A Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Shout, Sister

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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: 8/12/2003
  • Label: M.c. Records
  • UPC: 607735005029
  • Catalog Number: 50
  • Sales rank: 97,587

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
The 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Irresistable!

    My first introduction to Tharpe was back on an LP entitled "Sister Rosetta Tharpe" (Foremothers Volume 8, Rosetta Records.) I listened before reading the liner notes and at several points thought, "Is that Chuck Berry or somebody backing her up?" To my surprise it wasn't Chuck Berry, it was Sister Rosetta herself. Lord, how that woman could swing a song! As a singer, guitarist and composer, she was the first real gospel superstar. With performances by Phoebe Snow, Janis Ian, Odetta and others, this CD is a fitting and stellar tribute to Tharp's compositional skills, and it even includes an MPEG video of Tharpe's live performance of "Down By the Riverside" back in the 1960's from TV Gospel Time. The liner notes include a 4-page bio by Gayle Wald, author of a forthcoming biography.

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