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Anne Murray
"What A Wonderful World: 26 Inspirational Classics"

© EMI/Straight Way Records

Year of Release: 1999

track listing
Disc One:
  • Lord I Hope
    This Day Is Good
  • Amazing Grace
  • Lean On Me
  • Just A Walk With Thee/
    Take My Hand
    Lord Jesus
  • Let It Be
  • Softly And Tenderly
  • Let There Be Love
  • I Believe In You
  • It Is No Secret
  • What A Wonderful World
  • Peace In The Valley
  • The Other Side
  • The Old Rugged Cross
    Disc Two:
  • I Can See Clearly Now
  • In The Garden
  • You've Got A Friend
  • Whispering Hope
  • Put A Little Love
    In Your Heart
  • How Great Thou Art
  • Song Of Bernadette
  • Elijah
  • Bridge Over
    Troubled Water
  • If You See My Savior
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • Nearer My God To Thee
  • The Lord's Prayer

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    Anne Murray
    "What A Wonderful World: 26 Inspirational Classics"

    Anne Murray returns once again to WSVNRadio, with a beautiful collection of Inspirational/Gospel/Christian songs. What A Wonderful World: 26 Inspirational Classics was a #1 album on the Christian Albms Chart in February, 2000. What makes this collection great, is how some songs (considered Rock songs) where the lyrics are looked at, of lyrical hope, faith and wisdom. Of the 26, there are the obvious classics of Gospel and Christian, liekwise some titles that I really don't remember.

    Let us (pray) begin with the song titles that I do not really remember: "Softly And Tenderly" -- As beautiful as this Gospel felt tune is, it sounds like another Gospel favorite, "Faith of our Fathers." "Let There Be Love" is one of two duets by Anne, this one is with her daughter, Dawn Langstroth. I get this song title confused with another classic song, "There Is Love (The Wedding Song)" by the Captain & Tennille. Other "I don't remember" song titles: "I Believe In You," "It is No Secret," "The Other Side," "Whispering Hope," "Song Of Bernadette," "If You See My Savior," "Jacob's Ladder," "Hearer My God To Thee." Also to mention on this, is another titles, where I may not remember the song by titles, but the melody is similar to another song. As I listen to "Elijah," I can hear the melody of the Oak Ridge Boys hit, "American Made." As for "In The Garden," I may not have recognized the title, but as I listen to it, I do remember this song from Alan Jackson's Gospel/Christian album, Precious Memories.

    Now for the songs I remember, most recognized as Rock/Pop/Country hits: "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good" was a huge hit for Country artist Don Williams. Bill Wither's classic "Lean On Me" is here, and The Beatles' "Let It Be." The latter two songs I can now see how they could be Christian/Gospel themed songs, the lyrics of "Lean On Me" is where you lean on a friend, prefarbly God. This can also be said for the Carole King penned "You've Got A Friend," where most may remember James Taylor's version. Lyrics such as "Mother Mary comes to me, whisper words of wisdom," easily fits the Christian faith on the Beatles' "Let It Be." Even Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" lyrics generates hope, as the music and lyrics are as soothing and rejoicing.

    Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" also shows signs of hope, and songs such as Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World," and Jackie DeShannon's "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" can bring a smile to anyone's personal musical preference.

    As for the Inspirational Classics: Beautiful, just beautiful pretty much summarizes Anne's version of of "Amazing Grace." A great, upbeat Country feel has "Just A Walk With Thee/Take My Hand Lord Jesus," the other duet with Tommy West. Two other classics are here, "The Old Rugged Cross," and "The Lord's Prayer." The other two remaining classics, are best remembered (of my knowledge) by Elvis Presley: "Peace In The Valley," and "How Great Thou Art."

    the 2-disc set of Anne Murray's What A Wonderful World: 26 Inspirational Classics is just as the last word in its title is -- classic -- it is a masterpiece. Her voice has always been great, as her Pop and Country hits of the 1970s and 1980s dominated her career into superstardom as a great singer. She crossed over again onto the Christian charts with this inspirational album. And for any fan who truly enjoys soothing, relaxing music, this album is a definite must. Whether it be just for relaxing, and praising the Lord, this collection of inspirational songs with give everyone a warm feeling, and a better look at one's faith, to discover, or rediscover.

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