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Shenandoah

Now and Then – 1996 (Capitol)

Reviewed by Larry Stephens

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Their latest album starts with the foot-stomping "All Over But the Shouting" - which should hit the charts for them - and ends with one of the best duet hits of all time, "Somewhere In the Vicinity of the Heart" (with Alison Krauss). Fitting bookends for yet another best buy from the group who were once Diamond Rio (before the current Diamond Rio was born). Five of the 14 cuts are new. The other new cuts that may become standards are the ballads "Deeper Than That" and "I Will. Know You." The familiar hits on this album have all been re-recorded, but they've lost none of their familiar and loved sound. Songs like "Mama Knows" and "Sunday in the South" reach inside you and touch a special place, and "Moon Over Georgia" and "Ghost In This House" tell us about the two extremes of love. If you've never owned a Shenandoah album you'll never find a better first buy; if you're a fan, you'll want this great collection on your shelf.