This 2014 Hyperion collection of 22 hymns sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey is a straightforward presentation of familiar versions for choir and organ. For the most part, the arrangements are conventional four-part settings, with occasional interpolations of seldom-heard harmonizations and descants, and the performances by the men and boys are appropriately reverent and joyous. The majority of selections are hymns of praise, including Praise, my soul, the king of heaven; Thine be the glory; and Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, though Drop, drop slow tears; I bind unto myself today; and Let all mortal flesh keep silence bring a more somber and penitential mood to the program. The recordings were made in late 2012 and early 2013 in Westminster Abbey, so the sound of the album is typically resonant and spacious, and the choir has a well-blended tone, though the trade-off for the glorious acoustics is a loss of clarity in some of the words.
HYMNS OF THE CELTS is a lilting slice of Celtic New Age, featuring a repertoire of Celtic classics sung by a male choir. The highly atmospheric, minor-key charms of these traditional songs are perfectly rendered by the choir, whose plaintive, ethereal voices will envelop and soothe the listener. Musical accompaniment from synthesizer and programmed percussion flesh out the compositions tastefully at times–as on the English-language "The Voice"–lending a contemporary feel to the timeless melodies. The Adormus release should interest fans of Celtic and choral music alike.
2011 album from the veteran singer/songwriter. With Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns, Hiatt has created one of his most dynamic albums in the past decade. Produced by Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley (Silverchair, Aerosmith, Joe Bonamassa), Hiatt's timeless songwriting is paired with the aggressive blues guitar. Hiatt is back in the studio with his touring combo (Kenny Blevins on drums, Patrick O'Hearn on bass and Doug Lancio on guitars). Includes the single 'Damn This Town'.
Here we have simplicity itself: a series of piano transcriptions of some solemn, now-dark, now-affirmative religious hymns by one G.I. Gurdjieff, with none of the usual flourishes and heady flights usually associated with Keith Jarrett's solo records. Jarrett assumes the proper devotional position, playing with a steady tread but always with attention to dynamic extremes, producing a gorgeously rich piano tone with plenty of bass. The whole record has a serene dignity, even at its loudest levels, that gets to you, and that should be enough for the devout Jarrett following. As for others…well, it's definitely not a top ten choice for a basic Keith collection.
Universal will celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Verve‘s Urban Hymns in September with a reissue campaign that includes a 5CD+DVD super deluxe edition and a massive 6LP vinyl box set. All formats feature a remastered version of the album (the work of Chris Potter and Metropolis’ Tony Cousins) and the super deluxe edition box set adds four further CDs offering B-sides, remixes, session tracks, BBC Sessions and two discs of unreleased live performance from the era, including the May 1998 hometown show in front of around 35,000 fans at Haigh Hall, Wigan.
Battle hymns is Manowar's debut album and it established them right away as something special. It is a classic and one of the great and important Heavy Metal releases of the eighties. This is one of the most impressive debut albums ever recorded and a true classic. The BATTLE HYMNS – SILVER EDITION has been completely digitally re-mastered from the original tapes to provide the best sound imaginable. In striving for absolute perfection.