Ishmael Ftg Aaron Frith - 12 New Children's Praise Songs 3

Published Tuesday 3rd June 2008
Ishmael Ftg Aaron Frith - 12 New Children's Praise Songs 3
Ishmael Ftg Aaron Frith - 12 New Children's Praise Songs 3

STYLE: Pop
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 45684-14050
LABEL: Children's Ministry CHMCD007
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RRP: £4.88

Reviewed by Peter Dilley

For CDs aimed at supporting children's work to be as effective as possible, they need to offer more than just recordings of the songs. Kingsway have clearly recognised this with their Children's Ministry label - this one includes almost everything needed for a comprehensive music resource: 12 songs from a range of writers, backing tracks too, plus acetate masters, melody line, guitar chord and lyric sheets provided as CD Rom features (PDF format). Adult vocalists are Ishmael and Aaron Frith of that gone-but-not-forgotten rock band Sabio and they're joined by a small children's choir. Several songs feature the "grown-ups" on the verses with everyone joining in on the chorus, an approach which is also likely to work successfully at the grassroots level. Early 1960s musical references crop up in places - the intro to opener "High Above The Earth" sounds just like the Rolling Stones' "Not Fade Away", and the backing for "I've Hidden Your Word, Lord" could have been lifted straight from "Rhythm Of The Rain" by the Cascades, although the actual song melodies are very different in both cases. "The Rainbow Song" and "Run For A Mile" score highly for their fun factor and the reggae-influenced "God Works For The Good Of Those Who Love Him" and "Jesus - He Is Lord" have considerable appeal too. On the minus side, "Thank You God" lacks pace and energy, as does "Dreaming Dreams", which also refers to outdated and inappropriate aspirational figures (Britney Spears and David Beckham). You probably just need to pick and choose the best tracks.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. High Above The Earth - Richard England [Listen]
2. Don't - Keith Ross [Listen]
3. God Works For The Good Of Those Who Love Him - Steve Burnhope [Listen]
4. I've Hidden Your Word, Lord - Johnny Moore-Crispin [Listen]
5. Thank You God For Everything - Ian Stewart [Listen]
6. The Rainbow Song - Tony Cook [Listen]
7. Run For A Mile - Mick Francis [Listen]
8. Dreaming Dreams - Ian Stewart [Listen]
9. I Will Sing Hallelujah - Simon Fenner [Listen]
10. Jesus, He Is Lord - Ishmael [Listen]
11. I Will Praise You In The Morning - David Churchyard [Listen]
12. I Would Cross The Highest Mountain - Aaron Frith [Listen]
13. High Above The Earth - Richard England - Backing Track [Listen]
14. Don't - Keith Ross - Backing Track [Listen]
15. God Works For The Good Of Those Who Love Him - Steve Burnhope - Backing Track [Listen]
16. I've Hidden Your Word, Lord - Johnny Moore-Crispin - Backing Track [Listen]
17. Thank You God For Everything - Ian Stewart - Backing Track [Listen]
18. The Rainbow Song - Tony Cook - Backing Track [Listen]
19. Run For A Mile - Mick Francis - Backing Track [Listen]
20. Dreaming Dreams - Ian Stewart - Backing Track [Listen]
21. I Will Sing Hallelujah - Simon Fenner - Backing Track [Listen]
22. Jesus, He Is Lord - Ishmael - Backing Track [Listen]
23. I Will Praise You In The Morning - David Churchyard - Backing Track [Listen]
24. I Would Cross The Highest Mountain - Aaron Frith - Backing Track [Listen]

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