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God's Got It: The Legendary Booker And Jackson Singles

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God's Got It
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Fix It Jesus
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Wrapped Up and Tangled Up in Jesus
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Testimony of Rev. Charlie Jackson
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I Gave Up All I Had
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What a Time
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Trouble in My Way - Mary Bennett
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My Eternal Home - Ike Gordon
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Something to Think About
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Lord You're So Good
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I Shall Not Be Moved - Ike Gordon
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Morning Train
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Goodness of God, Pt. 1
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Goodness of God, Pt. 2
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I Gave Up All I Had To Serve The Lord - Ike Gordon
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This Old Building - Laura Davis
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I Am Thinking of a Friend - Laura Davis
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All Aboard
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 18   Total Length: 58:32

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Reverend Charlie Jackson, God's Got It: The Legendary Booker And Jackson Singles
Label: Case Quarter / AUM Fidelity

The Rev. Charlie Jackson makes absolutely incendiary music — it's bluesy, raw gospel that is heavy, intense and remarkably rough around the edges. Culled from obscure indie seven-inches recorded in the '70s, God's Got It: The Legendary Booker and Jackson Singles is a celebration of the sanctified blues with a sound so timeless that it could just as easily date from 20 or even 40 years earlier. The title song is pure visceral stomp, a… read more »

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This is as raw as it gets...chilling...dirty...raw...oh yeah, it's gospel, too! want to blow the minds of your friends? throw on this album after too much wine and the stragglers will hang around a little longer and laugh, cry, shout, dance.

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gospel surely isn't meant to be this naughty


Forget the lyrics if you need to and you'll see this is as raw a sound as any. Beautiful stuff...now where are my cards and that bottle of rum...

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great music/bad sound


The music is a treasure but the sound distortion is painful - at least on my system.

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Beyond intense - ON FIRE gospel guitar workouts


Probably the best of all gospel releases to appear on Emusic - best reissue of earlier gospel music in years. Jackson's guitar playing is every bit as raw & intense as any of the Delta blues masters & his soulful, heartfelt singing drives it all home. If you like it down home, raw & stomping, you NEED to hear this album.

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This is the debut release from CaseQuarter Records, a offshoot of Stephen Joerg’s excellent AUM label. While AUM Fidelity is dedicated to the new jazz coming out of New York City, CaseQuarter is dedicated to sacred and gospel music from the American South. What better way to kick off a new label than with the collected Booker and Jackson singles of the obscure but monumental singer/guitarist Reverend Charlie Jackson, whose music is deeply rooted in the Mississippi Delta tradition? His singles for the the Booker label in New Orleans (and his own Jackson label created after Booker folded) make manifest the inseparable connection between the sinning music of Saturday night and the sanctified music of Sunday morning. Like Fred McDowell and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jackson’s rhythm-conscious sound is one that comes from the well of the body; he can stir an entire house using only his electric guitar and a stomping board, and his music is expressed by a heart that seeks deliverance and praises its creator. These 18 tracks certainly reflect history, but, more than that, offer a striking view of how country blues became urban blues in the arms of Southern churches. Here we get the stomping rumbling bluesy gospel shout of “God’s Got It,” the truly off-the-rails musical sermonizing (that is truly terrifying in its intensity) of “Wrapped Up and Tangled Up in Jesus,” and the call and response of “The Goodness of God” and “Testimony of Rev. Charles Jackson,” a first-person deliverance tale in which Jackson recalls a stroke and his miraculous rehabilitation. Interestingly enough, a collection like this — which is as fun to listen to as any record of partying blues — makes something very plain when compared with other albums of the ilk and contrasted against white Southern gospel: the music of the black Southern churches concentrates on the themes of deliverance, redemption, and mercy, rather than on fire and brimstone and the Apocalypse. Forgiveness and mercy are the reasons for so much joy, even in the most primitive, rollicking, moaning blues found here (check out “Something to Think About.”) Overall, this set deserves to be sold along with the Fat Possum recordings from the Delta for sheer listening pleasure, and paid as much attention to as Arhoolie’s Sacred Steel series. That’s right, Fat Possum-style electric guitar sacred gospel music — what an auspicious beginning for a new label. – Thom Jurek

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