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Nuggets of the Golden Age of Gospel 1945-1958

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This wonderful four-disc, 105-track box of postwar Afro-American gospel releases from the 1940s and 1950s was compiled by record collector and gospel historian Opal Louis Nations, and it perfectly captures what was surely a golden age for black gospel. Gospel as we now know it emerged in the South in the early '30s, an outgrowth of the right to assemble and the advent of gospel songwriters like Thomas A. Dorsey (who had sung previously in the secular arena as Georgia Tom), who brought the blues to church, tossed in some ragtime piano rhythms, and almost single-handedly created the genre to the point that his compositions were simply known as "Dorseys." Then, in the early ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This wonderful four-disc, 105-track box of postwar Afro-American gospel releases from the 1940s and 1950s was compiled by record collector and gospel historian Opal Louis Nations, and it perfectly captures what was surely a golden age for black gospel. Gospel as we now know it emerged in the South in the early '30s, an outgrowth of the right to assemble and the advent of gospel songwriters like Thomas A. Dorsey (who had sung previously in the secular arena as Georgia Tom), who brought the blues to church, tossed in some ragtime piano rhythms, and almost single-handedly created the genre to the point that his compositions were simply known as "Dorseys." Then, in the early '40s, performers like Sister Rosetta Tharpe added a kind of theatricality (not to mention electric guitar) to the mix, and this generous box chronicles the confluence of all this. There is so much to marvel at here, including the opening track, "Walk Around," by the Five Soul Stirrers, Tharpe's jazzy, bluesy "Didn't It Rain" (complete with her concise electric guitar runs), the Five Blind Boys of Alabama's beautiful and haunting "Mother's Song," Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers' intimate "Pilgrim of Sorrow" (the take included here has some off microphone conversation that only adds to the song's feel of immediacy), Lou Rawls & the Pilgrim Travelers' doo wop-inflected (before doo wop was even a named genre) "Come Home," and Sister Marie Knight's uptown jazz version of "Trouble in Mind," a song that had long been performed as a secular blues, albeit with a high degree of spiritual overtones. Gospel, of course, traveled back to the secular side of the tracks when soul arose in the 1960s, but the roots of that explosion are here in this delightful collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065712624
  • Catalog Number: 77126
  • Sales rank: 86,616


Disc 1
  1. 1 Walk Around @@Rebert H. Harris & The Five Soul Stirrers (2:51)
  2. 2 I'm Tramping - Deep River Boys (2:27)
  3. 3 I've Got a Home in That Rock - Frank Sinatra (3:12)
  4. 4 He Knows How Much You Can Bear @@The Golden Harmonizers (2:27)
  5. 5 He Knows My Heart @@Golden Melodeers (3:16)
