Remember Me

Remember Me

by Marion Williams
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Remember Me

Gospel great Marion Williams possessed one of the strongest voices in the history of American music, and with a four-octave range coupled with her uncanny rhythmic timing and a dynamic grasp of melisma that kept it from being mere ornamentation, she stalked the gospel stage like few have before or since. Remember Me is a powerful retrospective of Williams' solo years, and includes several live and previously unissued tracks, all of which feature her stunning, dynamic singing. Her version of "God Bless the Child" here exhibits none of the apparent resignation that many singers have given the song over the years, but instead instills it with a strength of will that turns it from resigned acceptance to hard statement from note one. Similarly, her take on "O Death" changes the tone of the song from a desperate request to a flat-out demand for "another day." Williams' 1981 version of "City of Heaven" is a huge, ominous masterpiece, and the bluesy emotion in her voice is almost terrifying in its immediacy. Had she aimed her talents at the secular side, Williams would have undoubtedly been widely acknowledged as one of the greatest singers of her era (following her death in 1994, Rolling Stone actually proclaimed her "the greatest singer ever"), but she stuck to gospel, which limited her audience. Her influence in the pop field, though, has been quietly immense, and every soul singer on earth owes her a great deal. Remember Me is the perfect introduction to this amazing singer.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/2005
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351606327
catalogNumber: 6063
Rank: 106746

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marion Williams   Primary Artist,Piano
James Cleveland   Piano
Jessy Dixon   Organ
Buddy Crosby   Piano
Jonathan DuBose   Guitar,Drums
Marion Franklin   Piano
Roy Markowitz   Drums
James Perry   Organ,Keyboards
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Narrator
Lloyd Gary   Piano
Gladys Gordon   Piano
Eddie Brown   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Robin Keith Williams   Drums
Brother Andrew Jay   Bass

Technical Credits

Marion Williams   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Andrew Heermans   Engineer
Anthony Heilbut   Producer
Hank O'Neal   Cover Photo
M. Thomas   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Charles Albert Tindley   Composer
Rev. William Herbert Brewster   Composer
Simon Albury   Producer

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Remember Me 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best collection of Marion's gospel performances yet. Fantastic throughout. Don 't miss this from the woman who was called America's "greatest singer."