Graham Kendrick - The Ultimate Graham Kendrick Songbook

Published Thursday 24th February 2011
Graham Kendrick - The Ultimate Graham Kendrick Songbook
Graham Kendrick - The Ultimate Graham Kendrick Songbook

STYLE: Pop
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 93607-CDR17
LABEL: 9781842914243
FORMAT: CD-ROM Music/song book
RELEASE DATE: 2010-05-17
RRP: £7.00

Reviewed by Ewan Jones

Graham Kendrick is, of course, one of the most proficient and prolific worship songwriters of the last 30 years and collecting 50 songs out of his vast catalogue was probably no mean feat. This CD-ROM collects together sheet music, guitar chord sheets and lyrics sheets in printable PDF format of some indisputable classics - "Meekness And Majesty", "From Heaven You Came", "All I Once Held Dear", "Shine Jesus Shine" and "Rejoice, Rejoice" (to this day the only song that gets our church congregation clapping voluntarily). There are also a few that perhaps you'd rather forget - it's unlikely we'll be singing "God Is Good" or "I'm Special" again anytime soon. So, being a bit of a hoarder I like the principle of collecting together songwriters' best works in this format but I wonder in reality what purpose this disc serves. Every one of these songs has been available in books for years and the modern worship leader is unlikely to decide to dip into much of this back-catalogue too often just because it's been re-packaged on a trendy CD-ROM. An additional downside is that the claim to be 'Ultimate' falls rather short when some of Kendrick's more recent work is completely overlooked, despite being rather good. The CD-ROM format could also be better exploited - presentation is good but why not have videos where Graham gives us a masterclass or breaks down the best way to play a particular track? Why no MP3 guide tracks or audio? Some advice on arrangements and harmonising? A book format for E-readers? Why not Graham's 100 best songs? OK, so I'm being fussy and for £12.99, this does do the job it set out to do. One final gripe. If you are looking for a specific song you should do some homework to make sure that it's definitely on here.

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.

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Product Description

The Digital Songbook Series is an indispensable resource for today’s worship leaders. By focusing on the work of individual songwriters and worship leaders each Digital Songbook offers up a comprehensive guide to some of the most significant songs of our time. Each CD-ROM brings home easily accessed and printable sheet music, chord charts and word masters for fifty of the very best songs within each artist’s back catalogue.

Next in the songbook series comes Graham Kendrick's ultimate collection. From Shine Jesus Shine to Knowing You, including Amazing Love and Meekness & Majesty, – Graham's collection shows a devotion to worship over the decades that have stirred and inspired a generation and drawn the church into deeper worship. This Digital Songbook is an essential for any worship leader.

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