Big Tent Revival - Greatest Hits

Wednesday 1st January 2003
Big Tent Revival - Greatest Hits
Big Tent Revival - Greatest Hits

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Ardent ARD2516
RRP: £14.67

Reviewed by Steve Best

The blue collar rock team from Memphis led by Steve Wiggins (you read about him in CR70) were major CCM sellers in the US before calling it a day in 2001. The five albums they made produced some big US Christian radio hits and "Livin' Off Your Love" is particularly perky, "Faith Of A Little Seed" is pleasing to the ear, "My Guitar" is quirky enough, and the rip-snorting closer, a live version of "Mend Me", rounds the record off with a bang. On the downside, the general mood is relentlessly mid-paced which gets a bit tedious. Having said that, this is a reasonable momento of a good, honest bunch of rock gospel musicianaries.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Here With Me [Listen]
2. Choose Life [Listen]
3. The Best Thing [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 14:35 on Sep 16 2013

A most welcomed ccm group for the 90's era, I just love their stuff. In October of 2002 we get hands on their collection of hits, great compilation.
"Here With Me" from their second helping released in 1996 is quite a top fave. The chorus sticks with you as you sing along " mountains high & valleys low...
desert land & driving snow." Lead singer Steve Wiggins has great vocal quality and writes quality songs as well wtg Steve! "Choose Life" follows the opening song, this song speaks to every heart that gives it a fair listen, from their Sept. 1999 cd of same title; I believe this song is the group's top signature song of all time. Top ccm singer/songwriter Julie Miller brought us a heart tugger "What Would Jesus Do" from her self titled cd in 1990. Big Tent's ear/heart tugger "What Would Jesus Do" asks the everyday questions, gets the heart and mind a thinking. I have the video for this song. "Livin' Off Your Love" is the opening song for cd "Choose Life", great ccm song!
This song will pick you up. "Someday.." is a song that all believers love to sing, "someday with our Lord in Heaven..someday we're gonna live forever.."
Traveling back to the start is the story of "Two Sets of Jones", great video story line that befits the song; can't say enough about how this song affected me at first listen; top notch harmony on chorus. Every song
deserves a comment. BTW for the music buffs, the late Dana Key was the Exec. Producer on this body of works and most of the original projects the songs were culled from. The band broke up in 2000 but reformed in 2012 and released "Way Back Home".
Steve now writes songs for well known TBN Pastor
Greg Laurie & does a Bible study.

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