178. One More Song For You – The Imperials
ONE MORE SONG FOR YOU (1979)
Always a progressive and groundbreaking Gospel music group, the Imperials are the most successful “franchise” in Gospel Music history. Numerous Doves and Grammys, unknown number one hit, best selling albums and several gold records hanging from walls. They played with Elvis and were the first Christian Music group of any stature to integrate by adding Sherman Andrus of Andrae Crouch fame.
But as the 1970’s were coming to a close the group added Russ Taff and the group exploded to become the biggest thing in the burgeoning CCM scene. Produced by Michael Omartian and a decided focus on the amazing blues vocals of Taff, One More Song For You became a classic. Filled with some of the biggest songs of the ear it is nearly a “Greatest Hits” package all unto itself.
Kicking off with “What Can I Do For You” and “I’m Forgiven,” these two songs set a foundation of a moster album. Drawing from the current influences of the Bee Gee’s (Living Without You Love), America (Eagle Song), Ambrosia (More Like You) and Hall & Oates (What can I Do For You), they even covered a Darrell Mansfield rock classic in “Higher Power.”
Omartian gave the album an authenticity that kept them group from sounding like a Southern Gospel Quartet trying to be “cool,” and Taff took the spotlight seriously and pushed the envelope vocally. Few albums from the era possessed the production credibility and strong performances the group was afforded and they made it count.