Michael W Smith - Live In Concert: A 20 Year Celebration

Published Wednesday 1st December 2004
Michael W Smith - Live In Concert: A 20 Year Celebration
Michael W Smith - Live In Concert: A 20 Year Celebration

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Reunion 602341001496
FORMAT: DVD Music video
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Stephen Luff

First came the CDs featuring the best of two decades of music , then following the rules of marketing , the DVD. Michael's solo career has lasted for over 20 years and this DVD celebrates it in style. Featuring a live concert that took place on 26th October 2003 in Columbus, Ohio, a musical leap through time is experienced, celebrating songs from Michael's first solo album 'The Michael W Smith Project' through to the "Signs" single taken from ' The Second Decade 1993-2003'.In addition, Michael's songwriting contribution is highlighted with a guest appearance by Amy Grant performing songs including "Lead Me On" and "Thy Word". The DVD is a big budget Dolby 5.1 Surround/PCM Stereo production and includes 'The Making Of "Signs" Video', the "Signs" video itself and a photo gallery. This is an excellent reminder of how far the ex member of Higher Ground and Amy Grant keyboard player has come.

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Product Description
Multi-platinum, Grammy-award winning artist, Michael W. Smith, has been changing the landscape of Christian music for 20 years and is still going strong. Michael W. Smith: Live In Concert - A 20 Year Celebration showcases Michael's hits from 1983 through today as collectively heard on The First Decade and The Second Decade.
Filmed in Autumn 2003, this live concert experience takes you on a journey through songs that established the beginnings of contemporary Christian music (Rocketown and Secret Ambition) to songs that spoke to a whole nation (This Is Your Time and There She Stands), to worship and instrumental favourites (Above All and Hibernia) and to the songs of today (Signs and Raging Sea). Added features include the exclusive 'Signs' video, its behind-the-scenes 'Making-of' footage and a dolby digital 5.1 surround sound mix on the dvd version

Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 20:45 on Oct 19 2011

Wow! 20 years we have been hearing the music of Michael W. Smith; and in between there have been some concert videos during the span of his music career. I really enjoyed his first in 1985 which included Amy Grant & Gary Chapman; what a hi-light
performance of the song "Friends". It would have been nice to see another performance by them of the song on this 20 year celebration: after all, Amy also
made a guest appearance on this dvd set. The 1986
"Rocketown" was great to see & hear; what a top
notch performance of the new song "Signs". Some of his best songs like "Place in This World" & "I Will be Here for You" were edited versions; for a 20 year
celebration the full version of the songs would have been nice to see and hear. I would have like to see and hear more classic songs like "You Need a SAVIOUR"& "I Am Sure"(to name some). I have loved "There She Stands" from the first time I saw it on video; same with "This is Your Time": I applaud the performance of both songs. I believe more songs could have been included for the songset; 3 alone were provided by Amy. A well known duet by the two would have brought a nice high light to the dvd: like "Somewhere, Somehow" or "LORD Have Mercy", but above all, "Friends". BTW a nice belated "Happy Birthday" to Michael this month (Oct. 7).
GOD Bless! -Don

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