Various - Abide With Me British Product Audio Samples Available

Abide With Me by Various

Cross Rhythms Rating: 5/10
CD: Album
Tags: Ambient/Meditational, CD, Instrumental, Album
Normal Dispatch Time: 1-5 days
Instrumental renditions of popular hymns in a CD/DVD combo.

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  1. 1. Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven
  2. 2. O God Our Help In Ages
  3. 3. Be Thou My Vision
  4. 4. The Lord's My Shepherd
  5. 5. Beneath The Cross Of Jesus
  6. 6. His Eye Is On The Sparrow
  7. 7. The King Of Love
  8. 8. Just As I Am
  9. 9. All Things Bright & Beautiful
  10. 10. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
  11. 11. Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross
  12. 12. O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
  13. 13. Onward Christian Soldiers
  14. 14. Sweet Hour Of Prayer
  15. 15. Abide With Me
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Reviewed by Ewan Jones

This interesting package turns out to be a bit of a mixed bag. A CD and DVD pack featuring instrumental versions of 15 classic hymns. Musically, the recording and musicianship are of a high quality. The orchestral tracks have the endearing feel of a 1940's Hollywood movie score, while other selections offer a more reflective Celtic mood or a smooth as silk, Songs Of Praise style studio arrangement. Names such as Simeon Wood pop up in the credits enough to give you the general idea. This odd variety is fine on the whole, although one or two of the tunes do suffer due to some bizarre arrangements. I imagine that the main purpose of the CD and DVD is for them to be used either in your personal reflections, or as aids to musical worship in a church/home group setting. I see no reason why this wouldn't work, although it's worth knowing the material well before you use it in a group - "Be Thou My Vision" has a 1:45 introduction before the first verse kicks in. Some tunes will be incredibly easy to sing along to; others less so. The DVD provided is a more dubious affair. The advantage over the CD is that the lyrics can appear at the bottom of the screen as subtitles for you to follow. More distracting may be the images - and this will be very much down to personal taste - old ladies outside country cottages, young girls on bouncy castles, cute liccle birds and animals, beaches, forests, fields, etc. Some scenes bear rather tenuous links to the songs they accompany. An option to view the lyrics to each song is useless and should have been offered as a text file. This compilation is perhaps worth a go for some pleasant background music or if instrumental versions of these tracks can aid in worship, but I remain sceptical.

Style: Ambient/Meditational
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 14028
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Kingsway KMCD2684
Items: 2
Extras: DVD
Release Date: 09 Dec 2005

Instrumental renditions of popular hymns in a CD/DVD combo.

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