Here it is, the very best of British Live Worship. 10,000 Reasons, One Thing Remains, Build Your Kingdom Here, In Christ Alone, and Take My Heart…All songs which have been sung in churches all across Britain and which have shaped contemporary British worship are all collected here in this handsome 2-CD set.
Along with many other iconic songs, these recordings from live events up-and-down the UK, such as Spring Harvest 2011, are a showcase of moments of worship from live events right here in Britain from worship leaders and artists such as Ben Cantalon, Graham Kendrick, Tim Hughes, Hillsong London, Trent Vineyard, Worship Central, and Sound of Wales.
We’ve all seen these albums before “The Best Of British Worship” songs and often they are OK but a little underwhelming with the scope of tracks and worship leaders involved. Elevation have somewhat captured the market for UK recordings at live worship events over the last few years. Now they have pulled together some of the best recordings and put 30 tracks on one compilation.
This collection features well known worship leaders like Tim Hughes, Chris McClarney, Sue Rinaldi and Cathy Burton expressing their worship and their talents as worship leaders. Pretty much every song on this album is a classic track and moment in time from the opening of “Build Your Kingdom Here” through to “Boldly To Approach”. Amongst these recordings is the immensely touching version of “At The Cross (Love Ran Red)” from the awesome Cathy Burton which I have heard on another compilation at the end of last year.
There are a few worship songs on here that have been a little over-used in past compilations, they are still good worship songs but I think just about every Christian in the country should have about 5 copies of “In Christ Alone” on different compilations from the past 15 years. It’s probably the same with Days of Elijah which seems to have done the rounds numerous times. On a similar note there is NOT a version of Oceans on this compilation which did surprise me given it’s popularity over the past couple of years.
There is a version of “What a Friend We Have In Jesus” which is a little different to the more modern tracks here, although this is not quite the traditional format for the song.
All in all this is an excellent compilation for it’s price, there are some great versions of the various tracks here and some top worship leaders. For £12.99 you would be hard-pushed to get better value than this.
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