Mary McKee & The Genesis - Simply... Mary McKee & The Genesis: By The Rivers Of Babylon

Thursday 9th December 2004
Mary McKee & The Genesis - Simply... Mary McKee & The Genesis: By The Rivers Of Babylon
Mary McKee & The Genesis - Simply... Mary McKee & The Genesis: By The Rivers Of Babylon

STYLE: Country
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12293-1359
LABEL: Kingsway KMCD2593
RELEASE DATE: 2004-12-03
RRP: £16.99

Reviewed by Dave Brassington

An unexpected re-issue that is a surprise and a delight!. Offered here is a three CD boxed set of recordings made in the '70s featuring the lilting Irish voice of Mary McKee and the equally fine backing by her group Genesis. These oldies prove that British musicians were capable of making good country recordings. I personally have fond memories of listening to Mary all those years ago and there is simply not a duff track on any of these CDs, which comprise a mixture of familiar items, eg, "By The Rivers Of Babylon" and the Glenn Campbell tune "Try A Little Kindness", with many less familiar. My one great disappointment with this release is that the accompanying sleevenotes only list the words to the songs, when I was really looking forward to reading a potted history of Mary McKee, how she came to faith, details of the recordings and what she and the group are doing nowadays. These recordings in my opinion still sound very good 30 years later and that is a tribute to the quality of the originals, and who knows, Mary may yet be tempted back into a recording studio? I certainly hope she does!

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Posted by Patrick Oguejiofor in Abuja, Nigeria @ 13:11 on Aug 23 2018

Sister Mary McKee is a voice from heaven. How can I ever forget the wonderful impact her songs had on my life? Right now even as I write these lines, I can hear her golden voice at the back of my mind calling me to live upright! That was McKee and the Genesis. May her golden voice continue to reign in people's life. It's a voice that will never die because God was speaking through her songs and her voice!

Posted by Victor Orji in Abuja @ 14:31 on Mar 20 2017

please how can I download these songs???
seriously am shot of words . but one thing is sure that..... Sister Mary Mackke's songs have impacted in my life. I love all of her songs...
I break down in tears whenever I listen to this track..
""for its only when you die are your free to live""
Remain blessed .

Posted by Ojo Babafemi Sunday in Ibadan,Oyo State,Nigeria. @ 01:16 on Oct 9 2016

Praise the LORD !!! It is one of my happiest moments writing a message to the sweetest voice I have ever listened to and the joy that she is still very much alive,probably with the band's members and will be reading this my message is a great privilege !!! She really is a kind of GODsent blessing to our world indeed. I bet it,there has never ever been a divinely inspired and heaven oriented country songs again,I mean such that can ever change your mind,bring you to your knees and bring down tears to your cheeks!!! Ah ! Mary Mckee and the Genesis is it !!! I was just 8 years and I was brought down to Ibadan from Ilesha for long September's holiday when I heard " Heaven song,JESUS is LORD of the way I feel,Shine thro' me,I am loved and so on...." in 1979/8I.I was shedding tears. Two years later,in another long holiday,I went down to Ibadan and there I then listened well to the same album,now much understood than before and was able to read the words of the songs,just,at the flip side of the record jacket,ah,ah,ah !!! It was then that I wept the most alone,listening and crying and even pledging to GOD,that,no matter the case/situation,that I would stick and belong to GOD forever. Whao ! Listening to"shine thro' me" will definitely knock a wicked or evil one off his/her feet to follow JESUS.
One more thing,ma Mrs Mary Mckee,you need to render some old Xmas songs that are also biblical with your unique angelic voices for our little ones to enjoy,ma. May you and the band members live long and GOD bless you real good. You are just blessed all through and so shall GOD bless all that pertain to you all,ma and sirs.
My elder brother to whom I usually came,and,that also played me the songs is still alive and remain ever faithful and grateful and still in the faith serving GOD now.
Praise ye the LORD,ALLELUIJAH !!!

Posted by Peterson in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria @ 18:41 on Mar 27 2016

Mary Mckee. It's possible that she and her group may not still be alive today, but their solemn, Spirit inspired songs can never be forgotten.

Her "Shattered Dream" and "He came in Love" and "Lord how did it feel"? are ever wonderful and others.

My church choir being a "kind solemn worship church" have rendered many of their songs in church, though a little distorted sometimes.

Please a work on her biography should be done. I want to see her profile on Wikipedia. Please where is Roberts Liardon, the author of all "God's Generals"? Somebody should tell him to do a work on Mary Mckee.

I know she won't miss her reward in her. God bless her.

Reply by alison frizelle in United Kingdom @ 15:00 on Aug 13 2016

mary mckee and the genesis band are all very much alive today.

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Posted by Yola in Atlanta @ 22:17 on Dec 20 2015

Where is " they stood in silent prayer"& "in the bleak mid-winter". I think it was this sane group that sang" Xmas with the genesis" album

Posted by Ralph Akinyemi in Abuja, Nigeria @ 16:41 on Jul 16 2015

Mary McKee still remains my favourite Christian Artist since my first encounter with her music in 1988. The tract titled "No Other Plea" has brought tears from my eyes on several occasions which is always followed by prayer of appreciation to God for the His Love for me. ...I NEED NO OTHER ARGUMENT, I NEED NO OTHER PLEA, IT IS ENOUGH, THAT JESUS DIED, AND THAT HE DIED FOR ME. SO goes the chorus to the Hymn rendered with the angelic voice of my beautiful sister - Mary McKee. You are a blessing through your songs and angelic voice.

Posted by zukky in anambra @ 09:30 on Jun 30 2015

u wanna live for ever? say i do, wish we have such band nawadays,all the same, these old time songs would do! LOVE LIFTED ME

Posted by Chukwuemeka Caleb in Enugu, Nigeria @ 21:58 on Oct 24 2014

In deed i am so glad that my heart desire is already in recognition by many. I had search for Mary Mckee's profile in the wikipedia, but could not be found yet, she and her team are the overall best of both the late century and the contemporary world Christian musicians. Unlike the noisy but little or no inspired Christian songs today, her songs are ever alive to this day. All your comments are purely truthful. God bless you all and above all God bless you madam Mary Mckee. Amen.

Posted by Jonathan Ukavwe in Warri, Nigeria @ 00:19 on Jul 31 2014

Mary Mckee and the Genesis are a blessing to us Christians. My parents used to play her songs when I was much younger. Today I'm 25 and the songs never get old. These are the personalities we would love to see being interviewed on TBN and not all the mainstream gospel artistes we see today. I'm also shocked Mary Mckee doesn't have a profile on Wikipedia! Christians really have a lot of work to do. She is greater than many circular musicians yet she isn't so popular on the internet. Her songs never get old. We all should promote her as often as we can. Thanks. My life without Christ is Shattered Dreams.

Posted by Charles Nakpodia in London @ 23:04 on Jul 27 2014

Mary Mckee has and is still an instrument of inspiration to me, as a young christian in the 80s i used to listen to her songs and they really encourage me in my faith in Christ and even today 27.7.14 i am at work just listening to her songs on youtube.
I do not know if she's still alive, God bless her and her genesis team.

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