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Good News: 100 Gospel Greats

Good News: 100 Gospel Greats

The Proper label quickly joined JSP as one of the most valuable import labels in existence, reissuing stacks of important sides in the form of low-cost, high-value box sets. Its focus didn't dwell on artists either, giving space to important overviews of instruments (guitar for Hittin' on All Six, drums for The Engine Room) and styles (Bebop Spoken


The Proper label quickly joined JSP as one of the most valuable import labels in existence, reissuing stacks of important sides in the form of low-cost, high-value box sets. Its focus didn't dwell on artists either, giving space to important overviews of instruments (guitar for Hittin' on All Six, drums for The Engine Room) and styles (Bebop Spoken Here, Doughboys, Playboys & Cowboys: The Golden Years of Western Swing). Given that track record, it's no surprise to find Good News: 100 Gospel Greats, its gospel survey, an excellent summation of the genre, superior in its compilation, sound, and liner-note commentary to nearly any other set. Over the course of its (roughly chronological) four discs and 100 tracks, Good News tells the story of black gospel from the '20s to the '50s, usually with five to six important sides each from the biggest artists. Organized by disc, the set begins with the earliest recorded jubilee quartets (the Famous Blue Jay Singers, Selah Jubilee Singers), continues with the first flower of quartet singing (the Golden Gate Quartet, the Charioteers, the Dixie Hummingbirds), issues on the third disc important gospel soloists (Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dorothy Love Coates), and closes with the late peak of gospel quartets (the Soul Stirrers, Pilgrim Travelers, and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama and Mississippi). One small caveat: Good News does tend to include many sides from important artists, making it less appealing to those who've already built a sizeable collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
Proper Box Uk

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Disc 1

  1. He Took My Sins Away
  2. Wonder Where Is the Gambling Man
  3. Didn't It Rain
  4. Everytime I Feel the Spirit
  5. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  6. I Dreamed of the Judgment Morning @@Dunham Jubilee Singers
  7. Clanka-A-Lanka (Sleep on Mother)
  8. I'm Leaning on the Lord
  9. Brother Jonah
  10. I'm Bound for Canaan Land
  11. Them Bones
  12. I'm Praying Humble
  13. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
  14. Lead Me to the Rock
  15. Walk in the Light
  16. When the Gate Swings Open
  17. Cheer the Weary Traveler
  18. My Lord Is Writing All the Time
  19. Have You Heard About the World
  20. I Saw the Light
  21. He Knows Just How Much We Can Bear
  22. King Jesus Knows I'm Coming
  23. Lord Give Me Wings
  24. Rough and Rocky Road
  25. Where Shall I Be

Disc 2

  1. Golden Gate Gospel Train
  2. Gabriel Blows His Horn
  3. John the Revelator
  4. Rock My Soul
  5. Every Time That I Feel the Spirit
  6. Noah
  7. Didn't It Rain
  8. Jesus Is a Rock in the Weary Land
  9. Don't Rock the Boat
  10. Wade in the Water
  11. Walk Together Chillun
  12. I'm Bound for the Promised Land
  13. Jubilee
  14. Milky White Way
  15. Babylon's Fallen
  16. Gideon and the Sword
  17. Buckle My Shoe
  18. Time's Winding Up
  19. Friends, Let Me Tell You About Jesus
  20. The Book of the Seven Seas
  21. Every Knee Surely Must Bow
  22. Amazing Grace
  23. Don't You Want to Join That Number
  24. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
  25. Ezekiel Saw the Wheel

Disc 3

  1. Rock Me
  2. That's All
  3. Precious Lord, Hold My Hand
  4. Strange Things Happen Every Day
  5. This Train
  6. Up Above My Head, I Hear Music in the Air
  7. What Could I Do?
  8. Move on Up a Little Higher, Pt. 1
  9. Move on Up a Little Higher, Pt. 2
  10. Dig a Little Deeper
  11. Get Away Jordan
  12. Just Over the Hill, Pt. 1
  13. Just Over the Hill, Pt. 2
  14. The Lord's Prayer
  15. My Record Will Be There
  16. The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow
  17. God's Amazing Grace
  18. I'm Gonna Live the Life I Sing About
  19. We Will Walk Through the Valley
  20. Each Day
  21. Everyday Will Be a Sunday (By and By)
  22. I'm Sealed
  23. Just to Behold His Face
  24. When I Reach My Heavenly Home
  25. Get Away Jordan
  26. I Want to Rest

Disc 4

  1. This Is My Prayer
  2. Jesus Prays for You and Me
  3. Glory, Glory Hallelujah
  4. Does Jesus Care?
  5. Peace in the Valley
  6. I'm Standing on the Highway
  7. The Old Rugged Cross
  8. Mother Bowed
  9. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well
  10. God Shall Wipe All Tears Away
  11. Satisfied with Jesus
  12. I Want My Crown
  13. I've an Interest Over There
  14. Living on Mother's Prayer
  15. Honey in the Rock
  16. Anyhow
  17. Canaan Land
  18. Jesus Traveled This Road Before
  19. Must Be a God Somewhere
  20. Something Within Me
  21. Jesus Gave Me Water
  22. In the Wilderness
  23. In This World Alone
  24. Search Me Lord

