|The Winans - Live At Carnegie Hall
|To Bill: Thanks for the picture!!
Background Track: "Tomorrow"
by The Winans; lead vocals: Carvin and Michael Winans; song written by Carvin and Deborah (Debra?) Winans; (from their album Live
At Carnegie Hall (copyright/produced by Qwest/Warner Brothers Records, 1988)
Live At Carnegie Hall
Qwest Records (distributed
by Warner Brothers Records) (1988)
ONE WORD - NICE. ANOTHER WORD - RARE.
This is one of the best Winans albums! It is definetly the best of The Winans' live recordings, with the exception
of a few tracks from their Live In Concert video, and Return: Live In Concert video (Live At Carnegie
Hall is where some of their live routines stem from). According to Gospelflava.com, Marvin Winans is even
looking for this album himself!
This album won The Winans a
1. The Opener -
- Their opener was also sung by Marvin Winans on their later
Return video, right before the song "When You Cry". Benjamin "Skip" Pruitt sounds good on
the accompanying Soprano Saxophone (which is a basis for the later recording of the song on their Return video.
2. Breaking of
Day - 4:13
of Day flows on right after the opening track. It doesn't quite have its Caribbean medley, but it
does sound better than the original. I like it!
3. Redeemed - 4:31
- This song sounds nice,
and includes the introduction of the musicians and of The Winans. Ronald Winans sounds pretty good!
4. A Very Real Way - 7:33
- I like the way that "A
Very Real Way" is setup. I like it better than the original "Very Real Way" (notice that the Live At Carnegie Hall
version is called "A Very Real Way" versus "Very Real Way", the title of the Let My People Go version.) If you
don't have the album, but do have their Live In Concert video, the two songs are structured similarly (only Live At Carnegie
Hall has a way better sound quality). This song sounds pretty good, and even includes the audience in the fun!
5. How Can You Live Without
Christ? - 5:53
- Thissong is
lead by Carvin & Marvin Winans, and differs from the orignal in that Carvin returns to the lead singing somre nice riffs.
Carvin sings this song, especially in the last half, where he uses riffs and scat in his singing. This is a must hear for "When You Cry" fans!
6. Let My People Go -
- This song is very similar
to the version played by The Winans at the 1986 Stellar Awards. This song is a could be a nice change up from the
regular version of Let My People Go, if you like synthesizers (played by Steven Ford).
7. Everything You Touch
Is A Song - 5:06
- This song resembles the
version from Live In Concert, and has parts sung by Michael, Carvin, Ronald, Marvin Winans. A Nice song.
8. Ain't No Need To Worry
- A nice version of The
Winans' Grammy-winning single! It features Carvin Winans singing the duet role with Marvin Winans instead of Anita
Baker. I like Dana Davis' drum intro. Too much talking by Marvin in the middle of the song, but I do like how the bass
guitar supports the song. The soprano saxophone played by Skip Pruitt makes this song sound a lot like the saxophone used
in the original Decisions version, versus the Return: Live In Concert version.
9. Millions - 8:37
- I think that Marvin messed
up the beginning of this song... ("If I", "Through-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo that city bright and fair") Marvin
really did oversing the beginning. Otherwise, the track was nice, but I wish that they had have kept the ad-lib "But
I Was" at the end.
10. Uphold Me - 5:46
- This song was lead
by Ronald Winans, and is similar to the version of "Uphold Me" that was sung on the Return: Live In
Concert video. The Caribbean music that it was put to would have sounded better with the lead guitar that they used
on the latter version added to it (That would have been really nice!)
11. What A Friend We Have
In Jesus - 4:52
- This is not a song that
was featured on one of the Winans' other albums, but it is a classic hymn. Marvin sings this song, and it was a smart idea
to include the audience in singing the song in a choral fashion (this is probably what helped them win a Grammy for this album).
12. Tomorrow - 5:44
- I have no complaints about
this song, It is nice!! It isof course lead by Mchael and Carvin Winans (and also contains a line which is sung by Marvin!!). This
is a really nice, Nice, NICE, NICE Song!!! Wow, wow, wow...
13. Restoration - 9:00
- So this album is why Restoration
seems to have two "versions". There is the original version of the song, and the "reprise" of the song, which I first
saw on The Winans' Live In Concert video, and later on their Return: Live In Concert video. On this song,
The Winans, led by Marvin, sing Restoration and even sing a sort of reprise version "I'm Glad About It", "I'll Sing About
It"... If you don't know what I'm talking about, listen to the song on The Winans' Live In Concert video,
or even listen to Vickie Winans' version.
album shows that it deserves the Grammy award that it received.
Saxophone: Benjamin "Skip" Pruitt
Keyboards: Benjamin Love
Synthesizers: Steven Ford
Drums: Dana Davis
Bass, Bass Synthesizer: Lanar "Kern" Brantley
Lead Guitar: Carl Robinson