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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rock of Ages...Hymns & Faith is the rare sequel that rivals the original. 2002's Legacy, Amy Grant's first collection of old-time hymns and religious material, both familiar and obscure, was a full-fledged return to inspirational material after many years of secular material, and it was an understated delight, thanks to the smart song selection and classy, subtly shaded production from her husband Vince Gill and Brown Bannister. Rock of Ages doesn't change their approach at all, primarily because if it worked so well the first time, why change? Some of the songs here aren't as well-known as the tunes on the first record, but when Grant sings a song that is ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rock of Ages...Hymns & Faith is the rare sequel that rivals the original. 2002's Legacy, Amy Grant's first collection of old-time hymns and religious material, both familiar and obscure, was a full-fledged return to inspirational material after many years of secular material, and it was an understated delight, thanks to the smart song selection and classy, subtly shaded production from her husband Vince Gill and Brown Bannister. Rock of Ages doesn't change their approach at all, primarily because if it worked so well the first time, why change? Some of the songs here aren't as well-known as the tunes on the first record, but when Grant sings a song that is universally known, such as the title track or "Jesus Loves Me," it becomes easier to appreciate what she, Gill, and Bannister have achieved here. They have updated these old hymns -- most are from the 1800s, some date to the 1600s and 1700s -- so thoroughly that when they slip in a couple of new songs in among them, the fit is comfortable, not awkward. It works because the music is never flashy; it is relaxed and assured, giving Grant plenty of breathing room and giving Gill plenty of place to play some wonderful guitar. It's the rare contemporary Christian album that functions as terrific religious material and transcends its genre based on the richness of its music. It's truly a quiet, modest little gem.
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  • Release Date: 5/3/2005
  • Label: Word Entertainment
  • UPC: 080688639129
  • Catalog Number: 886391

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Amy Grant Primary Artist
The Fairfield Four Vocals
Michael McDonald Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion, Conga, Tambourine
Bekka Bramlett Vocals
John Catchings Cello
Chad Cromwell Drums
Stuart Duncan Banjo, Fiddle
Isaac Freeman Vocals
Vince Gill Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Archguitar
John Hobbs Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, fender rhodes
Jim Horn Horn, Tenor Saxophone
John Jarvis Piano, Keyboards, Wurlitzer
Sam Levine Penny Whistle
William Owsley III Electric Guitar
Dean Parks Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Charles Rose Horn
Harvey Thompson Horn
Wilson Waters Vocals
Willie Weeks Bass, Upright Bass
Andrea Zonn Violin, Viola, Vocals
Kim Keyes Vocals
Billy Thomas Vocals
Quintin Ware Horn
Robert Hamlett Vocals
Jenny Gill Vocals
Burton Grant Vocals, Recitation
Technical Credits
Ludwig van Beethoven Composer
Brown Bannister Arranger, Producer
Michael Card Composer
Amy Grant Composer
Beverly Darnall Composer
Thomas Hastings Composer
Steve Bishir Engineer
Vince Gill Arranger, Producer
Steve Hall Mastering
John Hobbs Arranger
Jim Horn Horn Arrangements
Mark Prentice Director
Tommy Sims Composer
Helen H. Lemmel Composer
Henry Francis Lyte Composer
George Matheson Composer
Augustus Toplady Composer
William B. Bradbury Composer
Judson Van De Venter Composer
Henry VanDyke Composer
Winfield Weeden Composer
John Thompson Composer
Traditional Composer
Katherine Petillo Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amy Grant's Best Work

    This particular CD is my favorite. Amy has "updated" the tempo of some old time Gospel favorites. The selections are presented with a reverence and humility that calms and soothes the listener, providing a peaceful backdrop for prayer and Scripture meditation. If you are a born again Believer, you will love this inspiring CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you liked "Legacy" you'll love this one!

    Another fantastic album by Amy Grant! "Rock of Ages" is a beautiful album with a collection of songs that keeps you singing along. In the liner notes, Amy says this collection is comprised of the memories of times spent singing these songs with family and friends. She's made each song her own and the fresh beat makes will have you playing it over and over again. Keep them coming, Amy! :)

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