The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
“Praise The Lord!
When you’re up against a struggle that shatters all your dreams; and your hopes have been cruelly crushed by Satan’s manifested scheme; When you feel the urge within you to submit to earthly fears, Don’t let the faith you’re standing in seem to disappear…
Praise the Lord!
David in the book of Psalms said “I will praise the name of God with a song, and I will magnify Him with thanksgiving.” Music belongs to God for He is its Author. With these thoughts in mind I give you the music of this album to God and trust He will use it to uplift your heart and draw you closer to Jesus. Solomon in the book of Proverbs 3:4,5 tells us “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
Praise The Lord,
I’m going to skip that intro stuff and leap right into the review, okay? OKAY!
So, the album opens with the song “Praise the Lord” and let me start by saying a few things, 1. I love this song, 2. Kathy doesn’t have that typical ‘dwarf voice’ (See: Wizard of Oz), 3. Kathy sings amazingly. Kathy is truly talented. Next up is “Oh What a Saviour” – it’s hard to describe what I am hearing, it has like the same orchestration as a Tammy Faye record, but the vocals are above and beyond anything I’ve ever heard before in my life. Then comes “Rise Again” and for some reason, I was expecting a Queen-style piano solo at the beginning, but nope. I do forget what other album I’ve heard this song on, oh well, new favorite version right here. Kathy and her backing singers are beautiful. The song is amazing, and Kathy is talented. Then comes “By the Time They Find Me Missing” – which is a very odd name, but the song is actually about Kathy dying and going to Heaven. That’s cool. She sings it greatly, and the backing singers are amazing too. 10 points. I keep hearing one male Baritone voice, and I keep hoping it’s her husband. So, the A-Side closes with “He is Worthy” and although it’s a slow song, Kathy does deliver it well, so we ain’t gonna dock points for that. Kathy is so talented it hurts. (Me, not her.)
The B-Side opens with “Step into the Sunshine” and it too, is amazing like the tracks on the A-Side! Then comes “It’s My Desire” (Originally wrote about on the Joyce record) not sure who does the better version, both are truly amazing pieces of art! In conclusion, this song is amazing. Doesn’t matter who sings it, it still comes something beautiful. “Give Them All” comes up next, and look at that, another amazing song on an amazing album. I’m so glad I got two Kathy Clark albums! Then comes “The Wind is Blowing Again” and once more, Kathy proves her amazing talent, and the song is quite interesting, I’d definitely have paid to see Kathy perform live. The album ends with “Amazing Grace” – which is a hard enough track to cover as it, but Kathy does it, and makes it amazing!
In conclusion, I’ve tried finding as much information as possible on Kathy but fail to find anything besides information on her son, Ronald. (See Interesting Facts Below.)
Not so much an interesting fact with the album exactly, but if you look at the back cover picture of the Clark family. The Asian son grew up to actor Ronald Lee Clark. Just Sayin’.
A1 – Praise the Lord
A2 – Oh What A Saviour
A3 – Rise Again
A4 – By the Time They Find Me Missing
A5 – He is Worthy
B1 – Step Into the Sunshine
B2 – It’s My Desire
B3 – Give Them All
B4 – The Wind is Blowing Again
B5 – Amazing Grace
AAS-12139 (Front cover lists it as MNS-33-8005)
Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Recorded at Associated Recording Co. OKC. 73107
Engineer – Carl Warren
Producer – Dale McCoy
Musicians – Associated Recording Musicians
Other Albums I Own by Kathy Clark:
Born to Sing for the Lord