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Garrison Keillor & the Hopeful Gospel Quartet


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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 (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,407 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 By H. F. Corbin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 23, 2004
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By luckytown on November 21, 2000
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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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1998
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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 By Patrizia on November 5, 2004
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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 By A Customer on August 27, 1998
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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 By A Customer on November 24, 1999
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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 By A Customer on January 28, 2000
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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 By A Customer on March 19, 2000
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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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