I Heard The Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel from the Nashboro Label, 1951-1983

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Ernest L. Young learned the music business from the ground up, starting in the jukebox operating field, and soon became one of the largest suppliers in the Nashville area. He opened Ernie's Record Mart on Third Avenue North in Nashville as a means to move more records, and realizing the advantages in making his own product, he built a small studio in the back of the store, later expanding into a larger space on the third floor of his shipping department building, finally opening the pioneering gospel label Nashboro Records in 1951. Young launched a secular subsidiary label, the more famous Excello Records, four years later in 1955. Always hands-on, Young oversaw every ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Ernest L. Young learned the music business from the ground up, starting in the jukebox operating field, and soon became one of the largest suppliers in the Nashville area. He opened Ernie's Record Mart on Third Avenue North in Nashville as a means to move more records, and realizing the advantages in making his own product, he built a small studio in the back of the store, later expanding into a larger space on the third floor of his shipping department building, finally opening the pioneering gospel label Nashboro Records in 1951. Young launched a secular subsidiary label, the more famous Excello Records, four years later in 1955. Always hands-on, Young oversaw every phase of making records at his labels, and gospel artists responded by giving Young's Nashboro imprint one of the finest rosters of gospel in the genre's history, while his roster for the Excello blues and R&B subsidiary was pretty singular too -- but that's another story. This four-disc set, which comes complete in a gatefold LP-sized package, surveys Nashboro's gospel output chronologically from 1951 to 1983, and it's an eye-opening, explosive anthology of gritty, exuberant black gospel from a label that had as much to do with shaping the sound of pop music in the latter part of the 20th century as more famous labels like Sun and Chess Records did. The roots of soul and so much more are heard here, and with the way the set is assembled, one can hear the decades build forward through the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s into the full-band, funky and R&B-influenced tracks from the 1970s and 1980s. The whole anthology is a delight, and there are some familiar names here, like the Fairfield Four, for one, but there are just as many or more obscure artists here making powerful musical statements. A particular high point is the husband-and-wife duo the Consolers' 1957 version of "This May Be the Last Time," a song the Rolling Stones had a secular hit with in the mid-'60s (under the title "The Last Time"). In the Consolers' hands, the song seems so much brighter, jangly and more alive, and it speaks to deeper and wider concerns than the Stones' version does. It's just one example of the many powerful tracks collected in this set. Bravo to Tompkins Square for spotlighting the best little gospel label that ever was.
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4-CD Set housed in a deluxe gatefold LP jacket with large format 16 page booklet.

From the team that brought you the monumental 3CD sets 'Fire In My Bones : Raw + Rare + Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007' and 'This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel On 45 RPM, 1957-1982'.

In this first licensed reissue of Nashboro material in decades, this highly influential music, a vital part of the fabric of American music, can finally be heard. Begun by Ernie Young in Nashville, TN, at the height of gospel's "golden age," Nashboro was arguably the greatest, most prolific and longest-living gospel record label. Initial recordings were made on site, overseen by Young himself. Those early Nashboro sides have all the excitement, energy and drive of far better-known indies from the 1950s such as Chess and Sun (indeed, Nashboro was parent to the infamous, blues-busting Excello label).

This exceptional set, with detailed liner notes by Opal Louis Nations, mirrors the evolution of the music itself, from hard-shouting quartets and riveting solo artists through to organ-driven groups and heavy gospel soul. Among the many highlights are tracks by The Consolers, Swanee Quintet, The Angelic Gospel Singers, The Radio Four, The Supreme Angels, Pilgrim Jubilees, Fairfield Four, Edna Gallmon Cooke, Hightower Brothers, Brooklyn All Stars, Bro. Joe May, Gospel Keynotes, The CBS Trumpeteers, Holmes Sisters, Five Singing Stars, The Jewel Gospel Trio and The Gospel Harmonettes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2013
  • Label: Tompkins Square
  • UPC: 894807002981
  • Catalog Number: 2981

