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Classic African American Gospel from Smithsonian Folkways

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Jesus Going to Make Up My Dying Bed
Artist: Horace Sprott
4:23
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Oh Lord, I'm So Glad I Got Good Religion
Artist: The Starlight Gospel Singers
2:25
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Thank You, Lord
Artist: Alvin Dockett and Blessed
3:48
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When I Was Sinkin' Down
Artist: The Fisk Jubilee Singers
2:35
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Just Got Over At Last
Artist: Little Brother Montgomery
2:22
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Moses Smote the Waters
Artist: Thrasher Wonders
2:03
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Soon, One Mornin'
Artist: Willie Gresham
4:59
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Dry Bones: Ezekiel Saw the Wheel
Artist: The Missionary Quintet
5:31
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Holy Ghost
Artist: Juanita Johnson and the Gospel Tones
3:18
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Where Could I Go
Artist: Sister Ernestine Washington with Bunk Johnson
2:53
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Oh, What a Beautiful City
Artist: Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGee
2:26
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You've Got to Move
Artist: Two Gospel Keys
2:48
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Let the Church Say Amen
Artist: Elder Beck
1:15
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I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
Artist: Bishop Bowen and the Combined Gospel Choirs
4:50
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If I Had My Way
Artist: Rev. Gary Davis
4:46
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Low Down Death Right Easy
Artist: Dock Reed
2:18
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He's My Rock
Artist: Brother John Sellers
2:24
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Hallelujah, It Is Done
Artist: Elizabeth Cotten
1:33
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We Praise Your Holy Name
Artist: Mississippi Mass Choir
5:52
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Don't Let His Name Go Down
Artist: First Independent Holy Church of God-Unity-Prayer
1:27
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Go Tell It on the Mountain
Artist: Fannie Lou Hammer
3:05
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Been in the Storm So Long
Artist: Mary Pinckney
3:08
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Every Time I Feel the Spirit / Swing Low Sweet Chariot / They Hung Him on the Cross (Medley)
Artist: Lead Belly
3:27
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It's Time to Make a Change
Artist: Madison's Lively Stones
3:17
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Total Tracks: 24   Total Length: 76:53

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The tracks are excellent and there's a wide variety of gospel represented. The opening track is a stunner. You really need to get this sampler.

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They Say All Music Guide

This marvelous set from Smithsonian Folkways includes samples of the various trace sources that eventually crystallized into what became known as gospel in the 19th century, including an assortment of spirituals, choir performances, shout bands, vocal quartets, and guitar preachers, emerging as both a history lesson and as an expressive and even at times explosive listening experience. There’s so much to be amazed at here, like Horace Sprott’s moving version of “Jesus Going to Make My Dying Bed,” the spry, infectious rendition of “You Got to Move” by the Two Gospel Keys (Emma Daniels and Mother Sally Jones), Dock Reed’s dark, expressive, and unaccompanied vocal on “Low Down Death Right Easy” and Mary Pickney’s perfectly poised voice on the “moaning” spiritual “Been in the Storm So Long.” Somehow both varied and unified at once, this collection is essentially a sampler for the vast gospel offerings in the Smithsonian Folkways archives, and each selection leads off to another album the label offers, a clear benefit in this case. Although the term gospel is often applied to all religious music, gospel proper emerged early in the 19th century as a clear attempt to fuse spirituals and church music with the rhythms, arrangements, and approach of pop music in order to reach a larger audience while still retaining the intimacy and power of its musical roots. Gospel, of course, then begat modern soul, and by extension, the whole world of urban dance music, so the roots presented here are in part responsible for a much larger tree than just modern gospel. It’s a fascinating world to explore, and this Smithsonian Folkways sampler is the perfect place to start. – Steve Leggett

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