by The Davis Sisters


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The Davis Sisters carved out their reputation singing gospel on the Pentecostal circuit following World War II. Sisters Ruth, Thelma, Audrey, and Alfreda Davis were joined by pianist/singer Curtis Dublin and singer Imogene Green to create a vocal powerhouse. The group's secret weapon was its big sound, giving the impression that a choir, not a group, was singing. 1949-1952 captures the group's first recordings and it's easy to see -- listening to cuts like "We Shall Walk in the Sunlight of the Lord" and "When He Spoke" -- why Apex and Gotham signed the group. It's also easy to see, listening to tracks like "Get Away Jordan," how the Davis Sisters' influence was passed on to Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples. There's a concentrated exuberance to these recordings, as though the sisters' sound -- raw, earthy, and inspired -- had been recorded while a tent meeting was in progress. In song after song, Ruth's lead is surrounded by a powerful quartet, filling classics like "Marching to Zion" and "Get Right With God" with a burning intensity. These songs are accompanied by sparse arrangements featuring piano, and are occasionally supplemented by drums and organ. The Davis Sisters' big gospel sound is still fresh, and is the kind of gospel music that even a skeptic can enjoy.

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Release Date: 06/24/2003
Label: Heritage Music
UPC: 0008637504724
catalogNumber: 47

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