Andrae Crouch – 1978 – I’ll Be Thinking Of You
I’ll Be Thinking of You is a 1979 Gospel album by Andrae Crouch which was released on the Elektra and Light record labels. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.
Andraé Edward Crouch was an American gospel singer, songwriter, arranger, record producer and pastor. Referred to as “the father of modern gospel music” by contemporary Christian and gospel music professionals, Crouch was known for his compositions “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power”, “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)” and “Soon and Very Soon”. In secular music, he was known for his collaborative work during the 1980s and 1990s with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Quincy Jones as well as conducting choirs that sang on the Michael Jackson hit “Man in the Mirror” and Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”. Crouch was noted for his talent of incorporating contemporary secular music styles into the gospel music he grew up with. His efforts in this area helped pave the way for early American contemporary Christian music during the 1960s and 1970s.
A1 I’ll Be Thinking of You Introducing Kristle Murden 5:08
A2 I’ve Got the Best 4:50
A3 Touch Me 5:33
A4 Lookin’ for You 4:46
B1 Bringin’ Back the Sunshine 4:15
B2 Jesus Is Lord 5:50
B3 The Love Medley Introducing Howard Smith
a. There’s No Hatred 3:33
b. Let the Same Spirit 2:45
c. There’s No Hatred (Reprise) 0:52
B4 Dreamin’ 3:05
Andrae paved the way for the highly polished, progressive urban-flavored Christian music we listen to today. Most folks tend to forget that it was Andrae that helped legends like Walter Hawkins and the Winans kickstart their careers.
I used have this on 8-track back in the day until it melted from playing it too much. The album credits read like an All-Star Team of musicians and singers. Back then not many secular artists could get talent like this to play on their album, which further points to Andrae’s Q-ish influence and importance in the pantheon of American music pioneers. To get R&B icons like Stevie Wonder and Phillip Bailey of Earth, Wind, and Fire to participate on a gospel was unheard of back then. But having great musicians means little if you don’t have great songs, which are in abundance on this record. The title track and Jesus is Lord are noted favorites. But the Love Melody is simply awesome. And my favorite cut, I’m Just Looking for you, is a Jazz Fusion workout with a sweet saxophone solo to boot. A highly recommended, must-have classic!
By PASTOR G
I can’t even begin to tell you what this album meant to me back in 1979 as a 19 year old young man. Even when i play it today almost 35 years later, i still feel the same wonderful emotions as fresh as they were back then! We would rather listen to this album than “EAT OR SLEEP” It touched us deeply! Andrae Crouch was “THE STANDARD” in music period! There was no music more powerful than the anointed music of Andrae Crouch during that time. (NONE!) He was “THE REIGNING KING” and had been for the entire decade of the 70’s! He single handedly changed the landscape of gospel music and it’s worldwide approach! This album crossed all musical genre’s and boundaries. Touching and impacting the church world and the secular world! This album marked the beginning of my own musical career! It lit a musical fire under me that has not diminished to this day!!! There is not a bad song on this album. But then again, Andrae Crouch doesn’t have any bad songs! This man is a true musical genius! The “I’ll Be Thinking Of You” album was the pinnacle in contemporary gospel music. No one in gospel had ever done anything like it before! It seemed almost unreal. I, my family and friends played this album until it refused to play anymore!!!
THIS IS MY 2ND FAVORITE ALBUM OF ANDRAE CROUCH… My 1st is his 1981 “Don’t Give Up” album (THE GREATEST GOSPEL ALBUM OF ALL TIME!) the follow up album to this one. Don’t even let me get started talking about that “GOD SENT” album! At the time i thought Andrae wouldn’t be able to top his “I’ll Be Thinking Of You” album, but the “Master Genius” did it 2 years later with “Don’t Give Up”! What I “LOVE” about Andrae is that he sought to connect with those who didn’t know Christ and he packaged the message in something soooooo musically irresistible and innovative that the world couldn’t turn a deaf ear to. I LOVE THE MANS HEART! He understands clearly the evangelical concept of Jesus.(SAVE THE LOST) You can not deny that his music comes straight from the heart of God Almighty and penetrates the hearts of men, women, boys and girls around the world! YOU MUST GET THIS ALBUM NOW!!!!! What are you waiting for. GO! GO! GO! LOl…