RECORDINGS

LABEL: FOREIGN MEDIA GROUP
CATALOG NUMBER: 7568
UPC NUMBER: 842977075687
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 72:21
YEAR RECORDED: 2006
CD RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 3, 2006
CONDUCTOR: FRANK MCNAMERA
ORCHESTRA: IRISH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: VISUAL MINISTRY GOSPEL CHOIR
SOLOISTS: JEFFREY OSBORNE
GLADYS KNIGHT
CHAKA KHAN
ROGER DALTREY


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DISC ONE

1 Overture      1:01
2 Comfort ye      2:14
3 And the Glory      2:11
4 Thus Saith the Lord     2:41
5 But who may abide      2:36
6 And He shall purify      3:12
7 Behold the Virgin shall conceive      :34
8 O thou that tellest good tidings      5:07
9 For unto us a Child is born      4:21
10 There were shepherds. The Angel of the      3:15
11 Then shall the eyes of the blind. He s      4:24
12 His yoke is easy     2:12
13 Behold the lamb of God      2:26
14 He was despised      2:37
15 Surely      2:13
16 All we like sheep      3:56
17 Lift up ye gates      2:56
18 How beautiful are the feet     3:11
19 Hallelujah      4:20
20 I know my Redeemer liveth      5:05
21 Since by man came death      1:55
22 The trumpet shall sound      4:00
23 Death where is thy sting. Thanks be to God     3:12
24 Hallelujah reprise     2:42

SITE RATING:  2/10
SITE REVIEW:  If you've always wanted to hear Handel's Messiah recast as MOR pop/rock, then this is the album for you. Recorded in Dublin, Ireland, and featuring one of the more baffling line-ups of soloists (Chaka Kahn?  Roger Daltrey?) this album was painful to listen to - from the synthesized string section to the choir who was severely out-of-tune and seemingly fighting off sleep during the choruses, the only truly bright points were Jeffrey Osbourne, whose silky tenor managed to out-class pretty much everyone else, and Gladys Knight, who infuses a touch of smoky gospel into her readings.  Conductor Frank McNamera fights a losing battle with the other soloists, with Roger Daltrey sounding as if he's singing about Tommy rather than Jesus, and Chaka Kahn entirely out of her depth.  But its the choir and orchestra who are the Achilles Heel of this recording; they're terrible - the choir is contantly flat - the insipid, Muzak-inspired orchestra lacks power and tonal color, sounding plastic and pale.  Why anyone would choose this tweaky, annoying, and uninspired Messiah over the real thing is beyond my comprehension.


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