Helen Shapiro - Enter Into His Gates

Wednesday 1st April 1998
Helen Shapiro - Enter Into His Gates
Helen Shapiro - Enter Into His Gates

STYLE: Messianic
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
RELEASE DATE: 1997-12-01
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Like Cliff Richard, Shapiro was already established as a mainstream pop singer before she became a Christian and sang songs that reflected her Messianic Jewish faith. It might be 37 years since she last had a chart hit but Shapiro is as busy these days as she was in the '60s balancing her Messianic music with showbiz work including '60s revival pop package tours. This latest album is pure worship and one of her best recordings for a long while mixing the Jewish influenced songs like "Ha Shiveinu", "Blessed Be The Lord God" and "Baruch Haba B'shem Adonai" with more straight forward pop/worship fare like "O Give Thanks" and her version of Charles Wesley's "And Can It Be". There's no mistaking the quality of her voice, her wisdom in the choice of songs and the calibre of supporting musicians (Dave Cooke, Mike Haughton, Terl Bryant, Carrie And David Grant) that all combine to make this an effective worship experience.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Stasia Very in Rhodes Sydney Australia @ 06:46 on Mar 24 2011

I discovered Helen Shapiro's Gospel Messiahnic music on the tape called The Pearl. I cried through every song and just love listening to her sing Gospel.

Can I buy, The Pear? If not I would like to buy any of her work except Kadosh which I already have.

Thank you

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