Fire in My Bones: Raw + Rare + Otherworldly African-American Gospel (1944-2007)

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Fire in My Bones is an absolutely magnificent gospel music collection. Not because its quality is consistently high -- it isn't -- but precisely because everything about it is so delightfully all-over-the-place. If your experience with African-American gospel music has been mainly limited to incidental encounters with the Golden Gate Quartet or Mahalia Jackson, then prepare to be startled: on this sprawling three-disc set, which covers more than 60 years of mostly obscure gospel recordings, you'll hear the deeply spooky "Wasn't That a Mystery" (performed by the Madison County Senior Center Singers), the even spookier "Get Back Satan" (by Rev. Roger L. Worthy and his ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Fire in My Bones is an absolutely magnificent gospel music collection. Not because its quality is consistently high -- it isn't -- but precisely because everything about it is so delightfully all-over-the-place. If your experience with African-American gospel music has been mainly limited to incidental encounters with the Golden Gate Quartet or Mahalia Jackson, then prepare to be startled: on this sprawling three-disc set, which covers more than 60 years of mostly obscure gospel recordings, you'll hear the deeply spooky "Wasn't That a Mystery" (performed by the Madison County Senior Center Singers), the even spookier "Get Back Satan" (by Rev. Roger L. Worthy and his sister Bonnie Woodstock), the heartrendingly beautiful "Does Jesus Care" (by Marie Knight), and the irresistibly funky "Help Me" (by Lula Collins). In a few instances the sound quality is poor enough to be a barrier to enjoyment of the music, but in most cases where the recording is particularly ragged, it only adds to the music's often otherworldly beauty. A few tracks, such as the Rev. Utah Smith's "God's Mighty Hand" and the jaw-dropping "Prayer (Excerpt)/I Love the Lord," blur the distinction between sermon and song -- on the latter track, the congregation's singing rises and falls like an enormous whale coming to the surface. A few of these tracks really are clunkers, but frankly, even those come as something of a relief, giving your ears and heart a moment of rest before being lifted inexorably up again. Fantastic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2009
  • Label: Tompkins Square
  • UPC: 894807002271
  • Catalog Number: 2271

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Peace in the Valley - Rev. Lonnie Farris (2:52)
  2. 2 Rock and Roll Sermon - Elder Charles D. Beck (4:36)
  3. 3 If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again - Rev. Anderson Johnson (2:49)
  4. 4 I'm a Soldier - The Phillips' Specials (2:59)
  5. 5 How Long - Sister O.M. Terrell (2:28)
  6. 6 Better Get Ready - Elder R. Wilson & Family (3:21)
  7. 7 So Glad (2:31)
  8. 8 Wasn't That a Mystery - Madison County Senior Center Singers (3:24)
  9. 9 When the Saints Go Marching In - Precious Bryant (2:51)
  10. 10 Get Back Satan - Rev. Roger L. Worthy & His Sister Bonnie Woodstock (2:41)
  11. 11 I Got a Telephone in My Bosom - Amazing Farmer Singers of Chicago (2:23)
  12. 12 I Made a Vow to the Lord - Rev. Steward & Family (2:57)
  13. 13 You've Got to Move (When the Lord Gets Ready) (2:57)
  14. 14 Down by the Riverside (2:38)
  15. 15 Stand by Me (2:56)
  16. 16 The Wicked Shall Cease from Troubling - Nathaniel Rivers (3:14)
  17. 17 That's Alright (Since My Soul Has Got a Seat Up in the Kingdom) (2:37)
  18. 18 Why Sorrow Done Passed Me Around - Georgia Fife and Drum Band (2:19)
  19. 19 Don't Let Him Ride - Mississippi Nightingales (3:21)
  20. 20 He's Coming Back - Elder & Sister Brinson (2:38)
