This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45 RPM 1957-1982

Performers Various Artists

Tompkins Square | September 20, 2011 | Compact Disc

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Liner Note Author: Mike McGonigal.
Introduction by: Peter Doyle.
Who would have thought that Tompkins Square would find a way to equal their stellar collection Fire in My Bones: Raw Rare + Otherworldly African-American Gospel: 1944-2007? That set, along with Dust to Digital's Goodbye, Babylon compilation were the two benchmarks for quality in presenting forgotten and/or all but unheard historical gospel music from Pre-War times to the modern day. But Tompkins Square takes it a step further with Mike McGonigal, the cat who assembled Fire in My Bones from his own collection; he reached even deeper into his record library to assemble the three-disc This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45 RPM 1957-1982. McGonigal claims he chose the 45 format as source material for this set because of the notion that almost anyone could afford to release one during the heyday of the single. Apparently, he was right, since a number of the titles featured here have such obscure and rare origins that they were single listings in a label's catalog. Certainly, sermons, gospel quartets, full-fledged gospel groups, choirs, and full-on bands are represented in these 72 tracks, many of them recorded live during church services. The most remarkable thing about this set, however, is period: all of this material was recorded in the post-Sam Cooke/Soul Stirrers period, during the James Cleveland and Ray Charles eras, in the years just after Muddy Waters' and John Lee Hooker's electric blues debuted, at the dawn of soul music history through the heyday of doo wop and labels like Motown, Fortune, Atlantic, Goldwax, Stax, Volt, Chess, and Cadet. Virtually everything here -- including sermons -- was influenced by the black music traditions begun in 1950 and culminating in the late '70s. Some stellar examples are "Down Here Praying" by the Detroit Silvertones, a version of the title track sung by New Orleans' Missionary Mamie Sample (there are at least three different takes by various artists), "Baptized" by the Clefs of Calvary, the rocking gospel of "Send the Holy Ghost Down" by Alston, illinois' Brother Clark & His Trio, the positively shack-shaking reading of "I'm a Pilgrim" by Nathaniel Rivers and his stinging lead guitar cut in a storefront church in Bed-Stuy in 1973, the pedal steel groove of Rev. Lonnie Farris on "Peace in the Valley," and "The Little Light," by Detroit's Fantastic Voices of Joy, produced by Dave Hamilton on the Sacred Sounds imprint. There are simply far too many examples of the wild, woolly, and wonderful here to recount. Some cuts sound like the singles they came from had been skated on, but it's far from a drawback. If anything, it adds to the sense of mystery and immediacy in these tracks -- most of them one-offs -- as if voices out of time are edifying the listener in church on Sunday morning, with another side of the same truth kitty corner from the one they hung out on on Saturday night. On most of these recordings, we can hear the sounds of the street inside the church as well as vice-versa. McGonigal's liner notes are as detailed as possible -- he's done his homework -- making this an absolutely essential purchase for anyone interested in gospel, soul, blues, and R&B, the sacred and the profane. ~ Thom Jurek

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 20, 2011

Genre: Southern Gospel

Style: Religious

Number of Discs: 3

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Tompkins Square

UPC: 894807002639

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This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45 RPM 1957-1982

