The Promise Land

August 21, 2007 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 21, 2007
  • Release Date: August 21, 2007
  • Label: MCCOURY Music
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  • Total Length: 42:20
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  • ASIN: B0011YYTVA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,776 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 21, 2006
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It's hard to believe that it took Del McCoury more than forty years to record his first all-gospel album, but THE PROMISED LAND was worth the wait. This 14-track collection is a treat for the ears as well as the soul.

The album kicks of with "I'm Bound for the Land of Canaan," one of seven songs composed by Albert E. Brumley. Best known for "I'll Fly Away" (not included here), Brumley wrote more than 800 songs during his lifetime and was selected to the Country Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Songs run the gamut from the stately "We Know Where He Is" to the bouncy "I'll Put on a Crown & Walk Around." Among the highlights are a bluesy version of "Five Flat Rocks" with stunning four-part harmony and Ronnie and Rob McCoury providing some wonderful guitar picking. "The Lord Is Writing Down Names" also showcases Ronnie's and Rob's guitar prowess.

There is not a weak track on this album. If you're a fan of traditional bluegrass and gospel music, this album will not disappoint. [Running Time - 42.55] VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Ross on November 23, 2006
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Playing Time - 42:51

What They Do: They're on the top of the bluegrass game and play songs full of warmth and passion to celebrate the spirit of God. Del delivers each song with convincing emotion, and his lonesome highs are always piercingly clear.

Little Known Facts: This is the band's first all-gospel project, and I'm told that Del McCoury has never recorded a gospel music album in his five decade long career.

The Songs: The set draws heavily from the material of Oklahoma-born Albert E. Brumley, the most popular white gospel composer among rural southernerns in the 1930s. His songs present visions of a caring, personal Savior and of an abundant, pastoral Heaven where old acquaintances would be renewed. "I'll put on a crown and walk all around all over God's Promised Land." The album opens with Brumley's "I'm Bound For the Land of Canaan" and "It's Surprising What The Lord Can Do" has Del switching to his soaring tenor on the choruses. In fact, a number of their vocal arrangements have Del jumping up to the higher harmony on choruses. Halfway through the set, the band supercharges the music with Brumley's "Led By The Master's Hand" and the band's remarkably distinct vocals. Following that, in "It's An Unfriendly World" a beggar asks for some guidance in a world full of sorrow and sin. Other classics from Brumley include "I'll Put On A Crown and Walk Around"and the album closer "The Lord is Writing Down Names."

A beautiful duet with Ronnie and Del is is presented in the ¾-time "Gold Under My Feet," while the band's splendid quartet is illustrated in "Five Flat Rocks," that also showcases Ronnie McCoury's consummate guitar skill.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John A. Gregorio VINE VOICE on June 14, 2006
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How can you miss with some of the best instrumentalist in Bluegrass and the Tenor who put the L in Lonesome? The song selection is perfect. It is common for critics and musicians to state a group is bluegrass BUT is much more. Newgrass, Contemporary Bluegrass and other labels are used. I like many of these efforts, but it is a joy to hear a band play "pure" bluegrass. No fusion, no pseudo hip-hop, and no rock or other music guest stars!

You cannot beat bluegrass gospel played with spirit with every note. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BigBish on January 7, 2014
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If you like Godspel, you will love this collections of songs that Del and the boys have put together for you. True Godspel with a back hills blend that hits home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lance Dance on October 30, 2011
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Saw Del in concert in Savannah, Ga. I have most of his albums and this one is great.....My mom died a couple of months ago and before she died we listened to this on the way to doctors visits....I now cherish this album and listen to it often...It reminds me of her and our faith that one day we will be together in a happier place....the songs are inspirational and full of great pickin and harmonies....get it...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 21, 2007
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Del is tops. His music, lyrics, all of his performances, really great.
The instrumental music that backs him is top notch. Highly recommended to folks who love country gospel bluegrass. Technics of the group playing their instruments is extrememly high quality.
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