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Mighty Day: 25 Gospel Greats
     

Mighty Day: 25 Gospel Greats

 
This wonderful set of period gospel tracks ranging from the 1920s through the mid-'50s from Document Records has all the proof you'll ever need that gospel was instrumental in the creation of rock & roll, R&B, doo wop, soul, and even rap and hip-hop, as track after track clatters along on explosive rhythms and inventive vocal arrangements. It's also obvious here how

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This wonderful set of period gospel tracks ranging from the 1920s through the mid-'50s from Document Records has all the proof you'll ever need that gospel was instrumental in the creation of rock & roll, R&B, doo wop, soul, and even rap and hip-hop, as track after track clatters along on explosive rhythms and inventive vocal arrangements. It's also obvious here how much gospel and the blues cross-pollinated each other through the decades, moving in tandem like two sides of the same coin. Check out the energetic trashcan rhythm of Anthony Butler's "My God Is a Mighty Man" or Rev. Kelsey's free-form rap sermon on "I'm a Witness for the Lord" to hear the roots of the hip-hop generation. Rev. Robert Ballinger manages to create a kind of rockabilly/jazz hybrid with his version of "This Train," while Mary Deloatch's "The Lord's Gospel Train" is nothing short of bluesy rock & roll. Then there are the amazing vocal simulations of the Wright Brothers Gospel Singers, who literally create the sound of an engine approaching with their voices on "Gospel Train" (there are a whole lot of communal trains roaring through this collection, a metaphor that links these sides to the era in which they were recorded -- in time cars would become more dominant in songs as the 20th century marched on and away from community and toward increased personal insularity). Other gems here include Elder Charles Beck's jazzy and swinging "Didn't It Rain" and the great Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey's off-the-cuff vocal on "If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again." Mighty Day is a delightful compilation that lifts the spirit and sets the feet moving -- no matter what one's philosophical or spiritual denomination might be.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2006
Label:
Document
UPC:
0714298321128
catalogNumber:
322011
Rank:
203181

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Dixon   String Bass
Golden Gate Quartet   Track Performer
Joe Liggins   Piano
Burt Bales   Piano
Bunk Johnson   Trumpet
Turk Murphy   Trombone
Gene Phillips   Guitar
George Wright   Bass (Vocal)
Marie Knight   Vocals
Sammy Price   Piano
Wallace Bishop   Drums
Anthony Butler   Vocals
Pops Foster   String Bass
Squire Girsback   String Bass
Ellis Horne   Clarinet
Alfred Miller   Piano
Odie Payne   Drums
Pat Patton   Banjo
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Guitar,Vocals
Monroe Wright   Baritone (Vocal)
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Track Performer
Henry Owens   Vocals
Roosevelt Fenoy   Vocals
Fred Whitmore   Tenor (Vocal)
Walter Wright   Tenor (Vocal)
Mary Deloatch   Vocals
Henson Massey   Baritone (Vocal)
Willie Connell Johnson   Vocals
Arlandus Wilson   Vocals
Jesse Wright   Vocals
Sam Riley   Tenor (Vocal)
Wash Ivey   Baritone (Vocal)
Pat Gaines   Bass (Vocal),Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Goldia Haynes   Vocals
William H. Wright   Vocals
Jimmy Bryant Singers   Bass (Vocal)
Sam Price & His Trio   Track Performer
Deacon McMillan   Drums

Technical Credits

Kati Bell Nubin   Composer
Rev. Robert Ballinger   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Gary Atkinson   Producer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Norridge Mayhams   Director
Gillian George   Liner Notes
Kevin Witt   Graphic Design
Cornfed Four   Vocal Group

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