When my Dad died last summer, my sister and I were looking for the old time renditions of the spirituals he grew up singing, as well as ourselves. We listened to numerous cuts on I Tunes. When we found this CD, our search ended. Alan made this CD as a Christmas gift to his mother, from what I gather, never intending to publish it. I am soo glad, for one, that he did. These are the unadorned songs, full of faith and meaning, not full of choirs and unnecessary instrumentation. It has become one of my favorite CDs of all time. I highly recommend it to people of all ages.