Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Christmas With Bill and Gloria Gaither

Published Wednesday 2nd December 2009
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Christmas With Bill and Gloria Gaither
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Christmas With Bill and Gloria Gaither

STYLE: Southern Gospel
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 85525-16106
LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD2741
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2009-11-01
RRP: £11.99


Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Bill and Gloria's take on Southern Gospel with its copious use of middle of the road orchestrations and lashings of sentimentality makes this 2007 album a difficult set to listen to. There are some good songs and performances here: Lynda Randle brings some storefront church fire to "Go Tell It On The Mountain" while it's fascinating to hear Mark Lowry and The Gaither Vocal Band performing one of the best ever post-war Christmas songs "Mary, Did You Know?", a classic written by Lowry. But elsewhere this compilation contains some unbearable smaltz. Jake Hess mangles "White Christmas", The Homecoming Friends do a blander-than-bland version of "Angels We Have Heard On High" while Anthony Burger's "Deck The Halls/Jingle Bells/Feliz Navidad" medley is so florid that it will take the enamel off your teeth. For Southern Gospel sentimentalists only.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Angels We Have Heard On High - Hark The Herald Angels Sing [Listen]
2. Deck The Halls - Jingle Bells - Feliz Navidad [Listen]
3. Go Tell It On The Mountain [Listen]
4. What Child Is This- [Listen]
5. Mary, Did You Know- [Listen]
6. O Holy Night [Listen]
7. O Little Town Of Bethlehem [Listen]
8. White Christmas [Listen]
9. Winter Wonderland [Listen]
10. Rejoice With Exceeding Great Joy [Listen]
11. Silent Night, Holy Night [Listen]

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Product Description
Featuring Bill and Gloria Gaither and the Homecoming family, this compilation of classic Christmas favourites brings together familiar voices with the songs we all love to keep at the heart of our holiday memories.

Christmas at its most joyful is filled with remembrances of the One we celebrate. Whether through music, cherished traditions or time spent with loved ones, the Giver of Joy longs to be at the heart of our celebrations.

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