Raymond & Co - Playing Games

Saturday 1st November 2003
Raymond & Co - Playing Games
Raymond & Co - Playing Games

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Integrity 28042
RELEASE DATE: 2003-09-22
RRP: £14.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

It’s been a long, long wait for British gospel’s much loved competition winners to get this album out, but here it is at last. Pride of place goes to the group’s stunning re-recording of the title track (which was heavily featured on CR radio when out on an independent EP) while elsewhere the sinuously funky “Since I Found You” with its delightfully deft harmonies, “Fire” with a rock guitar riff, “Crazy Faith” a sweet and soulful mid tempo glider and the jitteringly rhythmed “Everything” all bare repeated listening. Will it establish the London group on the international gospel scene? I’m not sure. But there’s no denying the exceptional vocal quality on offer here. Let’s hope it gets a major promotional push.

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Product Description
The best gospel group to come out of the UK for a long time - Mica Paris
The outstanding release from GMTV/Voice/Integrity Gospel Challenge winners, Raymond & Co. Every track pulsates with soulful R&B grooves, cleverly mixed into a broad spectrum of flavours. Isaiah Raymond's powerful lyrics, the superb vocal talents of the rest of the group, combine with their clear testimony to produce one of the UKs finest gospel albums ever. If you love gospel, this is not to be missed! Includes: 'No Limits, Fire, Song In The Midnight, Changed, Miracles.'

Reader Comments

Posted by Elizabeth Haastrup in U.K-London @ 16:24 on Dec 3 2007

I find this song to be very good and enjoyable to all. the vocalist and instrumentalist sound fantabulous. I thank God for ALL OF YOU as you are taking Gospel music to another level.Keep representing Christ and keep making a stand for the U.K. God Bless.

Posted by shona zvimba in london @ 20:49 on Nov 21 2006

i tink that raymond and co are gr8! the last time i saw you as a group was at soul in the city. but i saw my cousin lisa at her mums house. hope to see u all again. meanwhile supporting you guys all the way. janice's daughter shona

Posted by Michael J. Parlett in London @ 19:19 on Jul 25 2005

Exemplary example of UK gospel vocal and compositional talent. Well done guys. Buy this CD!

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