Various Artists

More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns

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In an era when the definition of religious music has expanded to include everything from Christian death-metal to gospel rap, it's nice to know one can still find an album of traditional prayerful tunes. MORE THAN 50 MOST LOVED HYMNS collects popular church songs performed in a sweeping orchestral/choral style that will evoke warm memories of the grand holiday cathedral services of yesteryear.

Perhaps inspired by the sounds of angels on high, the music here is majestic in a vintage MGM film-score manner, complete with huge string sections, tinkling harp, and vocals soaring to the heavens. Highlights include the Celtic-tinged "This Is My Father's World," which features an Irish pennywhistle, and a particularly exuberant version of "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee," which promises to uplift even the most spiritually bereft. The perfect soundtrack to a devout Easter or Christmas celebration, MORE THAN 50 MOST LOVED HYMNS is equally good for the ears and the soul.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:07
2 2:15
3 2:06
4 1:33
5 2:51
6 2:58
7 2:29
8 2:05
9 1:36
10 1:57
11 2:02
12 2:03
13 2:16
14 2:48
15 4:31
16 3:36
17 3:01
18 2:57
19 2:45
20 5:48
21 3:42
22 2:06
23 0:59
24 2:01
25 1:07
26 0:52

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:21
2 1:25
3 3:10
4 1:21
5 1:53
6 3:22
7 4:42
8 3:08
9 3:56
10 1:39
11 2:09
12 2:41
13 2:03
14 1:29
15 1:21
16 1:23
17 2:22
18 2:02
19 4:32
20 1:51
21 1:53
22 0:46
23 0:51
24 1:54
25 2:44
26 3:15
27 1:24
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