Ten Cathedrals Songs that Should be Brought Back

During their 35 years on the road, the Cathedrals probably recorded somewhere around 700 individual songs. Many of them are still being sung by groups today, but there are a number that aren’t but should be.

Naturally, a number of Cathedrals alumni still on the road would do excellent renditions of their own songs. So to make this post a little more creative, let’s just look at artists without Cathedrals alumni members.

  1. “When the World Looks At Me” (The Prestigious Cathedral, 1984). The lyric and melody, originally featuring Roger Bennett, would fit the Collingsworth Family to a T—particularly their female trio configuration.
  2. “I Don’t Want to Live No More Without Jesus” (Something Special, 1982). The jazzy accompaniment has been the only way we’ve known the song for so long that it might be hard to reiimagine it, but . . . picture it with the simple guitar strum and mountain harmonies of the Chuck Wagon Gang.
  3. “The Lamb Has Prevailed” (Climbing Higher and Higher, 1990). If the Mark Trammell Quartet doesn’t want to revisit the song, Voices Won could use their tight sibling harmonies to make this song come alive once more.
  4. “God is God” (Goin’ in Style, 1988). This uptempo convention song with a spiritual-style groove would fit the Dixie Echoes’ classic style.
  5. “I’ve Never Been This Homesick Before” (Keep on Singing, 1979). The Rambos’ trio version, and similar covers of the song, are familiar to most Southern Gospel fans. But the Cathedrals’ arrangement, reinventing the song as a bass solo, is too good to be forgotten. Joseph Brown and the Diplomats would be among the best possible choices to bring this one back.
  6. “Mighty the Lord” (Statue of Liberty, 1974). This song is so good that it’s amazing nobody is still singing it. The Kingsmen would be quite solid on this song (especially if the producer remembered to include the requisite snare drum.)
  7. “He the Pearly Gates Will Open” (I’m Nearer Home, 1970). During the Cathedrals’ first decade on the road, much of their material was familiar. Their hauntingly beautiful arrangement of this classic hymn, featuring George Younce, could not be delivered better than by Randy Byrd and the rest of the Blackwood Brothers.
  8. “Next Time We Meet” (The Prestigious Cathedral Quartet, 1984). If the Crist Family ever does an all-acapella project, this would be a perfect closing track.
  9. “Following In His Footsteps” (Travelin’ Live, 1986). Two words: Gold City. Need I say more?
  10. “We Have This Moment” (Easy on the Ears, Heavy on the Heart, 1976). Thematically and musically, this song fits the Booth Brothers.