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This Is Gospel Vol 1: Inspirational Music For The 21st Century by Various

Cross Rhythms Rating: 9/10
CD: Album
Tags: R&B, CD, Album, Recommended, Top Rated
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Reviewed by George Luke

As part of the ongoing programme to celebrate the dreaded M-word, several of the key people in the UK's gospel music fraternity have come together to organise a series of gospel events - one of which is this 16-track compilation album. To go through each track individually would take up too much time and space, so I'll just mention a highlight or two. A few people have recorded tracks especially for this - amongst them the very jazzy Lurine Cato, and Jason Boothe and Ruth Lynch, who duet on a "jeep joint" titled "Friends". Paul Lee sounds very Stevie Wonder-esque on "Lilies Of The Field," John Francis goes all township on us with "He Inhabits The Praises Of His People", and The Wades sound very Doc Martin (oops, I mean Timbaland) on "The Word Is". The late Sandra Escoffery leads her sisters on "Changes", a hip hoppy jam with an understated rock guitar wailing away in the background (hard to believe this was originally on a jazz compilation!). It was (heir last recording together, which must be worth a few collectability points. The Shekinah Choir do a funky "Father Abraham," with leader Clive Brown doing the Herbie Hancock/Roger Troutman vocoder thing to great effect. Guest rapper AsahSinHater deserves a special mention -even if only because I'd use any excuse to get a name like that in print! The album's not without its oversights, though. Apart from the odd guest rapper on a couple of tracks, there's no sign of The Gifted et. al. here. Nor is there any of the Watchman - or, for that matter, much in the reggae department, save the closing track by the KICC crew. And it would have been a good idea to include a couple of older tracks (Lavine Hudson, Paradise, etc.), to give the collection some historical perspective. But as a showcase of the wealth of talent contained within the churches of this great country of ours, it works well. Next time you hear someone whingeing on about British gospel being a poor relation of American stuff, play them this to shut them up. If that doesn't work, nothing will.

Style: R&B
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 828
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: FAR 1902102
Items: 1
Release Date: 2000

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