  6. 6 The World Can't Do Me No Harm - Brownie McGhee (2:24)
  7. 7 How Far Am I from Canaan @@Thomas Johnson & The Harmonizing Four (3:06)
  8. 8 Each Day - Sister Emily Bram (2:22)
  9. 9 Lead Me to That Rock @@Joe Van Loan & The Canaanites (2:29)
  10. 10 Angels, Angels, Angels @@Mdm Edna Gallmon Cooke & The Mt. Vernon Men's Choir (2:37)
  11. 11 Mother's Song - Blind Boys of Alabama (3:01)
  12. 12 Jesus Is the Name @@Willie Smith (3:07)
  13. 13 Same Train - Golden Gate Quartet (2:26)
  14. 14 The Lord's Prayer - Sonny Til & the Orioles (2:18)
  15. 15 Wings of Faith - Rev. C.L. Franklin (2:40)
  16. 16 One Day - Angelic Gospel Singers (2:17)
  17. 17 I'd Rather Serve Jesus - Shirley Caesar (2:01)
  18. 18 At the Cross - Flowers of Joy (2:16)
  19. 19 The Lord's Gospel Train @@Mary Deloach (3:01)
  20. 20 Bedside of a Neighbor - Royal Sons Quintet (2:26)
  21. 21 There Is Rest for the Weary - Sister Wynona Carr (3:04)
  22. 22 They Buried Sin, Pt. 1 @@Rev. Elder "Gatemouth" Moore & The Bessemer Big Four (2:30)
  23. 23 On the Highway - Rosa Shaw (2:39)
  24. 24 Sending Up This Prayer, Pt. 2 @@Morgan Babb & The Radio Four (2:37)
  25. 25 Jesus Be My Keeper @@Cecil Shaw & The Union Spiritual Harmonizers (2:40)
  26. 26 Walking in Jesus Name - Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart (2:40)
  27. 27 Where Could I Go @@Sister Lucile Barbee (3:05)
  28. 28 Bye and Bye, Pt. 1 @@Chuck Carbo & The Delta Southernaires (2:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Let Us Run @@Bessie Griffin & The Caravans (2:34)
  2. 2 Come Over Here - The Fairfield Four (2:37)
  3. 3 Out on the Ocean Sailing @@Ann Cole & The Colmanaires (2:48)
  4. 4 Four & Twenty Elders @@Phil Phillips & The Gateway Quartet (2:43)
  5. 5 No Matter How You Pray @@Mahalia Jackson & The Belleville Choir (1:53)
  6. 6 Amazing Grace @@Jones Brothers Quartet (3:25)
  7. 7 Ship of Zion @@Mayflower Singers (3:11)
  8. 8 Jesus Bears the Cross @@Keys Of Heaven (2:19)
  9. 9 My God Is Real - The Prisonaires (2:31)
  10. 10 All on the Altar @@Tony Harris & The Traveling Four (2:46)
  11. 11 Another Soldier Gone - The Violinaires (2:34)
  12. 12 Trouble in Mind @@Sister Marie Knight (2:33)
  13. 13 Toll the Bells @@Afro Quintette (3:34)
  14. 14 I Need Thee @@Detroit Harmonettes (3:08)
  15. 15 There'll Be No More Sorrow - Bells of Joy (2:48)
  16. 16 One Day When I Was Walking (I'm in His Care) @@Ever Ready Gospel Singers (2:21)
  17. 17 Send My Child Home to Me @@Gene Allison & Israelite Travelers (2:46)
  18. 18 Angel - Pilgrim Jubilees (2:32)
  19. 19 Lord Have Mercy - The Skylight Singers (2:45)
  20. 20 Two Wings Flying Home, Pts. 1- 2 @@Bro Bill Louis (5:43)
  21. 21 There Is a Fountain @@Little Johnny Taylor & The Stars Of Bethel (2:35)
  22. 22 Cry Sometime - Swanee Quintet (2:54)
  23. 23 Holding On, Pt. 2 @@Mdm Ernestine Washington & The Milleraires (1:50)
  24. 24 Where Is My Wandering Child? d? - Zion Travelers (2:29)
  25. 25 This Train @@Rev Ballenger (2:57)
  26. 26 Old Time Religion @@Rev James Cleveland & The Caravans (2:40)
