Mighty Day: 25 Gospel Greats

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2006
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298321128
  • Catalog Number: 322011
  • Sales rank: 365,637

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Going to Hold On (2:29)
  2. 2 My God Is a Mighty Man (2:09)
  3. 3 God Don't Like It - Rev. Anderson Johnson (2:33)
  4. 4 The Lord's Gospel Train (3:01)
  5. 5 Blind Barnabas (2:09)
  6. 6 I'm His Child (3:31)
  7. 7 Gospel Train - Wright Brothers Gospel Singers (2:43)
  8. 8 If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again (3:03)
  9. 9 Mighty Day (2:51)
  10. 10 Judgement's Coming (3:02)
  11. 11 I'm Going to That City (2:52)
  12. 12 Stay on the Right Side of the Road (2:44)
  13. 13 Nobody's Fault But Mine (2:40)
  14. 14 Let the Church Roll On (3:07)
  15. 15 Two Wings - Rev. Utah Smith (2:30)
  16. 16 My Journey to the Sky (3:12)
  17. 17 Didn't It Rain (1:55)
  18. 18 Lead Me to the Rock (2:52)
  19. 19 I'm So Happy and Free, The Lord Saved Me (2:31)
  20. 20 After a While - Wright Brothers Gospel Singers (3:11)
  21. 21 I'm a Witness for My Lord (2:47)
  22. 22 My Time Done Come (2:46)
  23. 23 The Truth in the Gospel (2:30)
  24. 24 This Train (2:50)
  25. 25 J-E-S-U-S Spells Jesus (3:37)
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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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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
Alan Taylor Remastering
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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