CD Review: The Gospel Sessions (Oak Ridge Boys)
Average Song Rating: 3.69 stars (of 5)
Song List: King Jesus; He Never Said a Word; I Don’t Know Why Jesus Loved Me; These Hands of Mine; After Calvary; Through it All; The Flowers Kissed the Shoes (Jesus Wore); He Did it All For Me; I Know; Jesus is Coming Soon; Daddy Sang Bass; Put Your Hand in the Hand; After All.
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The Oak Ridge Boys got their start as the Oak Ridge Quartet in 1943 and sang Southern Gospel for the next thirty years or so, before crossing over to country in the 70s. In recent years, they have recorded several Gospel albums and made appearances on Gaither Homecoming videos.
This compilation focuses on one specific era in the group’s history, the period from the late 60s through the mid 70s, when they were one of the top groups in Southern Gospel. (It doesn’t include any songs from earlier in the group or from their recent Gospel recordings).
The audio quality is pretty good. A couple of the songs sound like they may have been pulled from LPs as opposed to original masters, but there are few if any pops or other record artifacts.
The liner notes include photos from older eras of the group and comments from New Haven Records president Ken Harding and Oak Ridge Boys lead singer Duane Allen. Allen’s comments are the sort of thing that used to be featured prominently on an album back cover—Allen explains how Southern Gospel harmonies laid the foundation for their country success, and that they never lost their love for Gospel music.