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October 7, 1994 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It is a voice of unconstrained power and authority, a rampaging storm so forceful, so full of raw emotion and energy that it charges a room with unshakable electricity. It is a voice possessed of such muscle and abandon that it can actually frighten with its intensity, as if the sounds being produced were something a bit more than merely human. Joe Ligon is not a name that frequently comes up when discussing the great vocalists of the 20th Century, and this is an injustice.
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October 7, 1994 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It is a voice of unconstrained power and authority, a rampaging storm so forceful, so full of raw emotion and energy that it charges a room with unshakable electricity. It is a voice possessed of such muscle and abandon that it can actually frighten with its intensity, as if the sounds being produced were something a bit more than merely human. Joe Ligon is not a name that frequently comes up when discussing the great vocalists of the 20th Century, and this is an injustice.
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February 17, 1994 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For Joe Ligon, riding out a 34-year career of ups and downs has always been a matter of keeping the faith. Ligon is leader of the Mighty Clouds of Joy, a gospel group that has its share of high points--three Grammy Awards, a handful of hit R&B singles in the '70s--as well as some slow spells. The group, which blends classic gospel with contemporary pop flourishes, will perform at the Irvine Barclay Theatre tonight.
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February 17, 1994 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For Joe Ligon, riding out a 34-year career of ups and downs has always been a matter of keeping the faith. Ligon is leader of the Mighty Clouds of Joy, a gospel group that has its share of high points--three Grammy Awards, a handful of hit R&B singles in the '70s--as well as some slow spells. The group, which blends classic gospel with contemporary pop flourishes, will perform at the Irvine Barclay Theatre tonight.
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August 17, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It required one word to title Sunday's World Festival '99 concert at the Hollywood Bowl: "Hallelujah!" But it was a good one, and in principle a useful organizing theme for a concert devoted to the powerful energies in spiritual music from various parts of the globe. In practice, however, the program had a somewhat bifurcated quality. The first half, for example, had a quality that reached beyond language and into the use of spiritual music as the vehicle for an intense inner voyage.
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February 17, 1994 | RANDY LEWIS
The best gospel music doesn't just sing the praises of the kingdom of heaven--through heavenly harmonies and soul-stirring expressions of faith it can bring a glimpse of that kingdom to Earth. The Mighty Clouds of Joy have been providing such a musical portal for more than three decades now, and as anyone who's seen them live can attest, when they're on, they're as good as gospel ensemble singing gets.
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February 10, 1991 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rev. James Cleveland, the acclaimed "King of Gospel" whose voice was stilled recently by health problems, died Saturday of congestive heart failure, according to his manager, Annette Thomas. He was 59. Cleveland's singing style and commitment to excellence inspired an array of secular singers. Cleveland was admitted to Brotman Medical Center in Culver City on Thursday suffering from respiratory problems, Thomas said.
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November 22, 1987 | CHRIS WILLMAN
* * * 1/2 ARETHA FRANKLIN. "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism." Arista. "This is not a 'program,' this is a worship service," intones the Rev. Jesse Jackson, interrupting the music for some speechifying on Aretha Franklin's new live double album. In so many words, then, we're not to take Franklin's first gospel effort in 15 years as a mere entertainment --this is church .
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February 19, 1994 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If anybody had the inside track on musical inspiration, you'd think it would be a gospel quartet. That goes double for one as noteworthy as the Mighty Clouds of Joy. But in a performance Thursday that followed mighty clouds of rain across the Southland, the veteran quartet sang too often like modest patches of niceness.
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October 10, 1994 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Everyone knows that gospel music has had a heavy impact on popular music, particularly on the Motown sound and oth& B forms as well as the whole of rock 'n' roll. But just in case that fact had been forgotten, the Mighty Clouds of Joy reinforced the lesson when they blew into Orange Coast College's Robert B. Moore Theatre on Friday. The gospel-rock connection is a two-way street with the Mighty Clouds.
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April 7, 1988 | ROBERT BARR, Associated Press
Be thankful for the low spots and the dull narration in "Family Reunion--A Gospel Music Celebration." Without the low points, the voltage from this musical blowout might leave viewers writhing on the floor. Television sets might explode and fires break out across the land. "Family Reunion," appearing Saturday on the CBN Cable Network, offers two hours of hits from some of the biggest names in gospel music, including the Rev.
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