Classic CD Review: Live From the Alabama Theatre (Kingsmen)
Average Song Rating: 3.9 stars (of 5)
Song List: Walking the Sea; Look On the Brighter Side; The Love of God; Friends of Mine; Gonna Keep Holding On; Heaven Will Be Worth it All; Safe Now; A New Life; That Third Day; Love Lifted Me; I’ve Never Been This Homesick.
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Crossroads / Horizon Records recently reissued this classic Kingsmen project digitally as part of their discounted digital classics series (selling for $7.99 instead of the standard $9.99). This project was originally released in 1994 and featured a lineup of tenor Chris Collins, lead Jim Hamill, baritone Parker Jonathan, bass Ray Dean Reese, and a band consisting of Tim Surrett (who also sang vocals), pianist Randy Matthews, drummer Greg Fox, and Randy Miller.
Owner / manager Eldridge Fox also made an appearance, singing the familiar song “Heaven Will Surely Be Worth it All.” He brought a Kingsmen flair to the rendition, capping it with an acapella last chorus and strong ending. The album has other Big and Live moments, to be sure, particularly in the opening and closing songs.
The song closes with “I’ve Never Been This Homesick Before”; members of the Perry Sisters came out on the encore. The interesting combination worked, and the audience seemed to come alive for a strong closing to the project.
Live From the Alabama Theatre doesn’t have quite the same edge that made the Kingsmen’s best-remembered live albums classics. But it is an enjoyable project, and as good as any live project being released today.