A clip from the forthcoming Gaither Vocal Band Reunion. This excerpt is a reprise of GVB’s Classics cover of “Satisfied” (h/t, dd).
Boy howdy, what a mess. Nevermind that Terry Franklin is conspicuously missing from the tenor spot here (I’ve heard Terry Franklin; Terry Franklin was a favorite of mine … and Wes Hampton is no Terry Franklin … even still Hampton’s voice is one of the least bad aspects of the performance). In fact, judging by the performances that the other former GVB members, Mark Lowry and Michael English, turn in, maybe it’s a good thing
It’s not that they ought to be able to sing at 45 or 50 the way they sang at 30 or 35. It’s that they thought it was a good idea to try. The moral of the story: think twice about reunions if all your famous songs rely on extra-tight ensemble work with centers of energy arranged around hyper-gifted vocalists possessed of virtuoso voice control and/or stratospheric range in their musical prime.
On the other hand, the bass playing on the turnaround is masterful … almost makes it worth enduring the vocal catastrophe a second time. Almost.Email this Post