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CRISIS is a Christian based journal that has no direct connection with any approved religious denomination or particular camp. The emphasis is on current culture with an offered critique.
- IF ONLY WARS WERE OVER!
THE BIG MISS-OUT
Tragedy is the word to describe what has been happening to the recording side of ~ Christian recording music ministry in Britain. There is virtually just Kingsway with its Integrity label flag that is regularly issuing new material, We decry the sad wrapping up of the once so on-the-ball Furious company.
Not to many years ago there would be numerous new records, even if a high proportion of these were American in derivation, The most obvious reason for the sudden decline rests in low record sales. There is poor radio outlet in Britain and the major broadcasters in this country rarely if ever play Christian based material. Religious shops have declined drastically, although many these were somewhat twee, with any record material played at such a low volume that would not even a mouse would be disturbed. Once London had a flagship store in Central London, a stone’s throw from major stores such as John Lewis and Selfridges. Next to the book shop there was a kind-of ‘trendy’ store with records, magazines and relevant printed material. No more. Even there the atmosphere was slightly reverent as though a shop with religious material is one where people talk in hushed tones. Few people smiled let alone embraced in the joy of faith. It seems incredible that one of the world’s greatest cities has other than one two active bookshops in the Westminster area nothing of real significance in the important central area. Concerts and occasions where records might be available have declined and only Greenbelt offers sales to any record company.
Billboard, the American music and entertainment and basically business journal runs umpteen charts and there are listings for ‘Christian albums, Christian Songs, Gospel Singles. Gospel Albums.. The sad fact Is that few of the man records are released in this country. At random I looked at the charts for the week ending November 16. 2013. I found only three of the top US, 25 albums have UK release. In terms of Gospel albums, I found two. This is a disgraceful situation. Something is wrong. Something is amiss. Something must happen but what?
It is of course a view held by those involved in CRISIS that Christians should compete ‘out there’ in the big market – place but it has to be said that there is not a level playing field. Alto it is important that Christian companies exist to provide material for the Christian audience. Obviously we hope artists in the general music field with a Christian conviction of some kind .will be to the forefront. Obviously this has been so in recent of relatively new material from the wonderful moving artist Mavis Staples and the last albums from Johnny Cash. These were so good that general record reviewers and music magazines took notice.
CHRISTMAS AND RECORDS
TOP CHRISTMAS HIT SINGLES WITH AN OVERT CHRISTIAN BASE
- 1 Mary’s Boy Child Boney M
- 2 Saviours Day Cliff Richard
- 3 Silent Night Sinead 0’Connor
- 4 Gaudete Steeleye Span
- 5 0 Come All Ye Faithful Elvis Presley
- 6 Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy Bing Crosby/David Bowie
- 7 Mary’s Boy Child Harry Belafonte
- 8 Silent Night Bros
- 9 In Dulci Jubilo Mike Oldfield
- 10 Do You Hear What I Hear? Destiny’s Child feat. Kelly Rowland..
- 10 0 Holy Night (Cantique de Noel) Mario Lanza.