The Best of Gospel [Sanctuary]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The line between gospel and secular pop music has been blurred many times in the past 60 years, with artists like Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, and Al Green slipping back and forth between the genres with apparent ease, while groups like the Edwin Hawkins Singers have had huge pop hits with straight gospel offerings. What a short step it is from Southern gospel to full-blown secular soul is made clear on this sampler anthology from the Sony vaults, which includes classic rocking gospel numbers from the mid-'50s forward. Leading off with Mahalia Jackson's 1955 hip-shaking version of "When the Saints Go Marching In," The Best of Gospel only stops rocking long enough for Nina ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The line between gospel and secular pop music has been blurred many times in the past 60 years, with artists like Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, and Al Green slipping back and forth between the genres with apparent ease, while groups like the Edwin Hawkins Singers have had huge pop hits with straight gospel offerings. What a short step it is from Southern gospel to full-blown secular soul is made clear on this sampler anthology from the Sony vaults, which includes classic rocking gospel numbers from the mid-'50s forward. Leading off with Mahalia Jackson's 1955 hip-shaking version of "When the Saints Go Marching In," The Best of Gospel only stops rocking long enough for Nina Simone's breathy version of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" to calm the waters before shifting back into high celebratory gear. Among the highlights are a long, live version of "Oh Happy Day" by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, Aretha Franklin's stomping "Climbing Higher Mountains," and the Swan Silvertones' classic traditional approach on "Mary Don't You Weep." The Staple Singers' funky take on "I'll Take You There" reveals how much deep gospel was inherent in the Stax sound, while "Higher and Higher" by Martha Reeves stakes the same claim for Motown. Hearing B.B. King in full gospel mode for "Jesus Gave Me Water" is another revelation. In the end, this boisterous gospel sampler is a classic dance party record, because at the root of black gospel was the notion that in order save a soul you first had to get it moving.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2005
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768637528
  • Catalog Number: 86375

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When the Saints Go Marching In - Falls-Jones Ensemble (3:54)
  2. 2 Oh Happy Day - The Edwin Hawkins Singers (5:10)
  3. 3 Climbing Higher Mountains - Rev. James Cleveland & The Southern California Com (2:57)
  4. 4 I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers (3:14)
  5. 5 Working on a Building - The Harlem Gospel Singers (4:11)
  6. 6 I Shall Be Released - Nina Simone (3:53)
  7. 7 Higher and Higher - Martha Reeves (3:34)
  8. 8 Mary Don't You Weep - The Swan Silvertones (2:50)
  9. 9 Jesus Gave Me Water - B.B. King (3:03)
  10. 10 I Go to the Rock - Danniebelle Hall (5:48)
  11. 11 Go Tell It on the Mountain - Mahalia Jackson (3:07)
  12. 12 Holding On (And I Won't Let Go My Faith) - The Mississippi Mass Choir (5:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nina Simone Conductor
Dorothy Morrison Soloist
Technical Credits
Dorothy Love Coates Composer
Mahalia Jackson Arranger
Dottie Rambo Composer
Nina Simone Arranger
Bob Dylan Composer
Aretha Franklin Producer
David Curry Producer
George Avakian Producer
Sid Bass Orchestra Director
Al Bell Arranger, Producer
LaMont Bench Producer
Thomas Cain Composer
Tony Camillo Producer
Edwin Hawkins Arranger, Composer, Adaptation, Direction
Gary Jackson Composer
Queen Esther Marrow Producer
Paul Owens Arranger
Carson Whitsett Composer
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis Arranger
Raynard Miner Composer
Jerry Lee Smith Producer
Jerry Mannery Producer
Traditional Composer
Lucie E. Campbell Composer
Alvertis Isbell Composer
Larry Lachmann Mastering
Charles Stanley Producer
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