STYLE: Country RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 127946-19675 LABEL: Word 080688860325 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2012-09-24 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Dave Brassington
Over the years this recently retired artist has recorded several gospel type albums, mainly from the '90s onwards, when I think it is true to say that he discovered spiritual values, which seemed to have previously eluded him in his very long and very successful career. These tracks are pulled from two very good albums he recorded for the Word label, 1985's 'No More Night' and 1989's 'Favorite Hymns', the latter being a particular favourite of mine. On many of his big hits and albums he was often backed by strings and orchestral sounds making a very "middle of the road" sound rather than country. However having heard Glen a couple of times on stage just backed by a small group rather than a big orchestra this is, in my opinion, the best way to hear the singer. The backing on this CD is very minimal and not only is it very tasteful, it is also very country. These songs of faith illustrate what a wonderful voice Glen was blessed with. The first five tracks from 'No More Night' contain two stunning efforts, "When All Of God's Singers Get Home" and "We Will Sing One More Song", both of which Glen wrote and strike me as a real musical autobiographical statement. The other 10 tracks are from 'Favorite Hymns' and include standout versions of "Standing On The Promises", "The Lord's Prayer" and "In The Garden". If you don't possess either of the two previously mentioned long out of print albums, this is a CD to investigate.
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Glen Campbell possesses one of the most recognizable voices in all of music. His career has spanned decades and he's had multiple gold and platinum records and numerous Dove and Grammy Awards.
In 2011, Glen announced his retirement from music due to health issues. This 15-song collection celebrates his life and music and is a testament to his commitment to Christ. The Inspirational Collection brings together the best of Glen's Christian recordings - from his no. 1 classic, No More Night to songs from his best-selling hymns project.