Mary McKee & The Genesis - Simply... Mary McKee & The Genesis: By The Rivers Of Babylon
STYLE: Country RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12293-1359 LABEL: Kingsway KMCD2593 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 3 RELEASE DATE: 2004-12-03
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Reviewed by Dave Brassington
An unexpected re-issue that is a surprise and a delight!. Offered here is a three CD boxed set of recordings made in the '70s featuring the lilting Irish voice of Mary McKee and the equally fine backing by her group Genesis. These oldies prove that British musicians were capable of making good country recordings. I personally have fond memories of listening to Mary all those years ago and there is simply not a duff track on any of these CDs, which comprise a mixture of familiar items, eg, "By The Rivers Of Babylon" and the Glenn Campbell tune "Try A Little Kindness", with many less familiar. My one great disappointment with this release is that the accompanying sleevenotes only list the words to the songs, when I was really looking forward to reading a potted history of Mary McKee, how she came to faith, details of the recordings and what she and the group are doing nowadays. These recordings in my opinion still sound very good 30 years later and that is a tribute to the quality of the originals, and who knows, Mary may yet be tempted back into a recording studio? I certainly hope she does!
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