Overview 1. Here In America - (demo) 2. Teaching Awesome God - (live) 3. Verge Of A Miracle - (live) 4. Be With You - (live) 5. O Come All Ye Faithful - (demo) 6. What Trouble Are Giants? - (live) 7. Praise Ye The Lord - (live) 8. Hello Old Friends - (live) 9. It Don't Do - (live) 10. Screen Door - (live) 11. Never Heard The Music - (demo) 12. None Are Stronger - (live) 13. Lord's Prayer, The - (demo)
Includes DVD with video clips of studio sessions and live performances.
Record Label Reunion Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.02" Width: 5.68" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.24 lbs.
Release Date May 6, 2003
Publisher PROVIDENT #130
ISBN 1540410915 EAN 0602341005227 UPC 602341005227
A good, good friend of mine sent me a copy of this wonderful CD/DVD collection. So before I give Here in America the most honest review I can muster, I must admit that: 1. My copy is a highly prized gift & 2. Rich Mullins is a hero of mine (see Rich's own definition of a hero on the DVD). That said, I honestly don't like much of the music on the CD (there are some blazing exceptions though)--but I LOVE the DVD!
The songs worth hearing on the CD are few, but deep in quality. The live versions of Hello Old Friends, What Trouble Are Giants? and None Are Stronger are all excellent. What Trouble Are Giants? has actually become my son's favorite song.
Yet that's not why we're here--is it? One gets the sense that the music was just a pretext for getting the DVD a wider audience. I'm glad they marketed it that way; I doubt I would have seen the DVD otherwise.
The DVD is top notch. We get an excellent live studio performance by Rich and the Ragamuffins. Added to that (and this is the real show-stopper for me) is the film of Rich and Beaker lecturing at the same place a few years earlier. Who knew Rich was such an awesome and insightful teacher?
I love his idea of the Bible being a book of stories about a bunch of weirdos and God being the biggest weirdo of them all--as Brennan Manning would say--"The Wild Man." This is teaching from a man who knew first-hand the reckless raging fury that they call the Love of God. Amen.
I'll stop babbling. It is time for you to get your own copy. You won't be disappointed.
I give Here in America a hearfelt recommendation.
The DVD alone makes this worth buying Oct 21, 2004
Buy this CD/DVD if you want to watch Rich Mullins perform live. The songs on the CD are classic Mullins and inspire and entertain. All Mullins fans should have this CD/DVD in their collecton.
Don't buy this for the music . . . Jun 1, 2004
About the title of this review . . . it may seem a bit strange for me to reccomend that you not buy a CD or DVD of one of Christian music's top (if not the top) singer and songwriters for the music. However, the Here in America set is not really about the music, though there is plenty of music to enjoy. Indeed, there are a great number of Rich's greatest songs on the CD and (especially) the DVD for your listening pleasure, even a few rarities like Rich's demo on the CD for the song Debby Boone would eventually record, "O Come All Ye Faithful" (no, not the Christmas hymn). The DVD also features great renditions of Rich's top songs performed live with the Ragamuffin Band, refreshingly escaping the over-production most of them recieved on their recorded versions.
The highlights come not in the wonderful songs, though. Let's face it, all of the "live" songs on the CD itself were recorded on cassette tape and are of no better sound quality (actually sometimes worse) than the tape demos on the Jesus Record, though the handful of song demos on this CD are of good quality. No, the highlights come in-between the songs on the CD and DVD, when Rich Mullins shows us his heart and his uncanny, if simple, wisdom. From his sometimes quirky, sometimes heart-rending, and always thought-provoking anecdotes to his blunt, straight-to-the-punch one-liners and mini-sermons, this set shows us just what kind of prophet God sent us in the unlikely form of an unglamorized 80s-90s Christian pop icon. Of course, Rich was much different than the others in his genre. He made no secret of his many faults. He prefered to live on a very meager budget and help those in need than to make the possible millions he could have made off of his every hit record and over twenty chart-topping singles. He was not afraid, either, as this rare audio and video footage clearly shows, to express his opinion of any issue, sensitive or not, which he felt strongly about concerning God or the Church.
Rich Mullins was a great songwriter, and a person of unlikely wisdom and courage in a day and age where the truth of God is being constantly watered down by a much astray Church. Rich has inspired a legacy, though, and the spiritual seeds God planted through him now have made their way into the churches and into even the Christian music mainstream. If you want to see and hear a bit from the heart of Rich Mullins, I encourage you to get this CD and DVD set. You will be enlightened, inspired, maybe a little ruffled, but you will certainly not be disappointed.
Worth getting if you have a DVD player Oct 2, 2003
Rich Mullins was an amazing man who had a powerful message that we do good to hear. Unfortunately, these tracks on this CD don't always hit the best of him. They are taken from mostly early performances that he was involved in and the sound quality is not the greatest. There are a couple songs that I had not heard before from him that were neat to hear. O Come All Ye Faithful was incredible, though it reminded me of early Billy Joel songs from the late 70s. The Lord's Prayer is great. What was greater was hearing Rich's thoughts and introductions to songs. The CD was somewhat underwhelming probably because I have lifted Rich Mullins up in my mind so high that nothing could compare... But the DVD that is included is absolutely incredible. It is great to hear and see him with a number of his last songs (from Liturgy... on) and playing with the Ragamuffins. I particularly liked the rock feel of "Creed" with a U2 style guitar part. Also, some of his solo numbers were moving. Also on the DVD are a number of thoughts of Rich that were presented in some seminar he did in 93. The ideas behind them were familiar to anyone who has seen Rich in concert, but it is neat to hear him in his own words again. The CD is okay and something that fans would probably like but the DVD included makes this something that is truly worthwhile. I encourage you to get it, listen to the CD a couple times... and enjoy the DVD often.
A must-have for Rich Mullins fans Sep 13, 2003
"Here In America" is a collection that no fan of Rich Mullins, arguably the greatest Contemporary Christian songwriter of all time, should do without. Both discs of this 2-disc set offer a glimpse at the heart of this remarkable, humble person who has touched millions of hearts with his poetic songs and his humble and charitable way of life. The first disc is an audio CD featuring a collection of live performances and rare, never-heard-before demos. Although the sound quality in some of these tracks is lacking, there is a rawness about them which seem to suit the songs well. Many of the live performances on the CD also include Rich sharing his testimony with the audience, revealing not only Rich's insight and wisdom, but also his humility and delightful sense of humor. The highlight of this disc is probably the second track, where Rich teaches an audience the words to "Awesome God," apparently recorded shortly after he originally wrote the song. You can hear the sheer excitement in his voice about the song, as if he has the feeling this song is going to be something big. Indeed his premonition was right, as it has gone on to become a favorite among worship circles around the world. The second disc is a DVD which features "12 Short Stories", a collection of excerpts from one of Rich's seminars where he shares his insights on topics such as sex, failures, sensationalism, and God's sovereignty. The DVD also features "Live from Studio B", an intimate 14-song live performance given by Rich and his Ragamuffin Band to a small audience just months before the tragic car accident which claimed Rich's life. This performance contains most of Rich's greatest hits along with Rich sharing a few stories about the songs. One of my favorite parts of this performance is the song "Screen Door", where Rich and his bandmates provide the percussion using plastic cups on a table (This can also be heard on the audio CD). I remember learning and playing this same "cup game" with some friends of mine in college, and it was cool watching them use it in this performance. The audience clearly enjoyed it. Overall, this 2-disc set is truly something special that every fan of Rich Mullins should have in their collection.