Rich Mullins - Here In America

Saturday 1st November 2003
Rich Mullins - Here In America
Rich Mullins - Here In America

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Reunion 0234100522
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

Just when you thought that there was nothing more to be said about Rich Mullins, lo and behold, a CD and a DVD of rarities, demos and live recordings. The live cuts are a fascinating snapshot of the humour of the man, particularly “Praise Ye The Lord”, entreating part of the audience to sing some rather guttural (and probably fairly damp!) Hebrew syllables; and what according to the sleevenotes is the very first outing anywhere in the world for “Awesome God”, with Rich struggling to get his audience’s collective heads around the words and music. There are also some more serious words from the man, especially as an intro into “None Are Stronger”, as he rams home his favourite message that true strength is not having bigger and better things – true strength is yielding everything to the Lord. Very welcome for me are some high quality studio demos of four previously unreleased songs, although I have a recording by Debby Boone from 1983 of “O Come All Ye Faithful” (not the familiar carol, but the message is more or less the same, albeit not nearly so Christmassy). The DVD features live cuts of some of Rich’s best songs, along with a dozen short stories on a variety of topics, including Perfection Is Boring, Temptation In Germany and Driving Without Headlights.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Here In America (Songwriting Demo) [Listen]
2. Teaching Awesome God (Live) [Listen]
3. Verge Of A Miracle (Live) [Listen]
4. Be With You (Live) [Listen]
5. O Come All Ye Faithful (Songwriting Demo) [Listen]
6. What Trouble Are Giants (Live) [Listen]
7. Praise To The Lord (Live) [Listen]
8. Hello Old Friends (Live) [Listen]
9. It Don't Do (Live) [Listen]
10. Screen Door (Live) [Listen]
11. Never Heard The Music (Songwriting Demo) [Listen]
12. None Are Stronger (Live) [Listen]
13. The Lord's Prayer (Songwriting Demo) [Listen]

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