Male Voice Praise Festival - The Best Of Male Voice Praise Festivals: The Greatest Story Ever Told

Monday 1st June 1998
Male Voice Praise Festival - The Best Of Male Voice Praise Festivals: The Greatest Story Ever Told
Male Voice Praise Festival - The Best Of Male Voice Praise Festivals: The Greatest Story Ever Told

STYLE: Choral
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 3520-155
LABEL: Word PWCD014
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RRP: £2.50

Reviewed by Nigel Harris

Not a style extensively featured in the pages of this magazine, but nonetheless one which has had a vital influence on many in the UK Christian music scene and which, looking at the rather elderly faces of the choir featured on the CD cover, may sadly be on the decline. Far from being just a Welsh phenomenon, the Male Voice Praise movement was founded in 1934 by James McRoberts of Glasgow during the dark years of economic depression. There are still over 100 choirs in the movement but unfortunately no credits are given on any of these 29 tracks so I have no idea if this is a compilation from other albums, a collection of previously unreleased tracks or a specially recorded album - a shame if anyone wants to follow it up. Some are unaccompanied voice in the traditional style but I particularly enjoyed the rousing hymns such as "Praise My Soul" and "Crown Him With Many Crowns" accompanied by piano or pipe organ. An album which captures the emotion and passion of this unique part of our nation's rich Christian musical heritage.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. I Love To Tell The Story [Listen]
2. Praise Ye The Lord [Listen]
3. Songs Of The Beautiful Never To Cease [Listen]
4. There Is A Name I Love To Hear [Listen]
5. Other Refuge I Have None [Listen]
6. One Day (When In Darkness) [Listen]
7. Praise My Soul [Listen]
8. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go [Listen]
9. Are There Foes For Me To Face [Listen]
10. O Joy Of The Justified [Listen]
11. Behold, Behold The Wondrous [Listen]
12. Onward Christian Soldiers [Listen]
13. The Lord Omnipotent Is King [Listen]
14. Open Now The Crystal Fountain [Listen]
15. The Heavens Sing Praises [Listen]
16. Why Was He There- [Listen]
17. All, All Is Well [Listen]
18. O Jesus The Cruciified (O Joy Of The Justified) [Listen]
19. Balm In Gilead [Listen]
20. Just A Closer Walk With Thee [Listen]
21. Behold Him The Saviour (The Serpent In Brass) [Listen]
22. Yes He Did [Listen]
23. Come To Me (Tenderly The Saviour Pleads) [Listen]
24. Never Give Up (Hast Thou Just Begun To Pray) [Listen]
25. O Love Of Calvary [Listen]
26. Love Divine All Loves Excelling [Listen]
27. Crown Him With Many Crowns [Listen]
28. We Shall Rise (When The Saviour In His Glory) [Listen]
29. I Love To Tell The Story [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Ian Stangoe in Scotland @ 20:20 on Dec 4 2008

The Festivals of Male voice Praise is still going strong and celebrates the 75th anniversary in May 2010 with an event in the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, city of the founder James McRoberts. Further information on FMVP can be found at www.fmvp.org



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