Sacred Harp and Shape Note Singing: 1922-1950s

Sacred Harp and Shape Note Singing: 1922-1950s

     
 

Introduced in the 1800s, shape note singing was a popular form of choral music in the American South. In the shape note style, musical notes are printed using special shapes that help the reader identify them on the musical scale. Eschewing the more complex figures of standard musical notation, shape note singing was accessible and easily learned, and the resulting… See more details below

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Introduced in the 1800s, shape note singing was a popular form of choral music in the American South. In the shape note style, musical notes are printed using special shapes that help the reader identify them on the musical scale. Eschewing the more complex figures of standard musical notation, shape note singing was accessible and easily learned, and the resulting group was both primitive and powerful. The Sacred Harp, published in 1844 by Benjamin Franklin White and Elisha J. King, was a gospel tune book printed in shape notes that spawned an entire style that became known as Sacred Harp singing. This exhaustive four-disc collection from British jazz and blues label JSP features three decades' worth of wonderful field recordings from a variety of different choirs and vocal groups singing in the shape note and Sacred Harp tradition. The 81 tracks featured here are from the private collection of noted musicologist Chris King beginning in 1922 and spanning into the mid-'50s.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2014
Label:
Jsp Records
UPC:
0788065717520
catalogNumber:
77175
Rank:
11201

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Amazing Grace  -  Dye's Sacred Harp Singers
  2. How Firm a Foundation  -  Dye's Sacred Harp Singers
  3. Soar Away  -  Denson Quartet
  4. Sabbath Morning  -  Denson Quartet
  5. Rejoicing On the Way  -  Fa-So-La Singers
  6. Jesus Walks With Me  -  Fa-So-La Singers
  7. Happy On the Way  -  Fa-So-La Singers
  8. Weeping On the Way  -  Rosewell Sacred Harp Quartet
  9. Odem  -  Rosewell Sacred Harp Quartet
  10. Bound For Canaan  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  11. Antioch  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  12. Sweet Prospect  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  13. The Old Ship of Zion  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  14. Sweet Canaan  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  15. Exhilaration  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  16. Long Sought Home  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  17. Weeping Pilgrim  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  18. The Loved Ones  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  19. My God the Spring of All My Joys  -  Elder Golden Harris
  20. My Christian Friends In Bonds of Love  -  Elder Golden Harris

Disc 2

  1. Rocky Road  -  Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
  2. Present Joys  -  Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
  3. Religion is a Fortune  -  Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
  4. Cuba  -  Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
  5. The Happy Sailor  -  Denson's Sacred Harp Singers Of Arley, Alabama
  6. Protection  -  Denson's Sacred Harp Singers Of Arley, Alabama
  7. Ninety Fifth  -  Denson's Sacred Harp Singers Of Arley, Alabama
  8. The Christian Hope  -  Denson's Sacred Harp Singers Of Arley, Alabama
  9. Bells of Love  -  Middle Georgia Singing Convention
  10. Walking With My King  -  Middle Georgia Singing Convention
  11. Return Again  -  Okeh Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers
  12. Penick  -  Okeh Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers
  13. Edom  -  Okeh Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers
  14. Parting Hand  -  Okeh Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers
  15. Blooming Youth  -  Huggins & Phillips Sacred Harp Singers
  16. Lovers of the Lord  -  Huggins & Phillips Sacred Harp Singers
  17. The Christian's Flight  -  Lee Wells & His Jasper Alabama Scared Harp Singers
  18. North Port  -  Lee Wells & His Jasper Alabama Scared Harp Singers
  19. The Promised Land  -  Pioneer Sacred Harp Singers
  20. Raymond  -  Pioneer Sacred Harp Singers

Disc 3

  1. The Heavenly Port  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  2. Hallelujah  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  3. The Golden Harp  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  4. Heaven's My Home  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  5. I'm a Long Time Travelling Away From Home  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  6. I Belong To This Band  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  7. Sharpsburg  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  8. Murillo's Lesson  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  9. Jewett  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  10. Pisgah  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  11. Primrose Hill  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  12. Weeping Mary  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  13. Penick  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  14. Sweet Morning  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  15. Esther  -  Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
  16. Pryel's Hymn  -  Daniels-Deason Sacred Harp Singers
  17. Hallelujah  -  Daniels-Deason Sacred Harp Singers
  18. Primrose Hill  -  Daniels-Deason Sacred Harp Singers
  19. Coronation  -  Daniels-Deason Sacred Harp Singers
  20. Jubilee  -  Bassett Quartet
  21. I'm Not Ashamed of Jesus  -  Bassett Quartet

Disc 4

  1. Land of Beulah  -  Dye's Sacred Harp Singers
  2. Calvary  -  Dye's Sacred Harp Singers
  3. Victoria  -  Dye's Sacred Harp Singers
  4. Bethel  -  Dye's Sacred Harp Singers
  5. Conversion
  6. The Good Old Way
  7. The Heavenly Port
  8. Blooming Youth
  9. Ragan
  10. Raymond
  11. Christian Soldier  -  Denson Quartet
  12. I'm On My Journey Home  -  Denson Quartet
  13. Wondrous Love  -  Georgia Sacred Harp Quartet
  14. Windham  -  Georgia Sacred Harp Quartet
  15. Liberty  -  Moody Bible Sacred Harp Singers
  16. In That Morning  -  Moody Bible Sacred Harp Singers
  17. Soft Music  -  Original Sacred Harp Choir
  18. Canaan's Land  -  Original Sacred Harp Choir
  19. Pleyel's Hymn  -  Original Sacred Harp Choir
  20. New Britain  -  Original Sacred Harp Choir

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