CD Review: Limited Edition (Collingsworth Family)

Limited Edition (The Collingsworth Family)

Several months ago, the Collingsworth Family recorded and released two DVDs; one featured songs from their recent Christmas release (reviewed here), while the other featured songs from their 2011 mainline release, Part of the Family (reviewed here). 

Five of the songs they recorded for these DVDs are not available on any of their CDs. Limited Edition features the live renditions of these five songs. Two are vocal; three are instrumental. The two vocal performances are the opening hymn (“Since Jesus Came Into My Heart”) and an a cappella rendition of “God Bless America.” Of the three instrumentals, one (“The Prayer”) is a violin duet between sisters Brooklyn and Courtney Collingsworth, and the other two are Kim Collingsworth piano solos. “When We All Get To Heaven” shows that though Kim may not play the classic convention-style piano solo every night, she can play that style with the best of the male quartet pianists. “Battle Hymn of the Republic” is a show-stopper, in the tradition of her now-classic renditions of “How Great Thou Art” and “It is Well With My Soul.”

Especially due to the fact that there are only two vocal performances, this isn’t the CD you would want to use to introduce a new Southern Gospel fan to the group’s music. On the other hand, especially if you’re a fan of Kim Collingsworth’s piano playing, it’s definitely worth picking this title up for the two piano solos alone.

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

Group Members: Group members: Brooklyn Collingsworth Blair (soprano), Olivia Collingsworth (soprano), Courtney Collingsworth Metz (alto), Kim Collingsworth (contralto), Phil Collingsworth Jr. (lead), Phil Collingsworth Sr. (baritone).

Credits: Producer: None credited. Musicians: None credited. Engineer: None credited. Mixed and Mastered by: None credited.

Song List: Since Jesus Came Into My Heart; When We All Get to Heaven; The Prayer; God Bless America; Battle Hymn of the Republic.

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