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On Eagle’s Wings

Brand: Atlantic / Wea
Price: $13.98

On his forthcoming Atlantic album, On Eagle’s Wings, Michael Crawford steps forward with a moving and touchingly performed collection of sacred songs. For this enticing new release, the acclaimed stage & screen performer searches for spiritual serenity while delving into his youthful days singing in London’s historic cathedrals as a member of his church choir. In recording the album, Crawford was joined by Atlantic labelmate Maire Brennan of Ireland’s Clannad(on a refreshingly new take of Amazing Grace), The American Boychoir, and the St. Olaf Choir of Minneapolis. Together they create the stirring, reverent tone that lifts the lyrical message of each inspirational track to it’s height. In addition to its newly recorded material, the album is further highlighted by Crawford’s powerful mastery of “Ave Maria.” Certified Gold by the RIAA. (2/01) Best known to American audiences for his long-running title role in the Broadway smash-hit Phantom of the Opera, Michael Crawford issued On Eagle’s Wings as the predecessor to his Emmy-winning PBS special of 1998. Blessed with charisma and classically superlative pipes, Crawford does a nice turn with his collection of easy-listening sacred and inspirational tunes. Christians with a penchant for show tunes and flowery vocals will delight in Crawford’s renditions of “Amazing Grace” (with additional vocals by Maire Brennan), “I’ll Walk with God,” and “Ave Maria.” Eagle’s Wings closes with the splendid “Now the Day Is Over,” featuring strong orchestration and the pleasing tones of both the American Boys Choir and the Saint Olaf Choir. –Paige La Grone

On Eagle’s Wings

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