Mary McKee & The Genesis - Simply... Mary McKee & The Genesis: By The Rivers Of Babylon

Thursday 9th December 2004
Mary McKee & The Genesis - Simply... Mary McKee & The Genesis: By The Rivers Of Babylon
Mary McKee & The Genesis - Simply... Mary McKee & The Genesis: By The Rivers Of Babylon

STYLE: Country
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12293-1359
LABEL: Kingsway KMCD2593
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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Sample Track Listing:
1. By The Rivers Of Babylon [Listen]
2. He Came A Long Way [Listen]
3. Life Is For Living [Listen]
4. He Came In Love [Listen]
5. Book Of Life [Listen]
6. Just One Look [Listen]
7. Signs Of The Times [Listen]
8. Which Way's The Light [Listen]
9. Hold My Hand [Listen]
10. Guess Who Moved [Listen]
11. Help Me [Listen]
12. Heavensong [Listen]
13. I Am Loved [Listen]
14. Step Across The Line [Listen]
15. He Was There All The Time [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Chukwuemeka Caleb in Enugu, Nigeria @ 21:58 on Oct 24 2014

In deed i am so glad that my heart desire is already in recognition by many. I had search for Mary Mckee's profile in the wikipedia, but could not be found yet, she and her team are the overall best of both the late century and the contemporary world Christian musicians. Unlike the noisy but little or no inspired Christian songs today, her songs are ever alive to this day. All your comments are purely truthful. God bless you all and above all God bless you madam Mary Mckee. Amen.

Posted by Jonathan Ukavwe in Warri, Nigeria @ 00:19 on Jul 31 2014

Mary Mckee and the Genesis are a blessing to us Christians. My parents used to play her songs when I was much younger. Today I'm 25 and the songs never get old. These are the personalities we would love to see being interviewed on TBN and not all the mainstream gospel artistes we see today. I'm also shocked Mary Mckee doesn't have a profile on Wikipedia! Christians really have a lot of work to do. She is greater than many circular musicians yet she isn't so popular on the internet. Her songs never get old. We all should promote her as often as we can. Thanks. My life without Christ is Shattered Dreams.

Posted by Charles Nakpodia in London @ 23:04 on Jul 27 2014

Mary Mckee has and is still an instrument of inspiration to me, as a young christian in the 80s i used to listen to her songs and they really encourage me in my faith in Christ and even today 27.7.14 i am at work just listening to her songs on youtube.
I do not know if she's still alive, God bless her and her genesis team.

Posted by Dave in B @ 15:25 on Jul 11 2014

Wow, I'm so excited to read that Mary McKee is still alive. Please where is she and why has something not been written about her life on the internet. I guess such could be a source of inspiration for many. God bless you ma. Your music is truly inspirational and really does not grow old nor wear out.

Posted by Michael Fanibi in United States @ 17:17 on Jun 21 2014

Please can i buy this music I've been looking for them for long

Posted by norah mccann in antrim @ 23:16 on Oct 27 2013

I think of mary a lot these days don't know why...we were good work friends and while I was broken hearted over a boy I would get her to sing all the sad songs for me we were only 15 or 16 at the time....mary is one of the nicest people anyone could meet and anyone who knows her love her....god bless you mary.

Posted by Solomon Ani in Enugu. Nigeria @ 15:45 on Oct 18 2013

Oh, these songs were inspired by God and they touched the lives of millions in my area. today we don't hear such songs any more. Please play them all the time and you will see God working wonders in your life.

Posted by adedeji alabi in Abuja, Nigeria @ 05:06 on Jul 6 2013

Mary and her team are God sent , delivering His message through their songs. u can never be tired of listening to these songs over and over again. Would love to have a compilation of all these songs together in whatever format. God bless her team for their contribution to the Christian faith.

Posted by John Rowlands in Harrogate, North Yorkshire @ 12:27 on May 8 2013

My wife Audrey and I were Superintendents of the Sandes Soldiers' Home on the Palace Barracks, Hollywood during the troubles during the 1970's. We shared the gospel with the many troops stationed with us using the Genesis recording over the fanboy system in the main canteen. Mary's lovely voice was like a fresh cleansing flow to us all when the province was passing through heartache. I have an old cassette recording that "brings back the springtime". Thank God for the gospel!

Posted by William Rea in Whitehead @ 02:23 on Jan 27 2013

I played keyboards with Mary for a while and what a lovely lady she was to perform with. I am devastated to learn today of the death of her husband will. What a true gent and one of the nicest men I have ever met.Geat family man and businessman but had time for everyone. My thoughts are with Mary and the family tonight.

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