Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1938-1941)

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an exciting performer and one of the first singers to bring the power of gospel music into the secular world, predating Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin by quite a few years. Unlike those two, Tharpe's main loyalty remained religious music, although her acoustic guitar playing was jazz-oriented, and she spent 1941-43 being featured regularly with Lucky Millinder's Orchestra before returning to work as a solo performer. This Document CD has Tharpe's first 26 recordings. The first 14 numbers are from her unaccompanied solo dates of 1938-41, and despite the similar message of most of the selections, they do hold one's interest due to her exciting ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an exciting performer and one of the first singers to bring the power of gospel music into the secular world, predating Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin by quite a few years. Unlike those two, Tharpe's main loyalty remained religious music, although her acoustic guitar playing was jazz-oriented, and she spent 1941-43 being featured regularly with Lucky Millinder's Orchestra before returning to work as a solo performer. This Document CD has Tharpe's first 26 recordings. The first 14 numbers are from her unaccompanied solo dates of 1938-41, and despite the similar message of most of the selections, they do hold one's interest due to her exciting delivery. Highlights include her earliest versions of "Rock Me," "That's All," "The Lonesome Road" and "This Train." Next up are eight songs cut with Millinder's big band: five studio numbers including "Trouble in Mind," "Rock Daniel," "Shout Sister Shout" and "That's All" and three selections taken from the soundtracks of their filmed "Soundies." The CD wraps up with four solo performances from December 1, 1941, including a spirited "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" and "Precious Lord Hold My Hand." This CD and Volume 2 which finds the singer-guitarist finishing her Millinder period and resuming her solo career during 1943-44 are highly recommended and contain most of the finest work of Sister Rosetta Tharpe's career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/1996
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298533422
  • Catalog Number: 5334
  • Sales rank: 67,120

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Bill Doggett Piano
Buster Bailey Clarinet, Trumpet
Lucky Millinder Vocals
Don Cole Trombone
Abe Bolar Bass Saxophone
Floyd Brady Trombone
Panama Francis Drums
George James Alto Saxophone
Archie Johnson Trumpet
Ernest Purce Baritone
Eli Robinson Trombone
Stafford Simon Tenor Saxophone
George Stevenson Trombone
Sandy Williams Trombone
Trevor Bacon Guitar
Nelson Bryant Trumpet
Ted Barnett Alto Saxophone
Edward Morant Trombone
Technical Credits
Lucky Millinder Director, Orchestral Arrangements
Kati Bell Nubin Composer
Gene Austin Composer
Johnny Parth Producer
Nat Shilkret Composer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Ken Romanowski Program Notes
Byron Gay Composer
Traditional Composer
Marco H. Hellman Composer
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