  27. 27 Nothing Will Move Me (From the Love of God) @@Rebert H. Harris & Christland Singers (2:51)
Disc 3
  1. 1 So Glad I'm Here @@Rev. H.B. Crum & The Golden Keys (2:39)
  2. 2 Our Prayer @@Dixieland Singers (3:23)
  3. 3 Jesus, I'll Never Forget @@Little Joe Cook & The Evening Star Quartet (2:45)
  4. 4 God's Creation @@James Phelps & The Gospel Song Birds (2:49)
  5. 5 Prayer for Tomorrow - The Kelly Brothers (2:41)
  6. 6 Yes It's Me Lord, That Came to Thee - The Royal Travelers (2:30)
  7. 7 Who So Ever Will - Selah Jubilee Singers (3:09)
  8. 8 Pilgrim of Sorrow - Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers (3:10)
  9. 9 I Can See Everybody's Mother - Southern Travelers (3:03)
  10. 10 He's Alright with Me @@Argo Gospel Singers (3:09)
  11. 11 I Was So Happy @@Johnnie Taylor & The Highway Q.C.'s (3:00)
  12. 12 Jesus Is Listening @@Candi Staton & The Jewel Gospel Trio (2:55)
  13. 13 Lord, Will I Meet Them Again @@Mitchell Aires Quintet (2:44)
  14. 14 I Want to Go to Heaven @@Original Gospel Stars (2:42)
  15. 15 Burying Ground @@Julius "June" Cheeks & The Sensational Nightingales (2:36)
  16. 16 Sinner's Crossroads - Roscoe Robinson (3:10)
  17. 17 I Need Thee @@Joe Hinton & The Spirit Of Memphis (3:13)
  18. 18 Uncloudy Day @@Mavis & The Staple Singers (3:00)
  19. 19 Jesus Remembers @@Claude Jeter & The Swan Silvertones (2:50)
  20. 20 That's Enough @@Judy Clay & The Drinkard Singers (6:29)
  21. 21 Wonder How Long @@Morgan Babb & The Philco Singers (2:39)
  22. 22 Every Now and Then @@Bessie Griffin & The Gospel Consolators (2:58)
  23. 23 Let's Have Church - Archie Brownlee (3:48)
  24. 24 Come Home @@Lou Rawls & The Pilgrim Travelers (2:28)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I Can See So Much - Rev. Cleophus Robinson (2:24)
  2. 2 Sit Down and Rest Awhile @@O.V. Wright & The Sunset Travelers (3:43)
  3. 3 Didn't It Rain @@Evelyn Freeman & The Exciting Voices Chorus (2:17)
  4. 4 I'm Not Tired Yet @@Inez Andrews & The Caravans (2:44)
  5. 5 Careless Soul @@Hardie Clifton & The Brooklyn All Star Singers (2:59)
  6. 6 Glad to Be in the Number - The Consolers (2:41)
  7. 7 Walk with Me @@Lou Rawls & The Chosen Gospel Singers (2:22)
  8. 8 I've Been Changed @@Jackie Verdell & The Davis Singers (3:08)
  9. 9 Let's Go out to the Programs, Pt. 2 @@Ira Tucker & The Dixie Hummingbirds (2:31)
  10. 10 I've Been Lifted @@Ollie Nightingale & The Dixie Nightengales (2:31)
  11. 11 Love Lifted Me @@Dorothy Love Coates & The Gospel Harmonettes (3:01)
  12. 12 Open Our Eyes @@Leon Lumpkins & The Gospel Clefs (3:48)
  13. 13 My Father's House @@Rosie Wallace & The Imperial Gospel Singers (2:34)
  14. 14 Roll, Jordan, Roll @@Gospel Tones (2:39)
  15. 15 Didn't It Rain - Sister Rosetta Tharpe (2:05)
  16. 16 Rock My Soul @@Roberta Martin & The Roberta Martin Singes (3:00)
  17. 17 It's a Pity @@Paul Arnold & The Gospelaires (2:16)
  18. 18 Come by Here @@'Little Sugar' & The Hightower Brothers (2:27)
  19. 19 Hard to Get Along @@Della Reece & The Meditations (5:20)
