Various Artists

EFY 1996: Living the Legacy

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This entire album exemplifies the spirit and purpose of the program for which it was created: Especially for Youth. This compilation stands out among other EFY collections given the work of an all-star lineup. Contributions from Kenneth Cope, Julie de Azevedo, Michael Webb, Brett Raymond, and Greg Simpson highlight the pioneer theme. All songs focus on the Savior and/or the faith of the pioneers who trekked west in the mid-1800s. Most memorable are the metaphor of our souls and the painting of a grand work in de Azevedo's "Masterpiece," the encouragement of "You Don't Have to Walk the Plains" (to be a pioneer), and the gentle biography of the Christ in Kenneth Cope's "The Carpenter's Son." Of the five different recordings of the program's theme, "Taking It Home With Me," this one knocks the others out with its up-tempo and high energy led by guitarist/vocalist Peter Breinholt. It's a collection of sacred ponderings in a contemporary setting.

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