Reviewed by Martin Mackenzie
This is definitely 'Good News'. All 68 minutes of it. It's the first GGS CD of 2000 that I've received and augurs well for the new millennium. This one is rather different in that it isn't one concert or session, which is the usual format. Rather, this is a collection of segments of several sessions and as I've said before, this isn't really Southern gospel but artists recognised by the Southern gospel industry getting together and having a good time praising the Lord in different styles, mainly communally. The only real Southern gospel is track five, "Trying To Get A Glimpse" ably presented by the now defunct Cathedrals and including Glen Payne, who is now at home with his Saviour. There's no bluegrass or country but black gospel is represented by Babbie Mason as she solos on "You Can Lean On Me" and she also joins Jessy Dixon and others (including Meadowlark Lemon, yes, really!) on "Thank You, Jesus". Buddy Greene supports them on harmonica. Michael English, who came to prominence with the Gaither Vocal Band, features on "Lord, Feed Your Children". The closing song, "What A Meeting In The Air", allows surviving members of the Speer family to remind us of their vocal ability, although most of them must be in their 70s by now. Excellent, even if you have previous releases.
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