Sacred Harp and Shape Note Singing: 1922-1950s

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All Music Guide - Timothy Monger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Timothy Monger
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: 7/22/2014
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065717520
  • Catalog Number: 77175
  • Sales rank: 12,715

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Amazing Grace - Dye's Sacred Harp Singers (2:44)
  2. 2 How Firm a Foundation - Dye's Sacred Harp Singers (2:51)
  3. 3 Soar Away - The Denson Quartet (3:39)
  4. 4 Sabbath Morning - The Denson Quartet (2:47)
  5. 5 Rejoicing On the Way - Fa-So-La Singers (3:12)
  6. 6 Jesus Walks With Me - Fa-So-La Singers (2:56)
  7. 7 Happy On the Way - Fa-So-La Singers (3:02)
  8. 8 Weeping On the Way - Rosewell Sacred Harp Quartet (2:40)
  9. 9 Odem - Rosewell Sacred Harp Quartet (2:44)
  10. 10 Bound For Canaan - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:40)
  11. 11 Antioch - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:46)
  12. 12 Sweet Prospect - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:29)
  13. 13 The Old Ship of Zion - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:27)
  14. 14 Sweet Canaan - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (3:05)
  15. 15 Exhilaration - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (3:06)
  16. 16 Long Sought Home - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (3:01)
  17. 17 Weeping Pilgrim - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:35)
  18. 18 The Loved Ones - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:43)
  19. 19 My God the Spring of All My Joys - Elder Golden Harris (3:07)
  20. 20 My Christian Friends In Bonds of Love - Elder Golden Harris (3:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rocky Road - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers (2:50)
  2. 2 Present Joys - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers (2:57)
  3. 3 Religion is a Fortune - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers (2:55)
  4. 4 Cuba - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers (3:07)
  5. 5 The Happy Sailor - Denson's Sacred Harp Singers Of Arley, Alabama (2:33)
  6. 6 Protection - Denson's Sacred Harp Singers Of Arley, Alabama (2:20)
  7. 7 Ninety Fifth - Denson's Sacred Harp Singers Of Arley, Alabama (2:52)
  8. 8 The Christian Hope - Denson's Sacred Harp Singers Of Arley, Alabama (2:56)
  9. 9 Bells of Love - Middle Georgia Singing Convention (2:51)
  10. 10 Walking With My King - Middle Georgia Singing Convention (3:01)
  11. 11 Return Again - Okeh Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers (3:18)
  12. 12 Penick - Okeh Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers (3:09)
  13. 13 Edom - Okeh Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers (3:21)
  14. 14 Parting Hand - Okeh Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers (3:11)
  15. 15 Blooming Youth - Huggins & Phillips Sacred Harp Singers (2:53)
  16. 16 Lovers of the Lord - Huggins & Phillips Sacred Harp Singers (2:41)
  17. 17 The Christian's Flight - Lee Wells & His Jasper Alabama Scared Harp Singers (2:50)
  18. 18 North Port - Lee Wells & His Jasper Alabama Scared Harp Singers (2:39)
  19. 19 The Promised Land - Pioneer Sacred Harp Singers (2:36)
  20. 20 Raymond - Pioneer Sacred Harp Singers (2:39)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Heavenly Port - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:47)
  2. 2 Hallelujah - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (3:01)
  3. 3 The Golden Harp - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:58)
  4. 4 Heaven's My Home - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:53)
  5. 5 I'm a Long Time Travelling Away From Home - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:57)
  6. 6 I Belong To This Band - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:53)
  7. 7 Sharpsburg - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:30)
  8. 8 Murillo's Lesson - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:41)
  9. 9 Jewett - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (3:03)
  10. 10 Pisgah - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (3:08)
  11. 11 Primrose Hill - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (3:08)
  12. 12 Weeping Mary - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:44)
  13. 13 Penick - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:52)
  14. 14 Sweet Morning - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:39)
  15. 15 Esther - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:26)
  16. 16 Pryel's Hymn - Daniels-Deason Sacred Harp Singers (3:20)
  17. 17 Hallelujah - Daniels-Deason Sacred Harp Singers (3:04)
  18. 18 Primrose Hill - Daniels-Deason Sacred Harp Singers (3:00)
  19. 19 Coronation - Daniels-Deason Sacred Harp Singers (3:03)
  20. 20 Jubilee - Bassett Quartet (2:09)
  21. 21 I'm Not Ashamed of Jesus - Bassett Quartet (1:22)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Land of Beulah - Dye's Sacred Harp Singers (2:37)
  2. 2 Calvary - Dye's Sacred Harp Singers (2:37)
  3. 3 Victoria - Dye's Sacred Harp Singers (2:36)
  4. 4 Bethel - Dye's Sacred Harp Singers (2:40)
  5. 5 Conversion (2:20)
  6. 6 The Good Old Way (2:39)
  7. 7 The Heavenly Port (2:36)
  8. 8 Blooming Youth (2:37)
  9. 9 Ragan (2:46)
  10. 10 Raymond (2:40)
  11. 11 Christian Soldier - The Denson Quartet (2:48)
  12. 12 I'm On My Journey Home - The Denson Quartet (3:22)
  13. 13 Wondrous Love - Georgia Sacred Harp Quartet (3:11)
  14. 14 Windham - Georgia Sacred Harp Quartet (2:58)
  15. 15 Liberty - Moody Bible Sacred Harp Singers (3:07)
  16. 16 In That Morning - Moody Bible Sacred Harp Singers (3:12)
  17. 17 Soft Music - Original Sacred Harp Choir (3:13)
  18. 18 Canaan's Land - Original Sacred Harp Choir (3:12)
  19. 19 Pleyel's Hymn - Original Sacred Harp Choir (2:48)
  20. 20 New Britain - Original Sacred Harp Choir (2:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nancy Brown Vocals
Oren Adolphes Parris Vocals
Elder Golden Harris Fiddle, Vocals
W.A. Malone Conductor
R.E. "Bob" Denson Tenor (Vocal)
Owel W. Denson Vocals
Ira Mashburn Guitar
Gus Boaz Fiddle
Delilah Denson Vocals
Technical Credits
Pat Harrison Annotation
Whit Denson Director
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