Red Foley

Let's All Sing to Him

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While Red Foley ruled the white gospel market during the 1950s, this 1959 effort is not one of his best. The key to Foley's most successful records was a sparse, restrained set of production values. This one epitomizes the saccharine strain of gospel production featuring an overdone backing choir and wailing organ. Probably intended to "evoke" being in church, the instrumentation and production add little emotional value. In terms of songs, you get plenty of bang -- no less that 16 classic gospel numbers. Foley gives a decent treatment to songs such as "Rock of Ages" and "Sweet By-and-By," but neither his considerable gravitas, nor the material itself, can overcome the fetid production.

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