Testify!: The Gospel Box

Testify!: The Gospel Box

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Overview

Testify!: The Gospel Box

This joyous three-CD celebration of gospel comes in an immaculate, gilded package that looks like a holy book. It's a fitting design, considering the heaven-sent contents within. Simply put, this is the best all-around gospel gathering in recording history. Spanning 1942-1996, the collection includes such classics as Shirley Caesar's spirit-filled "No Charge," Clara Ward's "How I Got Over," the Winans' "Tomorrow," the Edwin Hawkins Singers' jubilant "Oh Happy Day," the Caravans' Pentecostal-flavored "Walk Around Heaven," Andrea Crouch's "My Tribute," and Marion Williams with the incomparable Thomas A. Dorsey on "Take My Hand, Precious Lord." But the gospel story, as the 40-plus pages of liner notes reveal, is deep and varied, so the songs here go beyond the standards. There are rarer treasures, too -- a studio version of Mahalia Jackson's "Didn't It Rain," and "Mary, Don't You Weep" by Aretha Franklin and Rev. James Cleveland. Then there are the contemporary hits from some of gospels pace-setting new stars like Yolanda Adams ("The Battle Is the Lord's") and the Sounds of Blackness ("I Believe"). Finally, there are gifts from more mainstream performers: Whitney Houston's "I Love The Lord," the Commodores' "Jesus Is Love" featuring Lionel Richie on lead vocals and Boys II Men's "Dear God." Just put it on and rejoice.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/1999
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227573423
catalogNumber: 75734

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Inez Andrews   Track Performer
Shirley Caesar   Track Performer
James Cleveland   Track Performer
Dorothy Love Coates   Track Performer
Dixie Hummingbirds   Track Performer
Fairfield Four   Track Performer
Golden Gate Quartet   Track Performer
Original Gospel Harmonettes   Track Performer
Harmonizing Four   Track Performer
Walter Hawkins   Track Performer
Highway Q.C.'s   Track Performer
Mahalia Jackson   Track Performer
John P. Kee   Track Performer
Mighty Clouds of Joy   Track Performer
Sounds of Blackness   Track Performer
Swan Silvertones   Track Performer
Take 6   Track Performer
Trumpeteers   Track Performer
Williams Brothers   Track Performer
Marion Williams   Track Performer
Winans   Track Performer
Oleta Adams   Track Performer
LaVern Baker   Track Performer
Boyz II Men   Track Performer
Aretha Franklin   Track Performer
Whitney Houston   Track Performer
Staple Singers   Track Performer
Caravans   Track Performer
Yolanda Adams   Track Performer
Georgia Mass Choir   Track Performer
O'Neal Twins   Track Performer
Clara Ward   Track Performer
Danniebelle Hall   Track Performer
Ron Winans   Track Performer
Original Five Blind Boys of Mississippi   Track Performer
Rev. F.C. Barnes   Track Performer
Meditation Singers   Track Performer
Blind Boys of Alabama   Track Performer
Southern Sons   Track Performer
Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers   Track Performer
Voices of Tabernacle   Track Performer
GMWA Women of Worship   Track Performer
Andraé Crouch   Track Performer
Prof. Alex Bradford   Track Performer
Cissy Houston   Track Performer
New Life Community Choir   Track Performer
Southern California Community Choir   Track Performer
Rev. Maceo Woods   Track Performer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Track Performer
Donald Lawrence   Track Performer
Singers   Track Performer
William Becton   Track Performer
Red Budd Gospel Choir   Track Performer
Edwin Hawkins Singers   Track Performer
Sallie Martin Singers   Track Performer
Mimi Redd   Track Performer
Gate City Singers   Track Performer
Gospel Chimes   Track Performer
Ward Singers   Track Performer
Love Center Young Adult Choir   Track Performer
Jackson Harmoneers   Track Performer
Bradford Specials   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Michael Johnson   Producer,Liner Notes
Richard Smallwood   Composer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Opal Nations   Producer
John Newton   Composer
Dave Crawford   Composer
Elizabeth Pavone   Producer,Liner Notes
Julie Vlasak   Art Direction
Carol Cooper   Liner Notes
Lin Woods   Producer,Liner Notes
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Bobby Jones   Liner Notes

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