I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns

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All Music Guide - Bil Carpenter
An expensive, big orchestra with some of the top session players in music provided the backdrop for Griffith's 1996 return to the recording studio for the first time in more than two decades. He recorded comedy and vocals sporadically for Capitol and other labels in the 1950s and 1960s. The set boasts 25 of the best-known gospels and hymns of all time. Griffith and label owner Billy Ray Hearn narrowed the tracks down from a pool of 150 songs they had considered. These arrangements are dulcet, pretty and on the symphonic side. Griffith's distinctive voice fluctuates between a low tenor and a soft baritone. It sounds best on ballads such as "Whispering Hope," "Wayfaring ...
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All Music Guide - Bil Carpenter
An expensive, big orchestra with some of the top session players in music provided the backdrop for Griffith's 1996 return to the recording studio for the first time in more than two decades. He recorded comedy and vocals sporadically for Capitol and other labels in the 1950s and 1960s. The set boasts 25 of the best-known gospels and hymns of all time. Griffith and label owner Billy Ray Hearn narrowed the tracks down from a pool of 150 songs they had considered. These arrangements are dulcet, pretty and on the symphonic side. Griffith's distinctive voice fluctuates between a low tenor and a soft baritone. It sounds best on ballads such as "Whispering Hope," "Wayfaring Stranger" and "How Great Thou Art." Initially sold via a television telemarketing campaign, the album has sold a half million copies and become the best-selling recording of Griffith's career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/1996
  • Label: Sparrow
  • UPC: 724385144028
  • Catalog Number: 51440
  • Sales rank: 40,730

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andy Griffith Primary Artist
Beverly Darnall Vocals
Jackie Cusic Vocals
Ellen Dockery Vocals
Kevin Dorsey Vocals
David Durham Vocals
Mike Finnegan Vocals
Mary George Vocals
Rick Gibson Vocals
Portia Griffin Vocals
Dorian Holley Vocals
Sarah Huffman Vocals
David Huntsinger Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals
Mark Ivey Vocals
Natalie Jackson Vocals
Mortonette Jenkins Vocals
Tammy Jenson Vocals
Marlena Jeter Vocals
Michael Landau Guitar
Bob Mann Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin
Russell Mauldin Vocals
Donny Monk Vocals
Ellen Musick Vocals
David Palmer Vocals
Dean Parks Guitar
Darryl Phinnessee Vocals
Gary Robinson Vocals
Myrna Smith Vocals
Rick Stewart Vocals
Steve Tyrell Vocals
Carlos Vega Percussion, Drums
Wil Wheaton Vocals
Nancy Allen Vocals
Thomas "Butch" Curry Vocals
Leland Sklar Bass
Technical Credits
Billy Ray Hearn Executive Producer
Jeff Bailey Contributor
Les Benedict Contributor
John Catchings Contributor
Ernie Collins Contributor
Connie Ellisor Contributor
Lynn Fuston Digital Editing
Clark Germain Engineer
Gary Grant Contributor
Barry Green Contributor
Dan Higgins Contributor
David Huntsinger Arranger
Charles Loper Contributor
Chris McDonald Contributor
John Newton Composer
Max Norman Digital Editing
Steve Tyrell Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Bruce Watkins Contributor
Yvonne Williams Contributor
Alan Yoshida Mastering
Dan Rudin Engineer
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Contributor
Michael C. Ross Engineer
Public Domain Composer
Mike Haynes Digital Editing
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