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dorothy Love Coates   Vocals
Clarence Fountain   Baritone (Vocal)
Mahalia Jackson   Vocals
George Lewis   Clarinet
Sam Cooke   Tenor (Vocal)
Bunk Johnson   Trumpet
Alton Purnell   Piano
Jim Robinson   Trombone
James W. Alexander   Tenor (Vocal)
Sammy Price   Piano
Lawrence Abrams   Tenor (Vocal)
Baby Dodds   Drums
Keith Barber   Baritone (Vocal)
Abe Bolar   Bass
Brother Joe May   Vocals
Archie Brownlee   Tenor (Vocal)
Thomas L. Bruster   Baritone (Vocal)
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Roy Crain   Tenor (Vocal)
James B. Davis   Baritone (Vocal)
Leonard DePaur   Conductor
Odessa Edwards   Vocals
Mildred Falls   Piano
Johnny Fields   Bass (Vocal)
Pops Foster   Bass
Paul Foster   Baritone (Vocal)
R.H. Harris   Tenor (Vocal)
Vera Kolb   Vocals
Mildred Miller   Vocals
Kenneth S. Morris   Organ
Rev. Percell Perkins   Baritone (Vocal)
R.B. Robinson   Baritone (Vocal)
Bertha Smith   Piano
Melvin Smith   Tenor (Vocal),Lead
Silas Steele   Lead
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Guitar,Vocals
Olice Thomas   Baritone (Vocal)
Beachy Thompson   Tenor (Vocal)
Ira Tucker   Baritone (Vocal)
Kylo Turner   Tenor (Vocal)
Rev. George W. Warren   Vocals
Harold "Doc" West   Drums
Bill White   Baritone (Vocal)
Ira Williams   Baritone (Vocal)
Lloyd Woodard   Baritone (Vocal)
Charlie Beal   Baritone (Vocal)
William Boush   Baritone (Vocal)
Joe Floyd   Baritone (Vocal)
Ellis McPherson   Bass (Vocal)
Bill Morgan   Bass
Samuel Patterson   Guitar
William Thatch   Falsetto
Joseph Armstrong   Baritone (Vocal)
Henry Owens   Tenor (Vocal)
Clyde Riddick   Tenor (Vocal)
Jimmy Sherman   Piano
Thermon Ruth   Tenor (Vocal)
Curtis Brown   Tenor (Vocal)
Williams   Bass (Vocal)
Johnny Pierce   Baritone (Vocal)
Roosevelt Fenoy   Lead
Julius Caleb Ginyard   Lead
Jimmy Hollingsworth   Tenor (Vocal)
William Langford   Tenor (Vocal)
Bayard Rustin   Tenor (Vocal)
Fred Whitmore   Tenor (Vocal)
Sam Bryant   Bass (Vocal)
Raymond Smith   Tenor (Vocal)
Howard Doug Daniel   Bass (Vocal)
William C. Brown   Tenor (Vocal)
Edward Jackson   Tenor (Vocal)
Joseph Ford   Bass (Vocal)
John Ford   Tenor (Vocal)
Carrington Lewis   Tenor (Vocal)
James Keels   Bass (Vocal)
Delroy Hollins   Baritone (Vocal)
Len Williams   Bass (Vocal)
Melvin Coldten   Baritone (Vocal)
Jimmy Bryant Singers   Bass (Vocal)
Ben Ransaw   Baritone (Vocal)
Otto Tuston   Tenor (Vocal)
Mario Thompson   Tenor (Vocal)
William "Billy" Brown   Tenor (Vocal)
Herbert J. Francis   Organ
Louise Overall   Organ
Willie Johnson   Leader,Baritone (Vocal)
Jay T. Clinkscales   Bass (Vocal)
John Ford   Tenor (Vocal)
Calvin Stewart   Baritone (Vocal)
Rayfield Taylor   Bass (Vocal)
Arthur Lee "Bob" Beatty   Tenor (Vocal)
Clarence Dennis "Tooter" Parnell   Bass (Vocal)
Raleigh Turnage   Tenor (Vocal)
Fred Baker   Guitar,Baritone (Vocal)
William Bobo   Bass
JB Nelson   Bass (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Dixie Hummingbirds   Contributor
Original Five Blind Boys of Mississippi   Contributor
Golden Gate Quartet   Contributor
Soul Stirrers   Contributor
Heavenly Gospel Singers   Contributor
Blind Boys of Alabama   Contributor
Anthony Heilbut   References
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Arranger,Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Ray Funk   Liner Notes
Dixieaires   Contributor
Albert Hay Malotte   Composer
Joop Visser   Producer,Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Jay Warner   Contributor

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