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Imperials Live (1978)

Updated: Mar 9

Imperials Live is the second live album by the Christian music vocal group The Imperials, released in 1978 on DaySpring/Word Records. Imperials Live was recorded at two venues: First Baptist Church in Waco, Texas and at the Kingsland Theater in St. Louis, Missouri to promote their 1977 album Sail On. There are three songs that The Imperials performed live for the first time on this album: "Sonshiny Day," "New Creation" and "I Love The Way You Love." Those three tracks were originally recorded in 1976 and would appear 30 years later on The Lost Album. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational at the 21st Grammy Awards. Imperials Live has never been released on CD nor available digitally and is produced by Chris Christian, Armond Morales and Buddy Huey. A YouTube link to listen to the album is posted below this article.

Track listing

1. Sonshiny Day (Ken Medema) -2:34

2. Bread Upon the Water (Bill Grine, Janny Grine) -3:16

3. Bread Upon the Water (reprise) -0:52

4. New Creation (Russ Taff) -5:47

5. Your First Day in Heaven (Stuart Hamblen) -1:39

6. Lead Me Gently Home Father (Will L. Thompson; arranged by Armond Morales) -3:17

7. I Love The Way You Love (John Lutz) -4:09

8. He Touched Me (Bill Gaither) -3:53

9. Sail On (Chris Christian) -5:03

10. How Great Thou Art (Stuart K. Hine) -2:40

11. The Old Gospel Ship (Traditional; arranged by Armond Morales) -3:07

12. The Old Gospel Ship (reprise) -1:42


The Imperials:

Armond Morales -bass, vocals

Jim Murrary -tenor, vocals

Russ Taff -lead vocals

David Will -baritone, vocals

Previous release: Sail On (1977)

Next release: Heed the Call (1979)

Listen to the live album Imperials Live here:

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