I am a homeschooler and really wanted my kids to know the old standards that they are not likely to be exposed to otherwise. This was SUCH a blessing. I was not raised in a church (I did not trust in Christ until I was 28), so when other Christians would rattle off wonderful, edifying lines of the old faithfuls, all I could do was a line or two of Amazing Grace. Also, I can't carry a tune or read music well, so just having a hymnal didn't really help. This is great. The kids and I can listen to it, get the tune, follow along/sing along with our hymnals, and eventually we can each have it in our hearts. I do agree with the reviewer who said that all the songs sound basically alike, but I found that a help rather than a detraction. I am not an efficianado of any sort, I just wanted the basic tune, the words sung clearly, and no added modernizations or flourishes. And this is the best I've found for my basic needs. How wonderful to have my little ones singing "Higher Ground"...
This is a 4-CD set of 100 classic hymns. There are no hideous re-arrangements of these traditional hymns! Thank God for that! Don't get me wrong, I'm sure people like that other stuff, but as for me, I like the hymns the way I sing them in church! Most of the songs are sung by a small choir with an organ accompaniment. There are some songs which have other instruments, but that's the exception. The songs are well sung and the music quality is pretty good. The only flaw I noted was that there were a few songs which had a slight word change here or there. Without a hymnal of my own (which I hope is on the way), I can't check this out in detail. But it isn't enough for me to knock it down a rating. Bottom line: If you are looking for traditional hymns done traditionally for a GREAT price, get this 4-CD set!!!
I found this for my father-in-law and like the song selection. Many had similar instrumentation and were sung by a chorus, so not as varied as it could be, and a bit faster tempo than his preference.
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