Timeless: The Selah Collection

Timeless: The Selah Collection

by Selah


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Timeless: The Selah Collection is a rarity by Christian music standards. For one, the genre isn't too polite to veterans or legacies of any kind, so you'd be hard-pressed to find comprehensive, handsomely packaged retrospectives celebrating an artist's musical heritage, however big or small that heritage might be. The thing is, Selah have only been around for a decade or so, so they're not quite due for a box set of this caliber. Even more peculiar is the fact that Selah sing inspirational music -- a niche of gospel music whose profile has decreased significantly since praise & worship took over airwaves and sales charts at the close of the 1990s. This downturn didn't deter Selah from pressing on and safeguarding their place as the most popular inspirational group in all of CCM, accruing more than a million discs in lifetime sales and earning Dove Award honors for each of their non-holiday, non-special event albums -- three albums in all. Timeless collects all three projects and adds a fourth disc of unreleased material, demos, and semi-exclusives -- nothing eye-opening, but a thoughtful inclusion nonetheless. Through the duration, Selah remain consistently inspirational, performing reverent, heartfelt classic hymns, church standards, and spirituals like only members Todd Smith, Nicol Sponberg, and Allan Hall can. (Sponberg has since left the group; short-lived replacement Melodie Crittenden shows up in a couple of songs on the bonus disc, while new member Amy Perry shines in a few others.) Their harmonies and methodology are never groundbreaking -- just dependable, earnest, and worshipful, just like inspirational music ought to be. The bonus disc and extensive liner notes are the only reasons for Selah diehards to get the whole set -- a few selections from the group's likable Christmas album would have certainly added some value to it. Overall, Timeless is not by any means essential, but it's still a nice little homage to Selah, as well as a nice gesture for those who are yet to catch up with the trio's church-friendly repertoire.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2007
Label: Curb Records
UPC: 0715187901124
catalogNumber: 79011

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Selah   Primary Artist
Russ Taff   Guest Appearance
Eric Darken   Percussion
Keith Thomas   Keyboards
David Angell   Strings,Violin,Concert Master,String Quartet
Steve Brewster   Drums
John Catchings   Strings,Cello
Dane Clark   Percussion,Drums
David Davidson   Strings
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Kim Fleming   Choir, Chorus
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Vicki Hampton   Choir, Chorus
David Hungate   Bass
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings,Cello
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Randy Melson   Bass,Percussion
John Mock   Human Whistle
Gordon Mote   Organ
Wendy Moten   Background Vocals
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Christian Teal   Strings,Violin
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Strings,Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar,Mandocello
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola,String Quartet
Kris Wilkinson   Strings
Nicol Sponberg   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Melodie Crittenden   Vocals
Todd D. Smith   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Monisa Angell   Strings,Viola
Karen Winkelmann   Strings
Matt Stanfield   Keyboards
Cate Myer   Strings,Violin
Tiffany Palmer   Background Vocals
Jeff Quimby   Percussion,Drums
Janet Askey   Strings
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen   Strings
Allan Hall   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Rodriquez   Guitar
Jason Kyle   Background Vocals
Shannon Forest   Drums
Greg Sponberg   Vocals
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar
Chris Leiber   Hammond Organ
Sarighani Reist   Cello,String Quartet
Jimmy Smith   Vocals
Kenneth "Scat" Springs   Choir, Chorus
Abby Smith   Vocals
Noah Hungate   Drums

Technical Credits

David Maddux   Arranger
Keith Thomas   Programming,Producer
James Hallawell   String Arrangements
Nicol Sponberg   Arranger,Producer
Melodie Crittenden   Author
Steve Dady   Engineer
Todd D. Smith   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Author,translation
Steve Smallman   Arranger
Joseph Scriven   translation
Matt Stanfield   Programming
Allan Hall   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Nicola Walker Smith   Arranger,translation
Jane L. Borthwick   translation
Jason Kyle   Arranger,Producer,Engineer

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