CD Review: George Younce with Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
When Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun recently launched their new record company, Stow Town Records, they announced that the label’s debut project would be George Younce with Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. The CD releases to retail next Tuesday.
George Younce passed away nearly six years ago, in April 2005. In the final years of his career, he recorded several solo projects, and made one guest appearance on an Ernie Haase & Signature Sound project. Most of his vocals on this project were from these projects; there is also a previously unreleased track, “Silent Night.”
New soundtracks were recorded around the pre-existing Younce vocals; the new Signature Sound lineup then recorded backup vocals (making this the first EHSS project featuring Ian Owens). The new tracks are at least equal to and, in some cases, superior to the originals. Likewise, the Signature Sound backup vocals are consistently far superior to the original background vocals.
The project’s three strongest performances are “Love Was In the Room,” “Sometimes This is Heaven To Me,” and “Suppertime.” Also, the orchestration is notably well done on the one previously unreleased track, “Silent Night.”
The nature of the material available is, necessarily, a limitation; little can be done to tweak the original vocal performances, which are almost all available to this day on other projects. Yet since Haase and Haun were able to select from the strongest Younce solo performances, there is somewhat of a best-of compilation feel.
Naturally, if Younce was still alive and able to contribute new vocals to entirely unreleased material, the end result would have been stronger—yet, clearly, that’s not possible. Within what is possible, Haase and Haun made an exceptional effort to make the most of what they had to work with. This project is a must-have for Younce fans and Cathedrals collectors.
Produced by: Wayne Haun. Executive Producer: Ernie Haase • Group Members: George Younce, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Ernie Haase, Devin McGlamery, Doug Anderson, Ian Owens). • Review copy provided. • Song list: Love Was in the Room; At the Cross; Beyond the Sunset; I Know Who Holds Tomorrow; Room at the Cross; Suppertime; You Will Get Your Reward Someday; The Journey’s End; Sometimes This is Heaven to Me; Silent Night. • Average song rating: 3.8 stars. CD rating: 4 stars.