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This is the third release in the excellent 'Best Of British Live Worship' series. Featuring worship leaders from around the world including Tim Hughes, Worship Central, Cathy Burton, Lou Fellingham and Pete James.
What A Beautiful Name 2CD by Various Artists was published by Essential Christian in March 2018 and is our 1245th best seller. The ISBN for What A Beautiful Name 2CD is 5021776229735.
Subtitled, The Best of British Worship Live, this really is a great collection of songs that are being sung in the British church today. 30 songs, on 2 discs, you certainly get value for your money. With it, comes a whole host of worship leaders, including Tim Hughes who leads 'Holding Nothing Back.' The slower, gentle worship of title track is provided by Cathy Burton, while Kate Simmonds rouses the congregation to sing 'Psalm 23.' Other highlights of the first CD include Leigh Barnard on 'How Great is Our God' and Burton?s second outing on 'Cornerstone.' Grab the second disc, and it?s more of the same. That is, apart from 'Mercy Road' sung by Josh Gauton. To me, it sounds more like a performance piece than something for corporative worship. The superb voices of Sound of Wales capture real power with 'Here is Love,' and Colin Webster proclaims that 'We Have an Anchor' on a lovely song. Compilations can sometimes be a bit of a hit and miss affair. But, this one is definitely a hit. 9/10
In years gone by I have to confess that I haven't really given these compilation albums the time of day. Maybe I'm getting older and maturing, but these days I actually look forward to some of these types of releases. As a reviewer it's nice to have something familiar to listen to and even, dare I say, sing along too! So this is a fairly familiar outing from Elevation featuring live worship from some of the UK's biggest Christian worship events. This is the third (I think) album featuring 'The Best of British Live Worship', the first was "Build Your Kingdom Here" featuring the Angel of the North on the cover, then there was "Lion and the Lamb" which had Tower Bridge and now this collection which features a lovely shot of Windsor Castle. It's a good, solid British institution and we have some of those featured on the album too, worship leaders like Tim Hughes with his song "Holding Nothing Back" which is quite different to the original recording, especially the intro! Other worship leaders that are the staple of these releases are also featured like Nick Herbert, Cathy Burton and Lou Fellingham. Alongside these very established worship leaders are people like Trent, Sound of Wales, Emu Music and more who may not be as familiar to you as the previous names. This means that there is a lot of variety throughout these 30 tracks, although musically a lot of the tracks are the expected and accepted worship style. There is some variation, for example Josh Gauton's version of Worship Central's "Mercy Road" which is nicely different to many of the others captured here. There are some interesting more recent songs and also some older worship classics which generally makes for an interesting mix. Unless you are avidly buying worship music there is a good chance that some of these songs may not already be in your collection, but you've quite possibly sung them somewhere. Songs like "One Thing Remains" (2010) covered here by Trent is on this collection, but also a version of Martin Smith's intimate "Thank You For Saving Me" (1993) sung by Colin Webster. There are a few tracks from 2017, but this is really quite a good selection and sweep of the past 3 decades of worship music writing. Of course these days it is very possible to put together your own worship playlist featuring the original recordings of these songs, so why purchase a compilation of what are essentially 'live' cover songs? Well, as we have established there are some excellent artists on this album, you're not getting a second rate knock-off of the song. Secondly these are live worship events, and the live nature means that there are new arrangements of some familiar tracks, but also the live element often brings in a more congregational feel to the tracks. Personally I really enjoyed this album. It would so easily be a bit of a let down with the same songs, but the selection here is really good and very enjoyable across both discs! 8/10
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|Author / Artist||Various Artists|
|Publisher||Essential Christian (March 2018)|
|Page last updated||10th October 2018|