Anthony Burger - Best Of Anthony Burger From The Homecoming Series
STYLE: Ambient/Meditational RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 19216-10766 LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD2657 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2006-06-09 RRP: £5.99
Reviewed by Ewan Jones
First things first - Burger, who tragically died in 2006 during a Gaither event, was a consummate pianist. His mastery of the piano is superb, his presentation first class, he jokes and interacts with the audience and he loves Jesus. This CD is a compilation of 12 tracks from 10 different appearances all around the globe, Ireland to Israel, England to Australia, the US and a stint on Broadway. The two minute "Goodbye World Goodbye" opens the CD and is simply a roof raiser - to be honest from that point on nothing else quite excited me so much. The follow on medley of hymns is cleverly arranged but at times obscures any recognisable motifs with ridiculously big choral and orchestral arrangements. Second time around, I couldn't help but skip the patriotic fervour of the US Air Force/Marine Corps "Anchors Aweigh/Battle Hymn Of The Republic" medley, but had to listen again to the track where audience members choose random love songs that Burger effortlessly converts into a medley - the Southern charm and sense of humour of the shows also shine through. I can't think of a better way to describe listening to this CD than watching the Christmas In Heaven sequence of Monty Python's Meaning Of Life; ridiculous, overblown, cheesy and occasionally very good.
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Anthony's brilliant artistry on the piano has delighted audiences for over 25 years. Produced before he was suddenly called home earlier this year aged just 44, this DVD keepsake serves as a fitting tribute to Anthony's life, faith and his music.