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  A Remedy Raised
Artist:  Eric Parker Band
Label:  Music for Missions
Length:  13 Tracks/50:58

All this Time
Artist:  Various—Music for Missions Anthology
Label:  Music for Missions
Length:  11 Tracks/47:09
 
This is a double-play review for two wonderful CDs offered by Music for Missions (http://www.musicformissions.com), a mission dedicated to bringing the Gospel to Asia.

A Remedy Raised is full of warm, acoustic-based songs featuring lyrics that focus on worship, Scripture, and faith.  The production is crisp and low-key, allowing the vocals to be brought center stage, while also bringing to the forefront interesting guitar, strings, keyboards, and mandolin sounds.  Eric Parker, Susie Bogdanowicz, and Jeff Blake, all strong vocalists in their own right, share the vocal duties.  Members of the superb progressive rock band Glass Hammer (http://www.glasshammer.com) provide capable production and lend their considerable vocal and instrumental talents to round out the mix.

Song highlights include the opening number “Something Distinct” that resonates with a superb vocal performance; the blues-rock, steel guitar stomp of “Not My Home;” “Before the Throne” a celebratory visit to the Throne of the Most High; the hooky, guitar/bongo/mellotron attack of “Drive;” and the prayerful proclamation “Remember” with the timely reminder to not forget God.  Fans of Jars of Clay, Chris Rice, Jennifer Knapp, and James Taylor will enjoy the scrumptious sonic treats on A Remedy Raised.  The songs on this CD deserve a hearing on your favorite Christian or mainstream radio station.

All this Time is an Anthology project from Music for Missions featuring many of the same artists alongside additional vocalists and instrumentalists.  The songs on this project range from acoustic praise (“Restore Us” from Kirk Ward), to progressive rock (the outstanding “Heroes and Dragons” from Glass Hammer), to the Americana/rootsy strains of “Down the Road.”  While chock full of great songs of faith there are several songs that make this CD a must have:  “Under the Sun,” a piano-based pop/rock song that takes a nice progressive turn sung by Susie Bogdanowicz; the aforementioned “Heroes and Dragons” from Glass Hammer’s Lex Rex;  “Hold Me Again,” a mini-epic story of the prodigal son by Eric Parker, and the message of “Waiting Room,” in which Flo Paris sings about the temporary nature of this life compared to the Eternal glory that awaits.

The best thing about these projects is that by purchasing these CDs you not only provide much needed support to a worthy organization, but you also receive an hour and one half of fantastic and diverse music (what a bonus!).  Music for Missions is an organization that donates 2/3 of the proceeds from CD sales to native missionary movement Gospel for Asia.  The remainder of the proceeds goes to ministry costs and future projects (including a Hymns album and a progressive rock CD).  Go visit http://www.musicformissions.com and check it out!

Barry Nothstine  7/12/2004 
 

DJ Barry hosts Soul Frequency (http://www.soulfrequency.com), a weekly FM and Internet radio show showcasing progressive rock, instrumental rock, Christian rock, power-pop, Psychedelic rock, rock classics and more—great rock for the ages!

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   
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