Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - In The Garden: Easter Favourites From Bill And Gloria Gaither And Friends
STYLE: Southern Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 154910-22994 LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD9112 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2015-03-03 RRP: £7.99
Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan
I love them, but Christmas albums are, to put it mildly, plentiful. A lot harder to find are Easter songs, never mind whole albums devoted to the season. So this collection of Easter music from the Gaither music Southern gospel machine is welcome. It's a pity then that some songs are more about the Crucifixion (for example "The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference") than the Resurrection and there are probably too many songs about the blood considering the overarching theme. But there are some solid Easter songs - including Don Francisco's classic "He Is Alive" performed here in dramatic fashion by David Phelps. The celebratory opening track "Easter Song" trumpets the theme, with full choral vocals and orchestral sound while fans of mainstream Southern gospel will enjoy the Gaither Vocal Band. Alongside them you have country music's The Statler Brothers, the black MOR man Larnelle Harris and the white MOR lady Sandi Patty. The title track offers a slice of black gospel sung by Lynda Randle accompanied by simple but effective piano.
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A stellar collection of 12 favourites from the Gaither Homecoming Series, In The Garden tells the story of Easter through song.
Featuring a power packed lineup of some of gospel music’s most-loved artists, this recording includes Easter hymns “There Is Power In The Blood” and “Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary” in addition to contemporary favourites such as “He’s Alive,” sung by David Phelps, and “I’ve Just Seen Jesus,” performed by Sandi Patty and Larnelle Harris.
These handpicked selections are sure to enrich your celebration of this special season.