Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir - Live At Madison Square Garden

Monday 1st December 1997
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir - Live At Madison Square Garden


STYLE: Gospel
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Warner Alliance
FORMAT: VHS video Music video

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

At first, the sheer size of this live performance impacts you. A huge choir of 250 singers and the huge venue light show etc, starts off being very impressive, but it isn't long before you notice that behind the big production, musically, this isn't the most exciting gospel concert ever filmed. The cleverest part of all of this is the way that the music is mixed with testimonies and interviews with the staff and members of Brooklyn Tabernacle. There are some remarkable and touching stories and soon I find myself fast forwarding through the run of the mill music to got to the testimonies. A former transvestite is saved, delivered and now married but he is suffering from HIV. A gang member is shot at point blank range and operated on without anaesthetic and is saved (in both senses) on the operating table. A Jew becomes a Christian and his family rejects him. In reality, the music is carefully chosen to fit in with the stories and it's all paying tribute to The Lord Of All who changes lives, and we have the evidence of those changes in the stories told. But it comes to something when the music on a music video is overshadowed by the spoken word. But that's how it is. The choir are proficient, the soloists are all slick and good performers, but nothing they do seems to hold my attention.

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Reader Comments

Posted by emmanuel in france @ 21:38 on Dec 29 2007

I'm french and i would like to get this VHS.
May someone help me to know where i can found it.
Thank you.

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