Various Artists / Classic African American Gospel
Album: Classic African American Gospel   Collection:Blues
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Jun 2008

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Add Date: 2008-06-29 Pull Date: 2008-08-31 Charts: Blues
Week Ending: Aug 24 Aug 3 Jul 27 Jul 20 Jul 13 Jul 6
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Recent Airplay
1. Dec 19, 2023: Traditions
Where Could I Go
4. Jul 29, 2008: Deep Fried and Sanctified
Holy Ghost
2. Aug 19, 2008: Crosscurrents
If I Had My Way
5. Jul 23, 2008: A Fine Assortment of Select Blood Diseases
He's My Rock, Dry Bones: Ezekiel Saw The Wheel
3. Jul 30, 2008: Emphysema For Emphasis
Moses Smote The Water
6. Jul 19, 2008: Emphysema For Emphasis - Maurizio Bianchi Special Continued
Moses Smote The Water

Album Review
Andrea L
Reviewed 2008-07-27
Collection/Classic African American Gospel/Smithsonian Folkways/2008
Amazing collection gospel from the post WWII era right up into the 21st century. A great variety of the types of groups who sing this music are represented including shouters, a cappella, harmonizers, choirs and soloists. Amazing that Smithsonian pulled this all together and managed to make a cohesive mix of the contemporary and the classic.
Andrea’s favorites: 1, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, and 24.
1) 4:20 Slow a cappella just a man with a hell of a voice, like dirt and sweat on a tire.
2) 2:22 Mid a cappella harmonizing vocals.
3) 3:46 Mid contemporary gospel.
4) 2:32 Slow choral spiritual by the group that exemplifies this style the best.
5) 2:19 Mid piano blues gospel, lots of fun. Close to secular.
6) 2:00 Mid harmonizing in a do-wop style and indeed one of the members of this group joined the Drifters shortly after recording this. Great vibrato vocals at the end.
7) 4:56 Slow call and response with preacher and congregation, super soulful…like a bowl of light served up hot.
8) 5:28 Mid great a cappella classic from an unidentified group…love this.
9) 3:15 Up do-wop style Pentecostal gospel from Michigan.
10) 2:50 Mid gospel nola jazz trumpet, the trumpet makes it dance with the devil.
11) 2:23 Up call & response Sonny Terry solo with harmonica and foot tappin’.
12) 2:45 Up classic cover holy ghost singing, classic example.
13) 1:12 Mid starts with preaching and then call and response with the Singing Evangelist.
14) 4:47 Slow Pentecostal moanin’, the whole church is getting into the middle.
15) 4:43 Mid First time Davis recorded this song. He influenced everyone from Jorma Kaukonen to Jerry Garcia. Check out the fingerpickin’.
16) 2:15 Slow and dark, this spiritual goes to that amazingly dark place within our souls.
17) 2:21 Mid this one is HOT, this guy was amazing, discovered by Mahalia and then worked with Alvin Ailey to create the amazing Revelations, this is urban gospel at its best.
18) 1:30 Mid this lady is the best traditional folk gospel practitioner and this is a classic example.
19) 5:49 Slow contemporary gospel.
20) 1:24 Up holiness church music, heck yeah.
21) 3:01 Mid civil rights version of this classic that’s packing an emotional punch. Fannie Lou Hamer WAS the civil rights and people made her pay for it…she’s the real deal.
22) 3:04 Slow and gorgeous island spiritual.
23) 3:23 Mid to up medley that Leadbelly associated with various!
24) 3:18 mid Superb and sexy contemporary trombone shout!

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Horace Sprott Jesus Going To Make Up My Dying Bed
2. Starlight Gospel Singers Oh Lord, I'm So Glad I Got Good Religion
3. Alvin Dockett And Blessed Thank You, Lord
4. Fisk Jubilee Singers, The When I Was Sinkin' Down
5. Little Brother Montgomery Just Got Over At Last
6. Thrasher Wonders, The Moses Smote The Water
7. Rev. Willie Gresham Soon, One Mornin'
8. Missionary Quartet, The Dry Bones: Ezekiel Saw The Wheel
9. Juanita Johnson And The Gospel Tones Holy Ghost
10. Sister Ernestine Washington With Bunk Johnson Where Could I Go
11. Sonny Terry Oh, What A Beatiful City
12. Two Gospel Keys You've Got To Move
13. Elder Charles Beck Let The Church Say Amen
14. Bishop Bowen And The Combined Gospel Choirs I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say
15. Rev. Gary Davis If I Had My Way
16. Dock Reed Low Down Death Right Easy
17. Brother John Sellers He's My Rock
18. Elizabeth Cotten Hallelujah, It Is Done
19. Mississippi Mass Choir We Praise Your Holy Name
20. First Independent Holy Church Of God And Unity Don't Let His Name Go Down
21. Frannie Lou Hamer Go Tell It On The Mountain
22. Mary Pinckney Been In The Storm So Long
23. Lead Belly Every Time I Feel The Spirit/Swing Low, Sweet Chariot/They Hung Him On The Cross
24. Madison's Lively Stones It's Time To Make A Change