Clay Crosse - I Surrender All: The Clay Crosse Collection Vol 1

Sunday 1st August 1999
Clay Crosse - I Surrender All: The Clay Crosse Collection Vol 1
Clay Crosse - I Surrender All: The Clay Crosse Collection Vol 1

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Reunion 0234100082

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

The journey of Clay Crosse from Fed Ex delivery man to Christian music acclaim is fairly well documented.  There's no doubting that he has one of the most recognisable voices in Christian music and a pile of talent stored up in his vocal chords which have remained uncharacteristically quiet in recent times as he's been renegotiating his record deal. "I Surrender All" is a best of package to keep fans quiet while waiting for new material. (The cynic in me wonders whether it's also contractual obligation before Crosse moves on but we'll wait and see!) What you get is a spread of inspirational pop hits culled from his albums and I have to confess to having a soft spot for some of this stuff. In spite of this, pop doesn't come classier than "Time To Believe", the Dan Mukala penned "He Walked A Mile" and the title cut. There are even moments when old Clay (or Walter as his mother knows him) chooses to "rock out" a little and "Saving The World" is a supreme piece of soulful swampy stuff but mainly Clay has played it safe which isn't to say it's bad, just safe! A new song "I Will Follow Christ" teams our man with two other amazing voices - Bebe Winans and Bob Carlisle - for a trio performance which makes me wonder if a three tenors style collaboration wouldn't be rather an interesting project, but then I digress! If you only own one Clay Crosse album then invest in this because it's packed with goodies but me, I'm intrigued to see what will happen next.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 02:52 on May 28 2010

This is a great collection of songs,the best of Clay if you will; from his first 3 cd's. I have all of his stuff on cd; a great voice in ccm. I still recall when I bought this shortly after it's release in late spring of 1999. The first song "I will Follow CHRIST" with Bebe Winans and Bob Carlisle is classic; I also have the video for this song. "He Walked a Mile" from cd "Stained Glass" goes beyond words; I love how he sang Andrae Crouch's classic song "The Blood will Never Lose it's Power". I have the videos for " Saving the World" and "Time to Believe". This is definitely a "Greatest Hits" collection that is worth every penny you spend to buy it! GOD Bless! -Don

Posted by cameshia EVEREST in london @ 01:12 on Jul 24 2006

absolutely one of the best christian compilation of music singing the gospel of christ of all time!!!! God bless

Posted by Paul in United Kingdom @ 15:19 on Jan 27 2006

This album is to me very inspirational and i think the track He Walked a Mile is by far the best for me personally, But all the track's are very good.

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