The Mandate with Robin Mark - The Mandate: All For Jesus

Tuesday 1st June 1999
The Mandate with Robin Mark - The Mandate: All For Jesus
The Mandate with Robin Mark - The Mandate: All For Jesus

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Kingsway KMCD2166
RELEASE DATE: 1999-02-19
RRP: £14.67

Reviewed by Tom Lennie

Recorded live at the third men's Mandate conference at the Waterfront, Belfast, an event organised by Evangelical Ministries and CARE for Northern Ireland and described as "probably the biggest UK gathering of Christian men for decades." NI's own Robin Mark is the worship leader throughout this hour-long collection, with the likes of Barry Bynum, Les Moir and Dave Lyle Morris also receiving musical credits. The album might well be subtitled 'Favourite Christian Anthems Of The Last 300 Years', including as it does Watts' "When I Survey" and Newton's "Amazing Grace"; "Are You Washed" (Hoffman) and "I Stand Amazed" (Gabriel) from over a century later; and more recent classics like Dave Biblrough's "All Hail The Lamb" and David Ruis' "Break Dividing Walls" (how especially relevant to troubled Ireland). "Shout To The Lord" is featured too (is this becoming rather over-recorded?) as well as four of Mark's own songs, including his anthemic "Revival" and "No Not By Might". These show his varied style and deep lyrical content. The music is performed well, Robin's vocals being flawless throughout. Yet, perhaps partly because three quarters of the material here is so well worn, this album lacks the freshness and vitality I would have hoped for. A fairly stirring collection, but without the punch of a knockout album.

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Reader Comments

Posted by patricia dornford in Unit 7 / 33 Catalina Road,Eliz @ 09:18 on May 27 2018

I am trying to find the album The Mandate with Robin Mark - The Mandate: All For Jesus. I had it and lent it out to someone and did not get it back. now I am finding it very, absolutely impossible to find it The reason I need it is, I love and have all of Robin Mark's collection but not this one, and on this particular album, (10.Faithful One) is the worship song I adore and can only play it now on YOU TUJBE. PLEASE PLEASE help me to find it or any other way I can get **
Faithful One *** Thanking you, Patricia Dornford

Posted by Leisten Nashire in Oklahoma City, USA @ 03:04 on Aug 30 2012

I are in need of this particular album does anyone know where I can get it from here in the US I have tried to look for everywhere and I can't find it anywhere, why? I really need this particular album. This album blesses me alot and reminds me alot about my christian life back in the day. Thank you!

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Posted by Robert Stevenson in Hong Kong @ 04:59 on Aug 6 2007

I found this CD only recently here in Hong Kong. I found it very inspiring, very moving and spiritually awakening, despite the age of some of the songs. What makes it a profound piece of work in my opinion, is the passion, integrity and "honesty" with which it is performed - by people who believe in what they are singing about! I would like to get copies of the music and words of the CD, if possible, and also / or else talk with the producers of the CD and with organisers of the event and with Robin Mark himself as to a public performance of a selection of these songs.

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