Item description for The Great Adventure by Steven Curtis Chapman...
1) Prologue 2) Great Adventure 3) Where We Belong 4) Go There With You 5) Thats Paradise 6) Dont Let The Fire Die 7) Got To B Tru 8) Walk With The Wise 9) Maria 10) Still Called Today 11) Hearts Cry
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Record Label Sparrow
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 1992
Publisher EMI- CMG DISTRIBUTION #36
ISBN 0001526812 ISBN13 0077775132823 UPC 077775132823
Availability 0 units.
More About Steven Curtis Chapman
Steven Curtis Chapman (born November 21, 1962) is an American Christian music singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, author, and social activist.
After starting his career in the late 1980s as a singer-songwriter of contemporary Christian music, Chapman has since been recognized as one of the most prolific singers in the genre, releasing over 20 albums. Chapman has also won five Grammy awards and 56 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, more than any other artist in history. His seven "Artist of the Year" Dove Awards, his latest in 2009, are also an industry record. As of 2007, Chapman has sold more than 10 million albums and has eight RIAA-certified Gold or Platinum albums.
Chapman is also a vocal advocate for adoption, along with his wife Mary Beth. Together, they have started a charity organization called Show Hope (formerly called Shaohannah's Hope), that mobilizes individuals and communities to care for orphans through its international orphan care work as well as adoption aid grants to help put more orphans from overseas and the U.S. in loving, forever families. In 2009, Show Hope finished building Maria's Big House of Hope, a medical care center in China that provides holistic care to orphans with special needs. He is also a contributor to Compassionart, a charity founded by Martin Smith of British Christian band Delirious?.
Chapman was recognized in the Fall 2010 issue of Wood & Steel discussing the new Taylor 714 Signature Series guitar in honor of his youngest daughter Maria Sue. The guitar features the flower from Maria's picture and the word "SEE" on the 12th fret in Maria's handwriting. In 2003, Chapman starred in the Christian film Christmas Child.
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Hard to follow Bruce Brown's review... Jun 24, 2005
Particularly because he elicits quite a bit of what I'd say about this disc, but I'll try. Chapman on this one has a pop sound leavened slightly with occasional country touches and the odd rap novelty tune (we'll get to that later). Chapman has won countless Dove Awards (the Christian contemporary music Grammy) for songwriting and for the most part it's clear why, even on songs that aren't that interesting musically the lyrics are solid. The album spawned 5 hit singles ("The Great Adventure",#3 and a Dove Award winner for short form music video, "Where We Belong" #6, "Go There with You" #19 (Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song in 1994), "That's Paradise" #3, and "Still Called Today" #20)
HIGHLIGHTS: The title track is obviously the standout here, a charging invitation to "saddle up your horses" and ride out to spread the Gospel. But as Brown notes, the inflated "Prologue" is a bad way to get this disc underway. It's obviously meant to make the song sound more "epic" but it just sounds pompous. Definitely program past that one. "Go There with you" is a love song that deservedly has become something of a wedding standard for believers. ("I will take a heart whose nature is to beat for me alone/And fill it up with you/Make all your joy and pain my own") It's a song that emphasizes marriage as COMMITMENT...rather than something people do because of giddy infatuation. The delicate "Don't Let the Fire Die" is Chapman's plea for a fellow Christian to "keep the faith" in the midst of trials. Its mellow somewhat countryish tone is somewhat reminiscent of Poco's "Crazy Love". "Maria" is a tender reminder to watch out for those who are hurting without God's love. ("Who's gonna love Maria/Who's gonna touch her with the tenderness she longs for/Like a desert longs for rain") "Still Called Today" is a carpe diem challenge. ("Before the day slips into night and the moments waste away/While it is still called today/We've got to say the words") A soulful vocal from BeBe Winans works surprisingly well in the pop context. Mark Douthit adds a nice soprano sax solo.
LOWS: "That's Paradise" has a pretty catchy guitar riff and a decent chorus but Mitch Miller-ish "ooh la la" vocals absolutely sink it. Phil Naish should be smacked for pasting those in there. "Got to be Tru" can only be termed a "guilty pleasure" because of it's over the top novelty. Chapman pretending to be "hip-hop" along with ex-DC Talk rapper Toby McKeehan. To his credit, Chapman IS in on the joke ("I gotta stop and just face the facts/The boy don't hip hop") and there's a solid message beneath the goofing: your life has to line up with your professed beliefs. ("It's gonna take some living proof to break through those walls/Yeah, it's got to b tru if he'll believe it at all") It's not one you'll listen to often but you might get the odd chuckle out of it.
BOTTOM LINE: At this juncture, Chapman's released 1 Greatest Hits CD but most of the best material from this one isn't on it. Chapman fans should have it for the best stuff. Since the only great tune on it is the title one, casual fans might be happy just picking up the Hits disc. (ASIN B000000V5V) Oddly enough, it was this disc that landed the #33 spot on CCM Magazine's Top 100 Christian albums of all time list instead of the better FOR THE SAKE OF THE CALL.
he's a little bit country... Oct 2, 2004
For me, this album marks the beginning of Steven Curtis Chapman establishing himself as a songwriter. Yes, he has had very strong and meaningful lyrics on previous albums, but here he does a much better job of matching the music to the flavor and intensity of the words.
He blasts right out of the gate with one of my all-time favorites, The Great Adventure. He then covers a wide variety of tempos and styles, from the tongue-in-cheek rap sound of Got To B Tru, to the upbeat celebration of God's grace in That's Paradise, to the soft, contemplative Heart's Cry. How he can corral such a wide range of styles and make them work in one album is a mystery to me, but hey, it works anyway.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory
Good, but not my favorite SCC offering Oct 22, 2003
This is a good SCC album, but easily my least favorite. I do love the Prologue and title track, and there are some decent moments throughout the album, but overall, I don't know. I've just always considered this a pretty weak offering and a less-than-stellar follow-up to the three flat-out phenomenal CDs that preceded this one.
WOW!! May 17, 2001
I've never seen a song take off so fast! The Great Adventure is even heard on the Bible Broadcasting Network (at least the instrumentral intro!)
THE GREAT (AND I MEAN GREAT) ADVENTURE! Jan 31, 2001
I love this CD. With the title song, "The Great Adventure", the rap song feturing DC Talk's Toby Mac, "Got to be true" the uplifting "Dont let the fire die" and the r&b track feturing Bebe Winnans "Still Called Today", this CD is the best!!! :) BUY IT...YOU WONT BE SORRY!!!