  21. 21 By His Word - The Holmes Sisters (2:07)
  22. 22 Where Could I Go (3:05)
  23. 23 Stand by Me - Brother George & His Sanctified Singers (3:20)
  24. 24 I'll Never Turn Back - Shelby Bransford Jr. (3:29)
  25. 25 You Without Sin Cast the First Stone - Isaiah Owens (3:36)
  26. 26 Storm Thru Mississippi - Henry Green (2:32)
  27. 27 I'm Pressing On - Brother Willie Blue (2:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Jesus' Blood - Golden Stars (2:51)
  2. 2 Glory Glory Hallelujah - Napoleon Strickland (2:26)
  3. 3 John Saw - Grant & Ella (2:18)
  4. 4 Since He Touched Me - The Shaw Singers (2:28)
  5. 5 God's Mighty Hand - Rev. Utah Smith (2:42)
  6. 6 What Can I Do Without the Lord - Ray Branch (3:03)
  7. 7 Angels - Prof. Johnson & His Gospel Singers (2:15)
  8. 8 The Truth in the Gospel - Goldie Haynes & Choir (2:30)
  9. 9 Walk with Me - Rayborn Brothers Quintet (2:18)
  10. 10 Spirit of the Lord - The Abraham Brothers (2:52)
  11. 11 I've Got Heaven on My Mind - Hickory Bottom Harmoneers (2:43)
  12. 12 In God's House - Sisters of Song (2:13)
  13. 13 Does Jesus Care - Marie Knight (2:32)
  14. 14 If I Could Not Say a Word - Joe Townsend (3:05)
  15. 15 Where the Sun Never Goes Down - Willie J. Williams (2:21)
  16. 16 I Heard It Throught the True Vine - Flora Molton (2:54)
  17. 17 Father, I Stretch My Arm to Thee - Rev. G.W. Killens & Mt. Calvary Congregation (3:01)
  18. 18 Nobody Knows - Robert Brown & the Sons of the South (3:20)
  19. 19 How Much I Owe - The Radio Four (2:22)
  20. 20 My Testimony (2:22)
  21. 21 Prayer /I Love the Lord - Clear Creek Missionary Baptist Church Congregation (4:37)
  22. 22 Same Man - The Gospel Writers (2:47)
  23. 23 I Know I Got Religion - Andy Mosely (2:25)
  24. 24 He's My Rock, My Sword, My Shield - Fannie Bell Chapman (2:31)
  25. 25 Working on a Building (7:03)
  26. 26 Lord, Hold My Hand - True Loving Five (2:41)
  27. 27 Fire Shed in My Bones (3:59)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Power Is the Heart of Man - Brother & Sister W.B. Grate (5:33)
  2. 2 Don't Let the Devil Ride - Ike Gordon (2:59)
  3. 3 Holy Rock - Reverend Billy H. Grady (2:04)
  4. 4 Pray on, My Child - Willamette Gospel Singers (3:15)
  5. 5 Jesus Is Sweet to Me - Sensational Skylights (1:49)
  6. 6 I Want to Live (So God Can Use Me) - Willie Eason (2:39)
  7. 7 I'm Just a Voice - Helen McGiver & The McGiver Singers (2:59)
  8. 8 You Ought to Been There - The B.C. Harmonizers (2:18)
  9. 9 You Better Get Ready - The Bible Aires Spiritual Singers (1:49)
  10. 10 Help Me (2:14)
  11. 11 So Soon - Little Ax & The Golden Echoes (2:31)
  12. 12 Introduction/Rock Daniels - Eric McDaniel (7:34)
  13. 13 The Very Last Mile - John Boswell & The True Sounding Boswellettes (2:08)
  14. 14 What God Can Do (1:22)
  15. 15 Let the Redeemed Say So - Reverend John Wilkins (2:55)
  16. 16 Sweet Home - E.L. Burtis (2:32)
  17. 17 A Little Old Fashioned - Elizabeth Phillips (2:55)
  18. 18 How Long - Charles White (2:37)
  19. 19 At a Time Like This (Pt. 1) - Isaac Haney & the Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir (4:20)
  20. 20 God Rode in the Windstorm - James Earle Hines Goodwill Singers (2:41)
  21. 21 Go Devil Go - Ira Mae Littlejohn (2:17)
  22. 22 This Train - Elder Samuel Patterson & The Christian Crusaders (3:02)
  23. 23 Victory Shall Be Mine - Straight Street Holiness Group (2:32)
  24. 24 The Lord Is My Shepherd - Mosby Family Singers (3:10)
  25. 25 Some Sweet Day - Perry Tillis (2:54)
  26. 26 Swing Low - Theotis Taylor (4:30)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Susan Archie Graphic Design, Art Direction, Coloring
Timothy Stollenwerk Mastering
Mike McGonigal Producer, Liner Notes
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