Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions

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This four-disc set, drawn from the musical examples to Bernice Johnson Reagon's outstanding National Public Radio series on African-American gospel music, deals respectively with the concert tradition in spiritual singing, the 19th-century roots of African-American congregational singing, the pioneering composers, and community gospel. As ballet music lacks a dimension without the dance, the CDs lack a dimension without the powerful mind tying the whole thing together. And to have included some of the non-African-American roots Professor Reagon illustrated in the programs would also have made this more than just another fine gospel set. But "just another fine gospel set" is pretty fine in its own right. ~ John Storm ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
This four-disc set, drawn from the musical examples to Bernice Johnson Reagon's outstanding National Public Radio series on African-American gospel music, deals respectively with the concert tradition in spiritual singing, the 19th-century roots of African-American congregational singing, the pioneering composers, and community gospel. As ballet music lacks a dimension without the dance, the CDs lack a dimension without the powerful mind tying the whole thing together. And to have included some of the non-African-American roots Professor Reagon illustrated in the programs would also have made this more than just another fine gospel set. But "just another fine gospel set" is pretty fine in its own right. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/21/1997
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074007624
  • Catalog Number: 40076
  • Sales rank: 211,301

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 There Is a Balm in Gilead (5:49)
  2. 2 We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace (3:11)
  3. 3 Roll Jordan Roll (2:12)
  4. 4 I've Been Buked and I've Been Scorned (4:34)
  5. 5 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (2:43)
  6. 6 Joshua Fit the Battle (2:21)
  7. 7 Wade in the Water (2:21)
  8. 8 Deep River (2:52)
  9. 9 Listen to the Lambs (5:19)
  10. 10 Every Time I Feel the Spirit (1:37)
  11. 11 Oh, Freedom (2:06)
  12. 12 Gospel Train (2:23)
  13. 13 I'm A-Rolling Through an Unfriendly World (5:32)
  14. 14 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (5:26)
  15. 15 Steal Away (5:32)
  16. 16 Go in to the Wilderness (3:43)
  17. 17 Ezekial Saw the Wheel - Florida A&M University Concert Choir (2:15)
  18. 18 Ain't Got Time to Die (2:42)
  19. 19 Wade in the Water (2:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sign of the Judgement - McIntosh County Shouters (2:34)
  2. 2 Lay Down Body - McIntosh County Shouters (2:59)
  3. 3 Lay Down Body - Seniorlites (1:29)
  4. 4 Run, Mary, Run, You Got a Right to the Tree of Life - Seniorlites (2:30)
  5. 5 One Morning Soon - C.J. Johnson (0:43)
  6. 6 I Wanna Go Where Jesus Is - C.J. Johnson (4:55)
  7. 7 You Better Run to the City of Refuge - C.J. Johnson (3:09)
  8. 8 I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (5:48)
  9. 9 Give Me Jesus (3:55)
  10. 10 I Am a Soldier in the Army of the Lord (5:59)
  11. 11 Am I a Soldier of the Cross (6:12)
  12. 12 Early, My God, Without Delay (3:57)
  13. 13 Come and Go to That Land - Congregational Song (2:53)
  14. 14 Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, Since I Laid My Burden Down - Southwest Georgia Blue Spring Missionary Baptist A (4:07)
  15. 15 A Charge to Keep I Have - Southwest Georgia Blue Spring Missionary Baptist A (4:27)
  16. 16 Traditional Prayer with Moans - Southwest Georgia Blue Spring Missionary Baptist A (9:45)
  17. 17 Sit Down Servant - Southwest Georgia Blue Spring Missionary Baptist A (2:04)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Stand by Me (3:21)
  2. 2 We'll Understand It Better by and By (2:57)
  3. 3 What Are They Doing in Heaven Today? - Michelle Lanchester (5:43)
  4. 4 Something Within - Eugene Smallwood (4:17)
  5. 5 He'll Understand and Say Well Done - Rev. Donald Vails (3:23)
  6. 6 Touch Me Lord Jesus - Michelle Lanchester (3:03)
  7. 7 It's a Highway to Heaven (Walking up the King's Highway) - Rev. Donald Vails (1:43)
