Overview After hearing "Faith", Jason Upton?s debut release in 2001 Lou Engle had this to say: ?In my generation a Keith Green was raised up with a lions roar. The lion can be heard again in the sound and lyrics of this young prophet.? Four years have past and four more albums have successfully been released independently. With a rapidly growing ?fan? base Jason has partnered with Gotee to release Great River Road, a collection of newly re-recorded songs from the past 5 albums plus two previously unreleased tracks. This album is an exciting release for any fan and the perfect introduction piece to those unfamiliar with Jason Upton.
TRACK LISTING 01. Great River Road 02. Chop Down The Tree 03. The King's Way 04. The Road To Emmaus 05. When You Were A Child 06. Trust Once More 07. When It Thunders 08. Return To Me 09. Run Baby Run 10. You Are The One
Record Label Gotee Records
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.2" Width: 6.26" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Apr 26, 2005
Publisher CHORDANT ACNT# 3707
ISBN 5559100595 EAN 9785559100593 UPC 669447293828
At first I didn't much like this CD. You see, I received it the day after receiving Trusting The Angels, which is now my all time favorite Upton CD. This one, for me, doesn't compare. However, this has REALLY grown on me and a few of the tracks get played in heavy rotation.
Worship that will change you May 2, 2005
Remember the first time you heard Keith Green? You knew you were listening to a minister who used music to get his message across, not an entertainer. That's the same feeling you'll get when listening to Great River Road. This was my introduction to Jason Upton, and I have to say, I was blown away. Almost every song on this CD will stop you in your tracks to listen. I have over 500 CDs, and I can safely say this one is my choice when I need something to help me find God in my day-to-day busy-ness. This is not mainstream radio music, as most of the tracks are well over 5 minutes long, but this is ministry.
Stand out tracks here are "When It Thunders" (rerecorded from a previous release) and "Return to Me", a look at the prodigal's story from the eyes of his father. Jason's American Indian heritage is seen throughout this CD thanks to chants, drums, and flutes sprinkled throughout the songs. Nothing overpowering, but rather icing on the cake.
The only out of place track here is "You Are The One", which is a cover of an old Keith Green song. The laid-back style of the CD doesn't lend itself well to ending with this peppy tune. Still, it's the only mistake on this otherwise perfect worship experience. This gets my highest recommendation for times of quiet reflection and personal worship.