Garth Hewitt And Friends - The Greatest Gift

Sunday 1st December 1996
Garth Hewitt And Friends - The Greatest Gift
Garth Hewitt And Friends - The Greatest Gift

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 5650-5488
LABEL: Bible Lands Society ALD054
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RRP: £2.50

Reviewed by Gavin Drake

It's Garth, Jim, but not as we know him! People looking for traditional Garth *Hewitt will be hard pressed to find him on this latest offering from the wandering peacemaker. The unmistakable sound of Garth's harmonica features on only one track - a reworking of "Light A Candle In The Darkness". The title track, featuring Black Voices, is traditional Garth, but is one of only six out of 15 tracks on the album where Garth is given a writer's credit. Several songs by Iona's John Bell feature, including "He Became Poor" and "Carol of The Epiphany". 'The Greatest Gift' contains songs suitable for use in church worship. Because of this you won't find my nomination for the greatest Christmas song ever written - Peter Meadow's "Don't Blame God For Christmas (He Only Sent His Son)" which featured on Garth's 'Stronger Than The Storm' album in 1994. What you will find is instrumental versions of four of the tracks, which will make using the songs in a worship setting fairly easy. Carol sheets are available from the Bible Lands Society to accompany the album, together with the agency's popular sheets of traditional carols.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Peace At Christmas [Listen]
2. This Sacred Eve [Listen]
3. Shine On [Listen]
4. Mary's Child [Listen]
5. Into The Darkness [Listen]
6. He Became Poor [Listen]
7. The Greatist Gift [Listen]
8. Nothing But A Child [Listen]
9. Odi Odi [Listen]
10. Not The Powerful (The Pedigree) [Listen]
11. Come And See [Listen]
12. Rise Up And Shine [Listen]
13. Carol Of The Epiphany [Listen]
14. O Holy Night [Listen]
15. Light A Candle In The Darkness [Listen]
16. Odi Odi (Backing Track) [Listen]
17. Peace At Christmas (Backing Track) [Listen]
18. Mary's Child (Backing Track) [Listen]
19. Light A Candle (Backing Track) [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Theresa Maloney in Barbados, West Indies @ 03:16 on Oct 28 2010

Anyone reading this "could you please send me the lyrics to Garth Hewitt's song - Into the Darknes". I would like to sing it at church gathering.

Thanks



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