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The Gospel Spirit

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
While many country artists have made inspirational singles or albums on an occasional specialty basis, rather like making a Christmas record, but spent most of their recording careers performing secular material, bluegrass music tends to admit religious subject matter as one of its constants, not, perhaps quite as frequent a topic as lost love, but fairly close. Thus, the Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys' entry in MCA Nashville's series of discount-priced 2004 compilations called Gospel Spirit there are also discs by Loretta Lynn, the Statler Brothers, and Conway Twitty is really just a distillation of some of the group's regular recordings for the most part. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
While many country artists have made inspirational singles or albums on an occasional specialty basis, rather like making a Christmas record, but spent most of their recording careers performing secular material, bluegrass music tends to admit religious subject matter as one of its constants, not, perhaps quite as frequent a topic as lost love, but fairly close. Thus, the Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys' entry in MCA Nashville's series of discount-priced 2004 compilations called Gospel Spirit there are also discs by Loretta Lynn, the Statler Brothers, and Conway Twitty is really just a distillation of some of the group's regular recordings for the most part. Among the 16 tracks, six were cut for a 1958 religious LP, I Saw the Light, but the rest, drawn from singles dating back to 1950, are just bluegrass songs that happen to treat Christian themes, starting with a version of the Carter Family's "I'm Working on a Building," cut in 1954. One gets to hear different versions of the band. The earliest track, 1950s "I'll Meet You in Church Sunday Morning," features Monroe with his brother Birch Monroe, Jimmy Martin, and Joel Price, while the I Saw the Light tracks recorded eight years later use Edd Mayfield, Bessie Mae Mauldin or Culley Holt, Kenny Baker, and Gordon Terry with producer Owen Bradley sitting in on an un-bluegrass-like organ on "Precious Memories," "Life's Railway to Heaven," and the closing track, "Wayfaring Stranger". But Monroe's high tenor remains distinctive, whether playing off lead vocalists Martin, Mayfield, Charlie Cline on 1955's "Let the Light Shine Down on Me", or even Carter Stanley on 1951's "Get Down on Your Knees and Pray". And the music remains true to the high-lonesome sound of Bill Monroe's bluegrass. It's just that the lyrics on these tracks are all reverent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 602498628669
  • Catalog Number: 000290702
  • Sales rank: 46,378

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Working on a Building - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:45)
  2. 2 I'll Meet You in Church Sunday Morning (2:49)
  3. 3 Lord Protect My Soul (2:43)
  4. 4 Angels Rock Me to Sleep (2:41)
  5. 5 Get Down on Your Knees and Pray (3:01)
  6. 6 He Will Set Your Fields on Fire (2:39)
  7. 7 A Voice from on High (2:38)
  8. 8 Let the Light Shine Down on Me (1:58)
  9. 9 Lord Lead Me On - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:27)
  10. 10 I Saw the Light (2:30)
  11. 11 Precious Memories - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:16)
  12. 12 I've Found a Hiding Place (3:28)
  13. 13 Life's Railway to Heaven (2:50)
  14. 14 Jesus Hold My Hand - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:26)
  15. 15 I Am a Pilgrim (2:35)
  16. 16 Wayfaring Stranger (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Monroe Primary Artist, Mandolin, Vocals
Grady Martin Guitar
Gordon Terry Fiddle, Bass (Vocal)
Owen Bradley Organ
Charlie Cline Baritone (Vocal)
Buddy Killen Bass, Bass (Vocal)
Rudy Lyle Banjo, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Jimmy Martin Guitar, Vocals
Bessie Lee Mauldin Bass
Edd Mayfield Guitar, Vocals
Ernie Newton Bass, Bass Guitar
Carter Stanley Guitar, Vocals
Howard Watts Bass
Farris Coursey Drums
Milton Estes Bass (Vocal), Vocals
Culley Holt Bass, Bass (Vocal)
Birch Monroe Bass (Vocal)
Joel Price Bass, Baritone (Vocal)
Jackie Phelps Guitar
Jimmy Selph Guitar
Birch Monroe Vocals
Joel Price Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
Merle Travis Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Colin Escott Inlay Photography
Bessie Lee Mauldin Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Hank Williams Composer
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Les Leverett Cover Photo
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Dottie Swan Composer
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