Resurrection Band - Music To Raise The Dead: 1972-1998

Published Wednesday 11th March 2009
Resurrection Band - Music To Raise The Dead: 1972-1998
Resurrection Band - Music To Raise The Dead: 1972-1998

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 77621-15233
LABEL: Grrr GRD1021

Reviewed by Ian Webber

If you are going to release a box set, you need to have a back catalogue that is substantial enough to supply a varied selection of tracks. During 26 years Chicago's Resurrection Band have amassed such a collection. In this four disc set they showcase a full selection of their recordings that chart the development of one of the original Christian ministry bands. The three audio discs include favourites such as "Colours", "Military Man", "Love Comes Down", "Summerthrow" - all quality examples of blues inspired heavy rock. It is satisfying to hear how the gutsy, cathartic music stands the test of time and how Wendi's and Glen's gritty vocals over super tight musicianship make for exciting and timeless music. The fourth disc in the collection is a selection of music videos and live concert footage filmed in 1992 to celebrate their 20th anniversary and never previously seen. The technical problem of an in-shot boom spoiling numerous close ups which originally blocked its release has been overcome by skilled digital editing. The energy and integrity of their live performance is captured in over an hour's worth of material. What sets this box set above others however is the quality of the packaging of this box set. All the tracks are fully listed and the sleevenotes also contain a 74 page comprehensive history of the band plus dozens of never-before-seen photos. This is not only a package for the Christian rock anorak or life long Rez Band fan. It would also appeal to anyone who enjoys quality rock music.

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