3:1 DVD Review: A Country Campmeeting (Triumphant Quartet)

A Country Campmeeting (Triumphant Quartet)3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.

1. Audio Quality: The project sounds excellent. Particularly on “Don’t Let the Sandals Fool Ya,” tenor David Sutton and bass Eric Bennett played it safe at points, but it paid off when they nailed the notes they did sing.

2. Great Piano Shots: The cameramen caught Jeff Stice at his best moments, choosing ideal angles. There were even some boom camera close-up shots of the keyboard—which is, evidently, a hard shot, given how rarely it is attempted.

3. “Goodbye World Goodbye” skit: Jeff Stice and David Sutton have done their harmonica/piano duet on this song for years. This is probably the best video version captured yet—the cameramen’s shots captured the energy of the skit well.

4 (bonus). Still Small Voice: This piano-and-vocals ballad, featuring David Sutton, proved that Triumphant doesn’t need tracks to command the stage.

:1. One thing I would change: Dialog. There wasn’t any dialog. Perhaps these ten songs were filmed for individual airing on TBN. But the lack of any dialog—introductions, jokes, testimonies etc.—prevents the project from fully capturing the essence of a Triumphant Quartet concert.

:2 (bonus). Another thing I would change: Song Selection. It would have been nice to see songs from their latest project.

Traditional or Progressive: Middle-of-the-road.

DVD Rating: 3.5 Stars Vocal delivery: 4.5 stars. Average song rating: 3.7 stars. Cinematography: 3 stars. (The interlacing was particularly evident at points. This and the lower resolution took at a half-star off the overall rating, and it would have been a full star if the cameramen hadn’t been as good as they were.)

Credits: Producer: None credited on packaging. • Group members: Not credited on packaging (but we all know that they’re David Sutton, Clayton Inman, Scotty Inman, Eric Bennett, and Jeff Stice!). • Review copy provided. • Song list: Thinking of a Mansion; When the Trumpet Sounds; Don’t Let the Sandals Fool You; Everyday; Goodbye World Goodbye; Wish You Were Here; Gospel Medley; Still Small Voice; Down From His Glory; He Is.

 


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  1. I have to agree with your comment about the absence of dialog. Their comments are part of what makes them great in concert. Hmmm…

  2. I’m glad you reminded me of this DVD, Daniel, since it’s been a couple of months since I’ve watched it. I agree with all of your comments, especially about the great piano shots, and I never get tired of seeing Jeff & David on Goodbye World. I think that when Mansion originally taped it, that the plan was to show individual songs on some future shows on Christian networks, so they didn’t want or need the dialog. But then they went ahead and packaged it to sell as a DVD, too. Thanks for the review!

    • No problem! It’s been a couple of months since I’ve watched it, too, but I can’t post all the reviews I write all at once!