VIDEO: Live In London and More
Yes, Donnie McClurkin is live in London, but what is
most striking amidst the
backdrops of famous landmarks and occasional British accents is the 'more'.Video Producer: Roy Frances
album release date: October, 2000
It's more than simply a visual companion piece to the already much-loved album
of the same name. Not only
does McClurkin present the full slate of songs we know from the CD, but many of them are
are offered up in unedited and extended versions.
That, combined with the visual element and a few
interview segments including where McClurkin takes us on a
mini-tour of London, make this video the catch of the year.
The expansive stage of the Fairfield Hall in Croydon (outside London) is well
utilized, with band, The Ruach Ministries Choir and backing
singers arranged artistically in support of ample stage space for McClurkin.
The duet with Pastor Marvin Winans is a standout. "Who Would've Thought" catches
fire on video, with
Winans and McClurkin blazing the stage with back and forth antics, and a duality of stage presence that
is perhaps unparalled; pastors both, and close friends too. You can catch several ad libbed and throw away lines from Winans
that were neatly edited out of the
CD version for the sake of continuity, but are wisely retained in this video version.
Another scene that sears into the memory is "Carribean Medley", where McClurkin is so obviously
at one with the crowd, that it's pure joy to watch. There's screams of delight in the crowd,
dancing in the aisles and hands raised high as identification with the familiar
island-singed choruses spreads throughout the house.
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to download clips from the video.
Setting it off is little
Juanita Francis, who shyly comes onto
the stage and nimbly dances beside McClurkin through the entire praise.
There's also a bonus track on this video, which serves as the replacement for "I Do, I Do" (which, being a studio
track, isn't on the video). It's "Great is Thy Faithfulness", and Donnie
caresses the song with appropriate tenderness, alone on the stage.
Then it seamlessy merges into
Don Moen's "Great Is Thy Mercy".
This is another video highlight. The six background
singers are one by one featured as they cloak the song with their personal interpretation and
implied individual testimonies: Queenie Lennox, Sheila Carpenter, Vincent Freeman, Duawan Starling,
Andrea McClurkin-Mellini and Sherrie McGhee. The acappella all-together
chorus with Donnie's bass vocals anchoring the ensemble, is a
The concluding "We Fall Down" ends in a moving altar call that extends into your
own living room.
Technically, there's nary a fault from director Roy Frances and the Creative
Technologies production team.
When you're half way through the video and you realize you haven't once winced at
chosen camera angles, frowned at unnessary special effects or wished for different closeups, you know
you've got a winner par excellence.
It's simple. This video does all that a video is supposed to. And more.
reviewed by Stan North —
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