Rainbow in the Sky (SPCD-7015-2), Alex Bradford’s previous compact disc in this series, concentrated on alternate and unissued takes by the innovative gospel singer, pianist, and songwriter. This set, however, presents his greatest hits of the Fifties. It begins with 1953’s "Too Close to Heaven"; one of the biggest selling gospel records of all time, this emotion-gripping Bradford ballad also had a marked effect on the musical direction taken by Ray Charles at the time. Mixed in with the hits are seven never-released songs, including a moving 1958 meeting between Bradford and the awesome Bessie Griffin.
Too Close to Heaven; Lord, Lord, Lord; He Lifted Me, I Don't Care What the World May Do, He Leads Me Safely Through, God Is All (take 7), Just the Name of Jesus, Right Now, Don't Let Satan Turn You 'Round, Life's Candlelight, He'll Wash You Whiter than Snow; Oh Lord, Save Me; Holy Ghost, Crossing Over Jordan (take 2), If Mother Knew, I Dare You, I Can't Tarry, Without a God, Safe in Jesus' Arms (take 7), The Meeting Ground (take 5), What Did John Do, There's Only One Way (To Get to Heaven) (take 1), What Folks Say About Me, The Truth Will Set You Free (take 2), God Searched the World, The Lifeboat, The Man Is Wonderful, Move Upstairs (take 1), This May Be the Last Time