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Been in the Storm So Long: A Collection of Spirituals, Folk Tales and Children's Games from Johns Island, SC

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Remember Me
Artist: Moving Star Hall Singers, The
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See God's Ark A-Moving
Artist: Moving Star Hall Singers, The
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Ask the Watchman How Long
Artist: Moving Star Hall Singers, The
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Meet Me in Galilee
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Talking `Bout a Good Time
Artist: Moving Star Hall Singers, The
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That's All Right
Artist: Laura Rivers
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Jesus Knows All About My Trouble
Artist: Moving Star Hall Singers, The
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Esau Jenkins Talking
Artist: Esau Jenkins
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Lay Down Body
Artist: Moving Star Hall Singers, The
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Welcome Table and Prayer
Artist: Alice Wine
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Ezekial in the Valley
Artist: Moving Star Hall Singers, The
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Been in the Storm So Long
Artist: Mary Pickney
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Jack and Mary and the Three Dogs
Artist: Jamie Hunter
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You Got to Move
Artist: Jamie Hunter
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Moonlight in Glory
Artist: Ruth Bligen
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Mary Rolled the Stone Away
Artist: Jamie Hunter
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Ezekial in the Valley
Artist: Jamie Hunter
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Down on Me
Artist: Mary Pickney, Janie Hunter
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Reborn Again
Artist: Benjamin Bligen
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Row Michael Row
Artist: Moving Star Hall Singers, The
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Johnny Cuckoo
Artist: Jamie Hunter
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Old Lady from Booster
Artist: Moving Star Hall Singers, The
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Shoo Turkey
Artist: Moving Star Hall Singers, The
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Mr. Postman Die
Artist: Moving Star Hall Singers, The
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Water My Flowers
Artist: Moving Star Hall Singers, The
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Rabbit and Partridge
Artist: Jamie Hunter
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Improvised Blues
Artist: Mary Pickney, Janie Hunter
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Jack and Mary and the Devil
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They Say All Music Guide

Well-known amongst anthropologists and musicologists, St. John’s Island, SC, is one of the oldest African-American communities in North America and, because of its isolation, has one of the best preserved “slave” cultures. While the status and validity of this last point are highly debatable, there is no denying that this selection of 1960s field recordings, put out by Smithsonian Folkways, is one of the most captivating albums ever released. More than just an album, it is a document of a community where music is as integral to life as the weather. The recordings trace the role of music through a number of areas in everyday life. In “Welcome Table & Prayer,” a quiet, sweet female voice delivers a stream-of-consciousness prayer and thanksgiving that melismatically blends speech and song in a highly original way. This is followed by a performance of “Ezekial in the Valley,” where a chorus is offset by clapped and stomped counter-rhythms. The lyrics of the title track, “Been in the Storm So Long,” sums the experience of the island’s community: “Oh Lord give me more time/I been in the storm so long.” The album also contains several children’s stories and games, including the ring-and-the-rosey haunt “Mr. Postman Die.” The remainder of the songs range from the simply beautiful “Moon Light in Glory,” the simply terrifying sermon “Reborn Again,” and to the epiphanic harmonizing of “Down on Me.” Literally, this is an album that could set the world on fire. – Brian Whitener

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