The Gospel of Blues

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
With 18 Decca tracks from 1938-1948, this CD is not only a good survey of some of Tharpe's best work, but one of the best compilations of any sort to illustrate gospel's crossover into blues, R&B, and secular music in general. Admittedly that's not the busiest cross-fertilization of popular music, but it's not one that's given much attention. And if you think you might not like this because Tharpe is sometimes described as a gospel artist, think again, for this is fine stuff on any terms, mixing the devotional exuberance of gospel with first-rate accompaniment blending blues, early R&B, and at times some swing jazz. In truth, sometimes you won't think of this...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
With 18 Decca tracks from 1938-1948, this CD is not only a good survey of some of Tharpe's best work, but one of the best compilations of any sort to illustrate gospel's crossover into blues, R&B, and secular music in general. Admittedly that's not the busiest cross-fertilization of popular music, but it's not one that's given much attention. And if you think you might not like this because Tharpe is sometimes described as a gospel artist, think again, for this is fine stuff on any terms, mixing the devotional exuberance of gospel with first-rate accompaniment blending blues, early R&B, and at times some swing jazz. In truth, sometimes you won't think of this as gospel at all, such is its rhythmic verve, even on the half-dozen numbers with nothing but guitar in the backup. Some other tracks find her backed by the groups of Lucky Millinder and Sammy Price, and the jubilant "Shout, Sister, Shout!" comes off as a missing link between gospel, jazz, blues, and the birth of rock & roll. "Trouble in Mind," "This Train," "Down by the Riverside," and "Up Above My Head I Hear Music in the Air" are other highlights of a set with no shortage of them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2003
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 602498001363
  • Catalog Number: 000053302
  • Sales rank: 28,828

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Man and I (2:57)
  2. 2 This Train (2:40)
  3. 3 Sit Down (2:14)
  4. 4 Trouble in Mind (2:28)
  5. 5 Shout, Sister, Shout! (2:41)
  6. 6 Rock Me (2:41)
  7. 7 Nobody's Fault But Mine (3:00)
  8. 8 I Want a Tall Skinny Papa (2:52)
  9. 9 God Don't Like It (2:25)
  10. 10 What Is the Soul of Man? (2:30)
  11. 11 Singing in My Soul - Sammy Price Trio (2:55)
  12. 12 Strange Things Happening Everyday - Sammy Price Trio (2:46)
  13. 13 Two Little Fishes and Five Loaves of Bread - Sammy Price Trio (2:56)
  14. 14 Jonah - Sammy Price Trio (3:02)
  15. 15 Didn't It Rain - Sammy Price Trio (2:34)
  16. 16 The Natural Facts - Sammy Price Trio (3:12)
  17. 17 Down by the Riverside - Sammy Price Trio (2:30)
  18. 18 Up Above My Head I Hear Music in the Air - Sammy Price Trio (2:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Bill Doggett Piano
Buster Bailey Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Walter Bishop Jr. Drums
Lucky Millinder Leader
Don Cole Trombone
Sammy Price Piano
Freddy Webster Trumpet
George Duvivier Bass
Abe Bolar Bass
Floyd Brady Trombone
Joe Britton Trombone
Kenny Clarke Drums
Pops Foster Bass
Panama Francis Drums
Clyde Hart Piano
George James Alto Saxophone
Archie Johnson Trumpet
Ernest Purce Baritone Saxophone
Eli Robinson Trombone
William Scott Trumpet
Stafford Simon Tenor Saxophone
Harold "Doc" West Drums
Herbert Cowans Drums
George Stevenson Trombone
Billy Taylor Sr. Bass
Trevor Bacon Guitar
Nelson Bryant Trumpet
Ted Barrett Alto Saxophone
Benny Moten Bass
Billy Bowen Alto Saxophone
Edward Morant Trombone
Ed Bourne Drums
Technical Credits
Lucky Millinder Composer
Richard M. Jones Composer
Mary Katherine Aldin Liner Notes
Andy McKaie Producer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Arranger, Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Traditional Composer
Dependable Boys Vocal Group
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