The Barnes Family
of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, gave us a two (2) CD recording titled A
Live Reunion. The concert recording took place at the OJC
auditorium, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. That project consisted of 25
songs. It was a great project and could easily have been titled the best
of the best from
The Barnes Family. Participating in that
Rev. F. C. Barnes & Company,
Luther Barnes & The Sunset Jubilaries, and
The Red Budd Gospel Choir.
Well, the same lineup is back with
The Barnes Family
Reunion II. This recording took place at the Red Budd Holy
Church in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
Rev. F. C. Barnes
is the Senior Pastor of the Church. Like A Live Reunion,
Reunion II also consists of two (2) CDs.
This is a power packed recording. From the first song to the finale, this
is a song service that is sure to move you. The singers are showcased in a
way that allows you to enjoy the message that is being conveyed by each song.
For instance, only two of the songs are less than 4 minutes Reign In
Jerusalem and I Owe God Praise. So, with many of
the songs, the you get a testimony, words of encouragement, and just great
acknowledgement, along with outstanding vocals. This allows you to gain a
deeper appreciation for the songs. It also provides some insight into the
message the singer desires to convey with the song.
Also, the musicians are at their
best. This is one CD gives you the feel of an orchestra playing behind the
singers. The band does not overshadow any of the singers. They do,
however, immensely contribute to the overall quality of this CD. And,
dont be surprise if you think you are hearing strings, horns and other
instruments that you may not expect to find on a traditional gospel music CD.
Reunion II consists of eighteen (18) songs. On the disk one
you will find Lord We Love You, Old Ship of Zion,
Carry Me To That Other Shore, Worship Medley, So
Good To Be Here, No Matter How High I Get, The
Lord is My Light, Abide In Me, and I Owe God
Praise. The songs on disk two are He'll Do Just What He
Said, Reign In Jerusalem, Mamma's Song,
You Keep On Blessing Me, I'll Make It Someday, It's
Your Time, Old Revival Medley, I'm Still Holding
On, Father, I Stretch My Hands To Thee.
If you are familiar with the recordings of any member of this musical family,
you know that Reunion II is a compilation of some of their
greatest recordings before and after the A Live Reunion project.
Yet, you will not find any song on from A Live Reunion
on Reunion II.
What you will find is good down home singing. With this project you get a
good mixture of gospel quartet music and songs by the choir that are rooted in
that traditional gospel quartet style. Also, with these CDs, you are truly
drawn into the song services. One of the distinguishing features of a
great LIVE recording is when you can listen to the CD and feel that you are a
part of the congregation. Well, expect that feeling to exist with this
By the way, it is noteworthy that the well known members of The Barnes Family
shared lead duties with others. For instance, Bonita Green (Worship
Medley), Melvin & Martha Barnes (Abide In Me), and Wonda
Morgan (I Owe God A Praise).
This is a very good project by
The Barnes Family. You should be able to find
this CD in your local record store. We give
The Barnes Familys
Family Reunion II a 9 out of 10. Click
HERE to purchase the CD online. Click on the
title to hear
Do Just What He Said."