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The Ultimate Collection by George Beverly Shea

Cross Rhythms Rating: 5/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, MOR / Soft Pop, Album
20-song compilation of the late Billy Graham Crusade singer.

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  1. 1. I Will Sing Of My Redeemer
  2. 2. At Calvary
  3. 3. The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power
  4. 4. Almost Persuaded
  5. 5. Bring Back The Springtime
  6. 6. The Longer I Serve Him
  7. 7. The Old Rugged Cross
  8. 8. Oh, How He Loves You And Me
  9. 9. Learning To Lean
  10. 10. Victory In Jesus
  11. 11. Have Thine Own Way, Lord
  12. 12. Blue Galilee
  13. 13. Let Us Break Bread Together
  14. 14. Welcome, Welcome
  15. 15. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms
  16. 16. Amazing Grace
  17. 17. Wonderful Name, Jesus
  18. 18. I'd Rather Have Jesus
  19. 19. Friends
  20. 20. People Need The Lord
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Reviewed by Tony Cummings

One of the weirdest aspects of the record industry is that when an artist dies there is a sudden surge of sales, even resulting in old albums climbing into the charts. This didn't happen with the Canadian sacred crooner though, but then he was 103 when he finally went to be with the Lord. But another reason why we didn't see this 2012 compilation shooting up the pop charts after his death on 16th April 2013 is that, in truth, time has not been kind to the music of George. His music, renditions of old hymns and inspirational ballads was in many ways a continuation of the sacred solos that Ira Sankey popularised in the 19th century when he toured the world with evangelist D L Moody. From the 1950s onwards the amazing evangelistic crusade ministry of Dr Billy Graham made George a household name among Christians as, in the majority of Graham's crusades, George sang much loved songs like "The Old Rugged Cross" and Shea's own composition "I'd Rather Have Jesus". His following among evangelical Christians was sufficiently vast that RCA Records recorded and released dozens of Shea albums. Now someone has selected 20 tracks from the veteran's vast repertoire (over 60 albums) for this CD. Unfortunately, the music here is now creaking with the passing of time. The arrangements are often overblown, like the florid "I Will Sing Of My Redeemer", and sometimes so cheesy that even George's rich, manly tones cannot stop "Bring Back The Springtime" being all but unlistenable. Make no mistake, George was a tireless servant whose place in musical history is assured. So it's a shame that with every passing year his recordings become more and more an anachronism.

Style: MOR / Soft Pop
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 122978
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Word 0080688851521
Items: 1
Release Date: 23 Jan 2012

20-song compilation of the late Billy Graham Crusade singer.

Word Records is proud to release George Beverly Shea's The Ultimate Collection, just in time to celebrate the legend's 103rd birthday! Bev Shea possesses one of the warmest, most recognizable voices in all of Gospel music... and this 20-song collection proves it!

Featuring guest performances by Amy Grant, The Bill Gaither Trio and Rev. Billy Graham, this ultimate collection will stand the test of time as a testament to this brilliant singer and minister.

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MOR / Soft Pop DVD

£11.74 £11.99

A retrospective life in music from this 98 year old veteran.

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MOR / Soft Pop 12 inch vinyl


For more information about George Beverly Shea, check the George Beverly Shea Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)
Posted by Mrs Rose M Black in Vic Australia at 05:51 on Feb 27 2014

I have most of Georges records,and CDs.
I could listen to him singing all day,his voice is just so wonderful.

Mrs Rose M Black's rating: 10/10

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