DVD Review: Live at First Baptist Orlando (Greater Vision)

gv_dvd_orlandoRating: 4 stars (of 5)

Song List: You Were Faithful Yesterday; I Want to Know that You Know; What a Beautiful Day; Little is Much; I’m Too Near Home; A Mighty Fortress is Our God; It Pays to Pray; You’re Not Forsaken; Better Hurry Up.

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Several months ago, Greater Vision recorded a live video at First Baptist Orlando; the DVD came out several weeks ago.

The video is fairly short, just nine songs long. It contains the highlights from their live programs over the last year, particularly Rodney Griffin’s introduction of “It Pays to Pray” and Gerald Wolfe’s introduction of Jacob Kitson (“Little is Much”) and Wolfe’s introduction of how a song so Lutheran that Luther himself wrote it won over a diffident Lutheran audience (“A Mighty Fortress”).

The program features four songs from Memories Made New (“What a Beautiful Day,” “Little is Much,” “Too Near Home,” and “Better Hurry Up”) and four songs from their last major label project, Not Alone (“You Were Faithful Yesterday,” “I Want to Know that You Know,” “It Pays to Pray,” and “You’re Not Forsaken”).

The cinematography is decent, with no major faux pas. There was no roving camera, so there are few audience shots. (Most of the times the audience is visible, it’s only the back of their heads, which is unfortunate since I have several good-looking friends who reserved front row seats.)

This DVD gives a taste of what a live Greater Vision concert is like—not really enough to capture a full concert experience, but it’s enough to make the viewer want to catch a full concert.


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  1. I purchased this DVD from them when they were in our area a few weeks ago for a concert and loved it. It’s a great sampling of their current material and it does give you a glimpse of their concert experience. They are, of course, much better in person. The DVD is worth it just to hear Rodney Griffin tell the story behind his very powerful song, It Pays to Pray.

  2. Actually, “Better Hurry Up” hasn’t been released on cd yet.

  3. I stand corrected. Good catch!

  4. I wish they would release it on CD! I want it!

    I stopped by to read this morning and couldn’t believe I hadn’t missed more. It seems like it’s been a long time since I was here. I can’t sign into my own blog account this morning from this computer … not sure why it worked yesterday and won’t know. 🙁 Patience.

  5. “Better Hurry Up” was on Greater Vision’s very first project, “You Can Have A Song” in 1991. Not sure whether that album has ever been released on CD, but it is on cassette tape! 🙂

  6. Seriously? Thanks for letting me know that! Another old project moves up on my list …

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