STYLE: Southern Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 940-1748 LABEL: Spring Hill CMD5475 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £5.99
Reviewed by Trevor Kirk
I confess that I prejudged this album when I was given it to audition for UCB Europe, and to write this review. Frankly, I expected a similar sort of cheese-fest to the 'Homecoming Friends' album I had to review a few issues back, but listening to this, I found some very pleasant easy listening Southern gospel, with no live audience or anything else to distract the listener. Mark Lowry, Guy Penrod and David Phelps join Bill for a dozen numbers new and old, several from the Bill & Gloria Song Book, and whilst some of it is on the corny side (including a rather overblown acappella rendition of 'The Star-Spangled Banner'), there are others that have a certain emotive quality that transcends any underling cheesiness. Not just for Southern gospel devotees; fans of easy listening pop music would probably enjoy most of this.
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The southern classics have been part of the gospel music tradition for generations. With beautiful arrangements, notated in four-part male harmony, you can re-create the sounds of the Gaither Vocal Band and enjoy singing these timeless classics of southern gospel music.