Garth Hewitt - Journeys Collection

Tuesday 1st February 2000
Garth Hewitt - Journeys Collection

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 1187-
LABEL: Word WMD0144-CD
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1

Reviewed by Tim Walker

The British CCM scene is such that few of its artists can boast nearly three decades of active service, and fewer possess the same drive they started out with. Garth Hewitt scores on both counts and this four-CD collection finally gives him the "boxed set" his staying power deserves. Fittingly, this trawl through Hewitt's archives concentrates on songs written about his extensive travels, with each CD devoted to a region (the Holy Land, Latin America, Africa and Asia). His ability to adapt to prevailing musical styles is showcased well, with his synth-driven '80s material bookended by his early "70s singer/song­writer" sound and the rootsy direction he returned to in this decade. The social conscience in Hewitt's songwriting is probably his most significant contribution to British CCM, and this set highlights this aspect of his career admirably. Much of Hewitt's back catalogue has long been unavailable, though, and a more comprehensive selection from his career would have earned a square or two more from this reviewer. However, for those who are new to Hewitt's work, 'The Journeys Collection' is for now the definitive introduction to this most influential Christian artist. Now, how about a decent 'Best Of 1973-1999' collection, Word?

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