African American Folk Songs & Rhythms

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although Ella Jenkins' records were in large part intended for educational use, collections such as this one also endure as strong folk music on its own merits. Frequently accompanied by the Goodwill Spiritual Choir of the Monumental Baptist Church in Chicago, these are strong and committed renditions of African-American folk songs. Plenty of these tunes are well known by both folk fans and the general public, and plenty of listeners may well have heard "Wade in the Water" the album's standout, "Old Time Religion," "Hammer Song," and "Cotton-Eyed Joe" for the first time here. While the call-and-response interplay between Jenkins and the choir is good, she could also ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although Ella Jenkins' records were in large part intended for educational use, collections such as this one also endure as strong folk music on its own merits. Frequently accompanied by the Goodwill Spiritual Choir of the Monumental Baptist Church in Chicago, these are strong and committed renditions of African-American folk songs. Plenty of these tunes are well known by both folk fans and the general public, and plenty of listeners may well have heard "Wade in the Water" the album's standout, "Old Time Religion," "Hammer Song," and "Cotton-Eyed Joe" for the first time here. While the call-and-response interplay between Jenkins and the choir is good, she could also be effective on solo numbers like "Who's Gonna Be Your Man?," on which the only backing to her voice is supplied by minimal percussion that sounds like a stick and hollow drum being tapped. There's also a version of "No More Auction Block," sung by Bob Dylan in the early '60s although he may have learned it from Odetta's rendition; its melody was adapted for Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/1998
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074500323
  • Catalog Number: 45003
  • Sales rank: 171,006

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wade in the Water/Didn't My Lord Deliver Danuel/A Man Went Down ... - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (4:01)
  2. 2 Did You Feed My Cow? - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (0:41)
  3. 3 Up and Down This Road - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (1:07)
  4. 4 Who All Is Here? - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (0:37)
  5. 5 That's All Right Julie - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (0:45)
  6. 6 No More Auction Block - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (2:06)
  7. 7 Who's Gonna Be Your Man? - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (2:13)
  8. 8 Cotton Eyed Joe - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (2:01)
  9. 9 Hammer Song - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (2:51)
  10. 10 Racing with the Sun - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (2:52)
  11. 11 Run and Help Us Tell - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (2:12)
  12. 12 This Is the Way I Pray - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (2:09)
  13. 13 All over This World - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (1:33)
  14. 14 Rockin' Jerusalem - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (2:37)
  15. 15 You Better Mind - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (2:53)
  16. 16 Get Away Jordan - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (3:03)
  17. 17 Old Time Religion, 1 - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (1:02)
  18. 18 Old Time Religion, 2 - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (1:22)
  19. 19 Old Time Religion, 3 - Ella & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir Of Monumental (2:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Jenkins Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals
Treopia Williams Soprano
Technical Credits
Ella Jenkins Arranger
Moses Asch Producer
Charlie Pilzer Remastering
Anthony Seeger Liner Notes, Reissue Production Supervisor
Ronald Clyne Cover Design
Michael Maloney Reissue Producer
Mary Monseur Reissue Producer
Arvella Gray Arranger
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