Sandi Patti - The Finest Moments

Sunday 1st July 1990
Sandi Patti - The Finest Moments
Sandi Patti - The Finest Moments

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Word WST9144

Reviewed by Alison Pooley

A collection looking back over this well known artist's past 10 years with songs from 8 of her previous albums. Obviously hard choices were made considering the title, but I would personally have preferred not to have seen "Shepherd Of My Heart" or "A Morning Like This" included, perhaps instead of the one new release "Exalt The Name" which could have waited for another album. The selection demonstrates Sandi's stunning vocal abilities, the lush orchestrations have been consistent through the years. The American market may be able to take the high number of MGM-style endings but I found one too many in the arrangement of "How Great Thou Art" from 'Hymns Just For You'.  Elsewhere, subtle changes of vocal tone employed to fit duets in "More Than Wonderful" with Larnelle Harris and Russ Taff in "Home Of The Lord" were good to hear and compliment the rest of the album. There's bound to be someone's favourite found on 'The Finest Moments', perhaps it's "Via Delorosa"? But what such tribute to the past would have been complete without her popular "The Stage Is Bare".

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 19:35 on Aug 5 2014

Released November of '89, and minus a few fine
moments I might add as writer above. Granted every
so called "Best of/Greatest hits" collection has 1 or 2
new songs, this one includes "Exalt the Name" which
was a debut hit for new ccm band Ruscha year prior.
I would've preferred to hear "Morning Like This" &
"Hosanna" feat. 2nd Chapter trio from '86.
Nothing from album year prior was included, not to
mention "Love Will Be Our Home" or the highly acclaimed "In Heaven's Eyes" she performed on the
Doves. Top cuts from '83 included the Larnelle duet
"More Than Wonderful" & "Upon This Rock". And it
would not be the finest of moments without the
'84 awesomeness of "Via Dolorosa"& the song that
catapulted her ccm status "We Shall Behold Him".
Perhaps the inclusion of another Larnelle duet "I've Just Seen Jesus" may have boosted sales, but it
was not included. I also would have preferred the original '82 version, instead of live version of the
Michael W. Smith classic penned hit "How Majestic Is Your Name". Vinyl fans lost out on 4 additional tunes
only on cd. God Bless, Don

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