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Music Inspired By the Motion Picture, Amazing Grace CD

Capitol Christian Music Group / 2007 / Compact disc

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/preview/01/49/DLF126692_1.mp3 1. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Music Inspired By The Motion Picture Amazing Grace Album Version) (feat. The Wilberforce Choir) Chris Tomlin feat. The Wilberforce Choir 4:27 $1.29 Digital Product:Add To Cart
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/preview/01/37/DLF126692_3.mp3 3. All Creatures Of Our God And King Bethany Dillon and Shawn McDonald 4:47 $1.29 Digital Product:Add To Cart
/preview/02/41/DLF126692_4.mp3 4. Holy- Holy- Holy Steven Curtis Chapman 4:55 $1.29 Digital Product:Add To Cart
/preview/02/45/DLF126692_5.mp3 5. Fairest Lord Jesus Natalie Grant 4:57 $1.29 Digital Product:Add To Cart
/preview/02/48/DLF126692_6.mp3 6. Just As I Am Nichole Nordeman 4:07 $1.29 Digital Product:Add To Cart
/preview/02/51/DLF126692_7.mp3 7. Were You There? Smokie Norful 5:21 $1.29 Digital Product:Add To Cart
/preview/02/54/DLF126692_8.mp3 8. Rock Of Ages David Crowder*Band 5:13 $1.29 Digital Product:Add To Cart
/preview/02/61/DLF126692_9.mp3 9. Nearer My God To Thee Kierra Sheard 4:17 $1.29 Digital Product:Add To Cart
/preview/01/46/DLF126692_10.mp3 10. Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Faith: A Hymns Collection Album Version) Avalon 4:04 $1.29 Digital Product:Add To Cart
/preview/01/43/DLF126692_11.mp3 11. How Great Thou Art (Amazing Grace Album Version) Martina McBride 4:04 $1.29 Digital Product:Add To Cart

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Inspired by the powerful motion picture, this thirteen track collection features modern day versions of period hymns, performed by today's top contemporary, country, and gospel artists. Includes "Rock of Ages" (David Crowder), "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" (Avalon), "Were You There" (Smokie Norful), and more.

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Format: Compact disc
Vendor: Capitol Christian Music Group
UPC: 094637384824
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Anytime a group of prominent Christian artists appear together on a movie soundtrack, one can only hope the result isn’t just another over-hyped, unimaginative effort. Too often, when the words “inspired by” appear in a project’s title, what usually follows is a disc that is boilerplate at best.

That said, it was intriguing to discover the plans producers had for Music Inspired by the Motion Picture Amazing Grace, a compilation album created in conjunction with the major motion picture which hits theaters February 23. The disc contains modern renditions of well-known period hymns sung by pop, rock, urban and country acts, a bold undertaking for sure. But then the project’s visionaries did the unthinkable: They asked someone to write a new verse to the most recognized hymn of all time—“Amazing Grace.”

Remarkably, virtually everything comes together in solid fashion, and the music effectively evokes the film’s theme of how one person can change the world. The movie chronicles the heroic endeavors of William Wilberforce, who championed the abolition of slavery in the British Empire two centuries ago. Joining his quest was John Newton, the repentant ex-slave trader who authored the poem “Amazing Grace,” which ultimately birthed the classic hymn.

Speaking of the title track, who better than Chris Tomlin to deliver the showpiece? With help from the Wilberforce University Choir, Tomlin’s straightforward arrangement and relaxed vocals capture the essence of the beloved hymn. Asked to add new lyrics to the classic, Tomlin does so while seamlessly incorporating the original “last verse” from Newton’s poem, which the hymn has historically left out.

Among the other selections, the set’s three duets stand apart. Jeremy and Adie Camp turn in a fine performance on their interpretation of “It Is Well,” although it would have been ideal for pixie-voiced Adie to augment her background vocal duties and sing lead for at least a stanza.

Bethany Dillon and Shawn McDonald render an understated, yet spine-tingling, rendition of “All Creatures of Our God and King,” unifying their expressive, well-blended voices to generate the disc’s finest moment.

Equally remarkable are virtuoso performer David Crowder and country music icon Marty Stuart on “Rock of Ages.” Following a soul-stirring one-minute instrumental intro, Crowder wraps his distinctive vocalizations around the song and makes it his own inimitable masterwork.

Other standouts include Nichole Nordeman’s superb piano-driven adaptation of “Just as I Am”; Smokie Norful’s soulful output on “Were You There;” and Martina McBride’s soothing arrangement of “How Great Thou Art.”

A few songs do fall short, including Jars of Clay’s take-no-risk approach on “I Need Thee Every Hour” and Avalon’s feeble attempt at “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” which finds the group sounding more like a duet than a powerhouse quartet.

Supposedly, all the songs chosen for this soundtrack were hymns that resonated with Wilberforce, with eight of the 13 selections recorded specifically for this project. A fine work in its own right, the collaboration finishes as a strong compliment to the spirit of the film, definitely not the typical tag-along disc destined for the annals of mediocrity.


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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 22, 2008
    Lori Broschat
    I love this CD because it combines traditional music with modern interpretation. Very moving and inspirational. Good for singing along in the car!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 24, 2008
    Larry Tiner
    This is truly a rewarding buy. Some of the best classical religious hymns are sung in such a touching manner --- will definitely bring a tear to your eyes. A must-have CD.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 9, 2008
    This is a wonderful cd, that has heartfelt, worship songs on it. It would be great to play on the way to church, work, or even prayer meetings alone or with a group. I really enjoy the accompaniments each artist brings in each song, how different people bring out different talents in each. I really enjoy the song with Bethany Dillon and Shawn McDonald. I would recommend this to anyone willing to give an ear to this cd. I am thankful for those that made the film, and the soundtrack. It's inspiring, and heartfelt.
  4. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    November 12, 2007
    David Miller
    The CD is nice but it wasn't the version of Amazing Grace I was looking for. WHRI recommended it thinking that it was the version played on their station. However, it wasn't. The CD is good just wasn't what I was looking for.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 28, 2007
    This CD is by far and away one of my favorites. The Chris Tomlin arrangement of "Amazing Grace" is so amazing, and so touching. For the country music fan, Martina McBride's version of "How Great Thou Art" will definitely bring a tear to your eye. She was the perfect choice for singing that song! You will NOT be disappointed listening to this CD. God bless!
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