Though the tragic events of September 11, 2001 inspired many artists to create works celebrating the American way of life, few seemed as appropriate as COLORS by the Oak Ridge Boys. One of the longest-running groups in country music, the band started as a small-town Tennessee gospel combo in the early 1940's. In true Horatio Alger fashion, they eventually became one of the biggest-selling vocal groups in history. Although their personnel has changed many times, the Boys' signature four-part harmony singing has remained as warm, rich and familiar as ever. Here, the group assembles a top-notch collection of overtly patriotic songs that pay tribute both to American institutions and the country's indomitable spirit in times of crisis. Highlights include "G.I. Joe And Lillie," a real-life WWII love story written about tenor Joe Bonsall's parents, and the group's gorgeous a cappella reading of "The Star Spangled Banner." The Oak Ridge Boys themselves are a testament to the power of the American dream, and with COLORS they deliver a sincere and heartfelt effort that is likely to make even the most adamant cynic's chest swell with national pride.
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