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The Half Ain't Never Been Told, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
Yazoo has released yet another wonderful compilation chock full of recordings that are essential for roots music fans. The Half Ain't Never Been Told, Vol. 1 chronicles American rural religious music of the 1920s and 1930s. The moving, heartfelt praise and prayers included here range from a cappella choirs to solo artists with musical accompaniment to gospel groups. Unusually, the collection doesn't separate music from black and white rural music traditions, mixing in bluegrass, prewar gospel blues, sacred harp singing, spirituals, and more. With this variety of styles equally dispersed between two volumes, if you want one, you will want them both. Included on Volume 1 is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
Yazoo has released yet another wonderful compilation chock full of recordings that are essential for roots music fans. The Half Ain't Never Been Told, Vol. 1 chronicles American rural religious music of the 1920s and 1930s. The moving, heartfelt praise and prayers included here range from a cappella choirs to solo artists with musical accompaniment to gospel groups. Unusually, the collection doesn't separate music from black and white rural music traditions, mixing in bluegrass, prewar gospel blues, sacred harp singing, spirituals, and more. With this variety of styles equally dispersed between two volumes, if you want one, you will want them both. Included on Volume 1 is Washington Phillips and several sacred harp singing groups, as well as many choirs and congregational recordings. As is always the case with compilations of such early and rare recordings, the sound quality varies widely, with a hiss ranging from barely noticeable to hissing at the same volume as any of the instruments. Nonetheless, this compilation makes an important addition to the library of roots music fans who can overlook sound quality inconveniences for the recordings' historical importance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/1999
  • Label: Yazoo
  • UPC: 016351204929
  • Catalog Number: 2049
  • Sales rank: 203,459

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Am Bound for the Promised Land - Alfred G. Karnes (3:13)
  2. 2 Happy on the Way - Fa-So-La Singers (3:02)
  3. 3 There's a Beautiful City Called Heaven - Virginia Dandies (3:09)
  4. 4 I'll Be Rested (2:32)
  5. 5 I Want My Life to Testify - Hendersonville Double Quartet (2:54)
  6. 6 A Mother's Last Word to Her Daughter - George Washington Phillips (2:56)
  7. 7 Shall We Gather at the River? - Uncle Dave Macon (3:29)
  8. 8 Religion Is a Fortune - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers (2:53)
  9. 9 He's the One - Rev. H.B. Jackson (3:07)
  10. 10 I Know That Jesus Set Me Free - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers (2:47)
  11. 11 Don't Make It Too Late - Mrs. L. Reed & Mrs. T.A. Duncans (3:43)
  12. 12 Certainly Lord - Pace Jubilee Singers (2:31)
  13. 13 I'm Gonna Sail Away - Jones Brothers Trio (2:54)
  14. 14 The Good Lord Has Set Me Free - Elder Curry (3:15)
  15. 15 Turn Away - Lubbock Texas Quartet (2:59)
  16. 16 We'll Unerstand It Better Bye and Bye - Kentucky Mountain Chorusters (2:52)
  17. 17 Blessed Be the Tie That Binds - Primitive Baptist Choir Of North Carolina (2:51)
  18. 18 Let Your Light Shine on Me - Blind Willie Johnson (3:11)
  19. 19 I'll Be Satisfied - Bryant's Jubilee Quartet (2:47)
  20. 20 I'll Lead a Christian Life - Golden P. Harris (3:21)
  21. 21 Lower My Dying Head - Rev. B. J. Hill (3:05)
  22. 22 The Christian's Flight - Lee Wells & His Jasper Alabama Scared Harp Singers (2:49)
  23. 23 Is Not This the Land of Beulah? - Rev. William McKinley Dawkins (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blind Willie Johnson Track Performer
George Washington Phillips Track Performer
Roosevelt Graves and Brother Track Performer
Pace Jubilee Singers Track Performer
Bryant's Jubilee Quartet Track Performer
Alabama Sacred Harp Singers Track Performer
Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Tyran Carlo Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Richard Nevins Producer, Liner Notes, Remastering
Charles Albert Tindley Composer
Gwendolyn B. Gordy Composer
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