CD Review: Songs From the Journey (Howard & Vestal Goodman)

hvgsSong List: I’m Living in Canaan Now; Won’t it Be Wonderful; I Believe He’s Coming Back; I Wouldn’t Take Nothin’ For My Journey Now; That Sounds Like Home to Me; When God’s Chariot Comes (with J.D. Sumner); What a Lovely Name; Tellin’ My Blues Goodbye; Hallelujah; Clear Title; Will the Circle Be Unbroken (previously unreleased); I’d Do it All Over Again.

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Over the years, New Haven Records has had a few Southern Gospel artists in their roster; currently, the only Southern Gospel artist with New Haven is Gold City. The primary thrust of New Haven’s recent efforts in the genre has been with compilations; they have released greatest hits for the Rambos, Hinsons, Oak Ridge Boys, Kingsmen, Stamps, Imperials, Speers, Florida Boys, and Happy Goodmans.

For all the groups except the Happy Goodmans, New Haven has released one compilation CD. Songs from the Journey, though, marks their fourth Goodmans release. Previous releases include Greatest Hits (The Goodmans), The Essential Collection (Rusty Goodman), and A Lifetime of Favorites (Vestal Goodman).

But despite the proliferation of New Haven Goodmans compilations, this compilation manages to cover some new territory. Most if not all of the songs on the compilation are from the 1990s comeback lineup. Fans looking for songs from the Howard/Vestal/Sam/Rusty years would be better off purchasing the Greatest Hits title.

Particularly valuable to Goodmans aficionados is a previously unreleased track, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” The track sounds like it came from the 1960s or 1970s, and had to have a fair amount of cleanup work done before getting to the point where it is now.

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