CD Mini-Review: Karen Peck & New River – 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

CD Mini-Review: Karen Peck & New River – 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Karen-Peck-New-River-25th-AnniversarySong Titles: Bend In The River, He’s Sending Miracles, God Still Answers Prayer, Rain And Shine, When Jesus Passes By, Ten Thousand Angels Cried, Daddy’s Home, God Likes To Work, God Is Faithful, Christian In The House, Four Days Late, I Wanna Know How It Feels, That’s Why They Call It Grace, Hold Me While I Cry, Hey, Last Night, Whispered Prayers, Ephesians Chapter One, I Want To Thank You, Why Can’t All God’s Children Get Along, On The Banks Of The Promised Land, Good Things Are Happening, Revival, Finish Well, Pray Now

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t review a compilation of past recordings, but Karen Peck & New River’s 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition offers a bit more. The 2-CD set includes 25 songs, one for each year since the group formed in 1991. The first nine songs are from the group’s years on the Horizon Records label; the next five are from their Spring Hill Records tenure; the final eleven are from their years on their current label, Daywind Records.

In addition to the music, there are seven interview segments conducted by Paul Heil. The collection plays like a radio special with stories behind some of the songs, insight on how the group got its name and family memories. It’s these clips that make this collection more personal than most greatest hits compilations.

All the songs you’d expect are here along with a few almost forgotten gems. What’s most interesting to me is the progression in the group’s sound. The move from Horizon to Spring Hill took Karen Peck & New River from a “mountain” group with simple tracks to a polished, inspirational sound. Then, when they moved on to Daywind, their sound took on a bolder quality.

I’d recommend 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition to anyone who may only know the music of Karen Peck & New River from recent years. Long-time fans may also want to buy it for the interviews and the packaging, which includes photos of all the group’s past album covers (with the exception of a few early table projects) and a note from the group.

Category CD Reviews, Reviews

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

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