108. At the Foot of the Cross – Various Artists
AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS (1991)
Before “City on a Hill” there was a record so utterly stunning, breathtakingly majestic and lyrically profound, that all the other worship records that would follow would pale in comparison. “At the Foot of the Cross” is really an amazing masterpiece that no fan of CCM or worship music should be without.
The brainchild of The Choir with Steve Hindalong’s Scripturally solid and provocative lyrics and help from Daniel Amos’ Rob Watson and Greg Flesch in musical and vocal arrangement, ATFOTC features the finest alternative artists in CCM at the time performing beautiful and awe-inspiring songs with perfection.
A “trinitarian” record of sort, the album is divided into three part lyrically (The Mystery, The Atonement and The Inspiration) the songs recount the promise of a Messiah and His work on the cross that afforded redemption. The trinity also finds representation in the title of Clouds, Rain, Fire. Musical influences range from classical to world music with Celtic, rock, pop and Gospel intertwined to create a record both stirring and completely listenable.
Guests include Julie & Buddy Miller, Victoria Williams, Mike Knott, Pam Dwinell Miner, Bob Bennett, Derri Daugherty, Bill Batstone and an all too short yet glorious rendition of the traditional “My Redeemer Lives” by Mark Heard. Heard would pass away just a few weeks after the release of the album.
The follow up album is also wonderful and both opened the door for both similar releases like Noel and City on a Hill as well as laid a groundwork for alternative and rock artists to enter in the worship the circle.