Dragnet for Jesus

Dragnet for Jesus

by Sister Wynona Carr
     
 

A must for every fan of soul gospel, Dragnet for Jesus compiles all of the gospel songs -- many (previously) unreleased -- that Wynona Carr recorded for the Specialty label. Spanning 1949 to 1954, are many of Carr's original compositions including "I'm a Pilgrim Traveler" and "Nobody but Jesus," as well as her efforts at…  See more details below

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A must for every fan of soul gospel, Dragnet for Jesus compiles all of the gospel songs -- many (previously) unreleased -- that Wynona Carr recorded for the Specialty label. Spanning 1949 to 1954, are many of Carr's original compositions including "I'm a Pilgrim Traveler" and "Nobody but Jesus," as well as her efforts at incorporating pop culture into God's message with the sports-themed "15 Rounds for Jesus" and her most-recognized song, "The Ball Game." The title track is based around a popular TV show of the time, Dragnet, opening with a detective office scene. But don't imagine that Carr was making light of, or trying to secularize, the message of salvation. One listen to her earnest, soulful voice and there's no doubt that the woman's heart was in it. Imagine the smoke-and-scotch hoarse edge of Janis Joplin's voice, pour Aretha Franklin's soulful inflections all over it, and you're close to the powerful delivery of Wynona Carr. Carr was, in fact, the gospel choir director of Rev. C.L. Franklin's church (Aretha's father) when Aretha was young. Most of the song's feature a quartet of piano, bass, drums, and either organ or guitar, with Carr usually on the piano. At the end of the disc is a bonus of two demos and a live recording of her leading the previously mentioned church choir in a stunning, hair-raising arrangement of "Our Father." With her out-of-this-world sultry voice, Carr incorporated blues and jazz elements and popular themes, yet she never really took off with the gospel audiences. Regardless, she remains one of the leading ladies of gospel.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/04/1995
Label:
Specialty
UPC:
0022211701620
catalogNumber:
7016

Tracks

  1. Each Day
  2. Lord Jesus
  3. I Want to Go to Heaven and Rest
  4. I'm a Pilgrim Traveler
  5. I Heard the News (Jesus Is Coming Again)
  6. Our Father
  7. He Said He Would
  8. I See Jesus  - Brother Joe May
  9. Our Father  - Brother Joe May
  10. Don't Miss That Train
  11. I Heard Mother Pray One Day
  12. The Good Old Way
  13. See His Blessed Face
  14. Did He Die in Vain?
  15. I Know Someday God's Gonna Call Me
  16. Conversation with Jesus
  17. The Ball Game
  18. A Letter to Heaven
  19. In a Little While
  20. [Untitled Instrumental]
  21. Operator, Operator
  22. Dragnet for Jesus
  23. 15 Rounds for Jesus
  24. Nobody But Jesus
  25. Just a Few More Days
  26. Our Father  -  Rev. C.L. Franklin & The New Bethel Church Choir

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