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Kate Campbell - For The Living Of These Days
Review By Jim Moulton, CSO Staff Journalist

Kate Campbell is a folk singer with a ton of soul. Her first two discs I heard, I could not get past the distortion and poor recording quality. Last year Campbell released "Blues and Lamentations", an incredible acoustic blues CD that really turned my ears, just great, still love it.

Now Campbell has gotten together with Spooner Oldham and went to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to record this gospel disc. It has a real sparse , analog vibe to it. Recorded on analog equipment, neat to hear the tube mike preamps pop once in a while, it's just a real warm recording with Oldham singing backup and playing keyboards and electric piano.

This is a great selection of songs recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals and mastered by Jim Demain. The sound quality is very unique, Campbell's vocals are great and the combination of her and Oldham really works. Oh yeah, Campbell adds her guitar and piano work, so that's what you get.

There is a real healing in music, especially gospel music. This recording, though sparse is a real masterpiece. I had the privilege to watch and help some with the mastering of an out of print local artist CD. You know, there's so much you can do, and it is very user friendly, makes me wonder why there are so many bad recordings today.

Traditional hymn "Be Thou My Vision" sounds very good, warm, reverent, full of emotion.

"Dark Night of The Soul" (Campbell, Aldridge) is a song that takes you on an emotional roller coaster, just piano and her vocals, great lyrics ,some organ by Oldham - There's peace somewhere I'm told.

"Terrible Mercy" (Campbell, Narramore) another song dealing with the trials and disasters in this world - Lord I believe, Help thou my unbelief. 

"When I Let Jesus Take my Hand" (Oldhams) is a bit more upbeat and hopeful, great song.

Campbell does not record to fulfill big label deals , she is a real musician on a a real journey. This stop might not be a big seller, but Campbell's faithful following will love it and hopefully with her material getting better and continued change, more people will take notice.

"Faces In The Water" is a sad but true song about the people in Alabama who gave their lives battling for racial equality. I love this song, beautiful.

Kate ends the disc with "There is A Balm in Gilead", a great hymn that she puts her sweet voice and piano into. She really gets into this song.

Want to hear some sweet southern comfort, check this out. There is peace in The Savior.

Imprint - Large River

Release Date - Sept 5


To purchase the CD online click on the album cover.

1. Jesus Christ 
2. If I Ever Get To Heaven 
3. Without Him 
4. Be Thou My Vision 
5. Prayer Of Thomas Merton 
6. God Of Grace And God Of Glory 
7. Dark Night Of The Soul 
8. When I Let Jesus Take My Hand 
9. Terrible Mercy 
10. Would They Love Him Down In Shreveport 
11. There's A Wideness In God's Mercy 
12. They Killed Him 
13. Faces In The Water 
14. There Is A Balm In Gilead 

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