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In a bid to capture the energy and power of their live shows, theREIGN began recording concerts in early 2010 culminating in this album, their very first collection of live recordings. Featuring a number of their original worship and concert favourites, a few of the most powerful modern worship songs in the church and a couple of secular covers, this collection was released in CD-Extra format, including plenty of bonus multi-media content. Listen to the songs using the player below, and open the boxes for additional information and reviews.

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Reviews

Geoff Howlett, Never For Nothing, Oct 2011

Some 5 years after their last album, comes this live offering from one of Yorkshire’s premier praise and worship bands. As an outfit, they have played up and down the UK both in concert and leading the Rock Eucharist. Led by chief songwriter and lead singer, David Cooper, this live album gives the listener the chance to re-live an event or, if you’re hearing of them for the first time, a welcome introduction. I’m glad to say that I’ve seen the band a number of times, and their rousing version of ‘Mighty to Save’ never fails to stir my sprits. While self penned numbers like ‘Charcoal Skies’ engage the listener,’ Song of Love’ appears rather pedestrian, and I found myself “drifting off” mid song. There’s always an element of surprise in the audience when David sings his version of Britney Spears ‘Baby One More Time’ but, somehow, he makes it his own. On this occasion, the band also give a rendition of the old Tears For Fears hit, ‘Mad World’, which is much better that the version that hit the No.1 spot a few years back. Recording a live album tends to highlight all those niggly little faults that you can usually re-record in a studio. On a couple of tracks the backing vocals are a little off key and it rather spoils the songs. However, with powerful songs like ‘I Love the Rain’ and the feel good ‘Never Failing Love’, you can, perhaps, forgive the odd mistake. As a bonus, you can pop the CD into your laptop and access two bonus mp3 files of the band, and that really is a bonus worth having. On this showing, it seems that The Reign will carry on their success for quite some time to come. 8/10


Musicians & Production Credits

theREIGN are …

David Cooper (Vocals & 12-string Acoustic Guitar), John Osbourne (Bass Guitar), Phil Gray (6-string Acoustic Guitar & Vocals), Kathryn Cooper (Piano & Vocals), Paul Ganney (Electric Guitar), Barbara Osbourne (Vocals), Kev Sargeson (Drums), Bethany Cooper (Vocals: tracks 1-13), Jemma Phillipson (Vocals: tracks 14-15)

Live Crew

Jon Cole (Sound), Tim Canty (Lights), Joel Cooper (Lights)

Production Credits

Produced by John Osbourne & David Cooper

Engineered & Mixed by John Osbourne

Post Production by John Osbourne

Photographs by Rachel Ganney

Artwork & Design by David Cooper