Trouble in the Street

Trouble in the Street

by Pilgrim Jubilee Singers


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Trouble in the Street

The Pilgrim Jubilees were among the early pioneers of the quartet vocal sound in the '50s, and they weren't about to move away from the old-time sound at this late stage in the game on Trouble in the Street. The songs (save one) are all group member originals, and the arrangements stick to the classic format -- piano/organ and bass dominate, guitar for rhythm and backbeat drums -- with a bit of atmospheric synthesizer the lone concession to contemporary tastes. The opening "Trouble in the Street" throws in a modified "Turning Point" bassline with emphasis on choral harmonies, and more piano and impassioned singing surface on "My Christian Journey." "I Love You" gets cloying with its synth wash blankets, but "I Do Too" gets some momentum going, albeit pretty sedately. "Heavenly Reunion" and "Hold Me Together" return to their usual mid-tempo groove, the latter with massed backing vocals backing lead exhortations before "Love Everybody" gets a good head of "Hi-Heeled Sneakers" steam going. "You've Got to Wait" begins to step out in bring-it-on-home fashion -- Major Robertson seems to be the Jubilees' best up-tempo songwriter, as the country jog trot blues of "The Train" showed earlier. "By and By" is just piano and more impassioned vocals, but while Trouble in the Street is solid enough, none of the songs really leap out to grab you. You already can guess the message, so ultimately it's another competent disc by these seasoned veterans but not the best place to start for a group as historically important as the Pilgrim Jubilees.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/1997
Label: Malaco Records
UPC: 0048021449125
catalogNumber: 4491

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pilgrim Jubilee Singers   Primary Artist
Maurice Surrell   Drums
Derrick Nation   Organ,Keyboards
Bobby McDougle   Guitar
Fred Rice   Guitar
Michael Atkins   Bass

Technical Credits

Rev. James Moore   Contributor
Jerry Smith   Arranger
Rev. Benjamin Cone   Liner Notes
Eddie Graham   Contributor
Clay Graham   Arranger,Producer
Cleve Graham   Producer
N. Major Roberson   Producer
Jerry Mannery   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Dennis J. Heckler   Graphic Design
Ben Chandler   Contributor
Major Roberson   Composer

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