Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Because He Lives: Favorite Easter Songs

Published Saturday 23rd August 2014
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Because He Lives: Favorite Easter Songs
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Because He Lives: Favorite Easter Songs

STYLE: Southern Gospel
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 150680-22089
LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD8932
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2014-04-01
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Dave Brassington

This album is great! With the Homecoming Friends becoming a veritable Southern gospel production line even the most avid supporter of Gaither and their select bunch of friends can sometimes feel a certain déjà vu when faced with the latest Gaither Music release. But as it turns out, the songs here contain some of the most emotional and meaningful Christian lyrics ever! Beginning and closing with two truly timeless hymns, Robert Lowry's "Nothing But The Blood" and William Newell and Daniel Towner's "At Calvary", this is a musical and theological tour de force though one could criticise the inadequate packaging of this compilation for only telling us that these two songs were performed by "the Homecoming Friends" (though we are advised that the first hymn has Buddy Green on harmonica). Elsewhere we have "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross" and Larry Ford singing "The Holy City". Bill's original classic "Because He Lives" is here sung by the Gaither Vocal Band, as is "At The Cross". The Isaacs add some country class on "I Will Praise Him". On reflection I think there is one major omission on such a release: the non-selection of "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord". All in all though, some fine Easter music.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Nothing But The Blood [Listen]
2. When I Survey The Wondrous Cross [Listen]
3. Thanks To Calvary - I Don't Live Here Anymore [Listen]
4. The Holy City [Listen]
5. I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary [Listen]
6. Because He Lives [Listen]
7. The Old Rugged Cross [Listen]
8. I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked [Listen]
9. I Will Praise Him [Listen]
10. At The Cross [Listen]
11. I Will Sing Of My Redeemer [Listen]
12. At Calvary [Listen]

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Product Description
This Gaither Homecoming compilation features a stellar collection of twelve favourites from the Gaither Homecoming series that tell the Easter Story through music. Because He Lives includes a power-packed line-up of gospel music’s most-loved artists singing classic Easter favourites, including the title track, Because He Lives, as well as I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary, The Old Rugged Cross, and I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked among others. These meaningful favourites offer hope-filled reminders of the Resurrection Story to enjoy at Easter and any other season throughout the year.

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