CD Rated: Greater Vision (Hymns Of The Ages)

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Producer: Lari Goss
Label: Daywind

Song Titles: “All Creatures Of Our God And King” (includes “O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing” and “O Worship The King”), “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,” “Tell Me The Story Of Jesus,” “The Stranger Of Galilee,” “The Lily Of The Valley,” “The Wondrous Cross Medley” (included “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross,” “The Healer,” and “The Old Rugged Cross”), “Christ The Lord Is Risen Today,” “Redeemed Medley” (includes “Since I Have Been Redeemed,” “Redeemed, How I Love To Proclaim It,” and “I’m Redeemed”), “I Know He Heard My Prayer,” “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” and “Jesus Is Coming Again Medley” (includes “In Times Like These,” “The Solid Rock,” and “Jesus Is Coming Again”)

Hymns Of The Ages was previously offered as an exclusive product of InTouch Ministries. Daywind has dressed this recording in fresh packaging for retail. The approach to most arrangements is the same…heavily mixed string/brass moving at slow to mid-tempos. The only tracks that approach “upbeat” territory are “Lily Of The Valley” and “Redeemed Medley.” If you’re expecting a few arrangements in the vein of “He’d Still Been God” or “My Name Is Lazarus,” you will be disappointed. This CD has more in common with Lari Goss’ choral arrangements than the production work he typically does for a Southern Gospel group. A few arrangements build to a dramatic finish while other selections are more easy going from beginning to end. The Ruppes join Greater Vision for the first medley which includes “All Creatures Of Our God And King,” “O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing,” and “O Worship The King.” Another change of pace is their a cappella take on “Christ The Lord Is Risen Today.”

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David Bruce Murray

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 and David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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  1. Reply December 03, 05:11 #1 Reuben Lane

    Does this recording of “The Stranger Of Galilee” contain all 4 verses?

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