Gaither Vocal Band The Best of the Gaither Vocal Band (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: September 21, 2004
- Label: Spring House / Emi
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.When We All Get Together With the Lord
- 2.Hide Thou Me
- 3.Low Down the Chariot
- 4.I Heard First on the Radio
- 5.Second Fiddle
- 6.There Is a River
- 7.Few Good Men
- 8.A Brand New Song
- 9.He Touched Me
- 10.Good, Good News
- 11.Alpha and Omega
- 12.Can't Stop Talin' About Him
- 13.The Love of God
- 14.Daystar (Shine Down on Me)
- 15.My Lord and I
- 16.The Baptism of Jesse Taylor
- 17.The Star-Spangled Banner
- 18.Hevean's Joy Awaits
- 19.Knowing You'll Be There
- 20.Lord, Feed Your Children
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary
- 2.Loving God, Loving Each Other
- 3.Mary Was the First One to Carry the Gospel
- 4.The King Is Coming
- 5.Singing With the Saints
- 6.I'll Worship Only at the Feet of Jesus
- 7.O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
- 8.At the Cross
- 9.A Picture of Grace
- 10.He Will Carry You
- 11.I Bowed on My Kness
- 12.John, The Revelator
- 13.Yes, I Know!
- 14.Let Freedom Ring
- 15.Oh, What a Time
- 16.Sinner Saved by Grace
- 17.Mary, Did You Know
Contains 4 previously unreleased tracks.
Personnel: Kevin Williams (acoustic guitar); Danny Rader (banjo); Aubrey Haynie, Audrey Haney (mandolin, fiddle); Jimmy Carter (bass instrument); Kris Crunk (programming); Shane McConnell, Brent Henderson, James Paulich, Shelley Jennings, Mark Ivey, Shelly Jennings, Gary Robinson, Chance Scoggins (background vocals); Kelly Back (electric guitar); Gordon Mote, Jason Webb (keyboards); John Hammond (drums); Melodie Crittenden, Elicia Brown, Stephanie Hall (background vocals); David Phelps , Gary McSpadden, Guy Penrod, Jim Murray, Jon Mohr, Jonathan Pierce, Larnelle Harris, Lee Young, Marshall Hall, Michael English , Russ Taff, Steve Green , Mark Lowry, Bill Gaither , Terry Franklin, Buddy Mullins.
Audio Mixer: Pete Greene.
Liner Note Author: Jim Bessman.
Recording information: Masterfonics, Nashville, TN; Studio 6, San Francisco, CA; The Sound Kitchen, Nashville, TN.
Arranger: Russell Mauldin.
For more than two decades, the Gaither Vocal Band stood as the flagship ensemble of the Gaither music empire. As perhaps the most important link between modern CCM and classic Southern gospel groups of the Stamps variety, Bill Gaither's quartet has produced more gospel singing stars than the Yardbirds produced virtuoso rock guitarists. Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, Michael English, and Jonathan Pierce are just a few of the major names that have passed through the ranks, and each has brought a distinctive contribution to the band's evolution.
Like country counterparts the Oak Ridge Boys (who themselves started out singing gospel), the GVB combines old-time close-harmony singing with modern production techniques to create a sound both contemporary and filled with nostalgia. The smooth sound of 1999's "I Heard It First on the Radio" encapsulates the essence of the group's appeal; it's a splendidly mellow performance that is at once passionate and comforting. "Singing with the Saints" is edgier, taking a cue from contemporary Nashville records by matching the quartet's trademark sound with honky-tonk piano, a rock backbeat, and twangy guitar licks. THE BEST OF GAITHER VOCAL BAND comes as advertised, collecting the finest moments of this groundbreaking ensemble in one convenient package.
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