Randy Stonehill - Stories

Friday 1st October 1993
Randy Stonehill - Stories
Randy Stonehill - Stories

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 21666-21519
LABEL: Myrrh 7016970612

Reviewed by Tony May

Essence of Stonehill. The sheer beauty of the man's best acoustic songs, collected from albums dated 81-92. Two new songs "I Thirst For You" and "Charlie The Weatherman", plus an acoustic version of "Hope Of Glory" are more gems to squeeze into the already crowded cluster. This is art, a rare ability to express profound, deeply felt realities by using simple words beautifully constructed and set to rich melodies. Take a song like "Rachel Delevoryas" from the great 'Wonderama' album, with its Beatle-like delicate touch and moving storyline. Or you hear "Sing In Portuguese" and think that, if these New Country guys are so smart how come they haven't snapped it up? I'd love to hear Nanci Griffith tackle it, though I doubt she could do a better job than Randy. On and on it goes, "Starlings", "Letter To My Family", "Turning Thirty", all so sensitively sculptured and polished. "Christmas At Denny's" another cracker he wrote with Mark Heard, one of the few in the same class as a brilliant singer/songwriter. Sheer genius. Apparently the term 'fan' comes from 'fanatic' (no extra charge), so I'm a happy Stonehill fanatic. So will you be if you know what's good for you.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 21:51 on Sep 18 2010

This is another great cd, a nice collection of classic songs throughout Randy's career. There is one new song that opens the cd "I Thirst for YOU", I connected with this song the first time I heard it on ccm radio. 1984 song "Still Small Voice" will alwayz be a top fave as the song "Bells". "Turning Thirty" and "Coming Back Soon" add memories to this cd. "Letter to my Family" I have luved and connected with since the first time I heard it on ccm radio. I luv "Sing in Portuguese"; great collection of songs made with this cd, thanks Randy!! GOD Bless! -Don

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