No, not a six-person quartet--the extra folks on the back cover photo are the excellent lead guitarist Sidney Bartram and the man who does the Nearer My God to Thee recitation, Frank Pittman. Not pictured: bassist James Meredith. The singers in this Dayton OH group are originally from Kentucky, which explains, well, why they sound like they're from Kentucky. And, as a general rule, I never tinker with the stereo separation on a given LP, but this time I felt I had to widen it--as mastered, the stereo was barely detectable. I didn't make a huge change; just enough to give some stereo feel to the stereo.
Great country gospel, with a straight-from-the-hills sound, and although only three of the titles were familiar to me, I enjoyed them all. (That'll happen.) And I just now noticed that I mislabeled my MAGIX "project" as the Golden Gate Quartet, so used am I to that particular group. Meanwhile, I've filled in a few composer credits not included by Rose Records, and I took the internet's word for Carl Story as the composer of I Wouldn't Miss It Would You? which is sort of a variation on Never Grow Old (which was, in turn, inspired by 1899's That Beautiful Land). I'll Put on a Crown, attributed to Unkown, is Albert E. Brumley, and It Will Make You Humble Down is the work of Malcolm Jones. Terrific numbers, both.
In Oct., 2021, I posted this group's Love Will Roll the Clouds Away (also Rose Records), whose sounds I described as "pure country gospel, which is to say it's pretty much bluegrass gospel, only generally slower and minus a banjo or mandolin." The same applies here, too. That one had a cooler group photo, though (in my opinion):
According to Discogs, there are at least six other LPs by these folks, so I'm hoping I encounter some of these in the thrift and flea market bins; I won't hesitate to grab them. Oh, and then pay for them, of course. To the excellent gospel:
DOWNLOAD: The Home Gate Quartet--Jesus Walked Upon the Water (Rose Records LPR. 503; 1972)
Jesus Walked Upon the Water
Sheltered in the Arms of God
The Prettiest Flowers Will Be Blooming
I've Put on a Crown
I Just Got to Heaven
I Wouldn't Miss It Would You?
Walking the Sea
Peace Like a River
It Will Make You Humble Down
I Am Glad He Came
I Made a Vow
Nearer My God to Thee (Recitation)