Bill & Gloria Gaither - Alleluia! The Praise Continues

Friday 1st April 1994
Bill & Gloria Gaither - Alleluia! The Praise Continues
Bill & Gloria Gaither - Alleluia! The Praise Continues

STYLE: Southern Gospel
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20909-16392
LABEL: StarSong SSD8801

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Back in 1973 Bill and Gloria Gaither, pioneers of Nashville praise wrote a praise and worship musical, sorry, a 'corporate worship experience', called 'Alleluia'. Now they've updated it though don't expect songs to now feature rock power chords, or funky bass lines. The updating is strictly for 'insp radio', that aspect of America's religious scene that demands lush, MOR stylings. So for the new orchestrations they've brought in arranger Lari Goss who's a dab hand with the violins, harps et al. The Gaither Chorale do a stirring job on the choruses with various guest vocalists popping up. These are of the highest quality (Cynthia Clawson, Russ Taff, Sandi Patti, George Beverly Shea, Mylon LeFevre and Yolanda Adams). Many of the tracks feature spoken intros, usually Scriptures. Parts are very moving though the approach is so exceedingly American it's hard to imagine this lush inspirational exhortation having the same impact on British religious life.

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Posted by Genevieve Gomez in Philadelphia, PA @ 21:19 on Jan 1 2011

I remember when I first heard the recording in 1973 and was struck by its beauty and spirituality. In fact it opened up a new way of using praying and praising the Lord which I have enjoyed ever since your first reccording. It has pleased me to see the choral groups in other churches follow your way of giving praise to God. I have to add I enjoy the revised version mentioned above as well. May God continuie to bless you and use you to spread his Love and Compassiion in word and song.

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