CD Review: Through the Years (Southern Sound)
Southern Sound is known for singing 1950s/1960s quartet style music. Through the Years is a compilation of sorts, a selection of sixteen of their most-requested numbers with new vocals by the current lineup. Many of the songs are covers from groups of the era, including the Statesmen (This is the Day, Something to Shout About), Stamps (Rolling Along), Imperials (If Everybody Prayed) and Suwanee River Boys (Day By Day). Several of the project’s strongest songs are fresh versions of songs original to the group, though—two each by lead singer Ben Harris (Jordan’s Swelling Tide, Glory in the Lord) and baritone Trevor Haley (Why, We Will Stand).
This CD strikes a good balance between songs that sound like they were from the era and songs that actually were. This project should especially appeal to fans of groups from that era who aren’t already familiar with the group’s music.
Song list: This is the Day; The Galilean; Something to Shout About; Jordan’s Swelling Tide; Heaven is Better than This; God Most Have Sent Down an Angel; Let Your Love; He’ll Be There; Heaven’s Old Gospel Ship; If Everybody Prayed; Day By Day; The Haven of Rest; Glory in the Lord; Why; Rolling Along; We Will Stand. Review copy provided.