Glory Train: The Lost Sessions

Glory Train: The Lost Sessions

by Pat Boone


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This is one weird, wacky album. It leads off with an all-star tribute to the aging evangelical preacher Billy Graham, featuring vocal cameos by a mind-boggling array of artists that includes Bono, Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes, Michael McDonald, and dc Talk, among others. The song itself is as overblown as you'd expect, but also afflicted by a rather thin, frantic production sound. The remainder of the album consists of gospel recordings made in the mid-'80s; the recordings were never released and the master tapes were eventually lost, but then they turned up in the attic of producer Ray Ruff. Ruff and Boone decided to clean them up and put them out as a celebration of Boone's five decades of hitmaking. The result is intermittently fun and befuddling. "Come and Take Me Home" and "Bread Upon the Waters" both rock out nicely, but the sound quality is still thin and brittle and there are tuning problems that should have been caught and repaired in the studio. More effective are a great, rollicking version of "Night Train" and the Stax/Volt-influenced "It Took a Carpenter," but to get to those gems you have to wade through the schlocky "New Kentucky Home" and the unremarkable "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead." Boone has been a punchline for far too long, and deserves much more respect than he typically gets these days. But despite several fine and inspired moments, this album isn't going to do the trick.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2005
Label: Gold Label Records
UPC: 0015882032322
catalogNumber: 3232
Rank: 194825

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pat Boone   Primary Artist,Vocals
Marty Stuart   Vocals
Billy Dean   Vocals
Michael McDonald   Vocals
Chet McCracken   Percussion,Drums
Don Randi   Piano,Keyboards
Jerry Cole   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
James Burton   Electric Guitar
Carol Chase   Background Vocals
Ronnie Spector   Background Vocals
Susie Allanson   Background Vocals
Murray Adler   Strings,Violin
Andraé Crouch   Vocals
Estelle Bennett   Vocals
Lisa Bevill   Vocals
Bono   Vocals
John Ford Coley   Vocals
Jesse Ehrlich   Strings,Cello
John Elefante   Vocals
Brad Felton   Pedal Steel Guitar
James Getzoff   Strings,Violin
Jim Horn   Horn
Mark Kibble   Vocals
Joy Lyle   Strings,Violin
Jeffrey Osborne   Vocals
David Pack   Vocals
Ray Pohlman   Bass
Sid Sharp   Strings,Violin
James Stroud   Vocals
Bill Kurasch   Strings,Violin
Vestal Goodman   Vocals
Nedra Talley   Vocals
Raymond Kelly   Strings,Cello
Larry King   Vocals,Spoken Word
Robert Conrad   Strings,Violin

Technical Credits

Billy Dean   Composer
Pat Boone   Composer
Don Randi   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Chris Christian   Composer
Randy Matthews   Composer
Janny Grein   Composer
Wendell Burton   Composer
Sandi Campi   Composer
Susie Allanson   Vocal Arrangements
Bono   Introduction
Bill Cooper   Engineer
Randy Nicklaus   Engineer
David Pack   Composer,Producer
Chris Pinnick   Guitar Overdubs
Ray Ruff   Arranger,Producer
Kim Rose   Composer
Chuck Woolery   Composer
Val Stecklein   Composer
Russell Baer   Cover Photo
Donny Sarian   Graphic Design
Gary Crite   Bass Programming,Percussion Overdubs,Guitar Overdubs

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