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How Sweet The Sound: 25 Hymns and Gospel Greats<
Artist: The Charlie Daniels Band
Label: Sparrow
Length: 25 tracks (2 discs)

Country legend Charlie Daniels offers a capstone recording to a career that has spanned over three decades.  How Sweet The Sound: 25 Hymns and Gospel Greats is a 2-disc collection of favorite hymns and
gospel songs redone in The Charlie Daniels Band style, replete with plenty of Daniels’ trademark fiddle, banjo, and mandolin playing. Rounding out the band are Charlie Hawyard on bass, Bruce Brown and Mark Matejka on guitars, and Pat McDonald on drums.  Daniels shares producing credit with Patrick Kelly.

The album kicks off with a rousing rendition of “Amazing Grace” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”  Daniels' resonating baritone voice is in prime form, as is his trademark cowboy hat on the cover art.  Mellower tunes “In The Garden”, “Softly And Tenderly,” and “Abide With Me” are equally well-produced, and sung reverently with conviction.  The Bobby Jones Super Choir adds background vocals on many of the cuts on both discs, including the Hank Williams hoe-down “I Saw The Light.”  “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” was a highlight with its blues style and mixed tempos.  One could dance to it once it gets going.

Lovers of southern gospel and blues will enjoy Daniels’ renditions of these classic songs.  Better lyrics can’t be found outside of the old hymns, and a well-done collection can add volumes to an artist’s repertoire. 

Track List:
Disc 1
1. Amazing Grace
2. Precious Lord, Take My Hand
3. In the Garden
4. Softly and Tenderly
5. Abide With Me
6. I Saw the Light
7. Just a Closer Walk With Thee
8. Just a Little Talk With Jesus
9. Swing Down Chariot
10. Nothing But the Blood
11. I’ll Fly Away
12. How Great Thou Art

Disc 2
1. Somebody Was Prayin’ For Me
2. They Tell Me of a Home
3. Are You Washed In the Blood?
4. The Old Rugged Cross
5. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
6. Blessed Assurance
7. Peace In the Valley
8. In The Sweet By and By
9. I Am Thine O Lord
10. Come Unto Me
11. Kneel At the Cross
12. Life’s Railway To Heaven
13. There Is Power In the Blood

Zik Jackson 
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