American Angels: Songs of Hope, Redemption, & Glory

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
The members of the seraphic-voiced female vocal quartet Anonymous 4 have ventured into the depths of the Dark Ages 1000: A Mass for the End of Time and visited with modern mystics Darkness into Light, but this may be their most unexpected and rewarding journey yet. Carefully researched, as are all of their recording projects, American Angels: Songs of Hope, Redemption, and Glory takes listeners to the roots of the Anglo-American tradition. Here are sacred songs from revolutionary New England, so-called "shape-note" songs from the South named for the style of musical notation employed, and others that have become part of the rich gospel repertory. Many of these ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
The members of the seraphic-voiced female vocal quartet Anonymous 4 have ventured into the depths of the Dark Ages 1000: A Mass for the End of Time and visited with modern mystics Darkness into Light, but this may be their most unexpected and rewarding journey yet. Carefully researched, as are all of their recording projects, American Angels: Songs of Hope, Redemption, and Glory takes listeners to the roots of the Anglo-American tradition. Here are sacred songs from revolutionary New England, so-called "shape-note" songs from the South named for the style of musical notation employed, and others that have become part of the rich gospel repertory. Many of these tunes will be familiar, of course; "Jewett," for example, is a version of "Amazing Grace," as is "New Britain," though the two are distinct and probably unlike any form of this familiar hymn that you've heard before. Indeed, there's a purity to all of these harmonizations that evokes visions of a primordial, virginal America. Certainly, it's difficult to imagine that any congregation ever sounded so chastely beautiful as Anonymous 4, though the women make sure to add authentic touches. Listen, for example, to their tender twang on "Resignation," or the folksy swing in the arrangement of "Sweet Prospect." "Angel Band," the final track, doesn't sound all that far removed from the earthy righteousness of the Stanley Brothers' classic rendition -- and what higher praise can one give? As with all of the ensemble's Harmonia Mundi recordings, this one is beautifully recorded and packaged, with texts and extensive notes on the songs and their origins. Scholarship has rarely sounded so sweet.
Billboard
A stunning gift of old-time Americana.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 093046732660
  • Catalog Number: 807326

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brethren, We Have Met to Worship - William Moore & Anonymous 4 (2:19)
  2. 2 Abbeville (Come, Holy Spirit, come) - Anonymous 4 & American Traditional (2:30)
  3. 3 Wondrous Love, folk song - Anonymous 4 & Anonymous, American (2:40)
  4. 4 Sweet Hour of Prayer - Anonymous 4 & William B. Bradbury (3:17)
  5. 5 Jewett (Amazing grace, how sweet the sound) - Anonymous 4 & R.F.M. Mann (3:15)
  6. 6 Dunlap's Creek (My God, my portion and my love) - Isaac Watts & Freeman Lewis (2:20)
  7. 7 New Britain (Amazing Grace) [The Sacred Harp] (Philadelphia) - Anonymous 4 & American Traditional (3:09)
  8. 8 The Morning Trumpet - Anonymous 4 & Benjamin Franklin White (3:27)
  9. 9 My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, hymn (to the tune Resignation) - Isaac Watts & Anonymous, American (3:13)
  10. 10 Poland (God of my life, look gently down) - Isaac Watts & Timothy Swan (2:59)
  11. 11 Wayfaring Stranger - Anonymous 4 & American Traditional (2:52)
  12. 12 Sweet by and by for chorus & organ - Joseph Philbrick Webster & Anonymous 4 (2:54)
  13. 13 Blooming Vale (O, were I like a feathered dove) - Isaac Watts & Storm (2:40)
  14. 14 Idumea I & II - Isaac Watts & Ananias Davisson (3:39)
  15. 15 Sweet Prospect - Anonymous 4 & William Walker (3:08)
  16. 16 Shall we gather at the river? - Robert Lowry & Robert Lowry (4:57)
  17. 17 Amanda ("Death like an overflowing stream") - Isaac Watts & Justin Morgan (2:22)
  18. 18 Hark, I Hear The Harps Eternal (Invitation) - Anonymous 4 & American Traditional (2:36)
  19. 19 Parting Friends (The Social Harp) - Anonymous 4 & American Traditional (3:01)
  20. 20 Angel Band (My latest sun is sinking fast) - Anonymous 4 & William B. Bradbury (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anonymous 4 Primary Artist
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