TPCC Victory Choir - Joy In The Journey

Thursday 1st October 1998
TPCC Victory Choir - Joy In The Journey

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

The TPCC Victory Choir was established in 1992 under the direction of Deborah Greenidge, the minister of music at the church. The album was recorded in 1997 whilst the choir was going through changes in personnel. How prophetic then that its title track Joy In The Journey, is the only original song on the album reflecting the Victory Choir's own journey. The nine songs were recorded in a single twenty four hour session and although the backing tracks are sequenced and the horn arrangements are synthesised, it is a credit to the choir that there is a great deal of warmth on the album. The songs are well chosen from the contemporary gospel of Carman's "Come Into This House" with its rap through the stomping enthusiasm of "Healer In The House" to the album's finale, a solo from Deborah Greenidge herself - the very touching Geron Davis song "Mercy Saw Me". The choir arrangements are bright and well performed and considering the serious budget and time limitations, TPCC Victory Choir deserve to be proud of their achievement here. Just leaves me wondering what they could do in a studio with a bit more money!

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