Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Country Bluegrass Homecoming Vol 1

Published Thursday 8th January 2009
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Country Bluegrass Homecoming Vol 1
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Country Bluegrass Homecoming Vol 1

STYLE: Southern Gospel
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 50269-14856
LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD2736
RELEASE DATE: 2008-11-28
RRP: £7.99

Reviewed by Paul Poulton

Though there is a throng of celebrated country and bluegrass heroes on here I have to say "Houston, we have a problem." The nature of this problem is, it's gangly. The instrumentation although not always perfectly executed does have some very tasty bluegrass licks, but the vocals stand too proud in the majority of tracks. It's like a nice suit of clothes on a person whose arms are too long for the jacket and whose legs are too long for the trousers. Without doubt the music is at times kickin', and for that reason I'd like to hear it. If you listen in a car with not too much volume the instruments all but disappear leaving naked voices, and on a hi-fi system there is a distinct difference between regular bluegrass/country songs and this Homecoming CD. It turns the project into something like a tribute to bluegrass music rather than a vibrant immediate and real bluegrass recording. Vocal level is crucial these days to making a "whole" recording and while it's true that there are times short trousers on men are in fashion those times are never long lived, the mix on these songs takes some of the life out of them, which is a shame because there are some fine artists assembled for this gig. The claw-hammer banjo picking is wonderful in the famous Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys "I'll Answer The Call". Country Music icon Marty Stewart and his wonderfully named band, the Fabulous Superlatives play a very cool "It's Time To Go Home", the lazy electric guitar with bags of reverb could have come straight from a new Bob Dylan album. It's a shame the mix has let the potential of this album down.

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Product Description
This Country Bluegrass Homecoming brings together the very best of gospel, bluegrass and country music for a star-studded celebration of faith. This historic musical event, hosted by Bill Gaither, is packed with unforgettable performances by legendary artists who got their start singing in church. Featuring a perfect mix of great old hymns, southern gospel classics and newer favorites, this extraordinary gathering highlights the world-class talent of: Vince Gill, the Gaither Vocal Band, The Isaacs, Marty Stuart, Ralph Stanley, George Jones, The Grascals, Dailey & Vincent, Cherryholmes, Gordon Mote, Jimmy Fortune, Rhonda Vincent, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jeff & Sheri Easter and many others.

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