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Hee Haw Gospel Quartet

4.3 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Label: Heartland
  • ASIN: B0012UMND4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Kenniford Laing on September 30, 2006
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I remember the Hee Haw Gospel Quartet song-segments on the old Hee Haw show as a chance to hear country Gospel done in a reverent, simple, downhome way complete with Roy Clark's excellent, understated, country, flat-top picking. The harmonies and solo instrumentation were excellent and when I saw this Hee Haw Gospel Quartet CD being released, I thought, Wow! The old song-performances from the show in remastered form! I eagerly awaited my purchase.

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.

Ken Laing
Rochester, New York
U.S.A.
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I strongly disagree with the reviewer who stated that this set was not worth buying because it had been "prettified" in the studio and no longer sounded like it did when originally broadcast on TV. One obvious difference is that television speakers are usually tiny compared to almost any stereo, and will always change the sound of the music.

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.
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This is old time gospel music like you would hear in a church, back in the country. It is the music I grew up on, except we sang it A-capela.
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.
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Rest In peace Kenny Price ( 1931-1987), Grandpa Jones ( 1913-1998), Buck Owens ( 1929-2006). We are grateful that Roy Clark lives on ! What is most touching for me is that three of these gentlemen are now living the songs they sang... and have "Gone Home" to "Gloryland" "Where the Roll is Call Up Yonder". on an "Unclouded Day".
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.
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The reviews are all over the place for this album. For those who expected the simple guitar/banjo/bass accompaniment, this is not the album. Hee Haw released two albums/cassettes early in its run that have that simple accompaniment.

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.
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