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This double-CD retrospective combines 24 favorites from the flamboyant Christian music superstar?s nearly 20-year career with a sextet of newly recorded songs demonstrating that the artist remains open to new musical and lyrical challenges. The old favorites compiled here include ?Great God,? ?Jericho: The Shout of Victory,? ?I Feel Jesus,? ?America Again,? ?I?ve Been Delivered,? ?R.I.O.T.,? ?Satan, Bite the Dust,? and ?Let the Fire Fall.? The six new numbers -- ?Jesus Period,? ?Prayer,? ?Faith Enough,? ?Just Like He Said,? ?I Promise? a duet with Tammy Trent and the title track -- address the need for faith in response to the turbulence of current world events; they ...
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Barnes & Noble - C.O. Jones
This double-CD retrospective combines 24 favorites from the flamboyant Christian music superstar’s nearly 20-year career with a sextet of newly recorded songs demonstrating that the artist remains open to new musical and lyrical challenges. The old favorites compiled here include “Great God,” “Jericho: The Shout of Victory,” “I Feel Jesus,” “America Again,” “I’ve Been Delivered,” “R.I.O.T.,” “Satan, Bite the Dust,” and “Let the Fire Fall.” The six new numbers -- “Jesus Period,” “Prayer,” “Faith Enough,” “Just Like He Said,” “I Promise” a duet with Tammy Trent and the title track -- address the need for faith in response to the turbulence of current world events; they feature state-of-the-art production by mainstream hitmaker Glenn Rosenstein and guest appearances by such Christian music luminaries as Darwin Hobbs, Chris Rodriguez, and Zoegirl.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Even in Contemporary Christian Music, a field in which musical styles are often adopted as a means of promoting the Christian message of the lyrics, Carman is a special case. Extraordinarily eclectic, this New Jersey native of Italian ancestry, who was in his mid-forties when he released this compilation, jumps from one popular music style to another, unafraid to turn to rap and funk for one song "Who's in the House" and adult contemporary light pop for another "I Promise", before switching to the early-'60s rock & roll style of Gary U.S. Bonds "Sunday School Rock". Nor does he restrict himself to conventional pop and rock styles. He seems to be a big fan of the movies, and he delights in constructing recitatives based on movie genres, complete with appropriate music, some of which he is not above lifting. Thus, "Mission 3:16" sounds like something from a James Bond film, while "Satan, Bite the Dust!" has a Western feel that includes musical quotes from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and the TV series Bonanza, among other Western themes. That Carman is so aggressive in his musical acquisitions may indicate a broad taste, but it is also evidence that, more than many other CCM artists, he isn't just out to give testimony to his faith, he's out to earn converts. His songs are often highly dramatic, with simple lyrics and exaggerated effects that, accompanied by an elaborate stage show, seem intended to turn the average basketball arena into a house of worship, if not a Christian Right political rally. On record, the songs can often seem wildly overdone, but onstage and in his series of videos, they find their true context. This compilation reportedly was put together by asking fans to name their favorites, and the result is not a hits collection The Absolute Best pretty much covered that aspect of Carman's career, but it does demonstrate the range of the singer's talents. Six new songs only extend things. Not surprisingly, Carman delves into trendy Latin pop with the title track and "Just Like He Said," while "Jesus Period" sounds like something from Alice Cooper's repertoire except for the lyrics, of course. The single "Faith Enough" is heavily produced synth-rock, and "Prayer" and "I Promise" are AC ballads. Heart of a Champion is a generous, two-CD selection of a decade's worth of Carman's particular oeuvre. Not all of his fans are likely to have musical taste as broad as he does, but then that's what the select buttons on the CD player are for.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2000
  • Label: Chordant
  • UPC: 724385176623
  • Catalog Number: 51766

