3:1 CD Review: A Wonderful Life (Legacy Five)
1. “Destination Known”: The song doesn’t try to be epic. It doesn’t try to get the hankies waving. It doesn’t try to get the grannies wiping tears away. But in its own quiet way, this Scott Howard feature is the best song on the project. It stands head and shoulders above the rest, much like Howard himself does on the album cover (which somehow makes Glenn Dustin look short.)
2. “For What Earthly Reason” and “Just Because of You”: The Cathedrals cut both in the 1980s (“For What Earthly Reason” in 1987 on Symphony of Praise and “Just Because of You” on Master Builder in 1986). Both originally featured Danny Funderburk; “For What Earthly Reason” is generally acknowledged as his finest performance on a mellow song. So it would take a world-class talent and a production quality on par with Symphony of Praise to top his rendition. Although Gus Gaches’ rendition doesn’t top the original, it probably comes closer than any other rendition. On “Just Because of You,” though, the renditions are so comparable that your pick will probably depend on which tenor voice you prefer.
3. Group Blend: Legacy Five has never had a particularly tight blend. Their tenors have had huge, show-stopper voices. Bass singer Glenn Dustin can rattle the subwoofers with the best of them. Yet here, members stay within their voice’s ideal ranges enough to make this the group’s tightest blend to date.
:1. One thing I would change: Taking more time in Song Selection: Two of the project’s three strongest songs are Cathedrals covers.
Radio Single Picks: “Destination Known,” “Just Because of You.”
Credits: Producer: Steve Mauldin. • Group members: Gus Gaches (tenor), Scott Fowler (lead), Scott Howard (baritone), Glenn Dustin (bass), Trey Ivey (pianist). • Review copy not provided, originally, though one was provided after the first one was purchased. (Just checking to see if anyone actually reads this section!) • Song list: A Wonderful Life; God Had a Hand in It; Ask Me Why; Nobody Ever Loved Me Like God Does; There’s Only One Well; Just Because of You; God Cares for Me; Living in the Palace; Destination Known; I’m Still Amazed; For What Earthly Reason; God is Still in America.