DVD Review: The Best of the Booth Brothers (Booth Brothers)
The Booth Brothers’ rise was so connected to their early appearances on the Gaither videos that this Homecoming compilation DVD is, for all intents and purposes, a greatest-hits collection.
The format of a best-of-Homecoming video is now familiar to most Southern Gospel fans: The video is structured around a narration where Bill Gaither interviews the group members, prompting comments to introduce the songs. The songs aren’t always the complete songs; the intros and encores are often dropped.
Though the conversation is biographical, it’s not exactly chronological. The focus is on the current lineup. Jim Brady has been with the group a decade now—he joined in 2002—so they’re hardly short on strong material. It is, however, slightly odd to see the group’s breakout moment, their Homecoming Appearance of “Still Feelin’ Fine,” not appear until halfway into the program. That song and “Castles in the Sand” are the only two featuring previous baritone singer Joseph Smith.
With footage pulled from over a decade of archives, there is naturally some inconsistency with more recent footage at a higher quality than the two older songs from the Joseph Smith era. Of course, the camera work is consistently strong from beginning to end.
Longtime Homecoming aficionados will already have most of these songs. (“Above the Moon” was filmed around a piano, with Bill Gaither playing piano and adding a bass part. There are also a cappella choruses of “Through it All” and “He Saw it All.”) But this video is an excellent introduction to the group for newcomers, while long-time fans will enjoy the narration and conversations.
Credits: Produced by Bill Gaither. Directed and edited by Doug Stuckey. Script written by Bill Gaither and Emily Sutherland. Audio Remix Engineer/Producer: Chad Evans.
Song List: The River Keeps A-Rollin; Livin’ For the Moment; If We Never Meet Again; Love Was in the Room; Then I Met the Master; He Saw it All; All Over the World; Castles in the Sand; Still Feelin’ Fine; Look For Me at Jesus’ Feet; Thank Him for The Miracle; Without the Lord; Sail On; Above the Moon; Since Jesus Came; Testify; Amazing Grace; Through it All; In Christ Alone.