  20. 20 Mother Bowed - Brother Joe May (2:28)
  21. 21 Jesus Is Real @@Willie Joe Ligon & The Mighty Mighty Clouds Of Joy (2:49)
  22. 22 The Love of God @@Johnnie Taylor & The Soul Stirrers (2:15)
  23. 23 When I Lay This Body Down @@Marion Williams & The Stars Of Faith (2:20)
  24. 24 Jesus Let Me Sleep @@Howard "Slim" Hunt & The Supreme Angels (2:34)
  25. 25 I Never Knew @@Victory Five (2:44)
  26. 26 Didn't It Rain - Clara Ward Singers (5:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Margaret Allison Piano
Shirley Caesar Vocals
James Cleveland Piano, Vocals
Clarence Fountain Vocals
Ernestine Washington Vocal Ad-Libs
Sister Wynona Carr Piano, Vocals
Lou Rawls Vocals
Lonnie Liston Smith Guitar
Della Reese Vocals
James W. Alexander Vocals
Dr. Morgan Babb Guitar, Vocals
Bessie Griffin Vocals
Clara Ward Piano, Vocals
Roebuck "Pops" Staples Guitar
Joe Washington Piano
Hayes Alvis Bass
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Oscar Lee Bradley Drums
Lorenzo Brown Vocals
Howard Carroll Guitar
Gwendolyn Cooper Organ
Leroy Crume Guitar
Al Duncan Drums
Frank Fields Bass
Evelyn Gay Piano
Milt Hinton Bass
Osie Johnson Drums
Eddie Lester Guitar
Ernest McLean Guitar
Alfred Miller Organ
Ernie Newton Bass
Earl Palmer Drums
Sullivan Pugh Guitar, Vocals
Bertha Smith Piano
Terry Snyder Drums
Prof. Herman Stevens Organ
Kirk Stuart Piano
Ira Tucker Vocals
Joseph Wallace Guitar
Rev. George W. Warren Vocals
Marty Wilson Drums
Rev. Maceo Woods Organ
William Stewart Guitar
Kelly Owens Piano
Bernice Cole Vocals
Curtis Dublin Piano, Vocals
Charlotte Nelson Piano
Arthur Crume Guitar
Tommy Gaither Guitar
Sam Price Piano
Iola Pugh Vocals
Leon Lumpkins Piano
Paul Owen Vocals
Conrad Frederick Piano
William Neal Piano
Emory Radford Organ
McKinney Jones Guitar
Bobby King Guitar
Royal J. Abbit Piano
Clem Reed Vocals
David Bryant Bass
Willie Smith Vocals
Sam Reese Sheppard Drums
Technical Credits
Willie Love Vocal Group
Margaret Allison Vocal Group
Inez Andrews Vocal Group
Willie Banks Vocal Group
Shirley Caesar Vocal Group
Clarence Fountain Vocal Group
Cassietta George Vocal Group
Albertina Walker Vocal Group
Marion Williams Vocal Group
Sam Cooke Vocal Group
Lou Rawls Vocal Group
Ben Vaughn Vocal Group
Lonnie Liston Smith Vocal Group
Anne Marie Moss Vocal Group
Gene Allison Vocal Group
James W. Alexander Vocal Group
Joe Hinton Vocal Group
Dr. Morgan Babb Vocal Group
Bessie Griffin Vocal Group
Lee Richardson Vocal Group
Roscoe Robinson Vocal Group
Roebuck "Pops" Staples Vocal Group
Lawrence Abrams Vocal Group
Johnny Adams Vocal Group
Paul Arnold Vocal Group
Ray Babb Vocal Group
Jethroe Bledsoe Vocal Group
Henry K. Bossard Vocal Group
Johnny Bragg Vocal Group
Lorenzo Brown Vocal Group
Napoleon Brown Vocal Group
Archie Brownlee Vocal Group
Thomas L. Bruster Vocal Group
Bill Crosby Vocal Group
Leroy Crume Vocal Group
A.J. Durr Vocal Group
Odessa Edwards Vocal Group
Rev. Paul Exkano Vocal Group
Johnny Fields Vocal Group
Paul Foster Vocal Group
Mozel Franklin Vocal Group
Clay Graham Vocal Group
Tony Harris Vocal Group
