Paul Wilbur - Live: A Night Of Extravagant Worship
STYLE: Messianic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 50253-15036 LABEL: Integrity 000768444726 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2008-11-28 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Simon Eden
With 20 years of album releases behind him including two live worship albums recorded in Jerusalem, Paul Wilbur has built up to this extravagance. Opening up with the blasting of a shofar (Jewish ram's horn) and the declaration "The LORD - He is God," Paul launches into song with his mature, slightly gruff voice. With a track listing including Paul Baloche's "Praise Adonai" and Robin Mark's "Days Of Elijah", the Messianic approach is integrated with a very American big church style. Recorded live in Jacksonville, Florida, this is full of stereotypical Jewish rhythms mixed with Hebraic words and numerous references to Israel, Jehovah and El Shaddai are combined with a gospel choir and live auditorium sing-alongs. Given that the performance was so theatric the CD version of this project falls rather flat and it is the visually impacting DVD version which creates the most impact. Having said that, a highlight here is the guest performance by Sharon Wilbur who has her own contemporary Messianic release.
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This powerful release features Paul Wilbur at his very best with NEW renditions of his finest songs including 'Days of Elijah', 'Praise Adonai', 'Dance With Me', Adonai and more.
Recorded LIVE in Jacksonville, Florida, it’s a shining example of artistic worship that includes the spectacular music, dance and pageantry that Messianic worship is noted for.