Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions

Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions


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Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions

This four-disc set, drawn from the musical examples to Bernice Johnson Reagon's outstanding National Public Radio series on African-American gospel music, deals respectively with the concert tradition in spiritual singing, the 19th-century roots of African-American congregational singing, the pioneering composers, and community gospel. As ballet music lacks a dimension without the dance, the CDs lack a dimension without the powerful mind tying the whole thing together. And to have included some of the non-African-American roots Professor Reagon illustrated in the programs would also have made this more than just another fine gospel set. But "just another fine gospel set" is pretty fine in its own right. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music

Product Details

Release Date: 01/21/1997
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074007624
catalogNumber: 40076
Rank: 6257


Disc 1

  1. There Is a Balm in Gilead
  2. We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace
  3. Roll Jordan Roll
  4. I've Been Buked and I've Been Scorned
  5. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  6. Joshua Fit the Battle
  7. Wade in the Water
  8. Deep River
  9. Listen to the Lambs
  10. Every Time I Feel the Spirit
  11. Oh, Freedom
  12. Gospel Train
  13. I'm A-Rolling Through an Unfriendly World
  14. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
  15. Steal Away
  16. Go in to the Wilderness
  17. Ezekial Saw the Wheel
  18. Ain't Got Time to Die
  19. Wade in the Water

Disc 2

  1. Sign of the Judgement
  2. Lay Down Body
  3. Lay Down Body
  4. Run, Mary, Run, You Got a Right to the Tree of Life
  5. One Morning Soon
  6. I Wanna Go Where Jesus Is
  7. You Better Run to the City of Refuge
  8. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
  9. Give Me Jesus
  10. I Am a Soldier in the Army of the Lord
  11. Am I a Soldier of the Cross
  12. Early, My God, Without Delay
  13. Come and Go to That Land
  14. Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, Since I Laid My Burden Down
  15. A Charge to Keep I Have
  16. Traditional Prayer with Moans
  17. Sit Down Servant

Disc 3

  1. Stand by Me
  2. We'll Understand It Better by and By
  3. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today?
  4. Something Within
  5. He'll Understand and Say Well Done
  6. Touch Me Lord Jesus
  7. It's a Highway to Heaven (Walking up the King's Highway)
  8. Little Wooden Church on a Hill
  9. I Was Standing by the Bedside of a Neighbor (If You See My Savior)
  10. How I Got Over
  11. Speak to Me Jesus
  12. Does Jesus Care?
  13. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
  14. God Is Still on the Throne
  15. God Specializes
  16. Precious Lord

Disc 4

  1. Jesus on the Mainline
  2. Ye That Without Sin, Cast the First Stone
  3. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  4. A Charge to Keep I Have
  5. There'll Be Singing over Yonder
  6. Nearer My God to Thee
  7. Put Your Trust in Jesus
  8. Who'll Be a Witness (For My Lord)?
  9. Lead Me, Guide Me
  10. God Is So Good (To Me)
  11. Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray
  12. Peace in the Valley
  13. Hold to God's Unchanging Hand
  14. Let All the People Praise Him
  15. Yes, Lord (Church of God in Christ Chant)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sweet Honey in the Rock   Track Performer
Bernice Johnson Reagon   Vocals,Track Performer
Rev. Donald Vails   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Yasmeen   Vocals,Track Performer
Nitanju Bolade Casel   Vocals
Theresa Davis   Vocals
Evelyn Harris   Track Performer
Aisha Kahlil   Vocals,Track Performer
Michelle Lanchester   Vocals,Track Performer
Toshi Reagon   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Thelma Ellison   Vocals
Lawrencs McKiver   Vocals
Odessa Young   Vocals
Florida A&M Choir   Track Performer
Carolyn Bolger-Payne   Vocals
Horace Clarence Boyer   Piano,Vocals
Gwendolyn Cooper-Lightner   Piano
Derek Dilihunt   Bass
Vertie McKiver   Vocals
Grozelia Stepheny   Vocals
Annie Wilkes   Falsetto
Pearl Williams-Jones   Piano
Debbie Steele-Hayden   Vocals
Elizabeth Temple   Vocals
Richard Allen Singers   Track Performer
Angelic Harmonizers   Track Performer
Bible Way Temple Radio Choir   Track Performer
Century Gospel Singers   Track Performer
Fisk University Jubilee Singers   Track Performer
Lou Bell Johnson   Vocals,Track Performer
Gloria Griffin   Vocals,Track Performer
Princely Players   Track Performer
Kehembe Eichelberger   Track Performer
Howard University Chamber Choir   Track Performer
Union Temple Baptist Church   Track Performer
United Southern Prayer Band of Baltimore, Washington, & Vir   Track Performer
King Curly   Vocals
William Boyd   Vocals
McIntosh County Shouters   Track Performer
Eric Taylor   Drums
Brother John Hale   Vocals
Evelyn Simpson-Curenton   Organ,Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

Mahalia Jackson   Composer
Roberta Martin   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Ben E. King   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Robert C. Smith   Artwork
Bernice Johnson Reagon   Producer,Liner Notes
Clara Ward   Composer
Doug Conroy   Engineer
David Glasser   Engineer
Tom Knox   Engineer
Bill McElroy   Engineer
Andrew Palmer   Contributor
Toshi Reagon   Producer
Laura Rivers   Contributor
Maggie Russell   Contributor
Mike Stoller   Composer
John Tyler   Engineer
Mike Zook   Engineer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Art Steele   Engineer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Leon Roberts   Composer
Carol Hardy   Artwork
Horace Clarence Boyer   Composer
Lisa Pertillar Brevard   Liner Notes
Judi Moore Latta   Producer
Delise Perkens-Hall   Director
Jason Stalluto   Engineer
Charles Albert Tindley   Composer
Annie Wilkes   Contributor
Pearl Williams-Jones   Liner Notes
Sister Mary Wright   Contributor
Doris Akers   Composer
Rev. William Herbert Brewster   Composer
Augustus Pearson   Director
Barry Sanders   Engineer
Gloria Griffin   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Sister Rosa Lee Young   Contributor
Terry Knight   Engineer
Evelyn Simpson-Curenton   Composer,Director
C. H. Morris   Composer
Bishop Charles Mason   Composer
W. Dawson   Composer
J. Harold Montague   Composer

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