CD Reviews

CD Report: Dear Yesterday (Michael Booth)

  • Posted on November 12, 2020 at 6:44 pm

This CD was released last year, but I figure it’s better to do a late report than none at all. Through every song on this recording, you will be encouraged. Whether directly praising God or being reminded that God is able and that He never gives up on His children, you will especially want to listen when you are having a rough time. Michael Booth has a smooth tenor voice that is easy to listen to.

Songs include: What Only God Can Do, Dear Yesterday, He Never Gives Up, Everyday (It Starts All Over Again), We Trust in the Name, This Side of Heaven, Glorious Unfolding, and Thy Will Be Done.

CD Report: 20/20 (The Crabb Family)

  • Posted on June 20, 2020 at 6:35 pm

The Crabb Family reunited after eight years of not being in the studio together. Although most of the siblings have successful music ministries individually, they still enjoy singing together and, in my opinion, they sound as good as ever. Maybe even a little better. The songs on this CD are new to me except for Mountaintop for Me which is an old Gerald Crabb song that the group has brought back. If you too are a long-time Crabb Family fan, you will want to add this to your collection.

Other songs included are: I See Revival; Stones; Walk on Water; My King Is Known By Love; The Altar Still Calls; Never Been; Keep Me; If God Is For Me; and Sister, Play That Tambourine.

CD Report: Faithful Still (Down East Boys)

  • Posted on May 6, 2020 at 12:16 pm

In a world where even Southern Gospel music has veered a bit from its roots, I still enjoy traditional southern gospel male quartets. The Down East Boys are one such group. They incorporate a mixture of slow and fast songs with good quartet harmony. Of special mention are I Hear and A Story that Began at the Cross. I started this report right after Easter, and those two songs were perfect for the season.

Other songs included are: Amazing Amounts of Amazing Grace; What Love; John Saw and Wrote about It; Those Hands; Fall Like Jericho; Church of the Living God; God Will, Yes He Will; Bottom of the Basket; and Sweet Journey.

CD Report: Lift His Name (Karen Peck & New River)

  • Posted on April 9, 2020 at 7:44 pm

I was reading verses on praise the other day so, when I pulled this CD off my shelf, I got excited by the title. Karen Peck Gooch co-wrote all but three songs, and there is quite a variety on here: fast and slow, encouraging and thought-provoking, songs on the crucifixion and the resurrection, and, yes, songs of praise and surrender. They even threw in a progressive version of Ain’t No Grave.

Other songs included are: The God I Serve; Made Right; I Know Jesus Lives; The Book; The Love of Jesus; Messiah Overcame; When I Lift Up the Name; and All About Yes.

CD Report: Victory Shout (The Kingsmen)

  • Posted on March 18, 2020 at 6:08 pm

The Kingsmen have released another great CD. It’s up there with their Battle Cry project that came out a couple years ago. With everything happening in the world right now, I’ve especially been enjoying the songs Just Climb, Victory Shout, and You’ll Move Mountains for Me.

Other songs included are: Running to Win; I’ve Ever Been Glad; Dear John; It Still Changes Me; King of Kings; Prodigal Son; and That’s Where You’ll Find Me.

CD Report: It’s Real (The Old Paths)

  • Posted on March 7, 2020 at 3:53 pm

I have decided to rename my CD “reviews” “reports.” There are other blogs who do better at actually reviewing CDs. My intention is to let you know which CDs are available and make comments, but many times I am just listing songs and basic information. Hence the name: CD “report.” With that explanation, I will now move on to my report. 🙂

The Old Paths are back! I’m glad to see Steve Ladd (tenor) singing in a quartet once again. Other members are Daniel Ashmore (bass), Doug Roark (baritone), and Tim Rackley (Lead).

Of special mention on this CD are The God I Know and Come Sunday Morning. Other songs included are: I Need Jesus to Walk on the Water, The Truth Comes Shining Through, Lord Knows, It’s Real, and When It Comes to Jesus.

CD Review: Beautiful Day (Mark Bishop)

  • Posted on January 16, 2020 at 9:14 pm

When I first heard this CD, my thought was that Mark has gotten repetitive in his lyrics but, overall, I like this recording. I typically don’t like the background vocals included on solo CDs, but Jeff Chapman, Chris Allman, Mylon Hayes, Amber Eppinette, Wesley Pritchard & Friends do an excellent job.

Mark Bishop wrote all the songs once again. They are:

It’s a Beautiful Day; God Needs Ministers; Are You Ready for Perfect Love?; It’s All Good; I’ll Just Keep Rowing; You Can’t Say He Didn’t Love Us; I’m Just Changing Mountains; Home Grown Tomatoes; The Man on the other Cross; and Lost, Lost, Lost.

CD Review: All the Lights (Donna King)

  • Posted on December 18, 2019 at 6:46 pm

Donna King has released a Christmas CD which includes 5 classic Christmas songs and 5 new songs written or co-written by Donna. I really appreciate CDs that don’t feature songs that everyone else is recording, and this fits that bill.

Songs included are:

I Wonder as I Wander; All the Lights; Come On Ring Those Bells; Christ is Born; Because of a Baby; Go Tell It On the Mountain; You’ll Find Christmas; Anything Is Possible; There’s a New Kid in Town; and The Gospel Wrapped Up in a Song (with Zane King).

CD Review: Everything in Between (The Kingdom Heirs)

  • Posted on November 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm

This CD by The Kingdom Heirs features 12 songs (9 original and 3 classics). Most of the songs were just OK by my estimation, but the following are worth special mention.

I enjoyed their instrumental arrangements of Crying in the Chapel and Sweet By and By.

Ready for Glory is a toe-tapping, quartet song and fun to listen to.

I also like their a capella song Holy, Holy Is What the Angels Sing.

Jerry Martin does a good job singing High on Zion’s Mountain.

Other songs include: Just Drink the Water, Come to the Well, Everything in Between, I Have Overcome, Nothin’s Gonna Keep Me Down, Ready for Glory, He Set Me Free, and I’ll Never Get Over the Blood that I’m Under.

CD Review: Loudest Praise (Lauren Talley)

  • Posted on October 28, 2019 at 5:39 pm

Lauren Talley recently released a CD containing six hymns. Loudest Praise contains the songs, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, When God Dips His Love in My Heart, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Does Jesus Care, and His Eye Is On the Sparrow. As a fan of Lauren Talley and a lover of hymns, this is a CD I will enjoy for a long time.

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