Morris Chapman, Maranatha! Singers - Live Worship With Morris Chapman And The Maranatha! Singers
STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 8159-7911 LABEL: Maranatha 0596 FORMAT: CD Album
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Reviewed by Denise Murray
I must admit that I thought that this was going to be just another praise and worship album, on which chorus after chorus would be churned out with little atmosphere. I was pleasantly mistaken, because from start to finish this finely produced live album was worthy of its 'worship' title. The Maranatha Singers led by black American worship singer/composer Morris Chapman, are not your average 'praise' backing singers, they came over as highly talented, accurate, even if basic, har-monisers. The album starts off at a pretty swift pace and gradually slows down, but never grinds to a halt. My favourites are "Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord" which is based on Proverbs 18:10. Repetitive, sure, but still a great chorus. The harmonies on "All Heaven Declares" give the song a reverent feel. It's encouraging to see choruses by British writers Chris Bowater and Graham Kendrick featured on a US praise album. I recommend 'Live Worship', as a compilation of great choruses: some well known and others which are easy to learn. My only criticism is that on "Alleluia" Morris sounds as if his head's immersed in a bucket of water!