Golden Crowns of Louisville, KY Come Too Far

golden crownsThe Golden Crowns of Louisville, KY
Come Too Far
Sharp Records (2015)

By Bob Marovich

Dont let the flagrant typo on the cover and CD scare you away. This is a case when the book should not be judged by its cover.

As they demonstrate on their new Sharp Records CD, Come Too Far, The Golden Crowns of Louisville, Kentucky, are as good as any of the popular recording quartets on the road today. Their harmonies are tight, the lead singing crackles with emotion, the band is strong, though the use of synth in this and any gospel quartet, regardless of the talent of the player, results in a polyester sound that pulls from, rather than enhances, the musics authenticity.

Nevertheless, the seven-track EP opens powerfully with the title cut, a crowd-grabbing drive selection led by the shouting vocals of lead singer Howard McFadden Jr. Riffing on the come too far motive, Come a Long Way is sung with plaintive passion. Other selections traverse similarly traditional quartet territory, interjecting classic gospel clauses and phrases in songs about gratitude (Everything I Have), mother gone home (Waiting and Watching), and the day of ones salvation (Since I Met Jesus).

The Golden Crowns give the chestnut, Where Shall I Be (aka Where Shall I Be When the Last Trumpet Sounds) a smooth reading, suggesting the calm confidence of those who are spiritually prepared for the end of days.

The groups professionalism is explained during the introduction to a multi-song retrospective simply called The Medley. Here we learn that the Golden Crowns go back 77 years, first organized in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as the Shanklin Brothers.

According to the latest edition of The Gospel Discography, the Golden Crowns made one 45 each for the Wonderful and BJ labels. Seventy-seven years is a long time to be on the gospel highway, but heres hoping that the groups new CD attracts the attention of those who can take them the next mile of the way.

Three of Five Stars

Pick: Come Too Far

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