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Handel's Messiah ... [Best of, Compilation]

Various Artists (Collections) Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. Overture: A Partial History Of Black Music - Various Artists
2. Comfort Ye My People - Vanessa Bell Armstrong
3. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted - Chris Willis
4. And The Glory Of The Lord - Diane Reeves
5. But Who May Abide The Day Of His Coming - Patti Austin
6. And He Shall Purify - Tramaine Hawkins
7. Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive - Howard Hewitt
8. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion - Stevie Wonder
9. For Unto Us A Child Is Born - James Wright
10. Glory To God - The Boys Choir Of Harlem
11. Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion - The Richard Smallwood Singers
12. Behold The Lamb Of God (Instrumental) - The Yellowjackets
13. Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates - Commissioned
14. Why Do The Nations So Furiously Rage? - Al Jarreau
15. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth - Tevin Campbell
16. Hallelujah! - Various Artists

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired re-working June 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is an amazing re-take on Handel's inspired work, streets ahead of the very 80s-sounding version which came out before it (Handel's Young Messiah). It's such an effective collaboration of hot musicians and conglomeration of afro-american musical styles. Highlights as follows:
*The Overture (Track 1): a terrific hasty journey through the history of black music, including spiritual, ragtime, gospel, disco, hip-hop... and all using Handel's original tune!
*"But Who May Abide" (Track 5): the original alto/bass aria (depending on which edition you read from), but adapted by Patti Austin. Her vocals are outstanding - full of soul and integrity. The BV's are unbelievably good too.
*"O Thou that Tellest" (Track 8): the original alto aria, adapted by Take 6 and Stevie Wonder - so how could it possibly go wrong? Well, it doesn't! Close harmony and Stevie's classic voice - oh, yeah...
*"For Unto Us a Child is Born" (Track 9): the original opening chorus, shifted a little later into the work, and sung by Sounds of Blackness. Still very recognisable, but with more funky rhythms - and partly sung in Swahili!!
*"Why do the Nations So Furiously Rage Together?" (Track 14): The original bass aria, arranged by Mervyn Warren for big band (and WHAT A BIG BAND IT IS - Buddy Rich would be proud), with lead vocals by Al Jarreau. This one REALLY cooks!
If you have not yet seen the signs, there are some stunningly awesome muzos on this album, and the result is amazing! I have to add, as a great fan of the original work (preferably with Baroque period instruments), this CD is a great compliment to Handel - who (fortunately!) recognised the importance of his composition, and encouraged future composers to keep adapting it to suit the times. This succeeds - and then some!
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1.0 out of 5 stars 70s Style Black Pop Feb. 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love traditional Black music - spiritual, Gospel, Ragtime, Harlem stride piano, old New Orleans jazz, blues, R&B. I was very much misled by the other reviews and by the overture into thinking that this CD rearranged the various sections of Messiah into these traditional types of Black music. Not so. It is true that a track or two has a few bars of African drumming, but 99 percent features a drum synthesizer. Similarly, you can hear the occasional few bars of gospel, but 99 percent of this CD features Messiah reworked in a sort of 70s Black pop style. At the very least, I thought the Hallelujah Chorus would be a rafter-rocking gospel chorus - Lord, they made it into a show tune.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un Freak'in Believable !!! Dec 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
Apparently fourteen months in the making, Soulful Celebration raises our level of consciousness where sacred music is concerned.
Like a medieval tapestry, these ultratalented artists are gathered and flawlessly woven.
The result is a type of the Body of Christ,' {Rom 12:4 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around}.
This is nothing short of an 'Act of God'.
As with the new Message Bible, it's the 'Gospel You Can't Deny'.
Thanks Quincy and all, for this monumental pleasure-laden work,
Vicki Reynolds Rosenthal Beltz
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handel's Messiah-A Soulful Celebration Dec 21 2002
By Lisa
Format:Audio CD
Not only has this become my favorite Christmas album, it's way up there as one of my all time favorite pieces of music, PERIOD. From Hip Hop to Gospel, Al Jarreau, Stevie Wonder, tasty jazz, it is emotionally moving and I cannot sit still to listen to this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slammin'!!! May 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
This CD is worth the purchase price for the Patti Austin and Dianne Reeves cuts alone! The entire album is slammin', though.
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