Fred Hammond - The Best Of Fred Hammond

Published Monday 19th November 2018
Fred Hammond - The Best Of Fred Hammond
Fred Hammond - The Best Of Fred Hammond

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 170128-27459
LABEL: Verity 190758436029
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2018-06-15
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

Despite the considerable output over many years from multi-award winning gospel singer Fred Hammond, Verity Records have attempted to shoehorn the cream of the man's crop into a mere 12 tracks. In fact, a quarter of what's on offer here are brand new recordings - "I'm Grateful", "Saturate Us" and a simply gorgeous version of "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" - which bizarrely puts Hammond's back catalogue elite into single figures. On those tracks, Hammond's trademark powerhouse vocals, passion and crowd-encouraging persona shine through with lengthy gospel expositions like "Jesus, Be A Fence Around Me" and "Your Steps Are Ordered" seeing the Grammy winner in his natural habitat of the live arena giving it everything he's got to exalt God. As you would expect from an artist, arranger and producer of Hammond's calibre, this is a polished affair but, thanks to its half-hearted and less than career-spanning nature, this collection hardly does justice to one of modern gospel music's greatest exponents.

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Product Description
Fred Hammond is one of the most recognizable names - and voices - in Contemporary Gospel music. His decades-long career has produced some of the most poignant and prolific songs in modern Gospel music history. His discography is deep and his catalogue carries the perennial messages of hope, faith and inspiration, all packaged within his inimitable style of lush, funk-infused instrumentation, sweet melodies, and soaring vocals, all atop the foundation of his signature bass lines for which he has become synonymous.

The Best of Fred Hammond includes tracks from Hammond's most iconic released, including Spirit of David, Pages of life Chapters I & II, Purpose by Design, and Free To Worship, and gathers some of the most heralded moments from those released into an exclusive compilation sure to delight Fred Hammond fans and Gospel music lovers everywhere. The release includes Hammond's biggest hits from his recordings with the spirited ensemble, Radical for Christ (RFC), as well as his more recent, and equally dynamic, solo recordings.

The best of Fred Hammond does the heavy lifting and creates a masterful Fred Hammond Playlist that will insight fond music memories of years past as well as elicit more inspiration and celebrations for years to come.

The Best of Fred Hammond also includes three brand new songs, sure to delight Hammond Fans and Gospel music enthusiasts. 'I'm Grateful', 'Saturate', and 'What a Friend we Have in Jesus' are Hammond's first new releases since 2016's Worship Journal (Live), and they pick up right where Hammond left off, without missing a proverbial beat.

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