Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Shout, Sister

Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Shout, Sister

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This tribute to the underrated gospel/soul/blues guitar-playing star of the '40s (and later, when she was rediscovered in the '60s) is a labor of love from MC Records label owner Mark Carpentieri and singer Maria Muldaur. It was Carpentieri's concept, but Muldaur -- a huge Tharpe fan -- had the industry connections and clout to recruit some ofSee more details below

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This tribute to the underrated gospel/soul/blues guitar-playing star of the '40s (and later, when she was rediscovered in the '60s) is a labor of love from MC Records label owner Mark Carpentieri and singer Maria Muldaur. It was Carpentieri's concept, but Muldaur -- a huge Tharpe fan -- had the industry connections and clout to recruit some of the marquee names. The disc's title refers not only to Tharpe's song, but to the predominantly all-female cast who cover 17 tracks associated -- but not necessarily written by -- the gospel/soul singer. Production is shared by Muldaur along with Carpentieri, and the classy cast, which includes Rory Block, Tracy Nelson, Odetta, Joan Osborne, Michelle Shocked, and Phoebe Snow -- often singing with each other -- does a terrific job interpreting these tunes. Almost all of the participants have performed spiritual and secular material, so their connection to Tharpe, who was similarly inclined, is obvious. The fabulous Holmes Brothers add brotherly gospel harmonies to Osborne's sensational "Nobody's Fault but Mine," Victoria Williams' "My Lord & I," and Phoebe Snow's "Beams of Heaven." The arrangements are generally stripped down, like Michelle Shocked's haunting "Strange Things Happening Every Day." But horns bring a '40s jump blues feel to the title track, which features dazzling vocals from Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Angela Strehli, and Tracy Nelson harmonizing on the chorus and swapping verses. The last three, along with the horns, also contribute to a frisky "I Want a Tall Skinny Papa" ("He's gotta be tall/And that ain't all"), clearly one of Tharpe's secular tracks. There isn't a weak cut here, with all the women contributing fiery performances that will hopefully spur a major label to release a comprehensive Tharpe career overview and encourage listeners to search out original recordings from the singer. The disc appropriately closes with "Didn't It Rain," a track sung by Marie Knight, Tharpe's duet partner. It's a wonderful touch that adds even more authenticity to this stirring, beautifully performed, and long-overdue album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2003
Label:
M.c. Records
UPC:
0607735005029
catalogNumber:
50
Rank:
105643

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marcia Ball   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rory Block   Guitar,Vocals
Odetta   Vocals
Janis Ian   Guitar,Vocals
Bonnie Raitt   Guitar
Michelle Shocked   Guitar,Vocals
Phoebe Snow   Vocals
Victoria Williams   Vocals
Tracy Nelson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Maria Muldaur   Vocals
Joanna Connor   Guitar,Vocals
Del Rey   Guitar
Marie Knight   Tambourine,Vocals
Bernice Johnson Reagon   Vocals
Ysaye Barnwell   Vocals
Nitanju Bolade Casel   Vocals
Popsy Dixon   Drums,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Larry Eagle   Drums
Seth Farber   Organ,Keyboards
Sherman Holmes   Bass,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Wendell Holmes   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Aisha Kahlil   Vocals
Jeff Lewis   Trumpet
Michael Merritt   Bass
Anthony Palmer   Rhythm Guitar
Dave Pearlman   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jim Rothermel   Saxophone
Angela Strehli   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joan Osborne   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Jimmy Vivino   Guitar
Lawrence Lewis   Drums
Chuck Webb   Bass
Dewayne Pate   Bass
Dave Mathews   Piano
Sean Dancy   Keyboards,Vocals
Floyd Waites   Piano
Kat Dancy   Vocals

Technical Credits

Rory Block   Producer
Holmes Brothers   Arranger
Janis Ian   Arranger,Producer
Michelle Shocked   Arranger,Producer
Lucky Millinder   Composer
Maria Muldaur   Producer
Joanna Connor   Arranger
Bernice Johnson Reagon   Arranger,Producer
Mike Griffith   Engineer
John Jacob   Engineer
Dave Pearlman   Producer,Engineer
Toshi Reagon   Arranger,Producer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Joan Osborne   Arranger
Tim Bright   Engineering
Charles Albert Tindley   Composer
Alex Hill   Composer
Fred Guarino   Engineer
Phillip Clark   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Catherine Carpentieri   Executive Producer
Mark Carpentieri   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Sean Dancy   Arranger,Producer
Toran Yon   Engineer
Christian Mildner   Composer
Gayle Wald   Liner Notes

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