Smithsonian Folkways: Classic African American Gospel

Performers Various Artists

January 22, 2008 | Compact Disc

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There should be more compilations like CLASSIC AFRICAN AMERICAN GOSPEL by Smithsonian Folkways. Instead of focusing soley on an individual period, this collection compiles classic gospel performances from many different decades to give the listener a holistic picture of the African American gospel experience. From the rustic folk and blues of Elizabeth Cotten and the Reverend Gary Davis to contemporary renderings in modern churches, CLASSIC AFRICAN AMERICAN GOSPEL spans 50 years in 75 minutes and is a great single-disc introduction to one of America's most vibrant musical genres. Includes a 32-page booklet with detailed descriptions of each track and a historic overview of gospel from the Great Awakening forward.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 22, 2008

Genre: Southern Gospel

Style: Gospel

UPC: 093074019429

Found in: Southern Gospel

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Smithsonian Folkways: Classic African American Gospel

Smithsonian Folkways: Classic African American Gospel

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 22, 2008

Genre: Southern Gospel

Style: Gospel

UPC: 093074019429


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

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There should be more compilations like CLASSIC AFRICAN AMERICAN GOSPEL by Smithsonian Folkways. Instead of focusing soley on an individual period, this collection compiles classic gospel performances from many different decades to give the listener a holistic picture of the African American gospel experience. From the rustic folk and blues of Elizabeth Cotten and the Reverend Gary Davis to contemporary renderings in modern churches, CLASSIC AFRICAN AMERICAN GOSPEL spans 50 years in 75 minutes and is a great single-disc introduction to one of America's most vibrant musical genres. Includes a 32-page booklet with detailed descriptions of each track and a historic overview of gospel from the Great Awakening forward.
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