Bill & Gloria Gaither and Their Homecoming Friends - Southern Convention Songs

Published Thursday 1st July 2004
Bill & Gloria Gaither and Their Homecoming Friends - Southern Convention Songs
Bill & Gloria Gaither and Their Homecoming Friends - Southern Convention Songs

STYLE: Southern Gospel
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Spring House SHD2463
RELEASE DATE: 2003-09-05
RRP: £5.99

Reviewed by Dave Brassington

The cover with its mid-'50s sepia photograph sets the tone for this long running (22 tracks) but rather dull and boring album. Presumably the idea is that these songs are those the Gaither's grew up with, but there is nothing really exciting about most of the album. There is nothing unpleasant, but the songs that I know have been done much better by other artists. For instance "Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem" I first heard from the old time country group, the AL Phipps Family, and this became even more popular when Emmylou Harris recorded it on her Christmas album. "His Hand In Mine" was the title track of Elvis Presley's first gospel album and it is much better by the star. Several other songs like "I'd Rather Have Jesus" and "I'll Meet You In The Morning" have been done so much better by other artists, the latter has even become a standard in bluegrass quartet singing. Even the Gaither's themselves have done "Looking For A City" in a much more exciting manner than on this album. Not one of the Gaither's better releases.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. All The Day Long [Listen]
2. Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem [Listen]
3. Get On The Happy Side Of Living [Listen]
4. He Will Surely Make It All Right [Listen]
5. He's A Personal Savior [Listen]
6. His Hand In Mine [Listen]
7. I Have A Song Inside [Listen]
8. I Just Steal Away And Pray [Listen]
9. I Know He Heard My Prayer [Listen]
10. I'd Rather Have Jesus [Listen]
11. I'll Meet You By The River [Listen]
12. Jesus Is Mine [Listen]
13. I'll Meet You In The Morning [Listen]
14. Just Over In The Glory Land [Listen]
15. Looking For A City [Listen]
16. My Savior First Of All [Listen]
17. That Glad Reunion Day [Listen]
18. Miracles Will Happen On That Day [Listen]
19. The Dearest Friend I Ever Had [Listen]
20. The Prettiest Flowers Will Be Blooming [Listen]
21. We'll Soon Be Done With Troubles And Trials [Listen]
22. When They Ring The Bells Of Heaven [Listen]

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Product Description
Featured here are 22 songs performed in their original harmonies. And these songs – meticulously recorded by Bill Gaither and Ben Speer – have a history! Ben Speer’s father, Dad Speer, taught these songs in gospel singing schools when they were first composed and performed.

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