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Lest We Forget: Where The Poppy Meets The Cross by Various

Cross Rhythms Rating: 5/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Hymnody, Album
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Three discs of traditional hymns sung by unidentified choirs.

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  1. 1. Blessed Assurance
  2. 2. Rescue The Perishing
  3. 3. O Lord My God (How Great Thou Art)
  4. 4. Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace (Prayer Of St Francis)
  5. 5. Abide With Me
  6. 6. Lead Kindly Light
  7. 7. The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended
  8. 8. How Sweet The Name Of Jesus Sounds
  9. 9. Soldiers Of Christ Arise
  10. 10. Life Is A Journey Long Is The Road
  11. 11. Blessed Lord In Thee Is Refuge
  12. 12. When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
  13. 13. On A Hill Far Away (The Old Rugged Cross)
  14. 14. The Strife Is O'er The Battle Done
  15. 15. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
  16. 16. Man Of Sorrows
  17. 17. God Be With You
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5/10

Reviewed by Ian Hayter

There are 50 hymns on these three discs, all well-known with the most recent being Sebastian Temple's mid-1960s "Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace", so the collection will certainly appeal to an older target demographic. The arrangements are pretty predictable, even those by the ubiquitous Christopher Norton and Songs Of Praise stalwart Paul Leddington Wright, but they are all done well, with full choirs and a variety of accompaniment (brass, orchestra, organ and a capella). There is, as always, a sprinkling of hymns with more militaristic imagery ("The Strife Is O'er", "Onward Christian Soldiers", "Mine Eyes have Seen the Glory" for example), which may explain the rather curious title of the collection. The cover has a picture of the cross surrounded by poppies, which may be a ploy to draw in the less religiously committed purchaser, but there seems to be no other explanation for the title. The great majority of the hymns have no particular link with remembrance in that sense (such titles as "Blessed Assurance", "O Sacred Head", "All the Way My Saviour Leads Me"). In the absence of any sleeve notes (and no music credits other than for the executive producer Stephen Doherty and project co-ordinator Joanne Weeks) there is nothing really to explain or justify the choice of hymns included here. It's a good selection for the traditional hymn-lover and probably worth thinking about when it's time to buy a great-aunt's birthday present, but there's nothing here you wouldn't find on the groaning shelves of any Cathedral gift shop.

Style: Hymnody
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 48945
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Kingsway Music KMCD2908
Items: 3
Release Date: 30 Sep 2008

Three discs of traditional hymns sung by unidentified choirs.

50 Hymns of remembrance...

Traditional hymns from writers & composers such as: Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley, John Newton & many others.

Posted by Paul Johnson in Sheffield UK at 21:40 on Oct 27 2013

A great selection of well performed traditional hymns, which would be a fine addition to any collection of Christian music.

Paul Johnson's rating: 9/10















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