May 25, 2010 7 Comments
In the early 80s, Bill Traylor had a TV show called “Sing Out America!” (thanks Kyle!). Last night after running some errands down around the mall, I told my wife I’d like to head over to Lifeway and just look around a while. I must say that while their selection of SG CDs was decent, but fairly picked over, they did have a pretty nice selection of SG DVDs. There were a couple of Crabb Family DVDs, Brian Free & Assurance’s latest DVD (with the songs from Real Faith), and several other non-Gaither DVDs. As I was looking through, I came across several DVDs that were labeled “Sing Out America” from Mansion Entertainment. Volume 5 was labeled “Gold City Quartet.”
I bought the DVD for $12.98 and took it home. There were 10 songs on it, 8 of which were from the short lived Brian Free/Bill Crittendon/Jerry Ritchie/Tim Riley lineup. The other two were the classic Free/Parker/Lefevre/Riley lineup. It’s interesting to note that while a full band accompanies both eras, the earlier performances are obviously done live, while the Parker/Lefevre songs (“Cool Drink Of Water” and “After I Bow”!!) are pretty obviously lip-synched to the Double Take recording. Still, it’s a great video to watch, as it documents the early days of Gold City, as well as being a very rare lineup.
I checked Mansion’s website this morning, and there are 10 volumes.
- Volume 1: A Classic Collection
- Volume 2: The Blackwood Brothers with Guests, The Speer Family, The Dixie Echoes
- Volume 3: The Speer Family
- Volume 4: Florida Boys
- Volume 5: Gold City Quartet
- Volume 6: Rusty Goodman Family
- Volume 7: The Hoppers
- Volume 8: The Hinsons
- Volume 9: The McKameys
- Volume 10: Wendy Bagwell and The Sunliters
The video and audio are of pretty good quality, and definitely better than the Gospel Singing Jubilee DVDs I found a while back at Dollar General. They’re not quite Gaither quality, but they’re definitely worth watching. Though they aren’t credited as such, The Cathedrals do appear on both Volumes 1 and 2 of the collection. One minor glitch, at least on the Gold City DVD, is that the song listing on the back of the DVD case is incorrect, and not a complete list. “After I Bow” was not listed at all, but was instead a VERY pleasant surprise, as it’s one of my all time favorite Gold City songs.
Be watching out for these. I know Lifeway has them, and you can get them Direct from Mansion’s website.