Maranatha! Music - Top 50 Modern Worship Songs Audio Samples Available

Top 50 Modern Worship Songs by Maranatha! Music

Cross Rhythms Rating: 6/10
CD: Album
Tags: Worship, CD, MOR / Soft Pop, Album
Normal Dispatch Time: 1-5 days
Re-recordings of popular worship songs as indicated on CCLI lists.

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  1. 1. Break Every Chain
  2. 2. God Is Able
  3. 3. Great I Am
  4. 4. All The Poor And Powerless
  5. 5. Always
  6. 6. Rooftops
  7. 7. I Give Myself Away
  8. 8. All To Us
  9. 9. Search My Heart
  10. 10. I Will Follow
  11. 11. Furious
  12. 12. When The Stars Burn Down (Blessing & Honor)
  13. 13. Give Me Faith
  14. 14. Awakening
  15. 15. Like A Lion
  16. 16. Beautiful Things
  17. 17. Forever Reign
  18. 18. Rise And Sing
  19. 19. My Soul Magnifies The Lord
  20. 20. One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)
  21. 21. Your Great Name
  22. 22. Glory To God Forever
  23. 23. You Alone Can Rescue
  24. 24. Freedom Is Here
  25. 25. You Won't Relent
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Reviewed by Tony Cummings

First, a bit of history. When they were an offshoot of California's Calvary Chapel Maranatha! Music could make a claim to being the founding fathers of the whole modern worship movement. Their 'Praise' series of albums (which went on for an extraordinary 21 volumes) not only brought the church-going public contemporary sounding recordings of songs written for the purpose of worshipping God but as publisher of most of those songs were the primary source for new worship material. However, down the years things changed. Other important sources of worship songs (including America's Integrity Music, Britain's Thankyou Music and Australia's Hillsong Music) effectively broke Maranatha's near monopoly and this, coupled with the label/publisher being sold to Word Records, meant that in recent years Maranatha! have been just one more company releasing recordings of their own copyrights and cover versions of other songs. However, after languishing for a number of years as a minor Word label, Maranatha! Music have come bouncing back to enjoy massive sales with their 'Top 25' and 'Top 50' series. The focal point for these releases has been the regular lists put out by the copyright licensing organisation CCLI which give an indicator of the most popular modern worship songs currently circulating around America's churches. In their 'Top 25 Gospel' series Maranatha! have licensed the original source recordings from the big black gospel companies. But for the modern worship albums they've simply got one of their in-house producers to record covers of the worship hits. So here you have producer Dave Archuletta (whoever he is) putting together versions of songs originally written/recorded by Chris Tomlin, Hillsong, Israel Houghton, Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, Jeremy Riddle, Michael Gungor and dozens more. The versions are reasonable enough with adequate (if unnamed) lead singers and arrangements which are professional replications of the originals though trying to listen to many of these 50 tracks at one sitting is almost bound to bring words like "dull" and "routine" to mind despite the adoration and passion expressed in many of the lyrics. But then, most people would just select their favourite songs. If you're happy with rather faceless worship music you will want to check this one out.

Style: MOR / Soft Pop
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 148550
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Maranatha 0738597220722
Items: 3
Release Date: 03 Mar 2014

Re-recordings of popular worship songs as indicated on CCLI lists.

50 of the most popular modern songs of praise and worship are now available in this new super-sized collection, Top 50 Modern Worship Songs. Those who want a long-play, cohesive worship experience will find this triple-disc set packed with the songs they love to sing along to, on Sunday and every day.

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