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I Love to Tell the Story

Andy GriffithAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 2, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sparrow
  • ASIN: B000005KXI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shall We Gather At The River/Will The Circle '...'
2. Precious Memories
3. The Old Rugged Cross/Near The Cross
4. When They Ring The Golden Bell/In The Sweet.......
5. We're Marching To Zion/When The Saints Go...
6. Sweet Hour Of Prayer/What A Friend We Have In ....
7. How Great Thou Art
8. Sweet Prospect/ I Am Bound For The Promised Land
9. Amazing Grace/Grace Greater Than All Our Sin
10. I Love To Tell The Story
11. Wayfaring Stranger
12. Softly And Tenderly/I Surrender All/Pass Me Not
13. Whispering Hope
14. When We All Get To Heaven/We'll Understand It's...

Editorial Reviews

25 homespun hymns from one of America's best-loved actors (and no stranger to the recording studio-remember What It Was, Was Football ?). Includes Shall We Gather at the River; Will the Circle Be Unbroken; The Old Rugged Cross; When the Saints Go Marching In; How Great Thou Art , and more.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Replacement. March 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a chaplain at a Long Term Care Facility in Texas. For the past year I have used this tape twice a week on the Alzheimer's Unit. If these residents can do nothing else, they can still sing the hymns of their childhood. It is both amazing and inspirational to see the joy on their faces when they can recognize something from the past. I have worn out the tape and am replacing it.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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I find myself turning to this CD more and more when I feel like hearing a good hymn sing! I love the way Griffith sings. He will remind you of your favorite male member of your church choir---not overly polished, but sining in such a heartfelt yet not falsely emotional way. You can certainly tell he grew up singing these hymns in a little country church! It's hard to find traditional hymns sung this way. I love a few of the selections especially---Will the Circle be Unbroken, which my 2 year old loves to hear and sing along to, Softly and Tenderly, which he sings so well, and How Great Thou Art, a wonderful hymn however it's sung, but his version is one of my favorite ever---especially the way he speaks the powerful last verse over the music! If you are looking for slick pop versions and highly polished singing, look elsewhere, but if you like to hear hymns sung the way you remember from your childhood, look here!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving and Profound January 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This collection of hymns and hymn medleys is a powerful, very moving experience. Griffith's articulate, resonant voice is a superb vehicle for these golden, cherished hymns, and he shows us that the mouth can only sing what the heart has first caressed. Anything less is mere noise.
Among others, one of the most moving, inspirational selections of this CD is his rendition of "How Great Thou Art". It is sung meditatively, yet with a power that infuses the soul with reverence. Then, when the melody softens and Griffith begins to pronounce the lines of the hymn in a powerful voice, it seems that the veil of time has been lifted away, and we are witnessing the focus of all Christianity on one single theme in one powerful and reverent moment. For a few brief moments, the voice we hear is the chorus of the patriarchs, the apostles, the martyrs, and the saved at all times and everywhere resounding down through the ages - for the message it brings is timeless in its reverence and exaltation of the greatness of God.
Also of note is Griffith's excellent balance between the old and the new. Portions of a few of the medleys do come across as being infused with bluegrass/western-like guitar runs, but - on a scope uncommon for most recordings of older hymns - Griffith is consistently very faithful to the old melodies. The harmony and backup vocals are centered around the melody of the songs, not around the lead singer.
All in all, this is a CD very well worth listening to. Although it is certain to bring on fond memories, its value lies in its being conducive to reflection, introspection, and prayer. Griffith's own testimony and expressive talent further enhance its natural, ageless luster.
- Benjamin Gene Gardner
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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In his golden years, Andy Griffith has bestowed a tremendous gift upon us in his "I Love To Tell The Story" collection. I've heard critics complain that he does not offer the slick polish of a young man's voice, but I wouldn't trade the sincere feeling and heart-touching depth Andy Griffith can put across for anything. There's a lifetime of warmth that resonates through his voice in these beautiful old songs. Creating such meaning with voice comes from time spent living. Listening makes me wish I'd grown up in his part of the south. This is my second of Andy's CD's, the first was The Christmas Guest (truly superb - a must have). I Love To Tell The Story arrived only a few days ago but has already logged many hours playing. If I had to choose favorites on this cd, (two of them tied for absolute favorite) they would be (1A) Precious Memories: gentle sweet and peaceful (1B) Sweet Prospect: both tenderly reverent and compelling; makes an excellent showcase for the gentle power of Andy's classical trained voice. (2) Softly and Tenderly: lovely, heartfelt and moving (3) How Great Thou Art: like listening to his sincere private conversation with his maker (4) Amazing Grace: stirring rendition. All together it is a beautiful collection, well executed, classically. This is not flash, this is substance. This will be in my collection always, played often.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly October 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As a long standing fan of Andy Griffith I really enjoy his music I always sang these songs to my children when they were little and now I am singing them to my great grand child I am hoping to get this album for xmas from my daughter Amber who I love very much Thank you Andy for the beautiful music God Bless
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love to tell the story November 23, 1999
By angela
Format:Audio CD
I just love the good old songs i grew up with, that is the true roots of gospel. To hear them and enjoy them is truly a blessing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Author of The Dead Angel loves to sing along with Andy. December 22, 2003
By C. Hill
Format:Audio CD
As a member of a musical family (even my detective in TDA sings) that still gathers at the piano to sing many favorite songs, including the good ol' hymns of yesteryear, I love Andy's CDs. When I need a lift, I pop one into the CD or home...and sing away. They're great to use for family get-togethers when there's no piano handy. Andy's background musicians are also superb. I cherish Andy's CDs that I own. Keep singin' and recordin', Andy! We can feel your sincerity in each number.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great selection of music to soothe the soul!!
Published 12 days ago by sarah seelye
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love to Tell the Story Andy Griffith CD
Great CD, ANDY has a smooth southern way of bringing these old hymns to life. Buy one and let Jesus change your life.
Published 29 days ago by Randall K. Geiser
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful old hymns
Wonderful old hymns, and Andy Griffith has such a marvelous voice. The CD arrived quickly and in perfect condition. Many thanks.
Published 1 month ago by MHB
3.0 out of 5 stars Andy in his latter years
Andy must have been in his 70's when he assembled this compilation of songs. His voice quality is good, but sounds too professional for me to enjoy as I did when he was younger,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JOTS - USA
4.0 out of 5 stars Once more I need to listen to this CD!!!!
Read the previous review --- it's not that I don't like to listen, just that I am not certain my DH would really like to hear the gossip music echoing through the house. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mary C. Castle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, if you love Gospel songs
I purchased this CD for my mom, and she loved it. No one else seems to want to sing these Great Old Gospel songs.
Published 5 months ago by Pamela Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars I love to tell the story
One of the persons I enjoy listening to sing. Enjoy hymns. Was a prize winning combination for me. Bought it used, and it was like new. Good seller
Published 6 months ago by anna mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Griffith CD
My Mom loves to listen to music like this. She listens to music every night when she goes to sleep.
Published 7 months ago by Linda J. Cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Lives On
...and so does the message he believed was the most important message of all time. He lived his life by it and so did the message through his acting.
Published 8 months ago by david
5.0 out of 5 stars yup
Oh how I love Andy Griffith singing gospel. His strong loving voice just fills me up and makes me shine. Pick any one he's done, they are all wonderful.
Published 8 months ago by Rose
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