1) Lord Has Been Good 2) My Fathers House 3) Cant Help But Love Him 4) Standing Here 5) My Help 6) Salvation Is Free 7) I Made A Promise 8) Promise Shout 9) Redemption Draweth Nigh 10) Safe From Harm 11) I Shall Not Die But Live 12) Walking In My Season 13) Holy 14) He Never Fails
Record Label Entheos
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.04" Width: 5.61" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 8, 2005
Publisher CENTRAL SOUTH DISTRIBUTION
ISBN 0012328685 EAN 0000000864013 UPC 821177701824
Wow, thank God He spared Brother Winans to leave this last project for us! This truly blesses me each time I listen to it. From the beautiful "My Father's House" to the last 1 minute snippet, it's wonderful! Sure it's a bit raw and corners have obviously been cut from production, but when you get Pastor Allen and Shawn McLemore on the same mic, you're ready for a great showing out! Even BeBe's dedication "Safe" was splendidly done! I've been a follower of the Winans since their purple leather days (y'all remember Don't Leave Me) and have all five of Ron's CDs. I'm sorry that he left so soon, but boy am I glad he left this gem. Buy this CD, you'll be truly blessed!
God Bless the Late Ron Winans Jun 28, 2005
I am grateful to God that he allowed Ron Winans to record one last family and friends album before he passed away on June 17, 2005. This cd is a little raw on the production side, but the songs are from the heart of Ron Winans. My favorites are :Can't help but love him; My Help; I made a promise to you; Salvation is Free and I shall not die, but live. All of these songs are a testimony of God's greatness and how he works wonders in the lives of beleivers. God may have taken Ron away from us, but you can listen to his testimony through song. Buy this album!
A JOB WELL DONE!!!!!! May 27, 2005
WHAT CAN I SAY. RON WINANS HAS TRULY BLESSED MY HEART. I AM SO GLAD GOD SPARED HIS LIFE TO DELIVER THIS CD. RON REALLY BLESSED MY HEART ON THE BALLAD "I SHALL NOT DIE BUT LIVE". "I MADE A PROMISE" TOOK US BACK TO THE DAYS OF QUARTET; RANCE SUNG ON THIS ALBUM LIKE HE WAS IN HIS 20'S. HE SUNG LIKE ONLY HE COULD. CECE AND MARVIN SUNG "MY HELP" AND THIS CLASSIC JUST TOOK YOU INTO THE PRESENCE. BUT THE HIGHLIGHT WAS "SALVATION IS FREE" WHICH WAS SUNG BY VANESSA BELL ARMSTRONG SO YOU KNOW THIS IS OFF THE CHAIN. VANESSA GAVE A OPEN INVITAION TO ALL THAT LISTENED THAT MADE ME WANT TO GO BACK ON A ALTER. ALSO BEBE WINANS DID A WONDERFUL JOB ON "SAFE FROM HARM". THAT WAS AGREAT TESTIMONY TO THE LIFE OF RON THAT WILL MAKE U WANT TO CRY. THIS IS A ALBUM OF PROMISE AND A DIVINE MIRACLE.
Welcome Back, Ron Apr 4, 2005
It's been such a long time coming (ha-ha) to hear another wonderful album from Family and Friends. I have all of the Family & Friends from 1 through current collection. My favorites from this album are: "My Help" (with Marvin & Cece)--oh, so powerful and personal; "Can't Help But Love Him" (Marvin & Gladys Knight)--Gladys puts her naturally spiritual side into this one; "I Made a Promise" (Rance Allen does it again with his unique octaves)--spiritually moving and last but not least "I Shall not Die but Live" (Ron and Lena Starks)--a true personal testimony. "Salvation is Free" is nice; however too long--too much more time given on this selection than others (however, that's my "take" on the selection. I recommend this album--if you don't know the Winans -- or haven't had the chance to experience "Family & Friends," try this one!!
Indeed...A Celebration Mar 22, 2005
Ron Winans does it again...and we are proud to know that. After experiencing a near-death situation regarding his health in 2004, Ron Winans returns with a family reunion of some sorts; bringing together BeBe, CeCe, Marvin and some of Gospel's finest for a special live recording session at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.
Even though the productions comes off a lil' too raw, the project is bathed in richness - and not just because of the many wonderful artists that highlight each and every song - but because there is an intesity and a sincerity that marks this project; setting it aside from most gospel projects. Vanessa Bell Armstrong breathes new life in the Mattie Moss Clark classic, "Salvation Is Free"; while Antun Foster kills the organ on this track. Hearing Ledell Abrams on the drums once again is a joy, and Rance Allen wrecks the place on "I Made A Promise" while Marcus Cole, Shawn McLemore and Ron Winans backs him up in grand style. Gladys Knight reveals her true colors on "Can't Help But Love Him" with the magnificent Marvin Winans. There are great ballads here - and CeCe Winans joins alongside her brother, Ron, for an emotional ride on "My Help". And contemporary gospel fans will love the album opener, "The Lord Has Been Good", with its dashing drive and funk-based melody. And the Katinas, one of CCM's rising artist, brings their vocal powers to "My Father's House", co-written by Ron Winans. It's full of emotion and sure to uplift.
There is a lack of fast and uptempo songs, but the slow ballads are full of richness and power; enough to minister and satisfy for years to come. Thank God for this one. If we can only wait for the next reunion.