VA - Classic African American Gospel from Smithsonian Folkways (2008)

VA - Classic African American Gospel from Smithsonian Folkways (2008)
VA - Classic African American Gospel from Smithsonian Folkways (2008)
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Folk, Gospel | Label: Smithsonian Folkways

Spirituals, guitar evangelists, "shout" bands, quartets, and choirs sing out the sacred sounds of African American gospel music. This Smithsonian Folkways "Classic" spans over a half century of select recordings to paint a broad panorama of this cherished American musical creation. Reverend Gary Davis, Sister Ernestine Washington, Sonny Terry, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and Elizabeth Cotten are among those featured on these 24 tracks of soulful song.
This marvelous set from Smithsonian Folkways includes samples of the various trace sources that eventually crystallized into what became known as gospel in the 19th century, including an assortment of spirituals, choir performances, shout bands, vocal quartets, and guitar preachers, emerging as both a history lesson and as an expressive and even at times explosive listening experience. There's so much to be amazed at here, like Horace Sprott's moving version of "Jesus Going to Make My Dying Bed," the spry, infectious rendition of "You Got to Move" by the Two Gospel Keys (Emma Daniels and Mother Sally Jones), Dock Reed's dark, expressive, and unaccompanied vocal on "Low Down Death Right Easy" and Mary Pickney's perfectly poised voice on the "moaning" spiritual "Been in the Storm So Long." Somehow both varied and unified at once, this collection is essentially a sampler for the vast gospel offerings in the Smithsonian Folkways archives, and each selection leads off to another album the label offers, a clear benefit in this case. Although the term gospel is often applied to all religious music, gospel proper emerged early in the 19th century as a clear attempt to fuse spirituals and church music with the rhythms, arrangements, and approach of pop music in order to reach a larger audience while still retaining the intimacy and power of its musical roots. Gospel, of course, then begat modern soul, and by extension, the whole world of urban dance music, so the roots presented here are in part responsible for a much larger tree than just modern gospel. It's a fascinating world to explore, and this Smithsonian Folkways sampler is the perfect place to start. - AllMusic Review by Steve LeggettTracklist:
1. Horace Sprott - Jesus Going To Make Up My Dying Bed (04:20)
2. Starlight Gospel Singers - Oh Lord, I'm So Glad I Got Good Religion (02:22)
3. Alvin Dockett And Blessed - Thank You, Lord (03:46)
4. The Fisk Jubilee Singers - When I Was Sinkin' Down (02:32)
5. Little Brother Montgomery - Just Got Over At Last (02:19)
6. The Thrasher Wonders - Moses Smote The Waters (02:00)
7. Rev. Willie Gresham - Soon, One Mornin' (04:56)
8. The Missionary Quartet - Dry Bones: Ezekiel Saw The Wheel (05:28)
9. Juanita Johnson & The Gospel Tones - Holy Ghost (03:15)
10. Sister Ernestine Washington & Bunk Johnson - Where Could I Go (02:50)
11. Sonny Terry - Oh, What A Beautiful City (02:23)
12. Two Gospel Keys - You've Got To Move (02:45)
13. Elder Charles Beck - Let The Church Say Amen (01:12)
14. Bishop Bowen & The Combined Gospel Choirs - I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say (04:47)
15. Rev. Gary Davis - If I Had My Way (04:43)
16. Dock Reed - Low Down Death Right Easy (02:15)
17. Brother John Sellers - He's My Rock (02:21)
18. Elizabeth Cotten - Hallelujah, It Is Done (01:30)
19. The Mississippi Mass Choir - We Praise Your Holy Name (05:49)
20. First Independent Holy Church Of God And Unity - Don't Let His Name Go Down (01:24)
21. Fannie Lou Hamer - Go Tell It On The Mountain (03:01)
22. Mary Pinckney - Been In The Storm So Long (03:04)
23. Lead Belly - Every Time I Feel The Spirit / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot / They Hung Him On The Cross (Medley) (03:23)
24. Madison's Lively Stones - It's Time To Make A Change (03:18)
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