Album Review: “A Living Legacy: The Songs of Squire Parsons”

As I was preparing for my first ever trip to NQC last

week,  I began to make a shopping list of all the new

cds that I wanted to purchase. One of the cd’s at the top of my list  that was this tribute to Squire Parsons, “A Living Legacy: The Songs of Squire Parsons. Jim Brady put this project together and Squire had no idea of this, so it was a very welcome suprise to Squire.

There are 18 songs on this cd, 8 of those previously unreleased or new tracks.  2 songs were older tracks re-recorded with the groups current lineup. The cd is an ultimate collection of Squire’s most well known songs that he has written. Both the Booth Brothers (He Came To Me & Look For Me At Jesus Feet)  & Gold City (I’m Not Giving Up & If God Be For Us) contributed 2 songs each . There are also some unique group combinations.  My favorite highlights of this cd are……

I Call It Home” recorded by the trio of Karen Peck and Jim & Melissa Brady

I’ve Got A Reservation” by the quartet lineup of Jim Brady, Mark Trammell, Chris Allman, and Glenn Dustin.

I Sing Because” a new recording, by the Mark Trammell Quartet.

Hello Mama” a great arrangement, recorded by Jim Brady.

I Stand Amazed” recorded by Greater Vision, with Jim Brady & Arthur Rice

And of course. “Sweet Beulah Land“, recorded by an all star choir!

Also contributing new recordings of Parsons classics were Ivan Parker & the Whisnants with “The Broken Rose” & “Master Of The Sea” respectively. What i was not crazy about was groups such as Gold City turning in their original recordings of “I’m Not Giving Up” & “If God Be For Us” from 1995 & 1992 respectively.  Brian Free & Assurance did the same with their effort, “The Greatest of All Miracles”, which was recorded back in the late 90’s.

The Kingsmen & Kingdom Heirs both recorded new versions of their entries, “You’re Not Alone” & “Ever Since That Wonderful Day”, with their current lineups, which was a genius idea. Irregardless, this cd is a must buy! Jim Brady did a great job producing this album and putting everything together. Any fan of Squire’s or Southern Gospel in general should own this. You can purchase it from www.squireparsons.com

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