Ishmael - 25 Years With Ishmael

Tuesday 1st August 1995
Ishmael - 25 Years With Ishmael
Ishmael - 25 Years With Ishmael

STYLE: Childrens
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Kingsway 831

Reviewed by Martin Emerson

With 50 tracks on two CDs (time two hours 18 minutes) this collection covers just about every aspect of Ishmael's (Ian Smale) musical ministry. There are some intriguing tracks including Ishmael & Andy collector items and Ishmael United's stab at gospel punk. But of course it is the children's music which dominates this collection. Many of the recordings have been produced on a miniscule budget. Happily the rough edge to the sound on many of the recordings actually adds character to the music which could have been lost with an expensive production. But musical quality apart, this album is great fun and in some places, plain out right silly. Ishmael is a talented songwriter with a wonderful imagination. As well as being fun the songs put across a deep gospel message. Though generally considered as children's music, Ishmael aims his music at the whole family not just the children. The last line from his song "Nicodemus" sums up the ministry of Ishmael's music to me: "There's but one way to get to God, and that's the child-like way". Ishmael is already planning a similar release in 25 years' time provisionally called 'Life Begins at 70'.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Let's Form A Band Together (USA) [Listen]
2. Salt And Light Company (Ready Salted) [Listen]
3. The Song Of The Last Generation [Listen]
4. A Love So Great (Life Begins At 30) [Listen]
5. I'm Gonna Be A Glorie (Land Of Hope And Glories) [Listen]
6. It's Amazin' What Praisin Can Do (Land Of Hope And Glories) [Listen]
7. We Are One, We Are Family Together (Songs For Bouncing Glories) [Listen]
8. Benedictus (Ish And Andy Single) [Listen]
9. The Praise Party (The Power And The Glories) [Listen]
10. We'll Praise Him On The Trumpet (Praise Party 2) [Listen]
11. You Give Me Peace (Priase Party 3) [Listen]
12. Cration Song (Praise Party 3) [Listen]
13. The Grunting Song (Antique Collection) [Listen]
14. Hebrew Names For God (Scripture Praise Party) [Listen]
15. God Is Here (Training Up The Troops) [Listen]
16. Little Troopers (Traing Up The Troops) [Listen]
17. 5000+ Hungary Folk (Song For Little Troopers) [Listen]
18. I Will Click (Songs For Little Troopers) [Listen]
19. The Lord's Army (Songs For Little Troopers) [Listen]
20. We Are In God's Army (Training Up The Troops 2) [Listen]
21. Glorie Train (Praise 'n' Glories) [Listen]
22. In The 16th Verse (Ishamael's Joyful Noise For Girls And Boys) [Listen]
23. Roar, Roar (Kids Praise) [Listen]
24. Angels (Training Up The Troops 2) [Listen]
25. King Of Glory (Charge Of The Light Bridgade) [Listen]
26. Blessed Is The King (Ishmael USA) [Listen]
27. Charge Of The Light Bridgade (Charge Of The Light Brigade) [Listen]
28. Christian Strait Jacket (Charge Of The Light Brigade) [Listen]
29. Psalm 139 (Ready Salted) [Listen]
30. Crowd Trouble (If You Can't Shout Saved) [Listen]
31. Hell Ain't For Heros (Life Begins At 30) [Listen]
32. I Am Miserie (Land Of Hope And Glories) [Listen]
33. Wots The Point- (Land Of Hope And Glories) [Listen]
34. You Need Power (The Power And The Glories) [Listen]
35. Lord, You Put A Tongue (Praise Party 1) [Listen]
36. We Will Praise (Praise Party 2) [Listen]
37. O Lord, You're Great (Praise Party 3) [Listen]
38. The Sky Is Filled (Praise Party 3) [Listen]
39. Eli The Fly (Antique Collection) [Listen]
40. Glorie - We Are The Glorie Co. (Training Up The Troops) [Listen]
41. Lord I Strive (Training Up The Troops) [Listen]
42. We Belong To An Army (Training Up The Troops) [Listen]
43. Lord's Prayer (Songs For Little Troopers) [Listen]
44. Lord, You Gave Me Joy (Songs For Little Troopers) [Listen]
45. Marksman (Training Up The Troops 2) [Listen]
46. Nicodemus (Training Up The Troops 2) [Listen]
47. Little Lamb (Praise And Glories) [Listen]
48. Jesus Said Little Children (Ishmael's Joyful Noise For Girls And Boys) [Listen]
49. Let's Sing To The Lord (Kids Praise) [Listen]
50. Father God (Songs For Little Troopers) [Listen]

This track data is supplied by the Cross Rhythms CD/DVD review library. Please note that CD tracks may vary according to release region or product version.

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