iWorship - Hymns: The Essential Collection

Published Saturday 6th February 2010
iWorship - Hymns: The Essential Collection
iWorship - Hymns: The Essential Collection

STYLE: Hymnody
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 82484-15829
LABEL: Integrity 46182
FORMAT: CD Album
RELEASE DATE: 2009-08-04
RRP: £14.99


Reviewed by Tom Lennie

Another project of mainly old hymnody, with some recent hymns with contemporary arrangements added. It's clearly a compilation album from existing recordings, with a generous 18 tracks (and a play-time of 77 minutes). While we're told the composer (if known) of each hymn and the lead singer featured on each track, we're NOT told what recordings sourced this album. We do know, however, that nearly all the tracks were recorded sometime within the last decade, I recognise around a half of these versions, not that that's not a problem, as it's great to hear them again. Indeed, this is a terrific collection of songs, ancient and new. Of the old, both Michael Neale and Gateway Worship (Texas) do wonderfully stirring renditions of "Take My Life" and "Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing", respectively. Paul Baloche's upbeat take of "How Great Thou Art" is likewise impressive. Of the newer creations, Reuben Morgan's gentle "Still" and Darlene Zschech's "Worthy Is The Lamb" are each notable. The latter tune is in fact one of no less than four tracks that come care of Travis Cottrell and band - all appearing right at the tail end of the album. A resource system DVD of this project has also been released as well as a split trax CD and songbooks either printed or digital. But I'm not certain that this collection is significantly superior to numerous other hymnal rearrangements on the market.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. New Doxology - GATEWAY WORSHIP [Listen]
2. Rock Of Ages You Will Stand - PAUL BALOCHE [Listen]
3. Medley- Take My Life And Let It Be - I Am Yours - MICHAEL NEALE [Listen]
4. Still - HILLSONG [Listen]
5. Fairest (Fairest Lord Jesus) - NEW LIFE WORSHIP [Listen]
6. Before The Throne Of God Above - PK7 [Listen]
7. He Leadeth Me - CANDI PEARSON SHELTON [Listen]
8. Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King - GATEWAY WORSHIP [Listen]
9. Be Thou My Vision - EOGHAN HEASLIP [Listen]
10. I Surrender All - ISRAEL HOUGHTON [Listen]
11. How Great Thou Art.wav - PAUL BALOCHE [Listen]
12. When I Survey (The Wondrous Cross) - KATHRYN SCOTT [Listen]
13. Revelation Song - KARI JOBE [Listen]
14. Worthy Is The Lamb - TRAVIS COTTRELL [Listen]
15. Crown Him With Many Crowns - TRAVIS COTTRELL [Listen]
16. Your Name - NEW LIFE WORSHIP [Listen]
17. In Christ Alone - TRAVIS COTTRELL [Listen]
18. The Solid Rock - TRAVIS COTTRELL [Listen]

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Product Description
Throughout the ages, believers have clung to enduring songs that refl ect true worship and teach the doctrines of our faith.

iWorship Hymns: The Essential Collection of ancient and future hymns will appeal to Christians whatever denomination, age and worship style, providing a great source of encouragement and strength.

Beautifully crafted to combine old and new, this album is sure to become a part of your personal and corporate times of worship.

Highlights
Powerful Renditions of Ancient and Future Hymns
Featuring artists such as Travis Cottrell, Israel Houghton, Paul Baloche, Hillsong, Gateway and New Life Worship
Features hymns like Be Thou My Vision, When I Survey, I Surrender All
Includes anthems such as In Christ Alone, Revelation Song, Worthy Is The Lamb

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