STYLE: Hymnody RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 7393-7166 LABEL: Kingsway 5019282240726 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 3 RELEASE DATE: 2002-07-19
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Reviewed by Paul Davis
Well packaged in distinctive “redemption-red”, this three CD set of 60 hymns and gospel songs is dedicated to the hymnal that a generation or two ago was wonderfully inspiring and admired. But the sacred Pentecostal songs that made the book distinctive and were extensively sung in churches are missing. The Pentecostal songs of the hymnal were foundational to the modern charismatic hymns and contemporary choruses that followed them. Poorly compiled and executively produced, the songs here are merely the generic material found in most denominational collections or even Ira Sankey’s book, and the recordings gathered from a hotch potch of miscellaneous archive sources.
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In 1951 the first edition of ‘The Redemption Hymnal’ was published and the words in the preface proclaimed ‘A hymnal is now proffered that combines
rich devotional hymns in abundance with stirring revival hymns that present the gospel in all its depth, winsomeness and simplicity’. Here, some 53 years
on, is a special 3 CD box set with 60 of those timeless, rich, devotional, stirring, revival hymns in theme and numerical Redemption Hymnal Book order.