Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Homecoming Christmas From South Africa

Published Sunday 13th January 2008
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Homecoming Christmas From South Africa
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Homecoming Christmas From South Africa

STYLE: Southern Gospel
RATING 4 4 4 4
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 21094-11832
LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD2651
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RRP: £5.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Don't expect an African musical influence apart from a track by the African Children's Choir offering a version of "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands". This is largely as homespun American as you can get with the Gaithers' Homecoming Friends offering various Christmas songs with a few old hymns thrown in for good measure. Musically it's variable ranging from the always reliable Russ Taff and a fine version of "Blessed Assurance" by The Isaacs through to a pretty gruesome rendition of "Winter Wonderland" where Lynda Randle is helped out by her brother Michael Tait (dc Talk fans would really wince at this one). Ernie Haase & Signature Sound turn in a fine vocal on "Forgiven Again" while veteran Ben Speer shows he's some way past his vocal best on "Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem". Whether you will want this 2006 album when Christmas comes around again is open to some doubt.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Angels We Have Heard On High-Hark! The Herald Angels Sing [Listen]
2. Rejoice With Exceeding Great Joy [Listen]
3. Fear Not [Listen]
4. Tonight [Listen]
5. Winter Wonderland [Listen]
6. Look Who Just Checked In [Listen]
7. Forgiven Again [Listen]
8. Give It Away [Listen]
9. He's Got The Whold World In His Hands [Listen]
10. Bethlehem Morning [Listen]
11. Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem [Listen]
12. Jesus Is The King [Listen]
13. Blessed Assurance [Listen]
14. Higher Than Mt. Kilimanjaro [Listen]
15. Jesus, The Light Of The World [Listen]
16. Hallelujah Chorus [Listen]
17. Jesus, What A Lovely Name [Listen]
18. The Glorious Impossible [Listen]
19. The King Is Coming [Listen]

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Product Description
The first installment. A special Homecoming with a difference recorded in South Africa in conjunction with Franklin Graham and Operation Christmas Child.

Bill and Gloria Gaither and their Homecoming Friends along with evangelist Frankiln Graham, carried the message of God's love wrapped in a simple shoe box filled with necessities to the children of South Africa. Unforgettable moments of love and joy were captured on film as the children received their gifts and talked and sang with God's messengers from America.

Along with their involvement with Operation Christmas Child, the Homecoming Friends performed a special Christmas concert before a sold out crowd of enthusiastic gospel music fans.

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