm Going On to Matters of the Heart. This album remakes 27 of their hits, and also shows how their voices have matured a bit.

Overall, this album is pretty nice, but I do have a few complaints/dislikes.

  • The first one was that this album didn't include "Love Is The Way", which is my favorite Commissioned song (if you listen to the Commissioned Reunion 2nd CD, at the end of I Can't Live Without U, you can hear some guy hollering "Love Is The Way', play 'Love Is The Way'...Ah man, no 'Love Is The Way'!" -it was funny! -but I know how he feels)  If only this song had've been included, I would've been alright!
  • The second thing was that it only included 7 out of 12 Commissioned members - I'm still wondering why. The Reunion featured members Karl Reid, Mitchell Jones, Fred Hammond, Keith Staten, Michael Williams, Marvin Sapp, and Marcus Cole, but didn't include keyboard/piano/organ players Michael Brooks, Maxx Frank, and Eddie Howard, Jr., nor did they include singers Montrell Darrett or Chris Poole (I would've loved to see at least Michael Brooks, Maxx Frank, and Montrell Darrett included) If the rest of the Commissioned singers were there including Parkes Stewart, Commissioned's singing would've been more harmonius on this album, especially on "I Am Here" - this song could've way been better as far as harmony, like the first version from the Commissioned album State of Mind was much better as far as harmony goes.
  • The third thing that I didn't like is that they didn't include songs from later albums Irreplaceable Love or Time and Seasons, and didn't even include some of the best songs from Matters of the Heart, like "Stand" in which Marvin Sapp is tight! "Love Is The Way" (I mentioned this earlier), "I'm Learning" which happens to be one of my Commissioned favorites and includes Parkes Stewart, and "You Can Always Come Home" which includes Run-DMC and Chuckii Booker. I would've rather seen any of these songs in the Commissioned Reunion than "When Love Calls You Home" - this song isn't really one of Commissioned greatest hits in my opinion. I'm hypothesizing that they just didn't have enough room for these songs or those from later albums to be included on the Commissoned Reunion album (they have to fit it on tapes as well as CD's) - but that was just a guess.
  • The fourth is that they should've included (should include) some of the songs that they sung at the Reunion, such as "No More Loneliness", and "If My People" on the Reunion album or an album that they make in the future.
  • The fifth is that "Running Back to You" was too long -but I liked it still - it was enjoyable. On "Ordinary Just Won't Do" I would've rather heard Keith Staten take the lead at the middle as he did on the original recording, and I would've enjoyed it more if the drumbeats were kept the same as in the original. 

Some of my favorite songs and stuff I like about this CD is the song "You've Got A Friend", especially the drums and percussion in the beginning - played by Michael Williams and Radical For Christ's drummer Marvin McQuitty. They Were Snapping! I also like the horns in general, especially on "King of Glory"! "Let Me Tell It" sounds way better than the original - Keith Staten and Fred Hammond were a hit! The beginning of "So Good to Know" was nice! On "Victory", I loved the harmony of the drums, horns (Mo'Horns), and bass guitar.

Sample Songs: (from cdsampler.com)
 
Disc One:
 
 
Disc Two:
 

Here are links to some Commissioned related sites:
 
www.fhammondpresents.net - Fred Hammond's website.
www.mitchelljonesonline.com - Mitchell Jones' website.
www.marvinsapp.com - Marvin Sapp's website.
www.gospelflava.com - Gospelflava.com - nice. 
www.verityrecords.com - Verity Records' new website, finally upgraded.
www.yahoogroups.com/commissionedfanclub - Commissioned Fan Club - it was surprising to see my site listed on its main page as a reference site.

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