Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - A Tribute To Howard & Vestal Goodman
STYLE: Southern Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11608-10416 LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD2570 FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 2004-09-03 RRP: £5.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
The Happy Goodmans, during their heyday in the 60s, conveyed a folksy charm and joyful bonhomie like few other gospel family groups. Now, of course, Mr and Mrs Goodman have gone to be with the Lord. So the Gaither Music Group have taken the opportunity to compile a 20 song set featuring the appearances the couple made together and separately with their Homecoming Friends' mega series of CDs and videos. Material wise it is very much tried and tested hymnody ("Rock of Ages", "There Is A Fountain") and classics of yesteryear (Dottie Rambo's "The Holy Hills Of Heaven Call Me" and Albert Brumley's "When They Ring The Bells Of Heaven"). In truth, both Howard and Vestal's voices were well shot by the time they recorded these versions while the usual Homecoming Friends theatrics are too gushing for my taste. But no doubt some will want this tribute to two of Southern gospel's best loved figures.
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A live Performance from the Goodman's was like a camp meeting revival!
Vestal, with her instantly recognisable voice and trademark white lacy hanky, was known and loved the world over as the Queen of Gospel Music. Together, she and Howard carried on the Goodman legacy after the untimely deaths of their sons. The Goodman's were Gospel music royalty, who graced the Homecoming stage for more than a decade. Whether singing at an old tabernacle or in Carnegie Hall, Vestal and Howard electrified audiences, from their trademark 'Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now' to 'God Bless America'. In this tribute to the Goodman's, drawn from the Gaither Homecoming video series, Bill Gaither adds his own unique perspective to this legendary family of talented, God-loving singers and songwriters.