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Music Review: A Gowans Legacy Vol. 2, by ISS

Music Review: A Gowans Legacy Vol. 2, by ISS

Music Review: A Gowans Legacy Vol. 2, by ISS

20 April 2020

                                                          Most of the songs in this album are as well known and loved as your favourite slippers!

By Merv Collins

Even though this is the second serving of General John Gowans’ lyrics by the International Staff Songsters, most of the chosen songs are as well known and loved as your favourite slippers. Paired with John Larsson’s wonderfully complementary tunes, it is as much a tribute to Larsson as it is to Gowans.

Salvationists will sing along to the familiar songs from our own musicals, many of which have become a standard part of Salvation Army hymnody, from the jaunty ‘That’s the Spirit’ to the fervent, including ‘Burning, Burning’.

Four non-Larsson tunes complete the set, and Ivor Bosanko’s melody to the chorus ‘In This Quiet Moment’ is inspiring. Overall, A Gowans Legacy Vol.2 brings together the high-quality sounds of the International Staff Songsters, the felicitous tunes of Larsson and the everyday poetic wisdom of Gowans.

Available at Melbourne Salvation Army Supplies (1800 100 018) or commerce.salvationarmy.org.au, and Sydney Salvationist Supplies (1800 634 209) or thetrade.salvos.org.au.

MERV COLLINS IS A SALVATIONIST WRITER AND MUSICIAN. 

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