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heart of a Champion (4:14)
  2. 2 Jesus Period (4:21)
  3. 3 Prayer (5:07)
  4. 4 Great God (4:05)
  5. 5 A Witch's Invitation (6:44)
  6. 6 Who's in the House (3:36)
  7. 7 The River (3:45)
  8. 8 Holdin' On (3:56)
  9. 9 My Story (5:04)
  10. 10 Jericho: the Shout of Victory (7:53)
  11. 11 I Feel Jesus (6:09)
  12. 12 Now's the Time (3:53)
  13. 13 Legendary Mission (1:42)
  14. 14 Mission 3:16 (4:14)
  15. 15 America Again (5:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Faith Enough (3:41)
  2. 2 Just Like He Said (3:58)
  3. 3 I Promise - Tammy Trent (3:07)
  4. 4 I've Been Delivered (3:40)
  5. 5 Satan, Bite the Dust! (3:56)
  6. 6 R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth) (5:12)
  7. 7 Let the Fire Fall (5:31)
  8. 8 Hunger for Holiness (5:53)
  9. 9 The Prayer Anthem (3:31)
  10. 10 Addicted to Jesus (5:10)
  11. 11 There Is a God (6:51)
  12. 12 Step of Faith (5:32)
  13. 13 Sunday School Rock (3:31)
  14. 14 No Monsters (4:05)
  15. 15 The Champion (8:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carman Primary Artist
Sid Page Performing Ensemble
Ron Winans Choir Master
Robert Adcock Performing Ensemble
Jeff Bailey Trumpet
Charlie Bisharat Performing Ensemble
Curt Bisquera Bass, Drums
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Mike Brignardello Bass
Jodi Burnett Performing Ensemble
Crispin Cioe Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Luis Conte Percussion
Larry Corbett Performing Ensemble
Joel Derouin Performing Ensemble
Laurence Etkin Trumpet
Charles Everett Performing Ensemble
Bob Funk Trombone
Armen Garabedian Performing Ensemble
Berj Garabedian Performing Ensemble
Endre Granat Performing Ensemble
Mike Haynes Trumpet
Paula Hochhalter Performing Ensemble
Jim Horn Saxophone
Roland Kato Performing Ensemble
Peter Kent Performing Ensemble
Janet Lakatos Performing Ensemble
Brian Leonard Performing Ensemble
Michael Markman Performing Ensemble
Chris McDonald Trombone
Chris McHugh Drums
Edward Meares Performing Ensemble
Gene Miller Background Vocals
Chieli Minucci Guitar
Alan Pasqua Hammond Organ
Barbara Porter Performing Ensemble
Karie Prescott Performing Ensemble
Chris Rodriguez Background Vocals
Glenn Rosenstein Guitar
Steve Skinner Harmonica, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Ken Yerke Performing Ensemble
Chris Rodgriguez Background Vocals
Leland Sklar Bass
Tammy Trent Vocals
David Carpenter Performing Ensemble
Norm Hughes Performing Ensemble
Gale Mayes-West Choir, Chorus
Dan Muckala Keyboards
Arno Hecht Tenor Saxophone
Keith Carlock Drums
Darwin Hobbs Choir, Chorus
Debbie Winans-Lowe Choir, Chorus
LeAnne Palmore Choir, Chorus
Eve Butler Performing Ensemble
Thomas Dienner Performing Ensemble
Shandra Bennet Choir, Chorus
Chrissy Conway Background Vocals
Nirva Dorsaint Choir, Chorus
Samuel Formicola Performing Ensemble
Alisa Girard Background Vocals
Marc Sazar Performing Ensemble
Kristin Swinford Background Vocals
Victoria Miskolczy Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Brown Bannister Producer
Sid Page Contributor
Keith Thomas Producer
Robert Adcock Contributor
Charlie Bisharat Contributor
Steve Bishir Engineer, Engineering
Robbie Buchanan Producer
Jodi Burnett Contributor
Dave Carpenter Contributor
Dan Cleary Producer
Larry Corbett Contributor
Joel Derouin Contributor
Charles Everett Contributor
Armen Garabedian Contributor
Berj Garabedian Contributor
Dan Garcia Engineer
Endre Granat Contributor
Steve Hall Mastering
Chris Harris Producer
Jay Healy Engineer, overdub engineer, Engineering
Mark Heimermann Producer
Paula Hochhalter Contributor
Joe Hogue Producer
Roland Kato Contributor
Peter Kent Contributor
Janet Lakatos Contributor
Bryan Lenox Producer
Brian Leonard Contributor
Ken Love Mastering
Michael Markman Contributor
Edward Meares Contributor
Michael Omartian Producer
Michael O'Reilly Engineer
Gary Paczosa Engineer, Engineering
Alan Pasqua String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Barbara Porter Contributor
Karie Prescott Contributor
Glenn Rosenstein Producer
Tommy Sims Producer
Steve Skinner Programming, Engineer
Ken Yerke Contributor
Hank Nirider Engineer
Mike Purcell Engineer
Norm Hughes Contributor
Gale Mayes-West Contributor
Dan Muckala Programming
Jan Cook Art Direction
Darwin Hobbs Contributor
Debbie Winans-Lowe Contributor
LeAnne Palmore Contributor
Fred Paragano Digital Editing
Steve Haldeman Mastering
Eve Butler Contributor
Thomas Dienner Contributor
Shandra Bennet Contributor
Nirva Dorsaint Contributor
Samuel Formicola Contributor
Kathering Furniss grooming, Groomer
Rendy Lovelady Executive Producer
Marc Sazar Contributor
Victoria Miskolczy Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heart of a Champion is KO!

    Soul winning songs for all generations. Many Carman standards plus 6 fresh new songs to bring us up to date. No 2 songs alike ,but they're all great.

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