Booth Brothers Essential 25: The List

You’ve nominated, you’ve voted, and now, the results are in! The twenty-five YouTube song performances we would use to introduce a newcomer to Booth Brothers music are:

  1. He Saw It All – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LGTXiMLEAE
  2. Look For Me At Jesus’ Feet – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5REsIEWNDI
  3. His Grace is Sufficient – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0AGMo43q-U
  4. Beyond the Cross – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBlkcj7jYrk
  5. God Did It All – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCkg8twnsjs
  6. Welcome to the Family – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfpIgVGwrMY
  7. I’m Feeling Fine – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-q6rjIEuFk
  8. Haven of Rest – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTn8Uq8eptM
  9. Still Feelin’ Fine – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoJGlrhv5Do
  10. Tears are a Language – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCU-UtO7Ke8
  11. Castles in the Sand – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JbOczFPsbo
  12. If We Never Meet Again – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpLjfcGords
  13. Testify – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxI59ksNTZI
  14. What Salvation’s Done For Me – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJ6uy7bfJVs
  15. I’m Forgiven – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LBtXjzSxIM
  16. In Christ Alone – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JOwns5KlIo
  17. I See Grace – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0tPhsyMPQ4
  18. Night Before Easter – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV-kbSh-v7U
  19. All Over the World – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9Mzq0K1qcY
  20. He Came To Me – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEi2d57-zHU
  21. Stand (with the Crist Family) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUUTvhu8XPQ
  22. River Keeps a’ Rollin – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFtarzU_ltI
  23. I’ve Been Changed (with the Dixie Echoes) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQZ2Z-bzlf4
  24. Over The Moon – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeudEXK1tmw
  25. We Believe – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5agFfphysg

Here’s a link where you can play (or share) all 25 in one place: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=AF606CF2098FB59A

Or watch all 25:

After eliminating duplicates, I had a thirteen-way tie to break for the last four spots. I chose a quintessential uptempo song (“The River Keeps A-Rollin'”) and ballad (“We Believe”). I also picked two songs from the 2007 Grand Ole Gospel Reunion, “I’ve Been Changed” and “Over the Moon,” since they show that the Booth Brothers don’t need the soundtracks and everything else that enhances modern performances to shine.

This round was fairly easy. The Booth Brothers are photogenic and videogenic (did I just coin a new term?), and great footage abounds. But are y’all up for a challenge next time around?


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  1. Yea….they are sooooo pretty! 🙂

  2. 1 suggestion: I would put feeling mighty fine and still feeling fine, back to back to introduce a new listener! Those 2 songs go together

    • It’s quite interesting how close they were in the voting…

  3. Yes, they are pretty!

    I;m surprised ‘River Keeps a Rollin’ wasn’t higher on the chart. It seems like a fan fav in concert.

    • I was indeed surprised that it took an Editor’s Pick to get it in – but at the same time, I had no doubt that I needed to pick it! 🙂

  4. What do you mean “we,” kemosabe? 😉

    To be sure, many of these would be on my list, but I’d replace a lot here.

    • “We” collectively, assuming you voted – and if you didn’t, then as they say with political votes, “If you didn’t vote, you can’t complain!” 🙂

      • I did, and in fact two of mine ended up in the top five (one I had to remind you to include!) 🙂

      • Well, YGG, all 5 of my songs were chosen with 4/5 being the exact performances. 😛 The one that wasn’t chosen (He Saw It All) was one that I didn’t even compare versions and simply chose the Gaither performance due to known quality).

      • Well, I think I went with the same performance, but just a higher resolution upload than hoover4000’s lowest-res 240px version.

  5. Are we up for a challenge? Hmmmmm, what’s next, Greater Vision?

    😛

    • Think harder. 🙂

      It’s a group from whom I have received permission – yet for whom tracking down excellent footage will be possible but far more difficult.

      • Well I’ll see if it’s someone I’m interested in.

      • The answer, I believe, is “not yet.”

        I believe it is someone whom you will be interested in and come to appreciate in the future, the longer you are a Southern Gospel fan. 🙂

      • Is it the Perrys?

      • No. Older. 🙂

      • Oh okay. Well, ask quartet-man. 🙂

      • Oh, no you didn’t. 😉

      • Didn’t do what?

      • Statesmen?

      • Nope. Older. 🙂

      • I was talking about YGG saying quartet-man after you said older. 😀 I realize that the context was older groups, but it was funny. 😀

      • Speers?

      • Younger. 🙂

      • Blackwood Brothers?

      • You got it!

        I have so much going this week that we might not get to it till next week, though. We shall see!

      • Cool. I actually thought of them earlier, but went a little older first. 😀

      • Dean had better get cracking at uploading so we have a good selection from which to choose. 😉

      • I was actually pondering emailing to ask if he had any other treasures!

  6. I find it interesting that of the top five songs, one features Ronnie, one features Michael, one features Jim, one dates back to their earliest days as a group, and one comes from their latest released project. Now that’s as good a way to start an ‘introductory’ list as you’re ever likely to find. I especially appreciate the editorial decision to include the GOGR selections; I honestly think these videos give the best view of the Booth Brothers’ versatility — not only in song selection and performance, but in their ability to quickly adapt to changing conditions. (In “I’ve Been Changed”, watch how Michael orchestrates the whole thing on the fly — and how quickly Ronnie and Jim respond to his direction.) Good job, Daniel. No complaints from this end!

    • Glad to hear it! I know that if the list got at least a decent rating from you, it was going to be a success! 🙂

      • Oh, it’s an excellent list, and not just because “He Saw It All” sits at the top. Of course, there are some other songs I would like to have seen on there, but I knew that wasn’t likely to happen, since no one has ever seen fit to upload ’em to Youtube! 🙂

      • That is a factor! 🙂

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