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7th Heaven (soundtrack)
Artists:  Various Artists
Label: Treadstone Records
Length: 12 tracks / 42:48
Released:  May 2, 2006

What The World Needs" is the first track on the 7th Heaven soundtrack released under the Treadstone Records banner. Performed by Wynonna the song features her trade mark upbeat contemporary country melodies. The drumming, banjo playing and guitar picking are wonderful. This is easily the best song on the CD. "What The World Needs" was written by Holly Lamar and Brett James. It is a good opener to an average CD.
The soundtrack from the popular television show is a collection of music spanning literally decades. From Mahalia Jackson's 1955 "Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho" to Livingston Taylor's "Step By Step" recorded in 2005.
Not having the benefit of viewing the episodes that the music appeared in it is a difficult task to critique the song selection. I will therefore restrict my comments to simply what I hear. 
Livingston Taylor's "Step By Step" a song he penned opens with the soulful; 

 Step by step
 I'm walking my way to Canaan
 Step by step
 Never more I'll roam. 
By the second stanza Taylor has launched into a full blown Southern Gospel tune that will have you snapping your fingers and singing along. Since there are no credits on the liner notes all I can tell you is the backup vocalists are outstanding. 
Taylor the brother to Pop/Folk artist James Taylor has not had as much radio play as his sibling but is well respected within the music industry.
The tenth track "Someday" performed by The Dixie Hummingbirds is another great foot tapping Southern Gospel tune. The group's career began in the late 1920's and obviously evolved with different members as the generations passed by. Along with the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Carter Family they helped pioneer what eventually became known as Southern Gospel music. 
As much as Randy Travis is one of my favorite people in the whole world he needs to pick up the pace on "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands". Many generations of children including yours truly have been taught to sing the song with soul and with quite a bit more life than Travis offers. George Jones struggles with the same problem on the old standby "I'll Fly Away". There is only way to describe Jones' rendition of 'I'll Fly Away"­tired.
The late Mahalia Jackson's spirited "Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho" is a welcome addition to this collection and reminds us why she was heralded by some as the greatest Gospel singer of all time.
It is incredibly difficult to sing songs that are revered and receive accolades but Sandy Patty's interpretation of "How Great Thou Art" is breathtaking. Patty's vocal range is both startling and beautiful. If you aren't moved when you hear this beautiful old hymn sung by a beautiful singer than something's not right.
If you are a 7th Heaven fan and these songs help you recall some special memories than plunk down your cash.

By Joe Montague, exclusive rights reserved

Joe Montague is an internationally published journalist / photographer. His ministry is dedicated to the memory of his late son Kent David Montague who went to heaven at the age of 18. All copyright and distribution rights remain the property of Joe Montague. 


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