CD Review: Songs From the Old Path Vol. 3 (Old Paths)
Since the last two projects I’ve reviewed from the Old Paths—Live in Pigeon Forge (October 2008, here) and Today (April 2008, here)—they have added and then lost a live band, and lost their bass singer. Though they remained on the road constantly, they took a year or longer off from recording to regroup and reestablish their sound as a trio.
Though I will probably always have a soft spot for their all-too-brief quartet with a live band era, the year between recordings was well spent. They have adapted to the different vocal dynamics of a trio and come out with a solid sound.
Journey Down the Old Path Volume Three is a collection of ten Southern Gospel classics. Though there is one classic that practically everyone has cut (“We’ll Soon Be Done with Troubles and Trials”), the overall song selection focuses on those songs that long-time fans will remember and associate with a group, but practically nobody has done since the original. Granted, there may be one or two other cuts (by professional groups) out there, but when was the last time you heard someone cut the Cathedrals’ “My Lord Will Send a Moses”?
Or anyone besides Kirk Talley sing “I Know a Man Who Can”?
Or anyone besides Gold City cut “Windows of Home”?
Or anyone besides the Rambos cut “In the Valley (He Restoreth My Soul)”?
While many groups would have cut, say, “Boundless Love,” “Step Into the Water,” “Midnight Cry,” and “He Looked Beyond My Faults,” this approach to song selection, coupled with delightful arrangements, make this recording a pleasure to listen to.
At about the same time the Old Paths reissued Songs From the Old Path Vol. 3, they also issued Signature Collection. The recording takes fourteen of the group’s earlier songs and delivers new trio arrangements. While it breaks little new ground, that’s not its purpose—to have the concert favorites by the group available at their table. For someone new to the group’s music, it’s also an excellent introduction to the sound of their current lineup of some of their best songs.
Rating: 4.5 stars. ♦ Average song rating: 4 stars. ♦ Group members: Jeremy Peace, Wayne Rackley, Doug Roark. ♦ Produced by: The Old Paths. ♦ Available from: Artist. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.] Review copy provided. ♦ Song list: Homeland; He’s Still Living; I’ve Got a Feeling; In The Valley (He Restoreth My Soul); He is Mine; My Lord Will Send a Moses; Windows of Home; I Know a Man Who Can; Hello Mama; We’ll Soon Be Done With Troubles and Trials.