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Jones, Bessie With The Georgia Sea Island Singers And Others / Get In Union
Album:Get In Union Collection:General
Artist:Jones, Bessie With The Georgia Sea Island Singers And Others Added:11/2014
Label:Tompkins Square 

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Add Date:2014-11-14 Pull Date:2015-01-16 
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Album Review
Eme O
Reviewed 2014-11-08 
Old Time Americana. More than 50 hours of interview/performance were distilled down to this 2-cd set, “an introduction to Bessie Jones’ art” as seen through the recordings of Alan Lomax. All tracks worth a listen (read the liner notes, too). Most songs mid-tempo, between 1 & 4 mins long. Would fit in well with Americana, Blues, Country, Folk, shows with an ethnographic focus. Vox, fife, one-headed drum, 4-string fretless banjo, handclaps. No FCCs detected. ~eme o.

CD 1
1. Slow/Mid. Call and response w/handclap rhythm.
2. Mid/Slow. Solo voice intro followed by harmony.
3. Solo voice w/ handclap percussion
4. Mid/Fast. Fife, handclaps.
5. Fast. Male lead, handclaps in speedy ‘raindrop’ rhythm.
6. similar to 5
7. Solo voice, a cappella
8. *Mid/Fast. Female lead, female chorus, handclaps. Too short.
9. Solo female, a cappella.
10. Male lead, male chorus, handclaps.
11. *Female lead, male chorus. Like a barbershop quartet lead by Billie Holliday.
12. similar to 11 w/ handclaps, more solo sections.
13. Male lead, bluesy talk-sung sermon.
14. Chorus w/ handclaps.
15. Solo female, light/muted percussion (the single-headed drum perhaps)
16. Solo female, traveling song, track ends with conversation between singer/interviewer.
17. Chorus, handclaps, call and response.
18. *Solo female, pipe or hammer percussion.
19. *Solo female lead, male accent vox, reminiscent of South African chorus.
20. Solo female, sober tune sampler.
21. *Like barbershop quartet with choral accents.
22. Quavery female lead, handclaps, sing-song rhythm.
23. Interview + song demo.
24. *Solo female, a cappella
25. *7 mins. Banjo, handclaps, chorus, call and response.

CD 2
1. Spiritual, solo female, handclaps.
2. *Solo female, spiritual.
3. similar to 1/2, with lullaby feel.
4. Prayer interlude.
5. Call and response between solo female and chorus, handclaps.
6. Solo voice, light drum.
7. Solo voice, choral accompaniment.
8. Chorus, fife, handclaps, banjo.
9. Female lead, handclaps, chorus.
10. Fast. Male lead, male chorus, handclaps.
11. Devotional, chorus, ends with conversation.
12. Solo voice, light drum.
13. Conversation interspersed with song.
14. Upbeat. Chorus, handclaps, male vox.
15. Upbeat. Chorus, tambourine, handclaps, call and response, ends with applause.
16. *Opens with talking, then chorus accompanied by clanking percussion.
17. *Fast. Solo voice, talk-singing, clanky percussion.
18. Opens with applause, talking, then launches into upbeat tune with foot-stomping rhythm.
19. Solo voice, somber tune.
20. Opens and ends with conversation that flanks a somber spiritual/devotional. You can hear laughter in the background from other folks in the room.
21. *Female voices in gentle harmony. Track segues to talking with ~40 secs left.
22. Slow. Pretty.
23. Opens with talking that leads into their rendition of the well-known spiritual.
24. Call and response, handclaps in a playground rhythm.
25. Male lead, male/female chorus, slow handclaps.
26. Solo voice, a goodbye song.

Track Listing
1.Sheep Sheep Don't You Know The Road 26.No Hiding Place Down Here
2.You Better Mind 27.O Death
3.Plumb The Line 28.Dead And Gone
4.O Day (Yonder Come Day) 29.Prayer
5.Moses Don't Get Lost 30.Sign Of The Judgment
6.Blow Gabriel 31.This Train Is A Clean Train
7.Got To Lie Down (How Shall I Rise) 32.Turkle Dove
8.Sometimes 33.Beulah Land
9.Shoo Turkey 34.Let Me Fly
10.Adam In The Garden 35.Walk Daniel
11.Daniel In The Lion's Den 36.I'm Gonna Lay Down My Life For My Lord
12.Little David, Play On Your Harp 37.Way Down Yonder In The Brickyard
13.You Got To Reap Just What You Sow/Just A Little Talk With Jesus 38.Bob Young's Song And Whoop
14.O Mary Don't You Weep 39.Read 'em, John
15.Throw Me Overboard 40.Before This Time Another Year
16.Going To Chattanooga 41.Once There Was No Sun (I)
17.See Aunt Dinah 42.There Was An Old Lady From Brewster
18.John Henry 43.Little Johnny Brown
19.Sink 'em Low 44.Prodigal Son
20.Diamond Joe 45.Take Me To The Water
21.Live Humble 46.Drinking That Wine
22.Get In Union 47.Once There Was No Sun (Ii)
23.Elephant Fair 48.One Morning Soon
24.Uncle Ned 49.Buzzard Lope
25.That Suits Me 50.One Of These Days (I)
 51.One Of These Days (Ii)