Selections 1976-1988

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/1997
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 018964066727
  • Catalog Number: 667
  • Sales rank: 44,978

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ella's Song (5:30)
  2. 2 Wade in the Water (7:06)
  3. 3 Denko (4:45)
  4. 4 On Children (1:58)
  5. 5 Echo (5:22)
  6. 6 Joan Little (3:22)
  7. 7 Beautitudes (3:42)
  8. 8 Peace (2:25)
  9. 9 Sitting on Top of the World (4:04)
  10. 10 More Than a Paycheck (3:55)
  11. 11 Crying for Freedom in South Africa (3:31)
  12. 12 They Are All Falling Around Me (4:50)
  13. 13 Mae Frances (3:01)
  14. 14 I'm Gon' Stand!!! (1:29)
  15. 15 Feel Something Drawing Me On (2:12)
  16. 16 In the Upper Room (5:44)
  17. 17 Seven Principles (2:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Testimony (3:31)
  2. 2 Oughta Be a Woman (3:17)
  3. 3 Fannie Lou Hamer (4:30)
  4. 4 Meyango (3:10)
  5. 5 Run, Mourner, Run (3:56)
  6. 6 As Long as I Have Breath in My Body (4:50)
  7. 7 No Images (3:17)
  8. 8 Sometime (4:45)
  9. 9 The Gift of Love (3:35)
  10. 10 Biko (1:54)
  11. 11 My Way (6:05)
  12. 12 State of Emergency (3:33)
  13. 13 Cape Fear River Chant (2:52)
  14. 14 Rivers of Babylon (4:03)
  15. 15 Stranger Blues (3:56)
  16. 16 Oh Death (6:29)
  17. 17 Breaths (3:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sweet Honey in the Rock Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Sweet Honey in the Rock Arranger
Bernice Johnson Reagon Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Walter Vinson Composer
Yasmeen Liner Notes
Nitanju Bolade Casel Arranger, Liner Notes
Lonnie Chatmon Composer
David Glasser Mastering
Evelyn Harris Liner Notes
Aisha Kahlil Arranger, Liner Notes
Jim Robeson Remixing
Walter Lowenfel translation
Shirley Childress Johnson Liner Notes
Bob Dawson Remixing
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