This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45 RPM 1957-1982

This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45 RPM 1957-1982

     
 
Who would have thought that Tompkins Square would find a way to equal their stellar collection Fire in My Bones: Raw Rare + Otherworldly African-American Gospel: 1944-2007? That set, along with Dust to Digital's Goodbye, Babylon compilation were the two benchmarks for quality in presenting forgotten and/or all but

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Who would have thought that Tompkins Square would find a way to equal their stellar collection Fire in My Bones: Raw Rare + Otherworldly African-American Gospel: 1944-2007? That set, along with Dust to Digital's Goodbye, Babylon compilation were the two benchmarks for quality in presenting forgotten and/or all but unheard historical gospel music from Pre-War times to the modern day. But Tompkins Square takes it a step further with Mike McGonigal, the cat who assembled Fire in My Bones from his own collection; he reached even deeper into his record library to assemble the three-disc This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45 RPM 1957-1982. McGonigal claims he chose the 45 format as source material for this set because of the notion that almost anyone could afford to release one during the heyday of the single. Apparently, he was right, since a number of the titles featured here have such obscure and rare origins that they were single listings in a label's catalog. Certainly, sermons, gospel quartets, full-fledged gospel groups, choirs, and full-on bands are represented in these 72 tracks, many of them recorded live during church services. The most remarkable thing about this set, however, is period: all of this material was recorded in the post-Sam Cooke/Soul Stirrers period, during the James Cleveland and Ray Charles eras, in the years just after Muddy Waters' and John Lee Hooker's electric blues debuted, at the dawn of soul music history through the heyday of doo wop and labels like Motown, Fortune, Atlantic, Goldwax, Stax, Volt, Chess, and Cadet. Virtually everything here -- including sermons -- was influenced by the black music traditions begun in 1950 and culminating in the late '70s. Some stellar examples are "Down Here Praying" by the Detroit Silvertones, a version of the title track sung by New Orleans' Missionary Mamie Sample (there are at least three different takes by various artists), "Baptized" by the Clefs of Calvary, the rocking gospel of "Send the Holy Ghost Down" by Alston, illinois' Brother Clark & His Trio, the positively shack-shaking reading of "I'm a Pilgrim" by Nathaniel Rivers and his stinging lead guitar cut in a storefront church in Bed-Stuy in 1973, the pedal steel groove of Rev. Lonnie Farris on "Peace in the Valley," and "The Little Light," by Detroit's Fantastic Voices of Joy, produced by Dave Hamilton on the Sacred Sounds imprint. There are simply far too many examples of the wild, woolly, and wonderful here to recount. Some cuts sound like the singles they came from had been skated on, but it's far from a drawback. If anything, it adds to the sense of mystery and immediacy in these tracks -- most of them one-offs -- as if voices out of time are edifying the listener in church on Sunday morning, with another side of the same truth kitty corner from the one they hung out on on Saturday night. On most of these recordings, we can hear the sounds of the street inside the church as well as vice-versa. McGonigal's liner notes are as detailed as possible -- he's done his homework -- making this an absolutely essential purchase for anyone interested in gospel, soul, blues, and R&B, the sacred and the profane.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2011
Label:
Tompkins Square
UPC:
0894807002639
catalogNumber:
2639
Rank:
17291

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. He Will Fix It
  2. I Am Saved
  3. Jesus Been Good
  4. I Never Heard a Man
  5. The Devil's Trying to Steal My Joy
  6. I Heard of a City
  7. I've Got to Move to a Better Home
  8. Walk with God
  9. This May Be My Last Time Singing
  10. Put Your Hand in the Hand
  11. Cloud Hanging Low, Pt. 2
  12. I Need You Jesus
  13. I'll Fly Away
  14. You Better Mind, Pts. 1 & 2
  15. Do You Think God Will Let You By
  16. I Came a Long Way
  17. Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around
  18. Stop Now
  19. Oh Lord I Have No Friend
  20. Prodigal Son
  21. Down Here Praying
  22. (Make Old) Satan Leave Me Alone
  23. One Morning Soon
  24. Zechariah

Disc 2

  1. Stop Living on Me
  2. Ain't It a Shame
  3. He Got His Eyes on You
  4. When He Called My Name
  5. Baptized
  6. I Heard a Prayer, Pts. 1 & 2
  7. I'm Working on a Building
  8. Perfect Like the Angels
  9. So Many Fallen by the Wayside
  10. If You Ever Need a Friend
  11. On the Right Road Now
  12. I Believe I Will Go Home
  13. Save Me Jesus
  14. God's New Building
  15. May Be My Last Time
  16. Jesus Gave Me Water
  17. Be There in the Happening, Pt. 2
  18. I Found a Friend
  19. I'm a Child of My God
  20. Let Your Will Be Done
  21. If It Wasn't for the Lord What Would I Do
  22. This Old Light of Mine
  23. I Got to Make It
  24. Where Could I Go
  25. Who

Disc 3

  1. Jesus Is on the Mainline
  2. God Don't Take No Vacation
  3. The Lord Will Make a Way
  4. Oh Lord Help Me
  5. God Is Taking Care
  6. Supernatural Prayer, Pts. 1 & 2
  7. Jesus Will Fix It
  8. He Walks with Me, Pts. 1 & 2
  9. All Wrap Up in One
  10. Bless the People Everywhere
  11. Milky White Way
  12. I Went to the House
  13. I've Got a Good Feeling
  14. Send the Holy Ghost
  15. Don't You Know Me Thomas
  16. The Little Light
  17. I Got Jesus (And That's Enough)
  18. There's a Place
  19. I'm a Pilgrim
  20. My Lord and I
  21. This May Be My Last Time
  22. Peace in the Valley
  23. Jesus Is Living Today

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