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VA - When I Reach That Heavenly Shore Unearthly Black Gospel, 1926-1936 (2014)

23-12-2014, 15:12
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VA - When I Reach That Heavenly Shore Unearthly Black Gospel, 1926-1936 (2014)

Artist: VA
Title Of Album: When I Reach That Heavenly Shore Unearthly Black Gospel, 1926-1936
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Tompkins Square
Genre: Gospel
Quality: 320 Kbps
Total Time: 130:50 min
Total Size: 303 MB
WebSite: amazon


CD 1:

01. Seventh Day Adventist Choir - On Jordan's Stormy Bank We Stand[02:37]
02. McCollum's Sanctified Singers - Glory! Glory! Hallelujeh[02:57]
03. Primitive Baptist Choir of North Carolina - Fight On Your Time Ain't Long[02:45]
04. The Jubilee Gospel Team - Let Jesus Lead You [03:14]
05. Elder Oscar Saunders & Congregation - Preaching with Singing[03:30]
06. Roosevelt Graves & Brother - I'll Be Rested (When the Roll Is Called)[02:29]
07. Rev. A. W. Nix - Hiding Behind the Stuff [03:26]
08. Edward W. Clayborn "The Guitar Evangelist" - Let That Lie Alone[02:37]
09. Rev T.E. Weems - The Devil Is a Fisherman [03:05]
10. McCollum's Sanctified Singers - Oh Lord I'm Your Child [03:03]
11. Rev. William Ransom - Abraham Have Mercy On Me [04:09]
12. Primitive Baptist Choir of North Carolina - Father I Stretch My Hands Up to Thee[03:09]
13. Blind Joe & Emma Taggart - I Wish My Mother Was On That Train[02:46]
14. Rev. J.M.Gates - Dead Cat On the Line [03:07]

CD 2:

01. Laurel (MS) Fireman's Quartet - You Gotta Live Your Religion Every Day[02:37]
02. Fa Sol la Singers, J.J. Davis, Director - Rejoicing On the Way[03:10]
03. Blind Gussie Nesbit - Canaan's Land [03:20]
04. Elder Oscar Saunders & Congregation - Everybody Will Be Happy Over There[03:33]
05. Edward W. Clayborn - Jesus Will Make It Alright [03:03]
06. Primitive Baptist Choir of NC - Heaven Belongs to You [02:56]
07. Eddie Head & His Family - Lord I'm the True Vine [03:07]
08. Henry Thomas - Jonah in the Wilderness [02:56]
09. Rev. D.C. Rice - Angels Rolled the Stone Away [02:41]
10. Blind Gussie Nesbit - Pure Religion [03:18]
11. Primitive Baptist Choir of NC - I Love Thy Church O Lord[02:47]
12. Jubilee Gospel Team - Stations Will Be Changed [03:19]
13. Mother McCollum - When I Take My Vacation in Heaven [02:56]
14. Rev. Emmet Dickinson - What the Men Wanted the Women Was Sitting On[02:58]

CD 3:

01. Washington Phillips - Train Your Child [03:08]
02. Rev. William Ransom - He Shall Speak for Himself [04:32]
03. Edward W. Clayborn - I Heard the Angels Singing [03:05]
04. Primitive Baptist Choir of NC - The Day Is Past and Gone[02:55]
05. Jubilee Gospel Team - I Know the Lord Has Laid His Hand On Me[03:10]
06. Rev. J.C. Burnett - Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews [03:01]
07. Laurel (MS) Fireman's Gospel Choir - I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone[02:33]
08. Blind Joe & Emma Taggart - I'll Be Satisfied [02:56]
09. Primitive Baptist Choir of NC - Blessed Be the Tie That Binds[02:48]
10. Edward W. Clayborn - I Shall Not Be Moved [02:49]
11. Jubilee Gospel Team - Don't Know When Old Death Will Call for Me[03:14]
12. Rev. J.C. Burnett - Great Day of His Wrath Has Come [02:58]
13. Mother McCollum - I Want to See Him [02:59]
14. Rev. A.W. Nix - Going to Hell & Who Cares [03:32]

Many of the 42 tracks collected here, 34 of which are being digitally re-introduced to the world, don't sound much like gospel, at least not in the modern sense of the word. Recorded between 1926 and 1936, and done for commercial labels, these are really pre-gospel pieces, religious and sacred songs done in blues, street jazz, choral, and other styles, and some of them are simply passionately delivered proto-rap-like rhythmic sermons. Modern gospel as a distinct musical genre had yet to be codified, and what we really have here are the roots of all that. There's a little bit of everything, from unclassifiable artists like Henry Thomas, a black Texas street singer who played his guitar like a banjo, self-accompanied by quills (pan pipes), to East Texas street evangelist Washington Phillips, who played two self-made zithers simultaneously to deliver an eerie, celestial sound behind his personalized hymns and sermons. There's also guitarist Roosevelt Graves and his amazingly talented tambourine-playing brother Uaroy delivering a spirited "I'll Be Rested When the Roll Is Called," which is a bit unnerving, like hearing early rock & roll from another planet. There are gutsy blues sides here, and shape-note singing, black barbershop quartets, fiery street corner sermons, and the complete recorded works of the Primitive Baptist Choir of North Carolina. It adds up to a strange, invigorating, haunting, and otherworldly listening experience, a bit like taking a time-travel musical tour of a world we've almost lost the means to comprehend. Drawn and assembled from the personal collection of Grammy-winning engineer and record producer Christopher King, who has also put together similar collections covering the blues of Charley Patton, Greek folk violin, and other pre-war obscurities, and is a part of the Paramount Records comprehensive reissue project, When I Reach That Heavenly Shore is a wonderful restoration of a little-known part of America's musical past, and it has the power to awaken astonishment.

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dastardlee   User offline   23 December 2014 15:33

Halleluljah! Thank you so much! Flacs would be divine!

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