Vinesong - The Collection

Tuesday 1st October 1996
Vinesong - The Collection
Vinesong - The Collection

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 3 3 3
LABEL: Kingsway Music KMCD882
RRP: £14.99

Reviewed by Richard Longworth

As many will know, Vinesong are led by John Watson and originate from South Africa but have been based in the UK for the past few years. They travel throughout the UK and Europe ministering in song. Vinesong recorded four best-selling albums with Kingsway, three from which Kingsway have taken the "best" and produced a compilation album. If Kingsway think they have made the album with the "best" of Vinesong's three albums then I would dread to think how awful the rest of the songs are. John Watson has tried mixing African music with Western music, and it doesn't work. I found it almost impossible to worship to this music as some of the songs were like nursery rhymes. Many have been touched by Vinesong's ministry, for me their music was twee and vacuous.

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Reader Comments

Posted by John R. H. in Newcastle, Australia. @ 01:11 on Nov 2 2020

Liek the biggotted review (criticism) of the Fisherfolk, this is another irritating review by someone who does not understand what it measn to worship god in spirit and in truth; just stuack on judging all music by his specific preference for style. Completely misses the point.

Posted by John R. H. in Newcastle, Australia. @ 01:06 on Nov 2 2020

This reviewer does not understand corporate worship, nor private worship. He does not understand how much variety there is around the world in musical expression, nor the variety of cultures that make the human world such a civerse and rich place.
He does not understand how anyone can sing songs that are not his own specific style, or listen to songs other than his favourite style. I supsect that he only listen to music, does not worship God through it but goes into a king of internal reverie that is not outward-looking, to God.
This is like the arrogant runnign-down of hte Fishrefolk by some upstart without repsect for octher Christians. Please, get some staff on board who can handle teh world of Christina worship - that is not about style but about our relationship with God.

Posted by Judith in Bayelsa, Nigeria @ 21:58 on Mar 8 2020

Pls I beg you I've been searching for this particular song everywhere on the internet with just the lyrics but no headway. May I know the singer and the title of the song, please? I'd be extremely grateful
Jesus - Oh I saw Jesus
And He said 'don't be afraid.'
He said 'I am the first and the last'
The living One who died
Who is now......

Alive forevermore,
Alive forevermore,....'

Reply by Robin Bertone @ 03:49 on Apr 2 2021

I had the same issue but I was able to find it. It is on there let your living waters flow album. Revelation chapter 1 is the song name

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Posted by Tolu @ 07:05 on Aug 28 2016

Jesus oh I saw Jesus and He said don't be afraid.....The song is titled Revelation Chapter 1 by Vinesong and it's featured on a number of their albums

Posted by Clifford Watson in England @ 19:26 on Jun 7 2015

I find it hard to believe that anyone who appreciates anointed singing could not fail to blessed by Vinesong's music. John Watson has written tremendous songs which have been sung all over the world even at the Presidential Prayer breakfast in USA. Son Life Broadcasting uses, Let Your Living Water Flow, as one of their programmes theme song.

Posted by bolanle marian in uk @ 22:12 on Aug 14 2014

Kindly send me the lyrics of when it hurts so bad. The few lyrics of it that am able to pick is so uplifting for me.
Am brokenhearted at the moment. Thanks

Posted by Bola in Nigeria @ 17:12 on Jul 3 2014

I need the lyrics of when it hurts so bad album please !
thank you

Posted by Bola in Nigeria @ 17:09 on Jul 3 2014

Hello, could you please send the lyrics as I found difficult to download: when it hurt so bad. in fact I need the collection of that particular cd: Christ is risen again, when it hurts so bad, Let the living water flow etc..... can I get the lyrics pls? thank you.

Posted by Josefina in Netherland @ 10:14 on Jun 2 2014


Could you please help me to get correct lyrics of : Jesus, O I saw Jesus, and He said dont be afraid. He said I am the first and the last,,,,,,,,,He lives forever more, He lives for ever more, Amen!

Thank you very much and God bless you all!!!

Reply by Tim in London @ 03:15 on Jun 4 2018

Jesus - Oh I saw Jesus
And He said 'don't be afraid.'
He said 'I am the first and the last'
The living One who died
Who is now......

Alive forevermore,
Alive forevermore,....'

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Posted by Tim in London @ 03:20 on Apr 10 2013

Yet another so-called reviewer worshiping the style.

First of all, Richard, Another Touch and so many others have been touched by VineSong. It does work; because you assume the style is more important then the truth. All this rubbish about it doesn't work; it works for Grace Thrillers with Reggae, so why would African music not work? Zeph 3:17 says He will rejoice over you with singing. Does it say it has to be in a said style? No. Also the Word says Make a joyful shout to the Lord; regardless of what style, as long as the truth is being taught; that means more

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