Item description for Audio CD-Oak Ridge Boys Gospel Collection by Oak Ridge Boys...
Overview From the very beginning, there was something special about The Oak Ridge Boys. Their distinctive four-part harmonies bellowed throughout concert halls and radio airwaves, putting smiles on the faces of audiences. Their energetic LIVE stage performances kept people on their feet with applause; and from the moment they began singing, a unique chapter began in the history of Gospel music that continues today. Back with a new Gospel collection of fan favorites, The Oaks have re-recorded signature hits ?Jesus Is Coming Soon? and ?I Know? along with classics such as ?I Saw the Light,? ?How Great Thou Art? and ?This Little Light of Mine,? as well as their current single ?Did I Make a Difference.? For those who remember the quartet?s early days in East Tennessee to those who follow them today through mainstream media and national touring, The Gospel Collection contains years of trendsetting hits and special memories recorded with that solid four-part excellence that only comes from these American legends.
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Studio: Spring Hill
Record Label Spring Hill
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.6" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2008
Publisher EMI CMG Distribution
ISBN 5557436960 ISBN13 9785557436960 UPC 789042113922
Reviews - What do customers think about Audio CD-Oak Ridge Boys Gospel Collection?
Good Gospel Music Jun 10, 2009
If you're an Oak Ridge Boys fan, you're really going to enjoy this CD (or the companion DVD). The songs run the gamut from tunes the group recorded more than thirty years ago to one titled "Live With Jesus" that also appears on their latest studio CD, The Boys Are Back.
I'm happy to see the Mighty Oaks Band featured on this recording. Piano player Ron Fairchild has been in the band since 1980 and their drummer Chris Golden is the son of ORB baritone William Lee Golden. The band is as much a part of the family as the four singers.
The only aspect of the companion DVD that I don't like is the layout of the room. The steel guitar player is partially hidden behind a screen and the rhythm guitar player is completely hidden. He has to peek out when he is introduced. A couple of rows of chairs are placed on three sides of the Oaks where some Homecoming friends are seated. There's a semi-circle of lights in the floor between them and the Oaks. Joe Bonsall in particular appears to be constricted by the limited space.
Song-wise, the highlights for me are "Closer To Home," "An American Family," and "Where The Soul Never Dies." Those three cuts sum up what the Oak Ridge Boys are all about: respecting heroes, family, patriotism, and faith.
This project includes the sort of material Oak Ridge Boys fans want to hear and it's very well made. Most titles are the obvious ones you'd expect to see on an Oaks' gospel collection, but several are unexpected. If this site allowed half stars, I would rate the CD and DVD collectively at 4 1/2. Considering the quantity of material and the overall quality, a high rating is deserved.
The Oaks return to their roots Mar 5, 2009
I have always enjoyed the music this quartet has produced over the years, be it secular or gospel. They do not sing with as much range as other quartets do, but what they do, they do very well! This is a recording of remaastered standards done as only the Oaks can do them. My fav is "I Know What Lies Ahead."
Musically, this recording is outstanding. Their harmony is spoton but I gave it only four stars because this recording has tech issues. There is to much gain in this CD. While the music is powerful and insperational, it tends to come accross with a very harsh and overbearing sound at times. This is especially noticable in headphones. IMHO, I think that SpringHill could of done a much better job on the final mix. The last thing that this quartet needs is a sound engineer that feels the need to over embelish with volume to cover up musical imperfections that don't exist: leave that to the headbangers! All things considered, this is a very enjoyable recording with lots of catchy Southern Gospel sung by one of America's finest preimer quartets!