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Various Artists / Classic African American Gospel
Album:Classic African American Gospel Collection:Blues
Artist:Various Artists Added:06/2008
Label:Smithsonian/Folkways 

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Add Date:2008-06-29 Pull Date:2008-08-31 Charts:Blues
Week Ending:24 Aug3 Aug27 Jul20 Jul13 Jul6 Jul
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 Recent Airplay
1.Aug 19, 2008:Crosscurrents
If I Had My Way
4.Jul 23, 2008:A Fine Assortment of Select Blood Diseases
He's My Rock, Dry Bones: Ezekiel Saw The Wheel
2.Jul 30, 2008:Emphysema For Emphasis
Moses Smote The Water
5.Jul 19, 2008:Emphysema For Emphasis - Maurizio Bianchi Special Continued
Moses Smote The Water
3.Jul 29, 2008:Deep Fried and Sanctified
Holy Ghost
6.Jul 16, 2008:Emphysema For Emphasis
Holy Ghost

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 denominations..fun!
24) 3:18 mid Superb and sexy contemporary trombone shout!


Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Horace SprottJesus Going To Make Up My Dying Bed
2.Starlight Gospel SingersOh Lord, I'm So Glad I Got Good Religion
3.Alvin Dockett And BlessedThank You, Lord
4.Fisk Jubilee Singers, TheWhen I Was Sinkin' Down
5.Little Brother MontgomeryJust Got Over At Last
6.Thrasher Wonders, TheMoses Smote The Water
7.Rev. Willie GreshamSoon, One Mornin'
8.Missionary Quartet, TheDry Bones: Ezekiel Saw The Wheel
9.Juanita Johnson And The Gospel TonesHoly Ghost
10.Sister Ernestine Washington With Bunk JohnsonWhere Could I Go
11.Sonny TerryOh, What A Beatiful City
12.Two Gospel KeysYou've Got To Move
13.Elder Charles BeckLet The Church Say Amen
14.Bishop Bowen And The Combined Gospel ChoirsI Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say
15.Rev. Gary DavisIf I Had My Way
16.Dock ReedLow Down Death Right Easy
17.Brother John SellersHe's My Rock
18.Elizabeth CottenHallelujah, It Is Done
19.Mississippi Mass ChoirWe Praise Your Holy Name
20.First Independent Holy Church Of God And UnityDon't Let His Name Go Down
21.Frannie Lou HamerGo Tell It On The Mountain
22.Mary PinckneyBeen In The Storm So Long
23.Lead BellyEvery Time I Feel The Spirit/Swing Low, Sweet Chariot/They Hung Him On The Cross
24.Madison's Lively StonesIt's Time To Make A Change