Now

Now

by Greg Long
     
 

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Is that a sitar ringing on "Sufficiency of Grace," the opening cut of Greg Long's newest release? And a Latin-flavored guitar solo on the gentle ballad "Help Somebody Cry"? The multitalented Long has never been afraid to mix things up a bit, but Now, his first release in two years, shows the artist blending an impressively diverse array of musical elements.See more details below

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Is that a sitar ringing on "Sufficiency of Grace," the opening cut of Greg Long's newest release? And a Latin-flavored guitar solo on the gentle ballad "Help Somebody Cry"? The multitalented Long has never been afraid to mix things up a bit, but Now, his first release in two years, shows the artist blending an impressively diverse array of musical elements. Long weaves his uncompromising Christian message throughout the album -- he has never been one to mince words when it comes to lyrics, as evidenced by the title of his 1998 hit, "Jesus Saves." Among the strongest cuts here are the powerful "We Dream of a Kingdom," and a much edgier rock-influenced "The Gospel." Of all the selections on Now, "The Gospel" is the most reminiscent of Long's "Jesus Saves" days, and a surefire hit in waiting. Let's hope the record company gurus don't wait until, um, later to give this one a shot at radio.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Fulfilling his earlier promise as a heavyweight anthemic pop singer/songwriter in contemporary Christian music, Greg Long displays a truer expanse of his artistry on this irresistible collection. Power pop expressions of faith like "Sufficiency of Grace" should help add to his accolades within his genre, which at the time of this album's release included six number one hit singles, two Dove Award nominations (including a nod for "Mercy Said No" as Song of the Year), and the number two CCM Song of the Year, "Love the Lord." The only drawback is that a few of the songs tend to be a bit over-synthesized; "I Won't Take You for Granted" is a powerful tale of appreciation, but could benefit from a more stripped down approach. Ditto "Loud and Clear," which takes aim at the electronic approach U2 employed in the late '90s. Fortunately, tender, sparse ballads like the plaintive "In the Waiting" compensate and allow the listener to better appreciate Long's soulful vocals. By far, the best cut is the anthem "We Dream of a Kingdom," which begins gently before stating the ultimate aim of the Christian heart, complete with crunchy guitars and a powerful choir.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998531024
catalogNumber:
85310

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Performance Credits

Greg Long   Primary Artist
Tom Collier   Guitar
John Catchings   Cello
Dave Cleveland   Guitar
Johnny Cobb   Background Vocals
Todd Collins   Bass,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
David Davidson   Violin
Michael Hodge   Guitar
Kid Connection   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Michael Mellett   Background Vocals
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Jackie Street   Bass
Duane Starling   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Dan Needham   Drums
Micah Wilshire   Guitar
Dan Muckala   Keyboards
Darwin Hobbs   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
LeAnne Palmore   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Carl Hergesell   Keyboards
Chris Rodriguez   Guitar,Background Vocals
Shandra Bennet   Choir, Chorus
Janna Long   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Terry Christian   Engineer,Contributor
Todd Collins   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Steve Hall   Mastering
Michael Hodge   Engineer
Patrick Kelly   Engineer
Carl Marsh   String Arrangements
Russell Mauldin   String Arrangements
Tony Miracle   Programming
David Schober   Engineer
Don Koch   Producer,Engineer
Otto Price   String Arrangements
Bernie Herms   Programming
Dan Muckala   Programming,drum programming
Fred Paragano   Pro-Tools
Dan Shike   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Kent Hooper   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Chris Rodriguez   Producer

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