Gospel Music [Hyena]

Gospel Music [Hyena]

     
 

Grammy-winning producer Joel Dorn presents this powerful collection -- 18 tracks in all -- of gospel music from the genre's golden age in the early '50s. To heck with liner notes, Dorn writes on the sleeve: "The only thing this album needs is your ears and your heart." Right on to that. The tracks favor house-wrecking numbers -- including a tantalizing 2:20 excerpt… See more details below

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Grammy-winning producer Joel Dorn presents this powerful collection -- 18 tracks in all -- of gospel music from the genre's golden age in the early '50s. To heck with liner notes, Dorn writes on the sleeve: "The only thing this album needs is your ears and your heart." Right on to that. The tracks favor house-wrecking numbers -- including a tantalizing 2:20 excerpt of "He Decided to Die," a rousing fire-and-brimstone sermon by gospel giant Rev. James Cleveland -- but there's plenty of slow-boiling, soul-deep ruminations on the power and the glory that should hit listeners where they live. Every song is a highlight here, but a few tunes must be singled out. Mahalia Jackson's Olympian testimonial on "My God Is Real"; the Golden Gate Quartet's intricate harmonizing on the rhythmically charged a cappella number, "Go Where I Send Thee"; Sam Cooke's silky-smooth reading of "The Last Mile of the Way," which embraces both pop flourishes and a hard-core gospel edge, complete with a robust choir shouting out a verse of its own; the Rev. Cleveland returning for a shouting, stomping modern-day treatment with band and full choir on "Get Right Church"; the Staples Singers' foreboding, moaning declaration, "This May Be the Last Time," featuring Pops's shimmering guitar lines and some scintillating vocal interplay between him and the Staples women; the Swan Silvertones rocking out on "Trouble in My Way"; and Dorothy Love Coates with a bluesy, belting reading of "Strange Man," her heated vocalizing punctuated by rich washes of organ chords and some raw, trebly guitar interjections. Simply titled, simply devastating. Volume 2, please.

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
It's impractical to recap the rich history of gospel music in even a box set, but this single disc does a terrific job of introducing the highlights of the genre over a brief but effective 50-minute CD. From such legends as Mahalia Jackson, the Staple Singers, and James Cleveland to the somewhat more esoteric Violinaires and Trumpeteers, co-compilers Joel Dorn and photographer Lee Friedlander -- old friends from their days working together at Atlantic Records -- present a well-rounded and consistently mesmerizing set of tunes that shows why gospel is the heart and soul of American music. It's impossible not to be moved by this sound, regardless of your religious beliefs. These musicians aren't trying to make money; they are working for a higher power than financial gain, and that's the core of artistic integrity. Choosing highlights from this collection is futile, but Sam Cooke's soaring voice on the Soul Stirrers' "The Last Mile of the Way" and the Reverend James Cleveland leading his chorus on the classic "Get Right Church" are just a few spine-tingling moments from an album that boasts plenty more where those came from. Dorn makes a big point in the non-liner notes that he doesn't think it's necessary to provide information on the tracks, right down to the years they were released. While he has a point that this music needs no explanation, a few pictures of the artists and the release dates of the tracks wouldn't have hurt this otherwise perfect compilation.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2006
Label:
The Music Force
UPC:
0825005934620
catalogNumber:
9346
Rank:
61410

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