The Bottom Line
- "Go Rest High On That Mountain" - Vince Gill
- "Wings of a Dove" - Ferlin Husky
- "Angel Band" - The Stanley Brothers
- Only one recording per artist.
- Songs spanning 7 decades from some of the best-known names in country.
- Something for everyone from the Carter Family to Alison Krauss.
- Beautiful gospel music, chart-toppers and inspirational favorites.
Guide Review - 20 Classic Gospel Songs of the Century - Various Artists
From the 1935 recording of the Carter Family's original "Can The Circle Be Unbroken" and Hank Williams' toe-tapping, heartfelt "I Saw The Light" to Vince Gill's heartbreaking tribute to his brother, "Go Rest High On That Mountain," the beauty and emotion in these tunes comes through. Listening to a very young Ralph Stanley sing "Angel Band" is a treat for those who are only familiar with the elderly gentleman of "O Brother" fame; and Red Foley's bluesy rendition of "Peace in the Valley" was so definitive the same arrangement was later used by Elvis Presley for his gospel recordings. Speaking of Elvis, I realize "Crying in the Chapel" was chosen because it was his highest-charting gospel song, but personally speaking, Elvis's most powerful gospel recording to my mind is "How Great Thou Art," and that doesn't mean any offense to Connie Smith, who delivers that hymn with great passion here.
From Johnny Cash to Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson to The Statler Brothers, this disc is a beautiful treat for all lovers of country gospel music.