Delirious looks back at the Cutting Edge Years

Kingsway are delighted to announce the release of The Cutting Edge Years - 20th Anniversary Edition.

The compilation draws together the earliest releases from Delirious, the Dove Award winning, Grammy nominated, RIAA Certified Gold selling, game changing worship band.

If there was any doubt about their impact, The Cutting Edge Years - 20th Anniversary Edition includes Cutting Edge 1&2 - the very album that Worship Leader Magazine just voted the Most Influential Worship Album of the last twenty years.

While most bands might take a while to find their voice, Delirious were a prophetic, powerful presence right from the start.

Named after the local church event from which Delirious grew, The Cutting Edge Years - 20th Anniversary Edition is full of songs that changed a generation of worshippers and helped clear a path for so many of the church’s current worship leaders.

From ‘I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever’, ‘Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?’ to ‘The Happy Song’ and ‘Lord You Have my Heart’, Delirious’ first sounds were some of their loudest and longest lasting.

In time the Delirious story grew big - with international awards, reputation and sales to match - but its earliest chapters as the Cutting Edge Band focused solely on their home town. On October 4th 1992 the core of Martin Smith, Stewart Smith and Tim Jupp played the opening notes the birth of a small event in Littlehampton - an overlooked town on England’s south coast.

Just 75 people turned up to the event in the darkened drama studio, but the impact was clear
from the start, as Martin Smith remembers: “Cutting Edge was a unique time in our lives and these songs were the soundtrack to a movement that hungered after God in a new way. A movement that sang in the streets and saw the mountains tremble.”

Other worship leaders and musicians agree.

“They’ve redefined the praise and worship scene; these guys are true artists who point the way to God. They’re also one of those rare bands whose music appeals to nearly all generations,” said Toby Mac.

Throughout the Delirious? story, it was the songs that spoke volumes, that inspired
worship and unlocked change.

“I remember the first time I ever listened to Obsession. I was blown away by the honesty and
passion. It was a worship song like I had never heard before - fresh lyrics full of imagination and
vivid imagery with a deep heart cry for more of God. I would listen to this song again and again,
crying out to God, telling him how much I loved him and how much I wanted to know him more. It is so simple and yet so powerful,” shared Tim Hughes.

Chris Tomlin recalls the first time I heard ‘Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?’.

"I couldn’t understand a word of the chorus but I caught every bit of the spirit of it. It is one of the best written and most unique worship songs of our time.

"It’s a song that I have played countless times through the years and it has never grown tired. There is a special touch from God on this one and it is evident every time I hear it or play it.

"But it’s not enough to just sing great songs: somehow our songs must lead us to the streets carrying the justice and compassion of God. Open up the doors!”

The Cutting Edge Years - 20th Anniversary Edition contains 42 two tracks on three cds and one DVD containing special footage. The audio is made up of the band’s first four EPs (Cutting Edge One, Two, Three and Fore) as well as the landmark album Live And In The Can.

The DVD features the band’s live performance of many of these early classics as the last ever Delirious gig (filmed in 2010). In addition there are six limited edition postcards and other bonus
material: live at Studio One Abbey Road, a video of I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever (featuring LCGC) and The Delirious? Story.

The track listing is here in full:

1. Message Of The Cross
2. Singers Song
3. Lord You Have My Heart
4. What Is This Thing Called Love?
5. The Crucible For Silver
6. Thank You For Saving Me
7. The Happy Song
8. Prophet Song
9. King Of Love
10. Coming Back
11. Lead Me
12. I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever

1. Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?
2. I’ve Found Jesus
3. Oh Lead Me
4. Shaken Up
5. I’m Not Ashamed
6. Find Me In The River
7. Louder Than The Radio
8. You Split The Earth
9. When All Around Has Fallen
10. I’ve Searched For Gold
11. Shout To The North
12. All I Want Is
13. Obsession

1. Spontaneous Section 1
2. I’m Not Ashamed
3. Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?
4. Spontaneous Section 2
5. Oh Lead Me
6. Obsession
7. Spontaneous Section 3
8. Spontaneous Section 4
9. Come Like You Promise
10. Spontaneous Section 5
11. Spontaneous Section 6
12. What A Friend I’ve Found
13. Spontaneous Section 7
14. I’ve Found Jesus
15. Spontaneous Section 8
16. Lord’s Prayer
17. Spontaneous Section 9

The Cutting Edge Show (Taken From the Farewell
1. I’m not Ashamed
2. Happy Song
3. Shout To The North
4. Thank You For Saving Me/White Ribbon Day
5. I Could Sing of You Love Forever
6. Find Me in The River
7. Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble
8. Dance in The River
9. Live @ Studio One Abbey Road
10. I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever Feat LCGC
11. The Delirious? Story