Hand-Clapping Gospel Songs

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Devoting an entire album to gospel songs wasn't a bad idea for Acuff, though coming in the same year as an Acuff album of folk songs 1963's Sings American Folk Songs, it seemed to indicate that the country legend was latching onto broad concepts in order to expedite spinning out multiple albums within a small time frame. Traditional numbers are mixed with compositions credited to Hank Williams, Walter Bailes, and Frankie Bailes, and others; Acuff himself has just one co-writing credit. It differs from some of his other Hickory output -- Sings American Folk Songs, for instance -- in its use of robust backing vocals, though the core instrumentation remains no-frills ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Devoting an entire album to gospel songs wasn't a bad idea for Acuff, though coming in the same year as an Acuff album of folk songs 1963's Sings American Folk Songs, it seemed to indicate that the country legend was latching onto broad concepts in order to expedite spinning out multiple albums within a small time frame. Traditional numbers are mixed with compositions credited to Hank Williams, Walter Bailes, and Frankie Bailes, and others; Acuff himself has just one co-writing credit. It differs from some of his other Hickory output -- Sings American Folk Songs, for instance -- in its use of robust backing vocals, though the core instrumentation remains no-frills traditional country albeit with gentle honky tonk piano. It's not such a fine listen, however, mostly because so many of the songs share similar brisk, hand-clapping rhythms and melodies. That gets to be particularly troublesome when, say, "Build Me a Cabin in Gloryland" is immediately followed by "That Glory Bound Train," the quick repetition of promised glory excessive enough to make heathens out of potential converts. Less cheekily, the similarity between tracks does threaten to cross over to monotony, and casual listeners might sometimes catch themselves wondering if they've just heard the track playing only a minute or two ago. So it's not recommended to anyone but major Acuff fans, but if you are building a deep Acuff collection, you might want to get it on the 2004 Ace CD reissue that combines this and Sings American Folk Songs onto one disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206687224
  • Catalog Number: 066872
  • Sales rank: 40,008

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Somebody Touched Me - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:25)
  2. 2 Turn Your Radio On - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:13)
  3. 3 Jesus Died for Me - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:30)
  4. 4 Wait for the Light to Shine - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (1:58)
  5. 5 Lord, Build Me a Cabin in Glory - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:33)
  6. 6 Thank God - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:59)
  7. 7 That Glory Bound Train - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (1:58)
  8. 8 I Saw the Light - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:06)
  9. 9 I'll Fly Away - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:07)
  10. 10 It's All Right Now - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (1:54)
  11. 11 Traveling the Highway Home - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:43)
  12. 12 Glory Is Coming - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:46)
  13. 13 The Great Speckled Bird - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:44)
  14. 14 The Precious Jewel - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (3:19)
  15. 15 This World Can't Stand Long - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:20)
  16. 16 Hallelujah Square - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (3:39)
  17. 17 Little Moses - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:37)
  18. 18 From Cradle to Cross to Crown - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Acuff Primary Artist, Vocals
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Roy Acuff Arranger, Composer
Cary E. Mansfield Reissue Producer
Fred Rose Composer
Wesley Rose Producer
Walter Bailes Composer
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Loney Hutchins Composer
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Larry Zwisohn Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Steve Massie Mastering
Frankie Bailes Composer
Curtis Stewart Composer
Ray Overholt Composer
James Rowe Composer
John Reedy Composer
Homer Morris Composer
Odell McLeod Composer
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