Always Hear the Harmony: The Gospel Sessions
The soaring vocals of Engelbert Humperdinck join with gospel and country greats The Jordanaires, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet and The Light Crust Doughboys for a roots, southern-style country gospel album that's been called a classic in its field. Pop music icon Engelbert is creatively backed by musicians and singers grounded in the classic elements of the style--heaven-sent harmonies, barrelhouse piano, rocking rhythm guitars--and the results form an essential gospel album with unbridled passion. Engelbert and Company have brilliantly avoided a bland, toothless, middle-of-the-road approach to inspirational music and instead have built an album that stands as one of the very best albums of the year. Engelbert's famous voice is earnest and world-weary as he sings in a remarkable style which is part ballad singer, part r&b soulman. The old hymns of the centuries come alive, and the new songs sizzle with an arresting power. The Jordanaires, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet and The Light Crust Doughboys are perfect accompaniests, singing and playing with great soul and conviction. Indeed, this is a showcase for their sounds and styles, as well as Engelbert's. This could be the most intimate and emotional music we'll hear on record this year--bold, gutsy, sanctified and real.
- Always Hear the Harmony
- The Old Rugged Cross
- At the Cross
- Sending Me You
- Take My Hand, Precious Lord
- How Great Thou Art
- Our Wedding Song
- What a Friend We Have in Jesus
- It’s No Secret
- Nearer, My God, To Thee
- In the Sweet By and By
- Amazing Grace
Engelbert Humperdinck has always been a favorite of mine, but I must admit I haven't followed his latest releases not being a fan of techno pop. Since this CD was receiving rave reviews from all the gospel and country and folk music fans, I thought I'd give this international singer a try in the year 2003. Wow, what a revelation! Wow, what an album! It's like Engelbert Humperdinck has been reborn as a gospel and a folk singer. This will likely be a definitive album in his career, a turning point to making CDs that stand the test of time and become classics. "Always Hear The Harmony" is as good as any album I've ever heard in country gospel, including of course Elvis, Ernie Ford, Statlers, Oaks, and so forth. It may even be better! How these guys and Engelbert came up with this sound where you feel like you are actually there soaking in the textures of the singers and the musicians. Where a lot of pop star albums are over-produced and all-synthesized-up, this CD is the real thing. The CD booklet says this fantastic sound was recorded in Texas and at Sun Studios in Memphis. Maybe this partially accounts for the exciting, organic stuff we hear here. Fans who pick this CD up early on may be the very firsts to latch onto a phenomenum like the original Sun sound and like the Stax sound and like the Muscle Shoals sound. Engelbert and his producers have created magic with this CD and have something that will live forever. Engelbert's voice is powerful, almost raspy, almost crying out. It's like he and the gospel singers are singing these songs just for God. I heard from an Englebert fan site that this album was being considered for major international music and fan awards. This album deserves every award it gets. It's Engelbert Humperdinck, it's his friends on this album The Jordanaires, The Blackwood Brothers quartet, The Light Crust Doughboys, all coming together for one of those rare recordings that grab at your heartstrings. Let everybody say, AMEN! Can't wait to hear Engelbert sing some of these songs on TV or in the movies. God Bless This CD!
Engelbert's golden baritone voice is so perfect for these gospel tunes and as usual Engelbert is a genius at selecting the music he records. The more you hear the more you love. I would recommend this to any music lover.
Hear the Harmony i am trying to place a order for Hear The Harmony on www.Engelbert.com for the CD. Can you help me is there a phone number i can call to get help with this order. I do not know how to place a order from this website. I am in his fan club. Can you help me ?. Gypsy Diamond.
Unfortunately that album is out of print and not available. Sorry!"