Larry Norman - Infiltrator: The Essential

Published Tuesday 1st March 2005
Larry Norman - Infiltrator: The Essential
Larry Norman - Infiltrator: The Essential

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11267-10184
LABEL: Solid Rock SRD776
FORMAT: CD Album
RRP: £14.69

Reviewed by Dougie Adam

Most of the comments above concerning 'Liberator' could apply equally well to 'Infiltrator', another solid compilation of less well known songs from the back catalogue which comes out sounding pretty good. 'Infiltrator' also attempts to collect some of Larry's best love songs on one collection too although the two bonus tracks don't really fit the theme that well. Also there is some evidence of this one being rushed out without as much care being taken as other volumes in the Essential series. a few songs have appeared on other volumes in the series and a couple of wrong tracks have crept onto this collection - thus we get the jazzy lounge lizard instrumental mix of "A Woman Of God" featured twice with the extended mix listed on the CD case missing, and a similar fate also greets "Hide His Heart" which makes way for the American edit of "Love Is A Commitment" when the European version of the same song appears a couple of tracks later. This fan would also love to have seen some space on this collection found for either of the epic two studio versions of "That's When Jesus Knew", one of Larry's most ambitious studio recordings. Still, these quibbles aside it's hard to argue with the quality of the songwriting on here and most of the production is good too. One bonus track "Talkin' 'Bout Love" dates from an after show hotel jam which explains its sonic roughness if not its inclusion here.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Oh Lydia [Listen]
2. Righteous Rocker (Fast Version) [Listen]
3. She'a A Dancer [Listen]
4. I Don't Wanna Lose You (Video Synch Version) [Listen]
5. Deep Blue (Studio Version) [Listen]
6. A Camel In A Needle's Eye (Alternate Version) [Listen]
7. The Same Old Story (Alternate Vocal Version 2) [Listen]
8. A Keeper For My Heart (Edited Version) [Listen]
9. He Really Loves You (American Version) [Listen]
10. A Woman Of God (Extended Alternate Studio Version) [Listen]
11. Somewhere Out There (Edited Version) [Listen]
12. Baby's Got The Blues (European Edit) [Listen]
13. Hide His Heart (European Edit) [Listen]
14. Center Of My Heart (Studio Version) [Listen]
15. Love Is A Commitment (European Version) [Listen]
16. Waves Of Grace (Bonus Track) [Listen]
17. Stranger Won't Change You (Bonus Track) [Listen]
18. Endless Life Of Dreams [Listen]
19. Talkin' 'Bout Love (Edited) [Listen]
20. A Woman Of God (Alt. Ver. No Vox) [Listen]

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