Selections 1976-1988

Selections 1976-1988

by Sweet Honey in the Rock
     
 
This is a 34-track double-CD compilation drawn from Sweet Honey in the Rock's first eight albums, covering their 13-year, seven-album tenure at Flying Fish Records, plus one album recorded for Redwood Records. The song choices and non-chronological sequencing highlight the group's consistently impressive vocal interaction during a time when nine different singers made

Overview

This is a 34-track double-CD compilation drawn from Sweet Honey in the Rock's first eight albums, covering their 13-year, seven-album tenure at Flying Fish Records, plus one album recorded for Redwood Records. The song choices and non-chronological sequencing highlight the group's consistently impressive vocal interaction during a time when nine different singers made up a quartet or quintet (not counting sign language interpreter Shirley Childress Johnson, who joined in 1980), the only constant member being founder Bernice Johnson Reagon. Employing influences including folk, R&B, and even reggae, musically Sweet Honey remains primarily a gospel group; in fact, in their impassioned multiple leads, they often sound like a pocket gospel choir. Though founded in the 1970s, Sweet Honey has its roots in the 1960s, specifically Reagon's earlier group, the Freedom Singers, and though they touch on feminist concerns and such topical issues of the '80s as apartheid, the political material grows out of the civil rights movement and the labor movement that preceded it, their imagery drawn equally from Biblical and left-wing terminology. Much of their material is original and much is written by Reagon, but they also include traditional folk songs such as "Wade in the Water" and traditional African songs, and there are lyrics adapted from such sources as the Bible and Kahlil Gibran. The album includes two previously unreleased tracks. While inevitably fans may quibble with some of the omissions from Selections, its two-plus hours provide a comprehensive view of Sweet Honey's early work.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/1997
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0018964066727
catalogNumber:
667
Rank:
72957

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Ella's Song
  2. Wade in the Water
  3. Denko
  4. On Children
  5. Echo
  6. Joan Little
  7. Beautitudes
  8. Peace
  9. Sitting on Top of the World
  10. More Than a Paycheck
  11. Crying for Freedom in South Africa
  12. They Are All Falling Around Me
  13. Mae Frances
  14. I'm Gon' Stand!!!
  15. Feel Something Drawing Me On
  16. In the Upper Room
  17. Seven Principles

Disc 2

  1. Testimony
  2. Oughta Be a Woman
  3. Fannie Lou Hamer
  4. Meyango
  5. Run, Mourner, Run
  6. As Long as I Have Breath in My Body
  7. No Images
  8. Sometime
  9. The Gift of Love
  10. Biko
  11. My Way
  12. State of Emergency
  13. Cape Fear River Chant
  14. Rivers of Babylon
  15. Stranger Blues
  16. Oh Death
  17. Breaths

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