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The Very Best of The Imperials (1981)

Updated: Mar 9

The Very Best of The Imperials is a compilation album by the Christian music vocal group The Imperials, released in late 1981 on DaySpring/Word Records.

It is a collection of The Imperials' best songs from the Russ Taff years 1977 -1980, covering their last four albums Sail On, Heed the Call, One More Song for You and Priority. The album also contains a never-before-released track "Same Old Fashioned Way" written and performed by baritone singer David Will recorded in 1976. It would later be featured on The Lost Album in 2006. The track is produced by recording artist-producer Gary S. Paxton. The Very Best of The Imperials peaked at number two on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart.

Track listing

1. Living Without Your Love (Tom Hemby) (from One More Song for You) -3:26

2. I'm Forgiven (Michael Omartian, Bruce Hibbard, Hadley Hockensmith) (from One More Song for You) -3:55

3. I'd Rather Believe in You (Michael and Stormie Omartian) (from Priority) -3:33

4. Bread on the Water (Bill Grine, Janny Grine) (from Sail On) -3:12

5. Praise the Lord (Brown Bannister, Mike Hudson) (from Heed the Call) -3:35

6. One More Song for You (Michael and Stormie Omartian) (from One More Song for You) -4:37

7. Oh Buddha (Mark Farrow) (from Heed the Call) -3:30

8. Same Old Fashioned Way (David Will) (previously unreleased until 2006's The Lost Album) -5:00

9. Sail On (Chris Christian) (from Sail On) -2:50

10. Eagle Song (Russ Taff, Tori Taff) (from One More Song for You) -3:12

11. The Trumpet of Jesus (Michael and Stormie Omartian) (from Priority) -3:47


The Imperials:

Armond Morales -bass, vocals

Jim Murrary -tenor, vocals

Russ Taff -lead vocals

David Will -baritone, vocals

Production credits

Chris Christian -producer (tracks 4, 5, 7 and 9)

Michael Omartian -producer (tracks 1 -3, 6, 10 and 11)

Gary S. Paxton -producer (track 8)

Previous release: Priority (1980)

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