01. HOW GREAT THOU ART 02. HALLELUJAH CHORUS (WORTHY IS THE LAMB/HALLELUJAH) 03. FAVORITE SONG OF ALL 04. IT'S NOT IN VAIN 05. ALMIGHTY 06. LEAD ME LORD 07. SOON AND VERY SOON 08. MY HELP (COMETH FROM THE LORD) 09. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS 10. I CAN BE GLAD 11. HE'S BEEN FAITHFUL 12. TESTIMONY: CALVIN HUNT 13. I'M CLEAN 14. I AM NOT ASHAMED 15. REPRISE: THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS
Record Label Warner Alliance Atlantic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 4.9" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 14, 2000
Publisher WORD ACCT# W41160193
ISBN 7474096978 EAN 9787474096975 UPC 075678329722
Secular white guys like me can still like good ol' roots oriented gospel musicf. It's the emotion that grabs you--when it's heartfelt. You could be a Buddhist, an animist or a Wiccan --or a complete non-believer--and it'd still get to you if you're open to it at all.
At the top of their game, it's evident that the singers in Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir are very, very good indeed. A powerful ensemble with lots of great soloists (since this is a "best of," I'm not sure how many are currently active in this 35 year old institution, but at the very least they have a history of fronting some great voices). And many of the arrangements are creative and some downright inspired (in whatever sense of the word you might prefer). That's particularly true of the opening two tracks, a rousing re-interpretation of "How Great Thou Art" and a gospel take on two movements from Handel's "The Hallelujah Chorus."
So it may seem like carping to suggest that the rest of the album does quite come up to the level established by the opening cuts. There are certainly many fine moments, but nothing quite as captivating as those two tracks. (I see that at least one other reviewer felt the same way and resultantly did not garner very many "helpfuls." Oh, well, you gotta call 'em as you see 'em.) And almost none of the tracks are helped out by the sometimes grandiose, sometimes just awkward instrumental arrangements. I like my gospel straight, thank you, no "show biz" overlay needed.
And I could do without the child's solo on "Happy Birthday Jesus," a cutesy-wootsy track that proves that "being saved" is no guarantee that you'll actually develop good taste (as if Tammy Faye hadn't already proved that decades ago). I do hope that was an actual child singing and not an adult putting on a simpering child's voice. Either way, it's painful.
All quibbling aside though, I would love to see this choir in conert. No doubt they'd be electrifying. At the very least, I'll have to check to see if there is anything by the BTC available in a video format. Could make for a rousing--and inspirational--evening.
My First CD of this group Jun 27, 2004
I purchased this CD to get a good sampling of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, one of the best known church choirs in the nation. It is clear why they are so popular with the arrangements on this album. If you appreciate good choir performances, this is not a CD you will be disappointed with.
Hope to hear Calvin again Feb 11, 2004
This is a very balanced CD which gives a summary of previous albums. I am however super blessed by the song "I'm Clean", with one of my favorite Brooklyn-soloists, calvin Hunt. he's such a passionate and moving singer. I'd love to hear him perform again with the choir. It seems as if every album he sings a solo part in, is loved by many persons around!!
My First Brooklyn Tab CD Jan 29, 2004
This is my first Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir CD, and I have to say it is absolutely wonderful. I'd say the first half is probably a bit stronger than the latter half of the CD, however, the interpretations this choir puts on some songs is absolutely amazing, and extremely creative. I can see why they are so popular.
The Very Best Aug 16, 2002
Absolutely the Very Best. I borrowed it from my public library and kept renewing it as long as they would let me. I played it over and over and never got tired of it.