Sacred Steel, Vol. 2: Live!

Sacred Steel, Vol. 2: Live!

     
 

Unless you regularly attend services with the Church of the Living God's congregations in Florida, you probably have never heard anything like this raw and funky sanctified music. And you need to hear it. For decades, Keith and Jewel Dominion Churches have featured steel guitar rather than organ in their services. The result is a stirring hybrid of traditional gospel…  See more details below

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Unless you regularly attend services with the Church of the Living God's congregations in Florida, you probably have never heard anything like this raw and funky sanctified music. And you need to hear it. For decades, Keith and Jewel Dominion Churches have featured steel guitar rather than organ in their services. The result is a stirring hybrid of traditional gospel and downhome blues, with just enough Nashville pedal steel harmonies and Stax-style rhythm to keep the ears and feet jumping. This disc, companion to the breathtaking SACRED STEEL, features extended workouts by some of the most accomplished players from the church, including the Campbell Brothers, Robert Randolph, and Willie Easton, the pioneer many credit with inventing the sacred steel style. On the slow instrumental "Near the Cross," Easton coaxes aching vocal cries from his lap steel, leaving no doubt to the message in the music. The Campbells pair lap steel with pedal steel to back Katie Jackson's inspired voice on "God is a Good God" and the classic "By and By." Randolph injects a little country and a lot of jazz phrasing into "Without God." On an album full of highlights, one of the standouts is Brother Sam Baldwin's Al Green falsetto vibe on "He's Sweet, I Know." Over the course of six and a half perfect minutes, Baldwin brings the Lord into the house with the help of the Campbell Brothers and Bishop Larry Boston's churning organ. Throughout, the live congregation cheers the players on as each tune reaches new emotional and spiritual peaks. Check out this remarkable disc, and you'll be right there with them. Karl Hagstrom Miller

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bob Gottlieb
Incendiary would be one good word to describe this disc, which is one of those rare gems that come along every now and again that works on many different levels. It features various artists captured spreading their joy and faith with their passionate celebratory music, with the electric steel guitar being the dominant instrument in the music of these groups. This disc was recorded at two different House of God churches, a coffeehouse, and the Strawberry Spring Music Festival, and the sound quality is of the high quality that you have come to expect from Arhoolie. The pedal steel guitar is the king on this disc, yet in support of it the singing is equally as strong and unrestrained. Particularly notable is the inspired singing of Katie Jackson and Denise Brown. Then there is Ted Beard making his pedal steel mimic a train in appropriately enough "The Train" and the sharp and biting blues guitar of Phil Campbell stretching out on "Don't Let the Devil Ride." The whole disc from top to bottom is highlight after highlight.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/1999
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297047224
catalogNumber:
472
Rank:
159302

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Darryl Brundidge   Keyboards
Charles E. Campbell   Guitar,Vocals
Campbell Brothers   Track Performer
Willie Eason   Guitar,Track Performer,Lap Steel Guitar
Rico Beard   Bass
Denise Brown   Vocals,Track Performer
Carlton Campbell   Drums
Phillip Campbell   Guitar
Calvin Cooke   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer,Lap Steel Guitar
Charles Flenory   Guitar
Carlos Fox   Keyboards
Katie Jackson   Vocals,Track Performer
Harvey Shaw   Guitar
Ivan Shaw   Drums
Darick Campbell   Lap Steel Guitar
Robert Randolph   Pedal Steel Guitar
Ted Beard   Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals
Elwood Haygood   Vocals
Sam Baldwin   Track Performer
Larry Boston   Track Performer
Craig Pringle   Track Performer
Jem Pegan   Track Performer

Technical Credits

David Curry   Composer
Charles E. Campbell   Producer
Larry Cummings   Engineer
Charles Albert Tindley   Composer
Phillip Campbell   Producer
Glen Drinkwater   Engineer
Chris Stanchwitz   Executive Producer
Robert L. Stone   Producer
Traditional   Composer

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