Island Praise - Songs To The Son

Monday 1st February 1993
Island Praise - Songs To The Son
Island Praise - Songs To The Son

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Maranatha 8441888234

Reviewed by Alan Smith

Another album in the Maranatha! International series (they've already done Australia), this appears to be representative of praise in Hawaii (though there's only one track where Hawaiian guitar is much in evidence). The overall flavour of this album is Californian. The editor of Cross Rhythms knows I'll rave about everything that comes out of this most famous of peninsulas. Stan "How Great Is Thy Name" Endicott, with Tim Jaquette under him, has produced a gifted, inspirational and musically brilliant work. Almost all the songs on this well balanced and very high fidelity recording are based on a three chord bash, but it takes some time to actually realise it. Arrangements and musicianship are the best you'll ever hear and I can only describe the overall sound as Tex-Mex/Carrib-calypso salsa (well, that's one way of describing Polynesian Praise. Ed). There are no frills or unnecessary padding and this treatment enables the dozen or so voices to enjoy complete freedom. Solo vocals are all from within the credited "background vocals" and each one is exceptional in his or her own way. I would recommend that everyone who has a ministry in music buys this tape. You will learn how to play better simply by listening to the individual and well-defined instruments. Having said this, I can't explain how Gary Meek hits a top F (3 above middle C) on alto sax. Answers on a postcard, please. Percussion, too, is simply giant. Yes, but does all this honour the Lord and draw his saints to worship him? Yes it does. This lovely bunch of Jesus nuts from an anonymous island couldn't fool anyone; they love the Lord and they praise him with excellence.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Adewuyi femi in Ilorin, Kwara state, Nigeria @ 18:03 on Jul 2 2012

all the songs in that album will ever remain fresh and ever green in my mind. I pray more grace to that wonderful praise team. Please sir how can i get to download the songs of that highland praise.

Posted by Chika in Nigeria @ 21:30 on Jan 21 2010

I remember listening to these songs when I was about 14. The Navy orderly that used to drive us always use to play it in the car. It was so nice and beautiful. You will just keep on listening to it again and again. I will always remember it. I am listening to it right now in my room and I am in my late twenties, God is awesome. May Your name be praised now and forever. Thank you Island Praise singers you did inspire me with all these fantastic and spiritual songs, hope you all are great. Happy New Year.

Reply by Edmound in Imo @ 09:31 on Nov 1 2011

pls dear, i av been searching for d site i can get d download of dat album..
i listened to it wen i was in primary school, wen my elder sis used to play it (cassette)
pls can u help in sendin it to my mail box or link me to d site i can get d free download...
urs in faith

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