If Rance Allen would become famous for camouflaging the religious content of his musical messages--launching a trend that continues to spark great debate in gospel music circles--the 14 early (1972-74) selections in this collection don't beat around the bush. God/Jesus Christ is the burning object of Allen's adoration, and he proclaims it throughout with every breathtaking multi-octave wail, even transforming the Stevie Wonder hit "For Once in My Life" and Archie Bell and the Drells' "There's Gonna Be a Showdown" into Christian testimonials. Other highlights include an impassioned rendition of James Cleveland's "That Will Be Good Enough for Me" and Allen's own "God Is Wonderful," which British author Barney Hoskyns has called "one of the most awesome falsetto performances ever recorded."
Everything Is Gonna Be Alright, Heaven Is Where the Heart Is, That Will Be Good Enough for Me, Up Above My Head, Greatness of God, Put Your Hand in the Hand, God Is Wonderful, Be True, God Is Where It's At, Mama, For Once in My Life, Harlem Heaven, There's Gonna Be a Showdown, Heartaches
with Steve Allen, Tom Allen, Esau Allen, Lester Snell, Bobby Manuel, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Al Jackson, Jr., Ronnie Williams, Willie Hall, Terry Johnson