CD Rated: Gaither Gospel Series (Amazing Grace)

Artist: Gaither Gospel Series
Title: Amazing Grace
Rating:
4 Stars

Nutshell Analysis: Amazing Grace shares most of the same pros and cons as its companion product, How Great Thou Art. Super video footage and editing, fully realized orchestrations with a 24-piece ensemble conducted by veteran arranger Lari Goss, and a wealth of talent combine for an overall excellent product. On the con side, the recording tends to drag due to an emphasis on mostly non-rhythmic arrangements. Of the two products, though, this one is preferable. Amazing Grace has more variety with some soulful elements breaking up some of the monotony, plus there’s one group (Acoustix) I’d never heard before who can sing quite well. Good quality fresh faces are always welcome. I also applaud Gaither’s inclusion of artists who have had success outside the normal gospel music channels such as the Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Owen, and even an operatic guy like Larry Wayne Morbitt who can actually SING. I’m also OK with the gospel music legends who don’t sing quite as well now as they used to sing. (The product still has the word “Homecoming” on the cover, after all.) I just have one question…is there a single Gaither video fan on the face of this earth who really wants to hear Brenda Lee mangle “Just A Little Talk With Jesus?” What on earth was Bill thinking?

David Bruce Murray

<p>David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray’s Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.</p>

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