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Garrison Keillor & the Hopeful Gospel Quartet

Garrison Keillor, The Hopeful Gospel QuartetAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GN346
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,208 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction
2. My Rock
3. There Is a Fountain
4. Now the Day Is Over
5. The Lord Will Make a Way
6. Jordan
7. Monologue: 7th Inning Stretch
8. Softly and Tenderly
9. Medley: Sweet Hour of Prayer/His Eye Is on the Sparrow [Medley]
10. Brownie and Pete
11. Sweet, Sweet Corn
12. Travelin' Shoes

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garrison Has "Made" A Good CD February 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Listeners of "A Prairie Home Companion" are familiar with the Hopeful Gospel Guartet composed of Mr. Keillor, Kate MacKenzie and Robin and Linda Williams. They are accompanied here-- at times-- by the likes of Butch Thompson on piano and Chet Atkins who also produced the CD. The quartet sings some of the faster gospel numbers, the Stamps-Baxter types-- "My Rock","The Lord Will Make A Way", "Jordan", and "Travelin' Shoes." While these are sung well, I prefer the slower hymns, "There Is A Fountain", "Softly and Tenderly" and "Sweet Hour of Prayer." As you would expect from Mr. Keillor, he is not content to just sing here but interposes his familiar, gentle humor we have loved for so long on his radio show: "My people were Puritans who came to American in the late Seventeenth Century. They came to America in hopes of discovering greater restrictions than were permissible under English law." Mr. Keillor weaves such threads as these throughout the CD. My favorite cut here is the hauntingly beautiful a capella arrangement of "Now The Day Is Over." Keillor waxes nostalgic between verses about a young boy's sexual awakening in Minnesota and his desire to leave small town America and, in his case, get to New York City. Keillor pulls this off without becoming maudlin. He achieves here something similiar and as beautiful as what Thorton Wilder does in OUR TOWN, I think.
Finally, Keillor sings a hymn to a loving God who lets us eat fresh corn straight out of the garden in "Sweet, Sweet Corn." (You won't find that one in the Broadman Hymnal.) It really does taste better that way.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned can be good November 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Music that is actually warm, from the heart, and wonderful when sung in haunting a cappella. This is an album with some sacred tunes done honest prairie style. A rare treat. There is interruption by Garrison Keillor's monologues, but you can skip them once you've heard them a few times.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't what I had hoped it would be. September 17, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
If you are buying this CD to hear Garrison Keillor talk, you won't be disappointed. He also sings a few solos. Unfortunately, the CD, a recording of a live performance, did not contain many of the traditional favorites that I've enjoyed hearing the The Hopeful Gospel Quartet perform on various broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The "Perfect Quartet" was renamed the "Hopeful Quartet" according to Mr. Keillor and they were in NY City to sing Gospel music because as he told the audience, "...some of you look like you need it." I needed this CD to perk up a long, frequent drive and it met the bill. Fun music and funny interludes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A LOT OF FUN ALONG WITH GOOD MUSIC August 27, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a mixed quartet singing old gospel favorites, for those who have grown up on them and also some new "original" songs. I really enjoyed the "Hymn to Sweet Corn", and his comments on his puritan ancestors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but a couple of bad spots November 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I love Garrison and the Hopeful Gospel Quartet and most of the songs on this CD. However, two of the songs were a little muffled. Perhaps it is because they were taken from a live performance that in itself was not the best taping quality. Looking forward for them to do another.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lord Will Make A Way January 28, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Lord Will Make A Way is my favorite song. I find alot of comfort in this song since the accidental death of my brother. The song lifts my spirits and just helps me make it through another day trusting that the Lord is guiding me through misery and depression.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars G.K.&THE HOPEFULL GOSPEL QUARTET March 19, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first bought this on tape, and my i add i played it so manytimes that i wore it out. Now that i have located your web site.I willnow buy this on cd and with great hopes this will last forever. END
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gospel with a gentle wit and humor
Garrison Keillor, author of Lake Woebegon Days and the creator of A Prairie Home Companion brings his gentle wit and Midwestern sense of humor to Gospel music. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Garrison KEILLOR
easy TO LISTEN TO. very FUNNY. Order was quick. No Problems. Would recommend this music to anyone and was easy to order through Amazon
Published 11 months ago by kay laub
5.0 out of 5 stars Garrison Keillor & the Hopeful Gospel Quartet Garrison Keillor & the...
Brownie and Pete is just fun to listen to as all of the other songs are that are on this CD
Published 16 months ago by Bob Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much talkin' and not enough singin'
Despite being critical of the talking, this review is moved to rate this album four-star worthy because it is good listening, especially while driving in the car.
Published 20 months ago by Mayo Quin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment!
I have this cd by Garrison Keillor and bought it for a gift for my grandson and his wife. They enjoy gospel and this cd has great gospel harmony, plus the wit of Garrison.
Published on March 24, 2011 by Sally L. Swanson
5.0 out of 5 stars great mix of gospel songs
so glad we bought this. garrison was a lot younger then with a marvelous singing voice. enjoyed all the songs.
service was excellent.
Published on March 9, 2010 by J. Maxwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I liked the CD. I am a Keilor fan and do always enjoy the religious as well as the story tellling talents on CD.
Published on May 14, 2009 by Melinda Escabar
5.0 out of 5 stars Have played this CD over and over.
I love this CD. It really puts me in a good mood. Uplifting and fun.
I would definitely buy again and even as a gift for others
Published on December 18, 2007 by B. Dow
5.0 out of 5 stars Garrison and Gospel
Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face as you listen to familiar gospel tunes with wonderful harmony. Great companion for solo trips in the car.
Published on June 1, 2007 by Grandma Pat
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