15 Down Home Gospel Classics

15 Down Home Gospel Classics

     
 

Arhoolie, as is made plain in this 15-song sampler of their gospel catalog, does not favor slick modern spiritual music. (Or, as they say straight-up in the brief liner note, "The selections on this disc...are not by trendy, popular massed choirs.") Much of this is in fact gospel-blues: spiritually oriented numbers by major bluesmen BigSee more details below

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Arhoolie, as is made plain in this 15-song sampler of their gospel catalog, does not favor slick modern spiritual music. (Or, as they say straight-up in the brief liner note, "The selections on this disc...are not by trendy, popular massed choirs.") Much of this is in fact gospel-blues: spiritually oriented numbers by major bluesmen Big Joe Williams, Mance Lipscomb, Robert Pete Williams, Jesse Fuller (a nice slide guitar treatment of "Amazing Grace"), and Fred McDowell, as well as more contemporary steel guitar-flavored gospel by Aubrey Ghent. The arrangements are sparse (sometimes acoustic) and the vocals are soulful, not just by the aforementioned acts, but also by such relative unknowns as the Campbell Brothers, who work more in a contemporary electric vein. It's not being heretical to say that there's more passion and musical quality on this compilation than there is on innumerable glossily produced gospel recordings by feel-good ensembles with higher profiles. By the way, the track by steel guitarist Black Ace, "Farther Along," was previously unissued on CD.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/1998
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297011126
catalogNumber:
111

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jesse Fuller   Track Performer
Mance Lipscomb   Track Performer
Big Joe Williams   Track Performer
Black Ace   Track Performer
Rev. Louis Overstreet   Track Performer
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Track Performer
Paramount Singers   Track Performer
Ruth Miller   Track Performer
Tom Miller   Track Performer
Rebecca Smith   Track Performer
Mary Williams   Track Performer
Robert Pete Williams   Track Performer
Elder Roma Wilson   Track Performer
Johnny Woods   Track Performer
Campbell Brothers   Track Performer
Sonny Treadway   Track Performer
Aubrey Ghent   Track Performer
Katie Jackson   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jesse Fuller   Arranger
Charles E. Campbell   Arranger
Tom Diamant   Producer
John Newton   Composer
Chris Strachwitz   Producer
Wayne Pope   Cover Design
Aubrey Ghent   Arranger
B.K. Turner   Arranger
Phillip Campbell   Arranger
Katie Jackson   Arranger
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Lee Williams   Composer

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