Freedom

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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
That renowned vocalist Michael W. Smith would issue an all-instrumental album might come as a surprise, but it shouldn't. Smith has always been a composer first and a pop star second. Indeed, his very first release, 1983's Michael W. Smith Project, tellingly opened with the instrumental synth piece "Sonata in D Major." Since then, Smith has included at least one instrumental composition on just about every record. With that in mind, Freedom is classic Smitty, blending dramatic orchestral arrangements and gentle piano touches along with his usual Celtic flavorings. Smith calls these songs the soundtrack of his mind, and Freedom does indeed carry the stamp of a movie score:...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
That renowned vocalist Michael W. Smith would issue an all-instrumental album might come as a surprise, but it shouldn't. Smith has always been a composer first and a pop star second. Indeed, his very first release, 1983's Michael W. Smith Project, tellingly opened with the instrumental synth piece "Sonata in D Major." Since then, Smith has included at least one instrumental composition on just about every record. With that in mind, Freedom is classic Smitty, blending dramatic orchestral arrangements and gentle piano touches along with his usual Celtic flavorings. Smith calls these songs the soundtrack of his mind, and Freedom does indeed carry the stamp of a movie score: strong melodies, pure arrangements, and a range of emotions that runs from the dramatic to the tender. That Smith hasn't followed fellow recording artists Randy Newman and Danny Elfman into scoring films remains a mystery, since he has such an obvious talent for the idiom. The music on Freedom, however, is evocative enough to conjure up plenty of images on its own.
All Music Guide
Michael W. Smith is finally getting a chance to "get real." After 25 number one songs, numerous Dove Awards, and seven million in record sales Smith's favorite music is now being heard. With his 14th recording, Michael W. Smith has released his first instrumental disc entitled Freedom. Kicking off the release is the title track. Depicting the themes of war, the cut is momentous with marching drums and the undeniable feeling of triumph stamped throughout the tune. "Carol Ann" is a painful and personal song for Smith. The number was written after the loss of a close family friend and possesses the fragile nuances that endure piano melodies to the heart. The same could be said for the tune "The Giving," where the piano and strings flow vividly throughout. Aided by the Irish Film Orchestra "Hibernia" is a taste of Dublin. Lively fiddles and flutes punctuate the tune's Irish flare. "Freedom Battle" builds to a climatic roar. The song offers vivid interpretations of a battlefield with an exciting interplay of varied instrumentation. "The Call" is the most contemporary tune on the release. A funky bass and driving drums accentuate the piano peppered throughout. Closing the disc with splendor is the song "Free Man." The interplay of smooth lead guitar and sweeping synths is spectacular. Freedom is a release comprised of the dreams and aspirations of Michael W. Smith. The disc secures his place as a multi-talented artist and adds the label of instrumentalists to an impressive resumé. ~ Steven Losey
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2000
  • Label: Reunion
  • UPC: 602341000222
  • Catalog Number: 10002
  • Sales rank: 8,116

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Freedom (3:37)
  2. 2 The Offering (1:26)
  3. 3 Carol Ann (3:34)
  4. 4 The Giving (3:18)
  5. 5 Hibernia (4:47)
  6. 6 Letter To Sarah (1:45)
  7. 7 Freedom Battle (4:33)
  8. 8 Cry Of The Heart (2:23)
  9. 9 Prayer For Taylor (3:01)
  10. 10 The Call (5:02)
  11. 11 Thy Word (3:30)
  12. 12 Free Man (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael W. Smith Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion, Drums
John Catchings Cello
David Davidson Violin
Max Dyer Cello
Bryan Lenox Percussion, Keyboards
Scott Williamson Drums
Dan Needham Drums
Craig Young Bass Guitar
Chris Estes Drums
Matt Pierson Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Michael W. Smith Composer, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer
Bryan Lenox Programming, Producer, Engineer
David Hamilton String Arrangements, Orchestra Director
Hank Williams Mastering Sequencing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW

    Good music lasts forever~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Instrumental Album

    This album was my introduction to Michael W. Smith. It is far different from his other albums in that it is much more complex, and it is not obviously religious. The theme of freedom is introduced in the title track and reappears throughout the different songs. Each time it reappears, it brings about a slightly different meaning. Although I would not classify this work classical, it is a great, emotional instrumental album, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for something soothing and that they can relate to, yet easy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Micheal's best instrumental Album

    WOW!! What more can I say? Truly toching and inspiring. If dont like Micheal yet, you will after this c.d. A must have for all musicians and classical lovers alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Michael's Best!!!

    This CD is one of the BEST by Michael W. Smith. I LOVE it. It's a beautiful piece of work and I hope he makes another instrumental CD sometime. My school's band (of which I am a part)is playing the song Freedom for our next concert. I picked this piece of music out for our band to play. We are also going to have images of freedom and American things showing on the wall behind the band as we play the song. It's going to be awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Christian Instrumental

    This CD is just a Christian guy pouring his heart out to God through song. You can feel in Michael W. Smith's music the intensity of his passion for this kind of stuff. The album has a good bit of Celtic influence. All in all, just an awesome CD, and I can't wait for his next one to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you like MWS you've gotta have this!!

    I am 16 years old and enjoy intrumental music. MWS has done a wonderful job on his fist instrumental CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For those who appreciate modern music

    This cd was very well done, and displays perfectly modern music with a touch of old fashioned. Very well done!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly inspirational!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Beautiful! Soothing! Exciting! The whole package is a treasure to have in my collection. ''Freedom'' is an exciting number that evokes feelings of gratitude that we do indeed, have this incredible amount of freedom to love and serve God and His people. ' can't wait for his piano solo book to come out.(it better) Must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Emotional Masterpiece!!!

    This CD puts into music what cannot be said with words. Smitty's amazing musical talent shines through in this masterpiece. I love this CD!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If You Love Instramental Orchastration ! This Is It !

    If you love orchastration and beautiful music with an Irish touch. Then this album is for you. It is very un Michael W. Smith ! You wont believe how great this is until you give it a listen! It is truely Great Music!! I give it a great big two thumbs up!! Great Job!! And a fine hats off to Michael W. Smith.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Work by MWS

    I absolutely love this CD. This is becoming my favorite MWS album. I always knew that he had a great talent for the piano and it comes through beautifully in this album. This is a must have for any MWS fan.

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