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The Imperials Sing the Classics (1984)

Updated: Mar 9


The Imperials Sing the Classics is the 29th studio album by the Christian music vocal group The Imperials. Released in 1984, this would be their final album on the DaySpring label as they switched over to the Myrrh label on Word Records the following year. The Imperials were celebrating their 20th anniversary with this release by singing four-part harmony of their early years, especially with bass singer and founder Armond Morales who's been with group since the very beginning and tenor Jim Murray since 1966.


The Imperials Sing the Classics is an album of covers as they sing classic contemporary Christian music songs from the 1970s to the early 1980s with production by Neal Joseph and arranged and conducted by Don Hart. The Imperials Sing the Classics peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. This album has never been released on CD or available digitally, although the track "Because He Live" is the only track available in both formats in their 1996 2-CD compilation album Legacy (1977 - 1988). A YouTube link to listen to the album is posted below this article.


The Imperials have also released a concert video The Imperials: 20th Anniversary Concert on VHS in 1985 performing a catalog of their greatest hits featuring this line up, up to that point.


Track listing


1. Home Where I Belong (Pat Terry) -3:25

2. We Are the Reason (David Meece) -4:00

3. Easter Song (Annie Herring) -2:20

4. El Shaddai (Michael Card, John Thompson) -4:41

5. We Shall Behold Him (Dottie Rambo) -4:51

6. Because He Lives (Bill and Gloria Gaither) -4:26

7. Through it All (Andraé Crouch) -3:45

8. The King is Coming (Bill and Gloria Gaither, Chuck Millhuff) -3:40

9. Praise the Lord He Never Changes (Stormie Omartian, Ron Harris) -4:00

10. Rise Again (Dallas Holm) -3:55


Personnel


The Imperials:

Armond Morales -bass, vocals

Jim Murrary -tenor, vocals

Paul Smith -lead, vocals

David Will -baritone, vocals


Previous release: Side by Side (1983)


Listen to The Imperials Sing the Classics here:

Watch the live concert special The Imperials: 20th Anniversary Concert here:


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