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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    These Colors NEVER RUN

    Just when you thought the Oaks couldn't outdo themselves ("From The Heart," "An Inconvenient Christmas"), they DO!! Teamed once again with producer Michael Sykes, The Oak Ridge Boys deliver an album that visits the foundation of their music: Faith, Family, and Country. Each song is a testimony to these, and the results are nothing less than superb! Some key tracks are "The Home Stretch," which was recorded in ONE TAKE (keep the tissues handy), "Glory Bound" (can anyone have TOO MUCH fun singing a song?), and "GI Joe and Lillie" (written by tenor singer Joe Bonsall in tribute of his parents). Also included are brand-new recordings of two previous hits: "An American Family" (with an added bridge conveying a POWERFUL message) and "Thank God For Kids" (an eternal classic). DEFINITELY worth buying!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A review by Craig Meads down under in New Zealand.

    To me, reviewing this album required something I found interesting and challenging: The view from outside America is often one where Americans’ love of country is misunderstood, so in this case I had to try and recall my time in the US and see things again through the eyes of an American. This particular album seems to place a greater emphasis on the power of the lyrics and uses the music to change the lyrics into a message that cannot be missed. If I were to describe this in as few words as possible I would call this “honest music, honest singing with clever and rich four-part harmony by an honest group trying to reach the listener honestly.” The album reeks of passion, belief, emotion and also fun. After their last two albums, I thought that maybe a zenith might have been reached by the group and that also the theme of this album would be challenging. I was wrong. I am sure the band will enjoy performing these numbers in concert, as this album contains some of the finest instrumentals ever on an Oaks album. (Colors) “Red as the Blood Shed, Blue as the Wounded, White as the crosses....these colors never run”. Iwo Jima, the famous black and white photo of the standard being raised I see now in color, the flag planted on the Sea of Tranquility, the flag hanging in the rubble of 9/11, I see it more clearly now, it really is black and white. Beginning in powerful and rich a Capella four part harmony with the chorus, instrumentals introduced and the verses anchored by snare drumming, this work led by Duane Allen (I hesitate to call this a song) builds to a powerful chorus. The fuzz electric guitar gently weeps (thanks George Harrison for those inspiring words) as it hooks the second verse. The final rendition of the chorus is sung powerfully but with reverence and this is evidenced in the enunciation and intonation of the word “crosses”. I love the subtle touches of the chimes in the ending sequence. One gets the feeling that the group felt the presence of a higher power while recording this. (Absence of Love) A 6/8 ballad about the “Johnny” we have all seen and know.....devoid of true love, time and deserving attention, and how in this, the “now and me generation” it’s everyone else’s fault but our own when it all goes wrong. The banjo picking and rolling advertises the country heritage and values of this song but shows the maturity gained by singing through the decades of changing music styles, attitudes and morals. (Compare this to a similar choral and vocal harmony in “Family Re-Union” from the ‘70's). The well engineered build down at the end is busy but very listenable. The breathing requirements show that the Oaks are singers of talent, and the banjo mirrors the introduction cleverly, with an extra measure making the toe want to tap just that little bit more and will the picker to keep on going. “When love says goodbye, your Will says hello....blame really lies in the absence of love”. I wonder if these words will be picked up by those in secular circles? (The Home Stretch) The title, as well as the piano and guitar introduction just seemed to introduce William Lee Golden as the lead singer. The “pregnant pauses”in the first verse are just right, and the echoing piano accompaniment with mandolin flutters adds power and emotion to Golden’s voice, which becomes more obvious with the words “...slipped away”. Allen, Bonsall and Sterban seem to pick up on Golden’s power in the chorus. Richard Sterban’s anchor in the chorus, while understated, underlies his value to the group. A song such as this can only be truly sung in this manner by those who have lived the “life experience”; who can bring to the work the feelings from their own experience. I notice here, as in “A Simple Christmas Song&#82

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This was very very good

    This was very very good
    It was to the hart
    And what the U.S.A is all about
    I know God was with them on this one
    If more people would listen to this
    It would make them happy for what they have
    I am getting one for a good friend
    Thank you
    From Jim Denice RI U.S.A

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    I'm not a big Oak Ridge Boys fan, but this is only CD of their's I own. I also am sending one to Grandparents for Christmas. This is a CD for all age groups.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Great Album!

    This album is great! The Oak Ridge Boys are my all-time favorite group - they never let their fans down. I would highly recommend this album!!!!

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