DVD Review: Hymn Sing 1 and 2 (Liberty Quartet)

Rating: 4.5 (of 5)

Average Song Rating: 4.3 (of 5)

Producer: Royce Mitchell, Kevin Plew, Keith Waggoner.

Song List: Hallelujah! I Am Free; Count Your Blessings; Standing On the Promises; Don Christensen Tribute; How Great Thou Art; My Savior’s Love / And Can it Be; It is Well With My Soul; Hymn Singalong; Battle Hymn of the Republic; There is Joy in the Lord; Wonderful Grace of Jesus; Trust and Obey; Holy, Holy, Holy.

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Rating: 4.5 (of 5)

Average Song Rating: 4 (of 5)

Producer: Royce Mitchell, Kevin Plew, Keith Waggoner.

Song List: At Calvary; The Old Account Settled; When the Roll is Called Up Yonder / Hallelujah, We Shall Rise; Jesus Saves; Precious Memories; In the Garden; Hymn Singalong; Soldier Medley; No Not One; He Keeps Me Singing; Abide with Me; What a Day That Will Be / Until Then.

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Liberty Quartet is a full-time Southern Gospel quartet based in Boise, Idaho. In 2004, they recorded Timeless Treasured Hymns; I understand this became their best-selling album ever. They followed it in 2007 with Timeless Treasured Hymns 2, probably the only hymns project I have ever given a 5-star rating in a review (here).

The two DVDs include 24 songs, twelve per. Both were recorded on the same night in Meridian, Idaho. Unlike some groups (case in point: Chuck Wagon Gang) which package two-DVD sets in the same case, the two discs have their own cases and their graphic designs. (Trivia: The Hymns 1 CD had a red theme, while Hymns 2 had a blue theme; this is reversed on the DVDs.)

The project is not without its minor flaws. The lighting left a little to be desired; audience pans and a few group close-ups were a little too high-contrast. One blooper also made it in: In “My Savior’s Love / And Can it Be,” there’s one point (at about 20:10) where lead singer Dan Gilbert isn’t singing with his vocal stacks. But one is inclined to forgive Liberty their occasional bloopers because they know how to poke fun at themselves; both Hymn Sing 1 and Hymn Sing 2 have bloopers reels, with out-takes that most groups would never let see the light of day.

But little glitches aside, the arrangements are exceptional and the delivery is solid. Most of the songs on their two hymns projects are included. Unfortunately, “Face to Face,” the track I thought was the best from Hymns 1, and “Crown Him With Many Crowns” from Hymns 2 didn’t make the cut. But most of the highlights of both CDs made it on.

A few tracks not found on either CD—”Hallelujah! I Am Free” and “There is Joy in the Lord”—were included. There are also three acapella songs, “Wonderful Grace of Jesus,” “Holy Holy Holy” (the closing song on Hymn Sing 1), and “Until Then” (the closing song on Hymn Sing 2).

I understand that the video taping was the first time that the group ever staged several of the tracks on the CDs. The performances go over well, and these arrangements should continue to be concert highlights for the group for years to come.


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  1. I have to admit, this group doesn’t have the big name yet, but they have the big heart to sing great southern gospel music. I was invited up and sang “Leave Your Sorrows & Come Along” (the bass part) and the guys treated me great. It was a priviledge and an AWESOME opportunity. Royce, if you read this, thanks again for the memory and honor I had to sing with your microphone the bass part on it. You guys are the best and the music on these videos are top notch!