3:1 CD Review: You’ve Got to Believe (Homeland Harmony Quartet)
1. For All My Sin: Philip Batton, who left shortly after the project’s release, anchors its standout big ballad. This track is a medley; it closes with “Down From His Glory” and does not return to the original.
2. He Hideth My Soul: Creative arrangements and a power vocal arrangement do the hymn justice and justify its inclusion on a mainline project.
3. Production quality: With Roger Talley at the helm and the Crossroads studio team doing the tracks, the production quality is far above what is found on the typical regional project.
:1. One thing I would change: Song Covers: This album hovers right on the edge between being a really good regional group’s project and a project deserving attention as a national-quality mainline release. Most of the songs are new or forgotten and deserving of a second shot. But if you’re a national group, you don’t include “Old Time Christian Way” (Signature Sound) or “When I Get Carried Away” (Gold City) on a mainline release unless you can top the original or bring a fresh arrangement. If Homeland Harmony wants to be a really good regional group, projects like this one would make them one of the best out there. If they have national / full-time aspirations, they would do well to reserve tracks like those two for table projects.
Radio Single Picks: “For All My Sin”
Album Rating: Average song rating: 3.2 stars. CD rating: 3.5 stars.
Credits: Group members: Philip Batton (tenor), Stephen Watkins (lead), Ron Crane (baritone), Pete Wilson (bass). • Produced by: Roger Talley. • Review copy provided. • Song list: Old Time Christian Way; You’ve Got to Believe to See; For All My Sin; Count on You; I Stand Before Your Majesty; When I Get Carried Away; He Hideth My Soul; Every Step I Take; He’ll Be There; Patriotic Medley.