Fred Howard Vocal Group
John Jefferson Vocal Group
Rev. Claude Jeter Vocal Group
Thomas "Snake" Johnson Vocal Group
Isaiah Jones Vocal Group
Vera Kolb Vocal Group
Earl Malone Vocal Group
George McCurn Vocal Group
Norsalus McKissick Vocal Group
Mildred Miller Vocal Group
Jimmy Moore Vocal Group
Robert Reed Vocal Group
R.B. Robinson Vocal Group
Mavis Staples Vocal Group
Frances Steadman Vocal Group
Spencer Taylor Vocal Group
Olice Thomas Vocal Group
Beachy Thompson Vocal Group
Ed Thurman Vocal Group
Ira Tucker Vocal Group
Jackie Verdell Vocal Group
Rev. George W. Warren Vocal Group
Jesse Whitaker Vocal Group
Lloyd Woodard Vocal Group
Bill Woodruff Vocal Group
Elyse Yancey Vocal Group
Dewey Young Vocal Group
William Stewart Vocal Group
John Drue Vocal Group
William Gresham Vocal Group
Eddie Hollins Vocal Group
Jake McIntosh Vocal Group
Pervis Staples Vocal Group
Bernice Cole Vocal Group
Josephine McDowell Vocal Group
Kitty Parham Vocal Group
Clyde Riddick Vocal Group
Lucille Shird Vocal Group
Tommy Tucker Jr. Vocal Group
Henrietta Waddy Vocal Group
Orlandus Wilson Vocal Group
Claude Babb Vocal Group
George Babb Vocal Group
James Babb Vocal Group
Alfreda Davis Vocal Group
Audrey Davis Vocal Group
Ruth Davis Vocal Group
Obadiah "Scoop" Carter Vocal Group
Otto "Jeff" Jeffries Vocal Group
Sam Bell Vocal Group
James Henry Dawkins Vocal Group
Judy Guions Vocal Group
Ollie Hoskins Vocal Group
Willie Joe Ligon Vocal Group
Sammy Mitchell Vocal Group
James Phelps Vocal Group
Alexander Sharp Vocal Group
Cleotha Staples Vocal Group
Rosie Wallace Vocal Group
Ed Lewis Vocal Group
Leon Lumpkins Vocal Group
Paul Owen Vocal Group
Robert K. Dawkins Vocal Group
Charles Richardson Vocal Group
Robert Lattimore Vocal Group
Dorothy Love Vocal Group
Chris Tyler Vocal Group
Gloria Griffin Vocal Group
Curtis Kelly Vocal Group
Wayne Wesley Johnson Vocal Group
Oliver Howard Vocal Group
Spencer Jackson Vocal Group
Clyde Wright Vocal Group
Orville Brooks Vocal Group
Ernest Booker Vocal Group
William Samuels Vocal Group
Billy Marshall Vocal Group
Joseph "Gospel Joe" Williams Vocal Group
Charles Jones Vocal Group
Willie Heath Neal Vocal Group
Thomas J. Spann Vocal Group
Creadell Copeland Vocal Group
Marie Waters Vocal Group
Levi Hansley Vocal Group
Junius Parker Vocal Group
Bobby King Vocal Group
A.C. Littlefield Vocal Group
Jesse J. Farley Vocal Group
Robert Washington Vocal Group
David Aron Vocal Group
Huey Brown Vocal Group
Bobby Mack Vocal Group
Clarence "Baby" Brooks Vocal Group
Edward James Brumfield Vocal Group
Clarence Mills Vocal Group
Willis Williams Vocal Group
Joseph Cook Vocal Group
Louis Hampton Vocal Group
Vernon Maynor Vocal Group
R. Mines Vocal Group
Ella Mae Morris Vocal Group
Clem Reed Vocal Group
Arthur Lee "Bob" Beatty Vocal Group
Delores Barrett Vocal Group
Sanders Cooper Vocal Group
Saíeta "Trinity" Campbell Vocal Group
Maggie Staton Vocal Group
Lucy Smith Vocal Group
James "Big Jim" Anderson Vocal Group
Eddie Phillips Vocal Group
William Bobo Vocal Group
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