Harmonizing Four 1943-1954

Harmonizing Four 1943-1954

by The Harmonizing Four
     
 

Acrobat's double-disc salute to the Harmonizing Four concentrates on this popular gospel group's pre-Vee Jay recordings, cut during the years 1943-1954 for the Decca, Religious, Coleman, MGM, and Gotham labels. Originally formed in Virginia, the group was usually billed on their early records as the Richmond Harmonizing Four, the Harmonizing Four of Richmond, or the… See more details below

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Acrobat's double-disc salute to the Harmonizing Four concentrates on this popular gospel group's pre-Vee Jay recordings, cut during the years 1943-1954 for the Decca, Religious, Coleman, MGM, and Gotham labels. Originally formed in Virginia, the group was usually billed on their early records as the Richmond Harmonizing Four, the Harmonizing Four of Richmond, or the Richmond Harmonizers. During this period members included leader Joseph "Gospel Joe" Williams, John Scott, Thomas "Goat" or "Snake" Johnson, and James Walker, who also sang with the Southern Sons and the Dixie Hummingbirds. The original a cappella approach was discarded when the group (which sometimes operated as a quintet) came to include singing guitarist Lonnie Smith, father of modern jazz pianist Lonnie Liston Smith. The bass clef was handled by a series of excellent deep-voiced individuals as Levi Hansley was replaced by Clarence Ross, who passed away and was succeeded by the great Mississippi-born vocalist Jimmy Jones. This comprehensive collection's 54 tracks include all of the group's early hits among a solid blend of classic standards and originals. Anyone enamored of the Harmonizing Four' Vee Jay, Atlantic, Babylon, Jewel, and Checker releases is sure to enjoy this well-stocked overview of devotional works from the group's first decade of recording activity.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2006
Label:
Acrobat
UPC:
0824046300524
catalogNumber:
3005
Rank:
95040

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Every Time I Feel the Spirit
  2. Who'll Be a Witness for My Lord
  3. Great Camp Meeting in the Promised Land
  4. Keep Inchin' Along
  5. I Done What You Told Me to Do
  6. When I've Done the Best I Can
  7. I'm Bound for Higher Ground  -  Richmond Harmonizers
  8. One Day  -  Richmond Harmonizers
  9. I Cried Holy
  10. Jesus Gave Me Water
  11. Blessed Quietness
  12. How Far Am I from Canaan
  13. Thank You Jesus  - Red Foley
  14. Noah
  15. Precious Memories
  16. I Am on the Battlefield
  17. Lord I'm Coming Home
  18. King Jesus Will Roll All Burdens Away
  19. Never Turn Back No More
  20. Silent Night
  21. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
  22. Jesus Is a Friend to Everyone
  23. Where He Leads Me I Will Follow
  24. Mother's Prayer Has Followed Me
  25. Pray Every Step of the Way
  26. Get Right with God
  27. Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown

Disc 2

  1. May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You
  2. Say a Word
  3. Beyond the Sunset
  4. Gave My Heart to Jesus
  5. Mother's Prayer
  6. This Wicked Race
  7. I've Started in Jesus
  8. Joy in Beulah Land
  9. Protect My Loved Ones
  10. Working for the Lord
  11. Watch Over Me
  12. You Ought to Know the Lord
  13. Lift Every Voice and Sing
  14. Let God Abide
  15. When I'm Gone
  16. I've Been Changed
  17. Trust Jesus
  18. Come Over Here
  19. What Do You Know
  20. I Shall Not Be Moved
  21. I'll Go Lord, Send Me
  22. I Trust in God
  23. I Want to Know
  24. I Shall Rest at the End of the Day
  25. The Lords Prayer
  26. Amazing Grace
  27. Keep Me All the Way

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