Half Ain't Never Been Told, Vol. 1

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

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/1999
Label:
Yazoo
UPC:
0016351204929
catalogNumber:
2049
Rank:
201815

Tracks

  1. I Am Bound for the Promised Land
  2. Happy on the Way
  3. There's a Beautiful City Called Heaven
  4. I'll Be Rested
  5. I Want My Life to Testify
  6. A Mother's Last Word to Her Daughter
  7. Shall We Gather at the River?
  8. Religion Is a Fortune
  9. He's the One
  10. I Know That Jesus Set Me Free
  11. Don't Make It Too Late
  12. Certainly Lord
  13. I'm Gonna Sail Away
  14. The Good Lord Has Set Me Free
  15. Turn Away
  16. We'll Unerstand It Better Bye and Bye
  17. Blessed Be the Tie That Binds
  18. Let Your Light Shine on Me
  19. I'll Be Satisfied
  20. I'll Lead a Christian Life
  21. Lower My Dying Head
  22. The Christian's Flight
  23. Is Not This the Land of Beulah?

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   Composer
Richard Nevins   Producer,Liner Notes
Charles Albert Tindley   Composer
Gwendolyn B. Gordy   Composer

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