Been in the Storm So Long

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All Music Guide - Brian Whitener
Well-known amongst anthropologists and musicologists, St. John's Island, SC, is one of the oldest African-American communities in North America and, because of its isolation, has one of the best preserved "slave" cultures. While the status and validity of this last point are highly debatable, there is no denying that this selection of 1960s field recordings, put out by Smithsonian Folkways, is one of the most captivating albums ever released. More than just an album, it is a document of a community where music is as integral to life as the weather. The recordings trace the role of music through a number of areas in everyday life. In "Welcome Table & Prayer," a quiet,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian Whitener
Well-known amongst anthropologists and musicologists, St. John's Island, SC, is one of the oldest African-American communities in North America and, because of its isolation, has one of the best preserved "slave" cultures. While the status and validity of this last point are highly debatable, there is no denying that this selection of 1960s field recordings, put out by Smithsonian Folkways, is one of the most captivating albums ever released. More than just an album, it is a document of a community where music is as integral to life as the weather. The recordings trace the role of music through a number of areas in everyday life. In "Welcome Table & Prayer," a quiet, sweet female voice delivers a stream-of-consciousness prayer and thanksgiving that melismatically blends speech and song in a highly original way. This is followed by a performance of "Ezekial in the Valley," where a chorus is offset by clapped and stomped counter-rhythms. The lyrics of the title track, "Been in the Storm So Long," sums the experience of the island's community: "Oh Lord give me more time/I been in the storm so long." The album also contains several children's stories and games, including the ring-and-the-rosey haunt "Mr. Postman Die." The remainder of the songs range from the simply beautiful "Moon Light in Glory," the simply terrifying sermon "Reborn Again," and to the epiphanic harmonizing of "Down on Me." Literally, this is an album that could set the world on fire.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/1992
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074003121
  • Catalog Number: 40031
  • Sales rank: 218,472

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Remember Me (2:07)
  2. 2 See God's Ark A-Moving (3:01)
  3. 3 Ask the Watchman How Long - Janie Hunter (2:16)
  4. 4 Meet Me in Galilee - James Mackay (2:08)
  5. 5 Talking 'Bout a Good Time (1:14)
  6. 6 That's All Right (2:36)
  7. 7 Jesus Knows All About My Trouble (2:45)
  8. 8 Esau Jenkins Talking (1:29)
  9. 9 Lay Down Body (3:37)
  10. 10 Welcome Table & Prayer (6:02)
  11. 11 Ezekial on the Valley - James Mackay (1:59)
  12. 12 Been in the Storm So Long (3:05)
  13. 13 Jack and Mary and the Three Dogs - Janie Hunter (5:55)
  14. 14 You Got to Move - Janie Hunter (1:35)
  15. 15 Moon Light in Glory (2:30)
  16. 16 Mary Rolled the Stone Away - Janie Hunter (1:47)
  17. 17 Ezekial in the Valley - Janie Hunter (2:14)
  18. 18 Down on Me - Mary Pinckney (3:04)
  19. 19 Reborn Again (2:51)
  20. 20 Row Michael Row (1:45)
  21. 21 Johnny Cuckoo - Janie Hunter (1:12)
  22. 22 Old Lady from Booster (1:03)
  23. 23 Shoo Turkey (1:22)
  24. 24 Mr. Postman Die (1:04)
  25. 25 Water My Flowers (1:19)
  26. 26 Rabbit and Partridge - Janie Hunter (2:11)
  27. 27 Improvised Blues - Mary Pinckney (1:21)
  28. 28 Jack & Mary and the Devil - Janie Hunter (6:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Guy Carawan Primary Artist
James Mackay Vocals
Laura Rivers Vocals
Bertha Smith Vocals
Alice Wine Vocals
Bengamin Bligen Vocals
Ruth Bligen Vocals
Esau Jankins Voices
Mary Pickney Vocals
Janie Hunter Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Technical Credits
Champion Jack Dupree Composer
Guy Carawan Liner Notes
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Scott Billington Art Direction
Candie Carawan Liner Notes
Randy Kling Remastering
David Gahr Cover Photo
Gabriel Gordon Composer
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