  8. 8 Little Wooden Church on a Hill - Eugene Smallwood (5:04)
  9. 9 I Was Standing by the Bedside of a Neighbor (If You See My Savior) (3:19)
  10. 10 How I Got Over (3:03)
  11. 11 Speak to Me Jesus (5:14)
  12. 12 Does Jesus Care? - Horace C. Boyer, Rev Donald Vails & The Celebratio (3:48)
  13. 13 Just a Closer Walk with Thee (4:13)
  14. 14 God Is Still on the Throne (5:43)
  15. 15 God Specializes (7:16)
  16. 16 Precious Lord (3:50)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Jesus on the Mainline - Dorothy Love Coates (5:15)
  2. 2 Ye That Without Sin, Cast the First Stone - Brother John Hale (2:33)
  3. 3 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen - Poole Brothers (3:38)
  4. 4 A Charge to Keep I Have - Poole Brothers (4:13)
  5. 5 There'll Be Singing over Yonder (1:23)
  6. 6 Nearer My God to Thee - Four Eagles Quartet (3:19)
  7. 7 Put Your Trust in Jesus (4:28)
  8. 8 Who'll Be a Witness (For My Lord)? - Golden Gate Quartet (4:49)
  9. 9 Lead Me, Guide Me (4:02)
  10. 10 God Is So Good (To Me) (6:12)
  11. 11 Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray (1:46)
  12. 12 Peace in the Valley - Henry Davis Singers (5:02)
  13. 13 Hold to God's Unchanging Hand (7:04)
  14. 14 Let All the People Praise Him - St. Augustine Catholic Church Gospel Choir (4:06)
  15. 15 Yes, Lord (Church of God in Christ Chant) (0:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sweet Honey in the Rock Track Performer
Bernice Johnson Reagon Vocals, Track Performer
Rev. Donald Vails Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Yasmeen Vocals, Track Performer
Nitanju Bolade Casel Vocals
Theresa Davis Vocals
Evelyn Harris Track Performer
Aisha Kahlil Vocals, Track Performer
Michelle Lanchester Vocals, Track Performer
Toshi Reagon Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Thelma Ellison Vocals
Lawrencs McKiver Vocals
Odessa Young Vocals
Florida A&M Choir Track Performer
Carolyn Bolger-Payne Vocals
Horace Clarence Boyer Piano, Vocals
Gwendolyn Cooper-Lightner Piano
Derek Dilihunt Bass
Vertie McKiver Vocals
Grozelia Stepheny Vocals
Annie Wilkes Falsetto
Pearl Williams-Jones Piano
Debbie Steele-Hayden Vocals
Elizabeth Temple Vocals
Richard Allen Singers Track Performer
The Angelic Harmonizers Track Performer
Bible Way Temple Radio Choir Track Performer
The Century Gospel Singers Track Performer
Fisk University Jubilee Singers Track Performer
Lou Bell Johnson Vocals, Track Performer
Gloria Griffin Vocals, Track Performer
Princely Players Track Performer
Kehembe Eichelberger Track Performer
Howard University Chamber Choir Track Performer
Union Temple Baptist Church Track Performer
United Southern Prayer Band of Baltimore, Washington, & Vir Track Performer
King Curly Vocals
William Boyd Vocals
McIntosh County Shouters Track Performer
Eric Taylor Drums
Brother John Hale Vocals
Evelyn Simpson-Curenton Organ, Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Merle Haggard Composer
Joan Baez Composer
Mahalia Jackson Composer
Roberta Martin Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Jimmy Hughes Composer
Ben E. King Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Al Smith Artwork
Bernice Johnson Reagon Producer, Liner Notes
Clara Ward Composer
Doug Conroy Engineer
David Glasser Engineer
Tom Knox Engineer
Bill McElroy Engineer
Andrew Palmer Contributor
Toshi Reagon Producer
Laura Rivers Contributor
Maggie Russell Contributor
Mike Stoller Composer
John Tyler Engineer
Mike Zook Engineer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Art Steele Engineer
Charles Wesley Composer
Leon Roberts Jr. Composer
Carol Hardy Artwork
M. Christian Composer
Horace Clarence Boyer Composer
Lisa Pertillar Brevard Liner Notes
Judi Moore Latta Producer
Delise Perkens-Hall Director
Jason Stalluto Engineer
Charles Albert Tindley Composer
Annie Wilkes Contributor
Pearl Williams-Jones Liner Notes
Sister Mary Wright Contributor
Doris Akers Composer
Rev. William Herbert Brewster Composer
Augustus Pearson Director
Barry Sanders Engineer
Gloria Griffin Composer
Traditional Composer
Sister Rosa Lee Young Contributor
Terry Knight Engineer
Evelyn Simpson-Curenton Composer, Director
C. H. Morris Composer
Bishop Charles Mason Composer
W. Dawson Composer
J. Harold Montague Composer
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