The Limeliters continued to surprise their fans with this, their first album of 1963, one that was devoted entirely to sacred tunes from the folk tradition. Included were spirituals, hymns, and gospel favorites, both familiar and obscure. The familiar ones were obvious enough choices, and they are performed reverently: "Amazing Grace," "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," and "Down by the Riverside" (all the better to sing along with). Some welcome lesser-known choices include the rousing "Come and Dine," sung with bravado by Lou Gottlieb, and "How Bright is the Day," whose melody has been used several times by the Limeliters on "Charlie the Midnight Marauder" and "Acres of Limeliters," the latter adapted from the lyrics "Acres of Clams." One note: the classic 19th century hymn "We Will Overcome" is sung with its original title, not as "We Shall Overcome," popularized by Pete Seeger, et al, during the civil rights movement. This concept album was a bold venture for the Limeliters, who were still deflecting barrages from folk purists for their "commercialization" of folk music. This album did much to introduce young listeners to this often soul-lifting music.
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