Phil Keaggy, Nedra Ross, Ted Sandquist, Love Inn Company - The Courts Of The King 30th Anniversary Edition: The Worship Music Of Ted Sandquist

Published Sunday 21st December 2008
Phil Keaggy, Nedra Ross, Ted Sandquist, Love Inn Company - The Courts Of The King 30th Anniversary Edition: The Worship Music Of Ted Sandquist
Phil Keaggy, Nedra Ross, Ted Sandquist, Love Inn Company - The Courts Of The King 30th Anniversary Edition: The Worship Music Of Ted Sandquist

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 50056-14741
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1

Reviewed by David Holland

Now this is interesting. For somebody weaned on the late 20th century-to-present day worship material available via the global Christian music industry this digitally re-mastered re-issue of a 1977 Jesus music album makes fascinating listening. Its most striking elements are the emphasis on melody ("Obviously," I sense Sandquist would probably say, "this is music after all"), the straightforwardness and accessibility of the lyrics and the musicality of the orchestrations. This is praise and worship without pretension, where the Word does the work. Sandquist has had a long association with Phil Keaggy, and the latter contributes one song and co-writes another in this 14-track and 53 minute collection. Other guests contributing their vocal talents are Nedra Ross (one-time member of Phil Spector hitmakers The Ronettes) and the Love Inn Company. But this recording is primarily about Sandquist and his ability to set God's Word to music in an engaging and illuminating way. The album takes the listener on a wonderful journey through a myriad of different rhythms, textures and musical colours, with harmonies (all exquisite) added when it is right to do so and omitted when it is not. And all solidly based on Scripture to boot. Sandquist is a performer in his own right as well as writer and while he is not heard to the fore on this CD what he has done here is pen a collection of songs from the heart for the heart. This is the fourth re-issue of 'Courts' (as it is known, apparently!), and my guess is there will be more, because great songs (which is what these are) endure.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Judie Wolfe in Fort Lauderdale, FL @ 16:29 on Aug 24 2012

Hi Ted and Dawn,
Ken and Jeanne Veltz recently toured down to the Fort. Many old friends welcomed them. RK and I have had several conversations re music, especially "The Spirit and the Bride -- say, "Come".
We wonder whether the Lord gave that piece to you (Ted) or Ken. I've tried researching it, but thought you'd be able to give us the quickest answer. Thanks so much. Shalom, Judie



Posted by doug batson in Virgina USA @ 03:05 on Jul 12 2011

Val, Exactly my sentiments, too. How can I get the CD?



Posted by judy in Hopewell, Pa. @ 20:25 on Jul 4 2011

II have at last found you again. I have your Courts of the King album from th 70's.. I have just ordered your C.D of the album. Thank you so much for making a remake. God truly bless you and your work for the Saviour..In His name......Judy H.



Posted by val staples in florence, al. @ 13:31 on Jan 26 2011

I have been looking for a CD of this album for a long time, as Ted was a personal friend of my pastor back in the 70,s when I first came to the Lord. This music is a part of my growing up in the Lord and is very personeal to me. I would love to have a copy of it on CD. If there is any way I could get one, could yu please let me know. I thank you so much. Bless you.



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