Songs of Inspiration, Vol. 2

Songs of Inspiration, Vol. 2

by Alabama
     
 
Arriving just five months after the release of the initial Songs of Inspiration, the sequel to Alabama's modest first foray into inspirational music sounds as if it could have been culled together from outtakes from the original album sessions -- which isn't necessarily a criticism since the first Songs of Inspiration is a good,

Overview

Arriving just five months after the release of the initial Songs of Inspiration, the sequel to Alabama's modest first foray into inspirational music sounds as if it could have been culled together from outtakes from the original album sessions -- which isn't necessarily a criticism since the first Songs of Inspiration is a good, if sedate, inspirational collection. It's not just the sound of Songs of Inspiration, Vol. 2 that is similar to the first, it's that its construction is nearly identical, as it relies heavily on familiar gospel tunes performed in familiar ways. Even when it pushes the boundaries of what is "inspirational" it is with a familiar song, "Star Spangled Banner," which may not be inspirational, but it is patriotic, which is the next best thing for an album like this, which celebrates traditional values and sounds above all else. Like before, this can sometimes be a little sleepy -- comfortable and warm, but not necessarily exciting -- but fortunately Alabama switches pace just enough times to keep things flowing well. The opener, "I Am a Pilgrim," is loose and laid-back, but almost lively, with a rolling country-rock beat, and it's not the only time that this kind of down-home vibe surfaces. There's a crisp version of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and a spirited "Down by the Riverside," or best of all, a real earthy, almost funky, version of "The Refrain of John Dillon James." Moments like this arrive more often than they did on the first Songs of Inspiration, and they're interspersed well, giving this a bit more momentum, which helps make this a sequel that may be just a shade better than the original.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2007
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0886970606523
catalogNumber:
706065

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alabama   Primary Artist
Del McCoury   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Gary Prim   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
David Angell   Violin
Eddie Bayers   Percussion,Drums
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Harmonica
John Catchings   Cello
Jeff Cook   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Theodore Gentry   Vocals
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Rob McCoury   Banjo,Guest Appearance
Ronnie McCoury   Banjo,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
Craig Nelson   Bass
Randy Owen   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Larry Paxton   Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Acoustic Bass,Guitar (Nylon String),Archguitar
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Randy Kohrs   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro
Monisa Angell   Viola
Bruce Christensen   Viola
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen   Cello
Michael A. Curtis   Background Vocals
Kirsten Cassell   Cello
Jason Carter   Fiddle,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Jimmie Davis   Composer
Mike Bradley   Engineer
Mark Capps   Engineer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Theodore Gentry   Composer
Carl Gorodetzky   String Contractor
Randy Owen   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Larry Paxton   String Arrangements
Kristin Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Traditional   Composer
James Rowe   Composer
James W. Vaughan   Composer
Buck Moore   Composer
Judy Forde Blair   Liner Notes,Creative Producer
Eric Todd   Composer
Jason Lefan   overdub engineer

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