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The Gospel Spirit

Album: The Gospel Spirit
# Song Title   Time
1)    Peace in the Valley
2)    When They Ring Those Golden Bells
3)    How Great Thou Art
4)    In the Sweet By and By
5)    I'd Rather Have Jesus
6)    Old Rugged Cross, The
7)    Harp With Golden Strings
8)    He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
9)    Just a Closer Walk With Thee
10)    I Feel Like Traveling On
11)    Gethsemane
12)    Softly and Tenderly
13)    If God Is Dead (Who's This Living in My Soul)
14)    Just a Little Talk With Jesus
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Loretta Lynn (vocals); The Jordanaires (background vocals).
  • Recording information: 06/1965-08/1970.
  • Photographer: Les Leverett.
  • Arranger: Loretta Lynn.
  • Country music has always had strong roots in gospel, and in Loretta Lynn's case, the two were closely tied. Between 1965 and 1970, the legendary country songstress made a trio of gospel albums on the Decca label (HYMNS, WHO SAYS GOD IS DEAD!, and GOD BLESS AMERICA AGAIN). Tracks from all those spiritually oriented records are collected on THE GOSPEL SPIRIT. All three albums were produced by Nashville hitmaker Owen Bradley, and consequently they all bear the classic 1960s country sound with which he's associated; tasteful steel guitar, colorful piano riffs, straight-down-the-middle acoustic rhythm guitar, carefully orchestrated background vocals. The songs range from the familiar ("Peace in the Valley," covered by many a country artist) to the more obscure (the ominous, minor-key "Gethsemane"), but Lynn's vibrant, plaintive voice sounds equally at home on every track. THE GOSPEL SPIRIT offers a good cross-section of the spiritual material that was obviously close to this country giantess's heart.
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[I]nspired, spirited and feisty..."
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