Complete Works in Chronological Order, Vol. 3: 1939

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
The third of Document's six volumes dedicated to the Golden Gate Quartet continues with a systematic overview of all the issued sides recorded in February and October 1939 at the Andrew Jackson Hotel in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Tracks one through 20 were drawn from those two sessions' output, which is composed almost entirely of religious titles like the Reverend Thomas A. Dorsey's "Take My Hand Precious Lord," "If I Had My Way I Would Tear the Building Down," and "Every Time I Feel the Spirit." Secular exceptions are Larry Clinton's "Whoa Babe" a big hit for Lionel Hampton, Harold Arlen's pop tune and jazz standard "Stormy Weather," and Louis Armstrong's "Ol' Man ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
The third of Document's six volumes dedicated to the Golden Gate Quartet continues with a systematic overview of all the issued sides recorded in February and October 1939 at the Andrew Jackson Hotel in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Tracks one through 20 were drawn from those two sessions' output, which is composed almost entirely of religious titles like the Reverend Thomas A. Dorsey's "Take My Hand Precious Lord," "If I Had My Way I Would Tear the Building Down," and "Every Time I Feel the Spirit." Secular exceptions are Larry Clinton's "Whoa Babe" a big hit for Lionel Hampton, Harold Arlen's pop tune and jazz standard "Stormy Weather," and Louis Armstrong's "Ol' Man Mose." Tracks 21 and 22 were recorded live at John Hammond's second From Spirituals to Swing concert, which took place in New York's Carnegie Hall on Christmas Eve 1939. With "Gospel Train," the Gates revisited their very first recording, which was made in 1937. Although some sources place them at the first From Spirituals to Swing concert, which had taken place one year earlier, reliable discographies on which Document based this series indicate the year 1939. Vol. 3 ends with three out of six sides cut on December 26, 1939. What you get here are the three secular titles from that date. They are a bouncing version of Irving Berlin's "My Walking Stick"; the tragic "Darling Nellie Gray," Benjamin Hanby's 19th century folk song about a pair of lovers separated by slavery; and "What's New?," a wistful melody by bassist Bob Haggart originally titled "I'm Free" with words by Johnny Burke.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2000
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298547429
  • Catalog Number: 5474
  • Sales rank: 165,549

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Golden Gate Quartet Primary Artist
Henry Owens Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
William Langford Guitar, Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Arlandus Wilson Bass (Vocal), Group Member
Willie Johnson Leader, Baritone (Vocal), Group Member
Technical Credits
Blind Willie McTell Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Johnny Parth Producer
Zilner Randolph Composer
Orlandus Wilson Composer
Keith Briggs Liner Notes
Gerhard Wessely Remastering
Gary Atkinson Executive Producer
Ted Koehler Composer
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
T. Koeler Composer
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