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|John Michael Talbot|
The John Michael Talbot Collection: A Library Of 35 Favorite Songs
Genres: Pop, Rock, Christian
The John Michael Talbot Collection focuses on his solo work for the Sparrow record label. These widely variant songs are culled from The Lord's Supper, half of the double-disc Mass in D Minor, through to 1990's quietly co... more »
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The John Michael Talbot Collection focuses on his solo work for the Sparrow record label. These widely variant songs are culled from The Lord's Supper, half of the double-disc Mass in D Minor, through to 1990's quietly contemplative The Hiding Place. There are pieces performed in the folk-blues idiom, symphonic and/or choral arrangements, as well as dips into Celtic music, Renaissance-inspired harmonies, ballet suites, and Catholic worship songs. Despite these seemingly disparate styles, almost all are given Talbot's distinctively melodious vocal treatment and nimble picking whether it be classical, rootsy, or a custom blend thereof. There are few others who so thoroughly create the space for reverence and contemplation. And as with his work with brother Terry, the music, much based on biblical text, complex structure, and theory, is heads and shoulders above even today's most winning Christian pop. --Paige La Grone
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Darcy K. (Darcyjo) from CEDAR ISLAND, NC
Reviewed on 10/20/2006...
Beautiful, quiet, contemplative.
Talbot is an exceptional artist
T. Kevin Higgs | Center Point, AL USA | 07/12/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"John Michael Talbot began is career in the sixties as a country-rock artist, playing and touring with industry giants. Because of a profound conversion experience, he set out on his own path of writing and singing songs expressing his journey of faith in the Franciscan tradition of the Catholic Church. Over the past twenty-five years, Talbot has recorded an unbelievably broad range of Christian music encompassing many styles, from solo voice and guitar, to orchestra and choir. He has put to music the classic prayers and liturgy of the church, as well as written original material in both acoustic and clasical styles, with a depth of theological and musical integrity. In contemporary Christian music, where glitz and glamor have become an unfortunate by-product, Talbot rises above the commercialization by singing songs, and living a life of humility and service. His songs have been a powerful influence on me and my spiritual journey. I have sung and played his songs in my United Methodist congregation, at church camps, and in my own spiritual retreats. More than anything else, his beautiful music and his life are a witness to the power and presence of Christ. These discs are a collection of his music from across the years. I strongly recommend them to everyone."
Two good CD's, but not as good as just one of his recent CDs
T. Kevin Higgs | 10/17/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Unfortunately I disagree with the other reviewers. I found this compilation album to be a reasonably good introduction to the music of John Michael Talbot, but by taking snapshots from his long career and large repertoire it does not adequately represented his best music. Talbot himself says that his mid 80's album "Heart of the Shepherd" represents the beginning of his mature music, and that and his later music is what I prefer. I own that album and also "The Hiding Place", and "Meditations in the Spirit". Each of these albums presents a consistent spiritual message and I find that any one of them has more good music, and consistency, than this double CD which is weighted towards his earlier, maturing work. But it is John Michael Talbot, and does have much wonderful music. Three (or maybe four) stars for the music, but I only give it two in the end by comparison with his best work."