Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - God Bless The USA

Published Sunday 11th August 2013
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - God Bless The USA
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - God Bless The USA

STYLE: Southern Gospel
RATING 4 4 4 4
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 126623-19441
LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD6335
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2012-06-26
RRP: £7.99

Reviewed by Dave Brassington

This is a release which is very difficult for those of us on this side of the Atlantic to get our heads around! God and patriotism in song is something in Britain we find difficult to cope with, let alone enjoy. Obviously since the attacks of 9/11 this sort of release has been fairly constant from our American friends, so we just have to think about the music. Unusually for a Gaither release it only features 12 tracks, but it opens brightly enough with the Woody Guthrie folk classic "This Land Is Your Land" by a big Gaither ensemble. The Gaither Vocal Band then perform "America The Beautiful" which does nothing for me. The John Denver country classic "Back Home Again" gets a good airing before Ivan Parker gives us "God Bless The USA". The rest of the album continues in this vein with a mixture of patriotic pieces and a couple of classic hymns "Amazing Grace" and "Rock Of Ages". As both these very well known and familiar hymns are from Britain, this only goes to make this more of an oddball collection. No doubt this will sell in the States, but as far as Britain is concerned you would have to be some dyed in the wool Gaither devotee to go out and buy this.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. This Land Is Your Land [Listen]
2. America The Beautiful [Listen]
3. Back Home Again [Listen]
4. God Bless The USA [Listen]
5. What A Wonderful World [Listen]
6. A Few Good Men [Listen]
7. Amazing Grace [Listen]
8. I Pledge My Allegiance [Listen]
9. Lean On Me [Listen]
10. Love In Any Language [Listen]
11. God Bless America [Listen]
12. Rock Of Ages [Listen]

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Product Description
This all-American musical scrapbook offers a salute to all the things that make America great.

Hosted by Bill Gaither, God Bless the USA features an all-star lineup of beloved artists singing songs that honour the USA’s very foundation – faith, hard work and community.

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