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It seemed almost impossible that the Military Wives choir of Chivenor and Plymouth could have got a full album out in just a few months, following their Christmas No 1.

The short answer is that they haven't - this selection of 11 songs includes not just Chivenor and Plymouth but the Military WAGS Choir of Catterick Garrison and the Portsmouth and Lympstone CTC Military Wives' Choirs too.

However, there's no drop-off in quality. It opens with a cracker - Bob Dylan's lovely 'Make You Feel My Love' with the solo sung by one of the leading lights of the TV series, Nicky Scott, backed by the rest of the Chivenor choir.

Clever editing enabled all the choirs to come together in the title track 'In My Dreams' which like 'Wherever You Are' is another Paul Mealor composition - a truly lovely original song. This track features the one male voice on the album, X-Factor finalist and serving soldier Jonjo Kerr - perhaps a slightly ironic choice, but a very good one. Jonjo has a fine voice that really blends well with the ladies.

All the tracks were clearly carefully chosen for the meaning behind the songs - so this is very much a mix of ballads, but none the worse for that. The Lympstone Choir didn't feature in the TV programme but they have a beautifully melodic True Love Ways whilst the Portsmouth Choir, also not seen on TV, contribute a stirring Up Where We Belong by Buffy St Marie, a difficult song that they tackle well.

Two exceptions to the chart ballads are the sailor's hymn Eternal Father, Strong To Save (For Those in Peril On The Sea) beautifully sung by the ladies of Chivenor and the lovely traditional Scottish song Silver Tassie. Silver Tassie is a poem by Robert Burns about the heartache of a soldier sailing to war and leaving his beloved Mary behind. Unsurprisingly the soloist for this much-loved song is the impressively talented Scot Sam Stevenson, the now well known soloist of Wherever You Are, also the closing track of the album.

It wouldn't be fair not to mention the other soloist featured, Emily Shipman of Plymouth who turns in a lovely performance in On My Own, the penultimate track. This is the song from Les Miserables, not the Whitney Houston song of the same name.

A special mention must go to the Catterick WAGS Choir - it was Nicky Clarke of Catterick who wrote the original letter to Gareth Malone suggesting that military wives would make a great subject for his next 'Choir' series.

The ladies of Catterick had to go ahead without Gareth, but Nicky Clarke's letter sowed the seed that resulted in the formation of the Military Wives Choir of TV fame. The WAGS Choir's own track is gorgeous - a stunning arrangement by Geoff Lawson of Coldplay's 'Fix You'.

A measure of the profits from sales will go to the Military Wives Choir Foundation which will help all military communities to run their own choirs. Those who have seen any of the 'Choir' programmes know of the benefits singing can bring to groups and individuals. What a great idea. What a great buy. This deserves to sell in hundreds of thousands for Mother's Day, but will appeal to all those who enjoy choral music.
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on 5 March 2012
Beautiful recordings of a lot of my favourite songs. If you are the emotional type like me, you will be in tears.
Well done Military Wives.
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After having bought and enjoyed the single "Wherever You Are" so much I wondered whether this album could maintain the high benchmark that was set by that track. My answer is a resounding "yes" - although the style and origin of the tracks covers a wide spectrum from Dylan to classic hymns, every track is, in my opinion, solid gold. This album is a huge credit to the Military Wives and Gareth Malone - they perform with pride and the Nation should have the utmost pride in them. An album with universal appeal - buy it and be uplifted by it.
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on 8 March 2012
Congratulations to all involved in this Military Wives album. The Wives, Gareth Malone and the new male voice who unforunately doesn't receive appropriate credit on the packaging - in fact ALL the wives need to be fully acredited, they deserve it. Really well done!!!
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on 8 March 2012
This is a beautiful collection of songs beautifully sung. Track 5 True Love Ways, totally blew
me away.It has got to be one of the best versions ever recorded.
I havent stopped playing it. Congratulations to all involved.
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on 7 March 2012
I got teased by the male members of my family for ordering this, but having seen the TV series I knew it would be a good buy. Yes they are standard romantic ballards, and there is nothing cutting edge about the renditions BUT they will fill you up. The slight trembles and off-keys just add to the poignancy, because you know they are not career vocalists, you've got the back stories and understand the significance of these women finding their voice, literally and metaphorically. Inspiring and humbling both. So easy to forget in this day and age "They also serve who only stand and wait". Make sure the hankies are to hand.
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on 11 March 2012
i think it is absolutely fantastic that a group of military personnel wives can devote so much time and effort to a very worthwhile causes, and would like to add my support to their need by buying this brilliant rendition of some my favourite songs sung by them all on one album, well done ladies xx
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on 5 March 2012
they have done it again,from a 52 year old geordie fella,cant fail to soul search, wipe a tear,smile.brave women with brave partners who deserve our support,i have a brother who is x military special forces who i have not seen in 22 years, he had a rough time when he came out of army and just disapeared wanting to do things his way,it all comes home what they do for us.ill finish by saying you ladies have done something that a prime minister or politician could ever hope to do under the present climate. you have brought some joy and feel good factor into my life and i know many others.so watch mr prime minister we maybe not be rich like you and have no idea how the real world lives. but i know which person id rather be. WELL DONE GALS ,HEAD UP,BE BRAVE AND PLEASE WE WANT MORE OF THE SAME, GO ON BUY IT.
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on 7 March 2012
A cause close to my heart as a good friend is married to a Royal marine who was injured some time ago. Lovely collection and a great cause ladies ! x
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on 8 March 2012
A brilliant CD for listening to, and so well presented. The military wives have done a fantastic job of putting this together. Great listening.
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