RICKY SKAGGS 'Soldier Of The Cross'

RICKY SKAGGS 'Soldier Of The Cross'

  • $13.50


As we have seen from Ricky Skaggs' two recent albums, Skaggs is again willing & able to perform & record the very highest level of pure Bluegrass to be heard today, and with minor reservations we can add this new all gospel release to a list of most highly recommended recordings. Though his two secular albums have received huge & well deserved praise, Ricky has taken a bit of flack in some circles for almost exclusively sticking to the proven standards(mostly Bill Monroe & the Stanley Brothers). We give him credit of this new disc for incorporating some new material--on the other hand we can't help saying that the old standards here are by far the highlights of this project. Hearing his beautifully sung & played versions of VOICE FRON ON HIGH, THE DARKEST HOUR, I'M READY TO GO, JACOB'S VISION and the wonderful GONE HOME is a real joy for anyone who loves classic Bluegrass. LEAD ME TO THE ROCK and Paul Brewster's WAITING AT THE GATE fit in well, but 3 others(SEVEN HILLSIDES, THE JOSHUA GENERATION and the title cut)seem out of place and even strangely annoying in their tone & perspective--that of course is just one listener's impression. The backup work is predictably exceptional, featuring Jim Mills, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Bobby Hicks & others, and of course Skaggs himself. Lots of great music here.

Track Listing:

  • BATTLE CRY
  • SOLDIER OF THE CROSS
  • A VOICE FROM ON HIGH
  • THE DARKEST HOUR
  • GONE HOME
  • THE JOSHUA GENERATION
  • WAITING AT THE GATE
  • SEVEN HILLSIDES
  • ARE YOU AFRAID TO DIE
  • REMEMBER THE CROSS
  • WERE YOU THERE
  • JACOB'S VISION
  • I'M READY TO GO
  • LEAD ME TO THE ROCK.