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 20, 2011

Genre: Southern Gospel

Style: Religious

Number of Discs: 3

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Tompkins Square

UPC: 894807002639


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.He Will Fix It - Sam Williams/The Harris Singers --
2.I Am Saved - Silver Harpes --
3.Jesus Been Good - The Fantastic Angels --
4.I Never Heard a Man - The Gospel Keys --
5.Devil's Trying to Steal My Joy, The - Prophet George Lusk --
6.I Heard of a City - Carolina Kings --
7.I've Got to Move to a Better Home - Rev. George Oliver --
8.Walk with God - Elder Robert McMurray --
9.This May Be My Last Time Singing - Missionary Mamie Sample --
10.Put Your Hand in the Hand - R. Jenkins and the Dayton Harmonaires --
11.Cloud Hanging Low, Pt. 2 - Missionaires --
12.I Need You Jesus - James Spiritual Singers --
13.I'll Fly Away - Traveling Alstars --
14.You Better Mind, Pts. 1 & 2 - The Skylifters --
15.Do You Think God Will Let You By - Joiner's Five Trumpets --
16.I Came a Long Way - Reliable True Tones --
17.Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around - Rev. J.W. Neely and Family --
18.Stop Now - Willie Cotton --
19.Oh Lord I Have No Friend - The Traveling Four --
20.Prodigal Son - Southern Jubilee Singers --
21.Down Here Praying - The Detroit Silvertones --
22.(Make Old) Satan Leave Me Alone - Sensational Whirlwinds --
23.One Morning Soon - Joyce and Johnita Collins --
24.Zechariah - Deacon W.J. Mobley/The Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church Male Chorus --
0.DISC 2: --
1.Stop Living on Me - Rev. R. Henderson --
2.Ain't It a Shame - Echoes of Harmony --
3.He Got His Eyes on You - Brother Sidney Harris --
4.When He Called My Name - The Mighty Wings --
5.Baptized - The Clefs of Calvary --
6.I Heard a Prayer, Pts. 1 & 2 - Rev. Elijah Thurston --
7.I'm Working on a Building - Grady Coffee --
8.Perfect Like the Angels - The Sounds of Soul --
9.So Many Fallen by the Wayside - The Dedicators --
10.If You Ever Need a Friend - The Masonic Travel's of Memphis, Tennessee --
11.On the Right Road Now - Crump Brothers --
12.I Believe I Will Go Home - Big Dan and the Gospel Heavyweights --
13.Save Me Jesus - Southland Stingers --
14.God's New Building - The Morning Stars/Little Midget --
15.May Be My Last Time - Jerry and Naomi Jerkins --
16.Jesus Gave Me Water - McCauley Spiritual Singers --
17.Be There in the Happening, Pt. 2 - Rev. Curtis Watson --
18.I Found a Friend - Mighty Gospel Singers --
19.I'm a Child of My God - Gospel Creators --
20.Let Your Will Be Done - Spiritual Echoes --
21.If It Wasn't for the Lord What Would I Do - Cumberland River --
22.This Old Light of Mine - Gospel Six of Gadsen, SC --
23.I Got to Make It - Ethel Profit --
24.Where Could I Go - Friendly Five --
25.Who - Sunset Jubilee Singers --
0.DISC 3: --
1.Jesus Is on the Mainline - The Whirlwinds --
2.God Don't Take No Vacation - Brother Smith & His Stars of Harmony --
3.Lord Will Make a Way, The - Sensational Six --
4.Oh Lord Help Me - Fire Side Spiritual Singers --
5.God Is Taking Care - Deacon James Williams --
6.Supernatural Prayer, Pts. 1 & 2 - The Pastor That Lives Faith --
7.Jesus Will Fix It - Pleasant Grove Community Chorus of Saulsburg, TN --
8.He Walks with Me, Pts. 1 & 2 - The Cummins Prison Farm Singers/Calvin Leavy --
9.All Wrap Up in One --
10.Bless the People Everywhere - The Burden Lifters --
11.Milky White Way - Zion Travelers --
12.I Went to the House - Deacon James Williams/The Golden Stars --
13.I've Got a Good Feeling - Spiritual Harmonizers of Little Rock, AK --
14.Send the Holy Ghost - Brother Clark & His Trio --
15.Don't You Know Me Thomas - Rev. H.B. Crum/The Golden Keys --
16.Little Light, The - The Fantastic Voices of Joy --
17.I Got Jesus (And That's Enough) - Sylvia Phillip --
18.There's a Place - Jessie Lee Harris --
19.I'm a Pilgrim - Nathaniel Rivers --
20.My Lord and I - Willenette Gospel Singers of Los Angeles, CA --
21.This May Be My Last Time - Brother Will Hairston --
22.Peace in the Valley - Rev. Lonnie Farris --
23.Jesus Is Living Today - Rev. Linston Triplett Jr./The Triplett Singers --

Editorial Notes

Liner Note Author: Mike McGonigal.
Introduction by: Peter Doyle.
Who would have thought that Tompkins Square would find a way to equal their stellar collection Fire in My Bones: Raw Rare + Otherworldly African-American Gospel: 1944-2007? That set, along with Dust to Digital's Goodbye, Babylon compilation were the two benchmarks for quality in presenting forgotten and/or all but unheard historical gospel music from Pre-War times to the modern day. But Tompkins Square takes it a step further with Mike McGonigal, the cat who assembled Fire in My Bones from his own collection; he reached even deeper into his record library to assemble the three-disc This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45 RPM 1957-1982. McGonigal claims he chose the 45 format as source material for this set because of the notion that almost anyone could afford to release one during the heyday of the single. Apparently, he was right, since a number of the titles featured here have such obscure and rare origins that they were single listings in a label's catalog. Certainly, sermons, gospel quartets, full-fledged gospel groups, choirs, and full-on bands are represented in these 72 tracks, many of them recorded live during church services. The most remarkable thing about this set, however, is period: all of this material was recorded in the post-Sam Cooke/Soul Stirrers period, during the James Cleveland and Ray Charles eras, in the years just after Muddy Waters' and John Lee Hooker's electric blues debuted, at the dawn of soul music history through the heyday of doo wop and labels like Motown, Fortune, Atlantic, Goldwax, Stax, Volt, Chess, and Cadet. Virtually everything here -- including sermons -- was influenced by the black music traditions begun in 1950 and culminating in the late '70s. Some stellar examples are "Down Here Praying" by the Detroit Silvertones, a version of the title track sung by New Orleans' Missionary Mamie Sample (there are at least three different takes by various artists), "Baptized" by the Clefs of Calvary, the rocking gospel of "Send the Holy Ghost Down" by Alston, illinois' Brother Clark & His Trio, the positively shack-shaking reading of "I'm a Pilgrim" by Nathaniel Rivers and his stinging lead guitar cut in a storefront church in Bed-Stuy in 1973, the pedal steel groove of Rev. Lonnie Farris on "Peace in the Valley," and "The Little Light," by Detroit's Fantastic Voices of Joy, produced by Dave Hamilton on the Sacred Sounds imprint. There are simply far too many examples of the wild, woolly, and wonderful here to recount. Some cuts sound like the singles they came from had been skated on, but it's far from a drawback. If anything, it adds to the sense of mystery and immediacy in these tracks -- most of them one-offs -- as if voices out of time are edifying the listener in church on Sunday morning, with another side of the same truth kitty corner from the one they hung out on on Saturday night. On most of these recordings, we can hear the sounds of the street inside the church as well as vice-versa. McGonigal's liner notes are as detailed as possible -- he's done his homework -- making this an absolutely essential purchase for anyone interested in gospel, soul, blues, and R&B, the sacred and the profane. ~ Thom Jurek
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