When the Sun Goes Down, Vol. 11: Sacred Roots of the Blues

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The sheer emotional language and zeal of gospel music affected R&B, soul, rock & roll, and even country more than is commonly realized, as this marvelous compilation from Bluebird Records shows. Drawing on the vast back catalog of vintage 78s in the Bluebird and Victor vaults, The Sacred Roots of the Blues is the 11th installment in the excellent When the Sun Goes Down: The Secret History of Rock & Roll series, and like the other entries, it's careful and intelligent sequencing opens a whole hidden world to the listener. What is most immediately striking here is the sparse power of these cuts, where simple handclaps or a single guitar spark beneath impassioned...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The sheer emotional language and zeal of gospel music affected R&B, soul, rock & roll, and even country more than is commonly realized, as this marvelous compilation from Bluebird Records shows. Drawing on the vast back catalog of vintage 78s in the Bluebird and Victor vaults, The Sacred Roots of the Blues is the 11th installment in the excellent When the Sun Goes Down: The Secret History of Rock & Roll series, and like the other entries, it's careful and intelligent sequencing opens a whole hidden world to the listener. What is most immediately striking here is the sparse power of these cuts, where simple handclaps or a single guitar spark beneath impassioned singing, often in a call-and-response format, like the set opener, "Gabriel," where handclaps and a trumpet drive Elder Charles Beck & His Congregation like twin pistons. Often there are no instruments involved at all, as in the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet's a cappella "Job," where the trading of lyric fragments between alternating voices generates a relentless forward momentum, a technique elaborated by the Utica Institute Jubilee Singers into a jazzy, complex syllabic word game on "Peter on the Sea." At the other end of the spectrum is Paul Robeson's "Deep River," which is sad, searching, and stately. Another highlight here is the odd and atmospheric "Honey in the Rock" by Blind Mamie Forehand, which is as bare and electric and subliminally dangerous as a frayed wire. Over a half-century of music is represented on Sacred Roots of the Blues the earliest recording, "Pour Mourner" by the Dinwiddie Colored Quartette, hails from 1902, making it a wonderful introduction to true, unadorned gospel. When the emotional intensity of gospel collided with the secular themes of the blues -- when Saturday night met Sunday morning, if you will -- the seeds were sown for R&B, soul, and rock & roll, and this compilation offers an indispensable road map to the very crossroads of that musical Big Bang.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/2004
  • Label: Rca Victor Europe
  • UPC: 828766008425
  • Catalog Number: 660084

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gabriel - Elder Charles D. Beck (2:38)
  2. 2 Amazing Grace - Reverend J.M. Gates (3:16)
  3. 3 Oh Death - Pace Jubilee Singers (3:27)
  4. 4 Certainly Lord - Deacon A. Wilson (3:22)
  5. 5 Go Down Moses - Tuskegee Institute Singers (3:18)
  6. 6 Po' Mo'ner Get a Home at Last @@Fisk University Jubilee Quartet (3:10)
  7. 7 The Liar - Sheffield Quartet (2:56)
  8. 8 Job - Golden Gate Quartet (2:40)
  9. 9 Nobody Knows de Trouble I've Seen - Marian Anderson (2:43)
  10. 10 Deep River - Paul Robeson (2:22)
  11. 11 Poor Mourner - Dinwiddie Colored Quartet (2:56)
  12. 12 Honey in the Rock - Blind Mamie Forehand (2:43)
  13. 13 The Lion and the Tribes of Judah - Lonnie McIntorsh (3:11)
  14. 14 Fifty Miles of Elbow Room - Rev. F.W. McGee (2:39)
  15. 15 He Got Better Things for You - Memphis Sanctified Singers (2:58)
  16. 16 The Promise True and Grand - Washington White (3:06)
  17. 17 Leave It There - Pace Jubilee Singers (3:09)
  18. 18 Going Up the King's Highway - Blind Connie Rosemond (2:26)
  19. 19 Hide You in the Blood @@Taskiana Four (2:28)
  20. 20 Peter on the Sea - Utica Institute Jubilee Singers (1:59)
  21. 21 Ezekiel Saw de Wheel/Swing Low, Sweet Chariot/Keep Yo' Hand on the ... @@Johnson, Hall Negro Choir (4:22)
  22. 22 Happy Am I @@Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux (3:21)
  23. 23 Precious Lord, Take My Hand - The Heavenly Gospel Singers (2:59)
  24. 24 Holding on, Pt. 1 - MME (2:40)
  25. 25 Holding on, Pt. 2 - MME (1:49)
  26. 26 I'm Free at Last - Southern Sons (3:18)
  27. 27 Preach My Word - The Five Trumpets (2:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Beck Vocals
Bessie Johnson Vocals
Leroy Kirkland Guitar
Lonnie McIntorsh Guitar
Alfred Miller Organ
Hattie Parker Vocals
Sally Sumler Vocals
Marty Wilson Drums
Kelly Owens Piano
Henry Owens Tenor (Vocal)
Orlandus Wilson Tenor (Vocal)
Reverend J.M. Gates Vocals
Roosevelt Fenoy Leader
William Langford Tenor (Vocal)
Fred Whitmore Tenor (Vocal)
James Ricks Bass (Vocal)
Willie Connell Johnson Baritone (Vocal)
Ben Skinner Tenor (Vocal)
Wesley Hill Baritone (Vocal)
Jimmy Bryant Singers Bass (Vocal)
Lawrence D. Brown Piano
Daniel Johnson Tenor (Vocal)
Edward Foster Baritone (Vocal)
Rev. F.W. McGee Guitar, Piano, Trumpet
Technical Credits
Harry (Henry) Thacker Burleigh Composer
Barry Feldman Reissue Producer
Lonnie McIntorsh Composer
Doug Pomeroy Mastering
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Dr. David Evans Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Reverend J.M. Gates Composer
Hall Johnson Director
Charles Albert Tindley Composer
Washington White Arranger
Traditional Composer
Lucie E. Campbell Composer
Lawrence D. Brown Arranger
Gary Kelley Cover Illustration
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