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Since Jesus Came Into My Heart - Silvertone Jubilee Singers (2:28)
  2. 2 There Must Be a City - Skylarks (3:13)
  3. 3 Sing Till the Power of the Lord Comes Down - Crossroads Singers (2:44)
  4. 4 In My Savior's Care - Sons of the South (2:34)
  5. 5 Jezebel - Flying Cloud Quintet (3:01)
  6. 6 Get Your Soul Right - Fireside Gospel Singers (2:48)
  7. 7 Baptism of Jesus - Skylarks (3:04)
  8. 8 It's Hard to Get Along - Swanee Quintet (2:39)
  9. 9 I've Got Heaven On My Mind - Blair Gospel Singers (3:16)
  10. 10 How Much I Owe You - The Radio Four (2:27)
  11. 11 I've Been Born Again - Spiritual Five (3:09)
  12. 12 Give Me My Flowers - Sullivan Pugh (2:40)
  13. 13 Trouble of This World's Condition - Chosen Gospel Singers (2:40)
  14. 14 Looking for a Better Place to Live - Traveling Echoes (2:35)
  15. 15 If You Ever Need the Lord - Singing Sons (2:32)
  16. 16 You Got to Be Born Again - The Christland Singers (2:55)
  17. 17 Run to the Rock - The Supreme Angels (2:14)
  18. 18 Be Ready When He Comes - The Southern Echoes (2:14)
  19. 19 Wonder How Long - The Reverend Morgan Babb (2:36)
  20. 20 This May Be the Last Time - The Consolers (2:19)
  21. 21 I Want to Know - The CBS Trumpeteers (2:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Can't See Them Now - Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke (2:39)
  2. 2 I'm Battling - Sensational Propheteers (2:36)
  3. 3 Lord Shine on Me - Chosen Gospel Singers (1:45)
  4. 4 Too Late - The Jewel Gospel Trio (2:34)
  5. 5 I'm Getting Nearer, Pt. 1 - Angelic Gospel Singers (2:26)
  6. 6 Take the Lord With You - The Kindly Shepherds (2:40)
  7. 7 Milky White Way - The CBS Trumpeteers (2:46)
  8. 8 Ashamed of Jesus - Spiritual Keynotes (2:50)
  9. 9 I Prayed and He Healed Me - Professor Harodl Boggs & the Boggettes (2:27)
  10. 10 Let the Church Roll On - Lucille Barbee (2:39)
  11. 11 I Need the Lord to Guide Me - Trumpets of Joy (2:43)
  12. 12 Lord You Can Depend On Me - The Canaanites (2:18)
  13. 13 Love Deep Down in Your Heart - Gospel Five Singers (2:33)
  14. 14 Lord I'll Be Satisfied - Rock Island Singers (2:21)
  15. 15 Since I've Been Born - The Sons of Faith (2:33)
  16. 16 Thinking of His Goodness - Gospel Clouds of Joy (2:34)
  17. 17 Seat in the Kingdom - Hightower Brothers (2:29)
  18. 18 Let Your Life Speak Out - Chosen Gospel Singers (2:21)
  19. 19 Son of Man - The Holmes Sisters (2:44)
  20. 20 Working Below - Golden Trumpets (2:27)
  21. 21 Farther Down the Road - Travelling Kings (3:03)
  22. 22 Ride in the Chariot - Gospel Solotones (2:18)
  23. 23 It's Glory Glory - Hightower Brothers (2:38)
  24. 24 When They Ring Them Golden Bells - Gospel Songbirds (3:06)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Wait On the Lord - Bonita Cantrell (2:26)
  2. 2 Time is Winding Up - Maggie Ingram & The Ingramettes (2:21)
  3. 3 You Need the Lord Every Day - Harmonizing Five (2:54)
  4. 4 Good Morning - Singing Crusaders (2:08)
  5. 5 Troubled Mind - The Williams Singers (2:33)
  6. 6 My Life is in His Hand - Skylarks (2:22)
  7. 7 Nobody But You, Lord - Six Trumpets (2:27)
  8. 8 I've Got Jesus - Morning Echoes of Detroit (2:43)
  9. 9 Won't It Be Grand - Gospel Songbirds (2:26)
  10. 10 My Love for Jesus - Silver Bells (2:42)
  11. 11 Mother's Advice - Taylor Brothers (2:50)
  12. 12 Sweet Hour of Prayer - Rev. M. Larry Franklin (3:14)
  13. 13 At the Gate - Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke (2:18)
  14. 14 Silent Night - Brother Joe May (3:20)
  15. 15 Satisfied with Him - Spiritual Five (2:28)
  16. 16 You Should Have Been There - Sister Emma Tucker (2:35)
  17. 17 I Do, Don't You - Brother George (4:00)
  18. 18 I Want to Be Just Like Him - Slim & the Supreme Angels (2:33)
  19. 19 Don't Drive Your Children Away - The Fairfield Four (2:46)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Free at Last - Ethel Davenport (3:08)
  2. 2 Gospel Train - Jonathan Greer (2:03)
  3. 3 Heaven, I've Heard So Much About It - Dorothy Love Coates & the Gospel Harmonettes (2:58)
  4. 4 Children Keep On Marching - The Consolers (3:10)
  5. 5 Everybody Ought to Pray - Bevins Specials (2:44)
  6. 6 That's the Spirit - Rev Willingham (2:53)
  7. 7 I Stood on the Banks of Jordan - Brooklyn All-Stars (5:46)
  8. 8 Wrapped Up, Tied Up, Tangled Up - Rev. Cleophus Robinson (3:24)
  9. 9 Jesus Is My Keeper - Morning Stars of Savannah (3:26)
  10. 10 Keynote's Prayer - The Gospel Keynotes (2:52)
  11. 11 He Brought Joy to My Soul - Pilgrim Jubilee Singers (2:34)
  12. 12 It's Jesus, Y'all - Troy Ramey & the Soul Searchers (2:52)
  13. 13 It's Time to Serve the Lord - Bright Stars (2:00)
  14. 14 Moving On - Salem Travelers (3:15)
  15. 15 Come On Home - Tommy Ellison & The Singing Stars (5:35)
  16. 16 Bless Me - Willie Neal Johnson & The Gospel Keynotes (4:50)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Mike McGonigal Producer
Josh Rosenthal Producer
Opal Louis Nations Liner Notes
Bryan Hoffa Mastering
Kevin Nutt Producer
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