STYLE: Southern Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 117635-18552 LABEL: Gaither Music Group 0617884612528 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2011-09-27 RRP: £7.99
Reviewed by Doug Holland
One of the undoubted strengths of any of the Bill & Gloria Gaither Homecoming Friends albums is that you know in advance what you are going to get. While in theory this strength could easily become a weakness, with them it never seems to. So what we have here is another top-notch collection of Southern gospel praise, worship and testimony songs (20 tracks and 77 minutes in total) played, delivered and recorded expertly and conveying marvellously effectively the intimacy, spontaneity and fellowship of the celebrations the Gaithers put on. This particular event took place at the Billy Graham Library in North Carolina; the staging was designed to recapture the spirit and flavour of the tent revivals of the 1950s and '60s, and the perfect balance struck on the recording between performer and congregation contribution certainly seems to accomplish this. The particular veteran Friends demonstrating their talents here are the Gatlin Brothers, Rambo/McGuire, Russ Taff, Ben Speer and heaps more while the younger acts like The Martins also hold their own. Excellent stuff - uplifting, infectious and hugely feel-good.
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