Item description for Time Again: Amy Grant Live All Access by Amy Grant...
Overview Only a few years into her buroning career, Amy Grant released two live albums showcasing her unique collection of genre-defying singer-songwriter tunes, folk meets gospel. Twenty-five years later, Amy Grant comes full circle releasing her third live project, Time Again: Amy Grant Live, weaving a retrospective journey through a lifetime's worth of her most treasured songs.
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Studio: Word Entertainment
Record Label Word Entertainment
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2006
Publisher WORD ACCT# W41160193
ISBN 5558145501 ISBN13 9785558145502 UPC 080688684921
Availability 0 units.
More About Amy Grant
Born on November 25, 1960, in Augusta, Georgia. Amy Grant has helped revolutionize contemporary Christian music.
Harking from Nashville, Tennessee, Amy was part of a close-knit, religious family. She had a strong grounding in God's Word through her Church, would would become a major influence on her music.
Grant learned guitar as a teen, and worked at a local recording studio. It was during this time that she made a tape of her music for her parents, which had been discovered by a producer with Word Records, a Christian music label. This led to a recording contract, and her first album was released in 1977. The self-titled album was a big success in the world of Christian music. With her unique style, Grant charted new territory. She fused elements of existing genres of gospel, hymns, and Jesus music—which used rock music to convey Christian teachings—to create a fresh, new sound, not heard before. Her songs are often deeply personal as well as reflecting her spiritual faith.
Grant continued recording and performing throughout high school and college, and has made a significant career for herself releasing numerous popular albums over the years.
She also earned several Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association (GMA), including for Performer of the Year.
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A Testimony to the Surprising Endurance of Grant's Music Mar 8, 2007
Amy Grant's music, while always enjoyable and well done, on the surface has rarely reached an artistic level that you might think would stand the test of time. Grant reached her artistic peak to date with Lead Me On (1988), a superb album that in the 1990s widely was considered to be the best contemporary Christian album ever released. (It still deserves that award, IMHO.) Her next studio album, Heart in Motion (1991) catapulted her into the pop stratosphere with its five top 20 hits (four of which reached the top 10). Since that pop success, only the musically spare, mostly acoustic Behind the Eyes (1997) and the overproduced but underrated pop of Simple Things (2003) have hinted at the depths plumbed in Lead Me On.
At the same time, however, artistic depth is not always the greatest good. Grant's radio hits and other pop songs have impacted lives because they are so practical, down home, warm, and full of emotion. Quite simply, they radiate a simplicity and goodness that make them both attractive and relevant. Grant's new live album, Time Again ... Live, commendably shows you both her artistic side and her pop sensibilities. It helps that Grant is a very good stage performer; while I wasn't that impressed with her the first time I saw her live in 1986 on her Unguarded encore tour, her 1995 Decade of Hits and 1998 Behind the Eyes shows both were excellent.
The CD itself works on two levels. First, it's a wonderful trip down memory lane for those who have followed Grant over the decades. Second, though, it shows you that Grant's music endures the passage of years to a degree that you may not have thought possible. Freed from its mid-1980s technopop effects and long opening and closing segments, "Stay for Awhile" packs a greater wallop by bringing to the fore the non-sappy memories of two friends; it's a timeless song. The four hits from Heart in Motion found here still are enjoyable pop tunes 15 years after their initial radio play. The one charting single and three more serious tunes off of Simple Things give you some sense of the depth of the largely ignored album and are played better here than on the original recording.
It helps that Grant clearly is not content with pulling out the hits here. (Otherwise, she should have included at least one song from her first successful crossover album, 1985's Unguarded.) There are more than enough familiar radio singles, to be sure, but there are also a large number of very good tracks that never got their due before. (How many people remember that Grant was the first to record the Will Jennings [cowriter of the Celine Dion smash "My Heart Will Go On" from the film Titanic] pop song "Oh How the Years Go By," which only later became a hit when Vanessa Williams sang it?) Grant was inspired when growing up by 1970s singer/songwriters such as Carole King and James Taylor, and you can hear that influence in just about every song here. (You can also see a living room stage set that clearly apes Carole King's living room stage set from her tour two years ago.)
The missteps here are few. It's both surprising and disappointing to find "Lead Me On" as the concert opener. This seminal, important song is an emotional high point and, given its weighty subject matter, needs a buildup of songs with related themes beforehand. (Grant and her bands created such a context in her mid-to-late 1990s tours.) And while Grant is backed by a very good band, I would argue that her prior bands (particularly the one on the 1998 Behind the Eyes tour) were better because they creatively extended many of the songs. The band on this album pretty much follows the studio versions to the letter, although they occasionally shorten some songs. The album's final track, a new studio recording of Grant's "In a Little While" (off of her 1982 Age to Age album), is worthless and does nothing except for give Christian radio a single with which to promote Time Again ... Live.
Still, if you like Amy Grant's music, you should buy this album. It will remind you of why you have liked her and may just show you anew, as it did me, how she is not to be taken lightly.
Terrific Album (but your missing by not getting the DVD too) Jan 31, 2007
Absolutely terrific album but when I'm home I always have the DVD on instead. This is just for the car. Get the DVD if you don't have it.
Great album, but some songs overdone Dec 1, 2006
As a 20 year+ fan of Amy, I literally grew up with her music. I really liked the majority of the album because the instrumentation and arrangements compared to her original albums is different but not so different that you lose the feel of the song. In a Little While is an exception and both versions on the album were unfortunately overdone. Amy's voice inflections in my opinion should have been the only thing majorly changed and that is true for most of the album.
Amazin' Amy Oct 21, 2006
Amy Grant does it again! Amy has an irresistable charm and elegance about her, and this live recording is no exception! the full band sounds awesome! my favorites on this work are "After the Fire" the backgroud harmonies with Amy's voice- it sounds Amazing! and "Believe" and of course "Stay for Awhile"-everything is Absolutely worth evey cent! Awesome Album!
BETTER WITH THE DVD Oct 6, 2006
Great CD but if you do not have the DVD then you are missing all the "extras". This CD and DVD is a must have for any Amy Grant fan. The ending of the concert If These Ways Can Speak and what she says before going into song is a tear jerker and really makes you think.
Though it is a SHAME that WORD RECORD is not promoting her better