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Jubilee II CD Review- Legacy Five, Greater Vision and The Booth Brothers

When the first Jubilee CD came out; it was a very unique concept thought up by Scott Fowler, Gerald Wolfe and Michael Booth. Now a little over a year later the guys are back with a sequel, I personally think that this one is better than the first one; which is not always the case with sequels. I hope this review will give you insight into just how unique this CD is. There are only two singers on this CD that were not on the first; as Greater Vision and Legacy Five have both changed tenors since the first CD. Below is a song by song breakdown of this great CD.

1. Jesus Is Coming Soon- This song (featuring the entire ensemble of singers) was a great selection as an opening song. It has always been a great quartet song; but with a full ensemble of singers such as this one, it gives the song an extra punch it should go over very well live. Chris Allman has a nice power tenor line on the last part, with all the tenors really cranking up the heat to close the song. The three tenors as a whole sound great together on their repeats and Glenn Dustin as the sole bass singer in the ensemble does a really nice job with his part. 5/5

2. Sing Me A Song About Jesus- This song also features the entire ensemble, and is an old gem of a song that these guys have dusted off and turned into a great number for this CD. It features a tenor trio, and an amazing piano turnaround by Tim Parton; his talent on the keys truly never ceases to amaze me. The song is also fun, upbeat and lively it will have you tapping your toes along with the song throughout. 4/5

3. Don’t Hang Your Head And Cry- This song features the Booth Brothers; with L5 giving some background quartet vocals. This song is one of two newly written songs on this project (that features mostly older tunes) this particular song was written by Jim Brady, and the music makes it sound like it was written years ago. That however does not at all take away from the vocals or the lyrics; the harmony is unmatched from the Booths and from L5. I really enjoy this cut for sure. 4.5/5

4. I Never Shall Forget The Day- This old Speer family hit is covered very well by Legacy Five; the solo songs on this CD just like the first CD were picked with each groups strengths in mind, this pick is no exception to that unstated rule. Legacy Five takes this song and really puts a zing  into it, especially with the track; it starts with some nice guitar licks and a steady quick beat that keeps that pace throughout the song. Gus Gaches in particular stands out on this one, he is a great tenor and it shows here. You will find yourself tapping your toes with this one for sure. 5/5

5. My House Is Full But My Fields Are Empty- This song is a major slowdown from the last song clocking in at just less than 6 minutes; the track is a slow one that comes close to dragging, but  works very well  with the sobering lyrics. I really like the Hammond B3 organ that is interspersed throughout the track of this number. It features Greater Vision with Gerald Wolfe taking the lead on the verses. This song has a message that is right down where we are at today; And these guys communicate that message very well in this thought-provoking song. 4/5

6.  Undeserving-This song is the other recently written song from the pen of Rodney Griffin. It features the ensemble once and again and is a fun song that has one set of singers at one point repeating each other then asking a question and another set of singers answering that question making for a great contrast. Having a group of 10 singers definitely helps with this unique song. 4.5/5

7. When I Wake Up To Sleep No More- This is another old song that once again features the entire ensemble. In the middle of the song they feature a quartet of Michael Booth, Scott Fowler, Gerald Wolfe and Glenn Dustin. The Tenors seem to have a ton of fun with this one, and Glenn Dustin really stands out in a big way. This should go over very well live at their Jubilee concerts. 5/5

8. Crown Him/ He’s My king- This two song medley is done very well by the Booth Brothers, and is done completely A Capella that shows a side of the Booth Brothers that you don’t normally see. They have always had a great blend, and harmony that sets them apart in Southern Gospel; but this song really brings this out even more than ever before. 5/5

9. Everyday- This song penned by Henry Slaughter features Legacy Five. Their blend and harmony on this particular song is probably the best I have ever heard them, and that includes on their most recent project Give The World A Smile (and that is saying something). Gus Gaches is given the lead line which he of course handles with expert skill that you don’t always find singers handling their lines with. I really like this song quite a bit, and it grows on me more and more every time I listen to it. 5/5

10. When They Ring The Bells Of Heaven- This great fun upbeat song featuring Greater Vision really shows what these guys are capable of. Chris Allman is really superb on this one and the harmony is quite exquisite. Greater Vision has crafted quite a recognizable sound over the last couple of decades and with Chris Allman back they are better than ever; this song shows just that in a big way. 5/5

11. I’m Free Again- The closer like the opener features all of the groups singing in their ensemble. The track once again has a B3 Hammond organ added to the mix and is once again a welcome addition. As for the song itself it features some great singing, and features Glenn Dustin with some nice bass lines which he of course does a great job with. This song was a good choice for a closer to a great CD.

Overall Rating- 5/5

Final Thoughts: These guys have really out done themselves with this studio CD, Tim Parton did all of the arranging on this CD and he really did a incredible  job putting it all together. Tim is a unique talent that Scott, Gerald and Michael obviously recognize; and that is definitely to their advantage in more ways than one. I hope that this is not the last of the Jubilee series, and if this CD is any indication of what the future might hold for these guys if they make more than hang on they are just getting started. They are taping a live DVD of this CD; and if it is as good as the first DVD then it will be a huge success. Seeing these guys get together on stage and do this live, is truly magical and is reminiscent of the magical moments that KingsGold brought us in the 80′s and 90′s. Get this CD and I can promise you that you will truly be blessed by what these guys have put together. You can order this CD from any of the group’s web-sites. Here is one location where you can order it from.

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  1. October 7, 2010 at 1:43 -05:00Oct

    Thanks Nate! Great review! Actually, the quartet on the second verse of “When I Wake Up…” is Scott Fowler, Michael Booth, Glen Dustin, and me, but thanks for the comparison to Jim Brady. He’s a great singer! Also, I hope you don’t think a sobering song such as “My House Is Full” should be done in a full-gallop 6/8 rhythm. The slow, “dragging” tempo was intentional.

    • Nate Stainbrook
      October 7, 2010 at 1:43 -05:00Oct

      Your welcome Gerald! Thanks for catching that part, I did not have my linier notes when writing that section! And no I don’t think that song should have been more uptempo whatsoever; the tempo fits the lyrics quite well (as you well know) I suppose I should have worded that differently!

  2. October 7, 2010 at 1:43 -05:00Oct

    Great review, Nate! Hey, do you know of a place where I can hear clips from this album?

    Oh man… the Booth Brothers acapella? Too sweet–and after what they did with “The Gospel Song…” I’m thinking they should do an acapella table project one of these days!

    • Nate Stainbrook
      October 8, 2010 at 1:43 -05:00Oct

      Unfortunately as of now I don’t think there is any place to listen to any soundclips… L5 should put some up on their website soon…

      And yeah I tottally agree on the Booth Brothers comment! Especially after seeing them stage that song live last night at the taping!

    • Nate Stainbrook
      October 8, 2010 at 1:43 -05:00Oct

      Unfortunately as of now I don’t think there is any place to listen to any soundclips… L5 should put some up on their website soon…

      And yeah I totally agree on the Booth Brothers comment! Especially after seeing them stage that song live last night at the taping!

  3. October 23, 2010 at 1:43 -05:00Oct

    where can I get this

    • Nate Stainbrook
      October 23, 2010 at 1:43 -05:00Oct

      I linked to it at the end of the post. It says here is one place u can order it…

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