TBGB Pick of the Week: July 24, 2006

“Man in the Mirror”
The Williams Brothers and Their Superstar Friends
From the album SoulLink Live 3: Man in the Mirror

Blackberry Records’ superstar quartets do an admirable job covering Michael Jackson’s 1988 hit single, the latter which also featured gospel superstars, notably the Winans and Andrae Crouch. This time, the Williams Brothers, Canton Spirituals, Christianaires, Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs, and Hip Boot Joe provide the gospel flavoring. They replace Jacko’s trademark hiccup and vocal angst with soulful testosterone on a lyric that is inspirational and introspective.

“Man in the Mirror” is the main title for SoulLink Live 3, the latest step in Blackberry’s goal to eke every ounce of utility from the landmark December 2003 SoulLink performance in Atlanta, Georgia. No argument here: American Idols have come and gone since December ‘03, but the SoulLink sound remains fresh and relevant.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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