Steven Curtis Chapman - Greatest Hits

Sunday 1st February 1998
Steven Curtis Chapman - Greatest Hits
Steven Curtis Chapman - Greatest Hits

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Sparrow SPD1630
RRP: £14.98

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

10 years and 10 albums, the singing/songwriting career of SCC has garnered mega success Stateside and a sideboard of awards for his work. Now a hits album packages up some of the best moments complete with a couple of new songs to hook the fans who already own it all! So what docs your money get you? The classics "Great Adventure" and 'For The Sake Of The Call" which both still sound fresh and inspiring, some older stuff like "More To This Life" and the song of marital faithfulness ""I Will Be Here"'. "Heaven In The Real World" is urgent passion; "No Better Place" is straight ahead open road rock'n'roll. Listening, it's amazing how many great songs SCC has recorded and as well as the classics, the newies are pretty hot too. "Not Home Yet" builds in typical SCC style lo a hooky chorus and musically could be an out lake from the "Signs Of Life' sessions because it continues in that vein, an apt statement that this album is but a pause on Steven's musical journey. The other newie, "I Am Found In You", is again classic SCC honouring the one who gave him life and the talent to express that life in music. An interesting footnote lo the album are the re-recordings of "'Lord Of The Dance" and "The Walk" made in 1997 at Abbey Road studios in London, where the Beatles made their classic recordings. Cut absolute live with his band. don't know if it was the excitement of the Studio but there's an edgy vibe captured and they're a fitting close to a fitting tribute to the talent of Steven Curtis Chapman.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 19:42 on Sep 16 2010

This is a nice collection of songs by SCC, even though I believe it falls a little short of his Greatest Hits. I luv the new song "Not Home Yet", plus have video for the song. I also have the accompaniment video "The Walk". I missed not seeing "When you are a soldier", and "My Redeemer is Faithful & True" included in this collection of songs. Glad to see that "HIS Eyes" and "More to this Life" made the cd. I think the last 2 Abby Road remixes could have been replaced, because not too long afterwards a cd was released with Abby Road Sessions; maybe original versions of songs. I luv "No Better Place" and "Hiding Place"; I have most of his recordings on cd, and most of his videos. GOD Bless! - Don

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