Bill & Gloria Gaither and Their Homecoming Friends - Israel Homecoming

Published Wednesday 21st December 2005
Bill & Gloria Gaither and Their Homecoming Friends - Israel Homecoming
Bill & Gloria Gaither and Their Homecoming Friends - Israel Homecoming

STYLE: Southern Gospel
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13275-2921
LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD2609
RRP: £13.00

Reviewed by Adrian Cherrill

Yet another 'Homecoming' title in the Gaither Gospel Series, and continuing the theme from 'Jerusalem' released earlier this year. Unlike its predecessor though, 'Israel' seems to have less of a Jewish theme and returns more to the Southern gospel style you would expect from the Gaithers, with elements of blues, country and bluegrass thrown in. There is a mixture of newer and older songs (such as "Rivers Of Babylon" and Rich Mullin's "Awesome God") and a wide variety of singers (the Isaacs, the Gaither vocal Band, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Alison Durham Speer, Larnelle Harris), but in reality what you get is 75 minutes of hardly groundbreaking stuff, with some typically American lyrics ("Second Fiddle"), some over the top cabaret style piano playing (the almost instrumental "I've Just Seen Jesus" courtesy of Anthony Burger) and some lung-busting singing. There's plenty of whooping and hollering between songs but ironically (for this reviewer at least) it was very subdued after the best song, the quiet "I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say". All in all, 20 tracks represent good value for money, but in truth unless you can't get enough of the Southern gospel thing, this is a package you can ignore.

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Product Description
Bill and Gloria Gaither and their Homecoming Friends visit the Holy Land and sing songs which come to life in this historic setting.
The timeless legacy of the Holy Land is captured as never before as Bill & Gloria Gaither and their Homecoming Friends take you on a musical and visual journey to walk where Jesus walked.

Reader Comments

Posted by Gaby in INDIA @ 11:16 on Aug 4 2011

i love that home coming!!!

Posted by thelma chabauni in zambia @ 13:38 on Jun 27 2009

the album is really inspiring and really calms the soul as you litsen...please keep up with the good work of spreading the gospel in songs..God bless you.thelma

Posted by Antonina Karai in Samoa @ 05:20 on Feb 9 2008

I had a collection with your home coming dvds and i love to watch and sing it out everyday. All your performance is well done and i love your songs the way you delivered it is very touchable, but please Bill, just an opinion, why don't you add the subtitle, the words for us in Samoa we really wanna sing it out but we dont know the words. I had Israel Home Coming, Toronto Home Coming, Australia Home Coming & Going back home dvds where George and the rest of the Old ages are there.......thanks very much. i really wanna be a part of your team......take care and God Bless...thanks

Posted by Roslyn Purcell in Fiji @ 21:17 on Oct 5 2006

I love the songs especially I call Him Lord and Have you had a Gethesemane so uplifting and Life giving.

Posted by tom in edinburgh @ 19:14 on Mar 30 2006

I loved this album. There's such a variety of sytles and sounds on it. Sure, there's a real chance you're not going to love everything. But there are several knockout songs. I particularly love 'I call him Lord' and 'this could be the dawning of that day'. There's a number of other beauties. Worth checking out.

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