Gaither Vocal Band - Best Of The Gaither Vocal Band
STYLE: Southern Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12308-1396 LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD2569 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 RELEASE DATE: 2004-12-03 RRP: £7.99
Reviewed by Philip Crawley
Over its 23-year history, the Gaither Vocal Band has included some of the big names in gospel performing a unique blend of Southern gospel, country and adult contemporary. Some of the names you'll be familiar with - Bill Gaither (of course!), Russ Taff, Steve Green and Michael English to name but a few of those who've passed through the ranks. Bill Gaither apparently selected songs from 18 albums for this compilation and so there appears to be a rich seam to mine! This two CD set includes 37 songs, four of which are new releases recorded by the current members of the Vocal Band. Aside from the occasional slide in patriotic flag-waving ("The Star-Spangled Banner") and a tendency to rely on story songs ("The Baptism of Jesse Taylor") the words are great. I have to say that the four-part harmonies are so smooth as to make me want to reach for one of Elvis's gospel albums - but clearly a lot of people Stateside enjoy and are blessed by this style.
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For their many fans throughout the years - for the new fans they meet in auditoriums around the nation - for the next generation of fans - this is the ultimate - essential - unequaled collection of songs from Gospel Music's premier quartet - The Gaither Vocal Band.