The Half Ain't Never Been Told, Vol. 2

The Half Ain't Never Been Told, Vol. 2


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The Half Ain't Never Been Told, Vol. 2

Yazoo has released yet another wonderful compilation chock full of recordings that are essential for roots music fans. The Half Ain't Never Been Told, Vol. 2 chronicles American rural religious music of the 1920s and 1930s. The moving, heartfelt praise and prayers included here range from a cappella choirs to solo artists with musical accompaniment to gospel groups. Unusually, the collection doesn't separate music from black and white rural music traditions, mixing in bluegrass, prewar gospel blues, sacred harp singing, spirituals, and more. With this variety of styles equally dispersed between two volumes, if you want one, you will want them both. Volume 2 contains songs by Phillips, Blind Willie Johnson, Charlie Patton, Blind Joe Taggart, the Kentucky Ramblers, and many groups. As is always the case with compilations of such early and rare recordings, the sound quality varies widely, with a hiss ranging from barely noticeable to hissing at the same volume as any of the instruments. Nonetheless, this compilation makes an important addition to the library of roots music fans who can overlook sound quality inconveniences for the recordings' historical importance.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/30/1999
Label: Yazoo
UPC: 0016351205025
catalogNumber: 2050
Rank: 279780

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blind Willie Johnson   Track Performer
Charley Patton   Track Performer
Heavenly Gospel Singers   Track Performer
Kentucky Ramblers   Track Performer
George Washington Phillips   Track Performer
McGhee   Track Performer
Blind Joe Taggart   Track Performer
Bascom Lamar Lunsford   Track Performer
Biddleville Quintette   Track Performer
Reverend J.M. Gates   Track Performer
Utica Institute Jubilee Singers   Track Performer
Allison's Sacred Harp Singers   Track Performer
Elder Otis Jones   Track Performer
Cleve Chaffin   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Blind Willie Johnson   Composer
Richard Nevins   Producer,Liner Notes
Doris Ullman   Cover Photo
Traditional   Composer

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