Hee Haw Gospel Quartet
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Well, it came today, and I popped it in my player and with the first notes from the first song, I was disappointed! I hit my next-track button and more of the same disappointment was there. Folks, what has been done by the producers is to embellish the old performances with extra instrumentation, back-up singers, and too much added reverb. To me, this has all but obliterated the charm and excellent simple performances that I remember from the old show.
If you a have a fondness for the Hee Haw Gospel Quartet song-performances as originally performed on the Hee Haw TV show, rather than buy this CD, purchase the DVDs of the Hee Haw shows and enjoy these songs in the simple and reverent way they were intended to be heard and viewed.
Rochester, New York
I have listened to these discs several times through headphones, and I can clearly hear the roughness of the performances. Not all the singers cut-off at the same time at the end of some of the verses and choruses, not everyone comes in fully at the beginning of some songs, there are occasional slight instrument flubs, and the microphones are not balanced. Buck Owens' voice is clearly heard over the other men's, so that sometimes, instead of a quartet, it's more like Buck and three back-up singers.
But these are all niggling little details that are only heard if you listen hard for them. If you just want to enjoy some good old country gospel, then let the music speak for itself. I'm sure there has been some "massaging" of the music in the studio (as old as these performances are, there would almost have to be), but I feel that is acceptable to make sure this music is not lost. I have been very pleased with my purchase of this set, and can whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone who likes country gospel.
I watched the first airing of Hee Haw and watch it for many years. Back then we watched country music on TV every Saturday night on all 3 channels. Yes I'm that old. The Hee Haw Gospel Quartet captured the essence of small church singing, and that is why I gave it 5 stars. Grandpa, Buck, Roy, and Kenny, took a comedy show and added a serious moment to it, and it fit really well. This is a 2 CD set and is well worth th $20.00 investment.
To me this is absolutely the finest example of a "Old Country Church" style music which harkens back to a bygone era. Even though the recordings are old, they sound as if they were done last week. This CD contains 30 classics which should included anyone's favorite Hee Haw Quartet song, but to me the best are "Camping In Canaan's Land", "Turn Your Radio On", "Amazing Grace", "Dust on the Bible", "Rocking on the Waves", "Gone Home", "The Glory Land Way", "Unclouded Day", "Old Country Church", and "O Come Angel Band". This is a wonderful CD and I can highly recommend it to anyone interested in old gospel music.
That said, there is still a lot to like about this collection. I have both the CD and cassette versions of this album. On the liner notes for the cassette, it states, "All twenty-four favorites are original performances taken directly from the historic Hee Haw shows." My guess is that the original albums/cassettes were versions of the songs played in the early days of Hee Haw, and the CD under discussion here was produced from later episodes (the cassettes I have were released in 1994, according to the liner notes).
This has become one of my favorite gospel music albums. If you like gospel music, I think you should give this a whirl.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this cd so much, I ordered another (one for my home use and one to have in the car). The music is uplifting, the musical accompaniment is totally professional. Read morePublished 1 month ago by carlssister
When this cd arrived the case was in pieces! The cd is in good shape physically, BUT this is not the quartet from Hee Haw. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C Hill
Not the same instrumentation as on TV or the 33 1/3 rpm albums.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great CD!! Highly recommended for those who enjoyed the HEE HAW gospel music!!Published 2 months ago by J. Crawley