CD Review: “Know So Salvation” (Legacy Five)
Based on the promotional efforts put into this project, I was expecting it to be a major (Daywind) release. While I was inclined to be slightly disappointed on first listen, it turns out the group released it as a table project. Once I found that out, I was pleasantly surprised at the project’s quality. While this project isn’t everything that a major-label release would be, it is well above average for a table project. Like most table projects, it contains several familiar songs in familiar arrangements, but it also contains several new songs.
- “Know So Salvation.” The title track was written by Dianne Wilkinson and Scott Inman. It is reminiscent of the Cathedrals’ “Can He Could He Would He”–a tongue-twister that has so many similar-sounding phrases that it would appear to be hopelessly confusing, except for the little fact that it actually works.
- “O! Say But I’m Glad.” This rendition of the song features bass singer Glenn Dustin, and reminds me of today’s Blackwood Brothers’ rendition, featuring their bass singer Randy Byrd. Both arrangements have the bass solo in E-flat, and have a similar tempo and feel.
- “I’m Glad that I Know Him.” Lead singer Scott Fowler is featured on this new Squire Parsons song.
- “Go Right Out.” This fast-paced convention song was a good pick for a table project and should also go over well in live concerts.
- “There is Hope.” Scott Fowler is featured on the song. Since the album–regrettably–has no songwriter/publishing information, I don’t know who wrote it.
- “I Go to the Rock.” The group’s rendition of this Squire Parsons [EDIT: not Dottie Rambo] song features baritone Scott Howard, lead singer Scott Fowler, and tenor Frank Seamans through the fast-paced modulations. This song should really shine live.
- “Why.” This arrangement bears a striking similarity to Southern Sound’s original (2004) rendition of the song. The song was written by Neal Travis of Princeton, KY.
- “Heaven’s Jubilee.” Legacy Five’s fast-paced rendition of this Speer Family classic fits in nicely at this point in the CD, between several mid-tempo songs.
- “I’m So Glad I Found Jesus.” Scott Howard is featured on this song, penned by Mark Bishop.
- “Where No One Stands Alone.” Glenn Dustin is featured on this classic. Oddly enough, this is a song also currently being sung by Randy Byrd of the Blackwood Brothers. Like track 2, the bass solo on Legacy Five’s arrangement is in the same key and tempo as the Blackwood Brothers’ rendition. Despite the similarities, though, Legacy Five’s rendition of this song is hardly a copy, since it adds a tasteful orchestration.
- “I Stand Redeemed.” This arrangement is almost as good as the original, recorded by original Legacy Five tenor Josh Cobb on Strong in the Strength (1999). It was taken down a step (from F-G to Eb-F) to allow for Frank Seamans’ slightly lower range.
The nature of a table project–re-recording familiar songs–almost necessitates comparison to previous renditions of the songs included. Leaving aside those comparisons and taking the songs on their own merits, the album is a pleasant representation of what Legacy Five can do without a label’s backing.