Bellshill Salvation Army Band - Immeasurable

Published Tuesday 13th March 2018
Bellshill Salvation Army Band - Immeasurable
Bellshill Salvation Army Band - Immeasurable

STYLE: Brass Band
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 168989-26568
LABEL: Samba Music SPS411

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Bellshill, West Scotland, have sported a Salvation Army band since 1921 and judging from the quality of this CD, they are one of the finest in the UK. 'Immeasurable' also demonstrates just how varied the repertoire of today's Salvationists actually is, the material here ranging from ancient - an arrangement of the 17th century hymn tune "Lift Up Your Voice", to modern - a rendition of Hillsong's "Hide Me Now". There is a lengthy, classically-orientated piece "Jubilance" written by Chicago's William Himes and featuring some dazzling cornet work from Alex Ramsay to a festival march "Motivation". Bandmaster Yvonne Ferguson runs a very tight ship and the ensemble work of the musicians under her charge is crisp and flawless while the band's two featured soloists Ramsay and euphonium maestro Chris Shanks are top rate. Some may struggle with the wide sweep of moods and sounds that these Scottish instrumentalists produce but for those ready to take on everything from skilfully played songs like "The Prayer" (popularised by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli) through to Handel Parker's "Deep Harmony" (Bellshill's haunting rendition even outdoing the much loved version by the Black Dyke Band) this is a fine release.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Call Of The Gospel [Listen]
2. Deep Harmony [Listen]
3. Jubilance [Listen]
4. Lift Up Your Voice [Listen]
5. Euphony [Listen]
6. I Love You, Lord [Listen]
7. Immeasurable [Listen]
8. Time And Eternity [Listen]
9. The Adventurers [Listen]
10. Hide Me Now [Listen]
11. Motivation [Listen]
12. The Prayer [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Sue in Glasgow @ 22:22 on Mar 20 2018

Fabulous. Got the cd at sherbrooke church on Sunday after hearing band for 1st time live. I was really impressed. The CD is amazing. Blessed by the music as anyone who hears this CD will be I'm sure. Best money I've spent in a long time

Posted by JJ in Cuba @ 21:52 on Mar 16 2018

Most gracious Musik. All power and glory be to our king. Many blessings got. Hide me now is most blessing. Praise God for Bellshill band of the salvationist army. much blessings to all

Posted by John Smith in Australia @ 21:08 on Mar 16 2018

Brilliant CD. Brilliant band. Heard them last year when visiting relatives in Scotland was really impressed with their music. I'm a trombone player so always like to listen out for trombone section and I wasn't disappointed by this band's trombone section. Well done guys. Love the soloists/duetists the music is so inspiring and brings real blessing. Looking forward to your next CD already:)

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