Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - How Great Thou Art (Hymns)

Published Wednesday 9th January 2008
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - How Great Thou Art (Hymns)
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - How Great Thou Art (Hymns)

STYLE: Southern Gospel
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 29410-13146
LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD2726
FORMAT: CD Album
RELEASE DATE: 2007-09-30
RRP: £7.99

Reviewed by Allan Clare

Within 30 seconds the sweeping violins, brass and choir have dragged you into the chorus of the title track. Subtlety takes a back seat and off we go for over an hour of live hymnal worship. Scores of singers, musicians and choirs sing and play their hearts out on "What A Friend We Have In Jesus", "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms" and "It Is Well With My Soul" to name but three of the 16 evergreens performed here. These are NOT contemporary readings of the classic hymns, but they ARE heartfelt and atmospheric renditions and there are some quality vocals from the likes of David Phelps, the Crabb Family, Lily Fern Weatherford, Larry Ford, Wintley Phipps and Janet Paschal. And for theology rich in poetry, you can't beat some of the old hymns. As "God Leads Us Along" puts it: "Some through the water, some through the flood/Some through the fire, but all through the blood." If you like the sound of great hymns performed in the Gaithers' bombastic style of Southern gospel, then you will enjoy this.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. How Great Thou Art [Listen]
2. Down At The Cross [Listen]
3. Shall We Gather At The River [Listen]
4. God Leads Us Along [Listen]
5. God Will Take Care Of You [Listen]
6. What A Friend We Have In Jesus [Listen]
7. It Is Well With My Soul [Listen]
8. Fairest Lord Jesus [Listen]
9. I'd Rather Have Jesus [Listen]
10. O, How I Love Jesus [Listen]
11. Great Is Thy Faithfulness [Listen]
12. There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood [Listen]
13. What A Precious Friend Is He [Listen]
14. Since Jesus Came Into My Heart [Listen]
15. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms [Listen]
16. Thank You [Listen]

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Product Description
Featuring 16 popular hymns sung by The Homecoming Friends and a 23 piece orchestra.
Bill and Gloria Gaither have been busy again, this time in Nashville where they gathered The Homecoming Friends together to sing more of your favourite hymns and songs.
This release was recorded as a follow up to the popular 'Hymns' and 'Church In The Wildwood' recordings.
Over 150 friends were present including Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Lynda Randle, This Isaacs, The Martins, Ivan Parker, Janet Paschal, Russ Taff, The Crabb Family, Andrae Crouch, Jessy Dixon, Larry Ford, Joy Gardner, Brenda Lee, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Randy Owen (Alabama).

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