CD Rated: Called Out Quartet (Classics)

RATING: 4 Stars

Producer: Eddie Crook

Song Titles: “Somebody Loves Me,” “I’ve Got So Much To Thank Him For,” “A Beautiful Life,” “Thank God I Am Free,” “Now I Have Everything,” “I’m Winging My Way Back Home,” “What A Day That Will Be,” “Child Of The King,” “Living In Canaan,” and “Glory, Glory, Glory, Somebody Touched Me”

Analysis In A Nutshell: Called Out Quartet uses a stripped down approach for Classics. The only instruments are a bass guitar (Marty Shrabel), drums (Robb Tripp), and keyboards (Eddie Crook). I enjoyed hearing a male quartet version of “I’ve Got So Much To Thank Him For.” (The song was first popularized by The Melody Trio, a mixed group who took it to their only number one on the Singing News monthly chart.) While listening to “I’m Winging My Way Back Home,” I noticed how balanced these guys sound singing together. All the voices are young. The fullness of tone that is bound to come for these men as they grow older isn’t quite there yet. All four are at the same stage in their vocal development, though, and that’s why they have a successful sound. It would be an odd combination if you took the top three voices of the Called Out Quartet and added a Mike Holcomb or a Tim Riley singing bass. It would be equally odd if you took Arthur Rice and surrounded him with Called Out Quartet’s young tenor, baritone and bass. BUT when these four guys who are at the same level in their craft sing together, it works very well.

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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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