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Fire in My Bones: Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007 Box set


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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Peace in the ValleyRev. Lonnie Farris 2:50$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Rock and Roll SermonElder Beck 4:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray AgainRev. Anderson Johnson 2:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I'm A SoldierThe Phillips' Specials 2:57$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. How LongSister Ola Mae Terrell 2:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Better Get ReadyElder Roma Wilson & Family 3:19$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. So GladRev. Robert Ballinger 2:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Wasn't That A MysteryMadison County Senior Center Singers 3:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. When the Saints Go Marching InPrecious Bryant 2:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Get Back SatanRev. Roger L. Worthy & Bonnie Woodstock 2:39$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Got A Telephone In My BosomAmazing Farmer Singers of Chicago 2:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Made A Vow To The LordRev. Steward & Family 2:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. You've Got To Move (When The Lord Gets Ready)Two Gospel Keys 2:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Down By The RiversideSnooks Eaglin 2:37$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Stand By MeSister Mathews 2:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Wicked Shall Cease From TroublingNathaniel Rivers 3:12$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. That's Alright (Since My Soul Has Got A Seat Up In The Kingdom)Laura Rivers 2:35$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. Why Sorrow Done Passed Me AroundGeorgia Fife & Drum Band 2:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. Don't Let Him RideMississippi Nightingales 3:19$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. He's Coming BackElder & Sister Brinson & the Brinson Brothers 2:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen21. By His WordHolmes Sisters 2:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen22. Where Could I GoLucille Barbee 3:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen23. Stand By MeGeorge Shields & His Gospel Singers 3:18$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen24. I'll Never Turn BackSinging Son of Zion 3:27$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen25. You Without Sin Cast The First StoneIsaiah Owens 3:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen26. Storm Thru MississippiHenry Green 2:30$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen27. I'm Pressing OnBrother Willie Blue 2:51$0.89  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Jesus' BloodGolden Stars of Greenwood, SC 2:51$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Glory Glory HallelujahNapolian Strickland 2:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. John SawGrant & Ella 2:19$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Since He Touched MeShaw Singers 2:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. God's Mighty HandRev. Utah Smith 2:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. What Can I Do Without The LordRay Branch & His Guitar 3:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. AngelsProfessor Johnson & His Gospel Singers 2:15$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Truth In The GospelSister Goldia Haynes 2:30$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Walk With MeRayborn Brothers Quintet 2:18$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Spirit of the LordAbraham Brothers 2:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. I've Got Heaven On My MindHickory Bottom Harmoneers 2:44$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. In God's HouseSisters of Song 2:14$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Does Jesus CareMarie Knight 2:32$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. If I Could Not Say A WordJoe Townsend 3:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Where The Sun Never Goes DownWillie Mae Williams 2:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Heard It Through The True VineFlora Molton 2:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. Father, I Stretch My Arm To TheeRev. G. W. Killens & Mt. Calvary Congregation 3:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. Nobody KnowsRobert Brown and the Sons of the South 3:20$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. How Much I OweRadio Four 2:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. My TestimonyAbner Jay 2:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen21. I Love The LordClear Creek Missionary Baptist Church Congregation 4:37$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen22. Same ManThe Gospel Writers 2:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen23. I Know I Got ReligionAndy Mosely, Hogman Maxey 2:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen24. He's My Rock, My Sword, My ShieldFannie Bell Chapman 2:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen25. Working On A BuildingRev. Louis Overstreet 7:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen26. Lord, Hold My HandTrue Loving Five 2:41$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen27. Fire Shed in My BonesBoyd Rivers 3:59$0.89  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Power Is In The Heart of ManBrother & Sister W B Grate 5:33$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Don't Let The Devil RideIke Gordon 2:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Holy RockReverend Billy H. Grady 2:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Pray On, My ChildWillamette Gospel Singers 3:15$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Jesus Is Sweet To MeSensational Skylights 1:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Want To Live (So God Can Use Me)Brother Willie Easton & His Gospel Guitar 2:39$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I'm Just A VoiceHelen McGiver and the McGiver Singers 2:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. You Ought To Been ThereThe B.C. Harmonizers 2:18$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. You Better Get ReadyThe Bible Aires Spiritual Singers 1:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Help MeLula Collins 2:14$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. So SoonLittle Ax & the Golden Echoes 2:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Rock DanielsBishop McDonald 7:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Very Last MileJohn Boswell and the True Sounding Boswellettes 2:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. What God Can DoLeon Pinson 1:23$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Let The Redeemed Say SoRev. John Wilkins 2:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Sweet HomeE.L. Burtis 2:32$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. A Little Old FashionedElizabeth Phillips 2:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. How LongRev. Charles White 2:37$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. At A Time Like This (Part 1)Isaac Haney & the Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir 4:20$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. God Rode in the WindstormProf. James Earle Hines & His Goodwill Singers 2:41$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen21. Go Devil GoMadam Ira Mae Littlejohn 2:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen22. This TrainElder Samuel Patterson & the Christian Crusaders 3:02$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen23. Victory Shall Be MineStraight Street Holiness Group 2:32$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen24. The Lord Is My ShepherdMosby Family Singers 3:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen25. Some Sweet DayBishop Perry Tillis 2:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen26. Swing LowTheotis Taylor 4:30$0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 27, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Tompkins Square
  • ASIN: B002NACY72
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The majority of this music has never been reissued on CD, or in any other form (most tracks were originally released on regional independent labels). Most post-WWII compilations of African-American gospel music naturally concentrate on the astounding quartet and solo vocalist sounds made during the music's Golden Age. Fire In My Bones attempts to address and collect more neglected sounds from that era (and on to the present day). Dozens of traditions are represented. Some go back hundreds of years while others seem to have been arrived at as soon as the tape began to roll. Field recordings and studio tracks are all mashed together, with solo performances next to congregational recordings, hellfire sermons next to afterlife laments. Leon Pinson, Elder & Sister Brinson & the Brinson Brothers, Grant & Ella, Straight Street Holiness Group, Theotis Taylor, Brother & Sister W B Grate -- these artists will now be just a little less obscure.


Fire In My Bones provides a small peek at the incredible diversity and power of post-war black gospel. Much of this music is raw, distorted and might sound a bit strange. But it is not presented as a novelty freak show or as "outsider music." This is gospel - which we must always remember translates as "the good news" - as it has been sung and performed in tiny churches and large programs, from rural Georgia to urban Los Angeles. It is clearly among the most vibrant, playful, beautiful and emotionally charged music in the world.


Produced by Mike McGonigal. Package design by Grammy-winner Susan Archie.

Customer Reviews

Much of this music, like much of the nuggets genre, was produced for it's own reward.
Scott McWade
The sound quality is raw because of the rarity of the tracks but that does not diminish from the enjoyment of the music.
Michael B. Gelb
I have heard the Revenant collection American Primitive Vol. 1, and a few tracks here and there on various compilations.
John Porcellino

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 31, 2009
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Three discs 79,78,78 minutes each approximately. The sound,while not pristine,is suitable for this type of music,especially the smaller-sized groups heard here. The discs are slipped in,bare,into their individual cardboard sleeves-not the best for preservation,a minor quibble. The booklet gives short,track-by-track info on each performer/performers. There are reproductions of 45rpm record labels sprinkled throughout,along with a couple of photographs of performers from the era. The various artists are in (a seemingly) random order,which gives this collection a better flow from track to track. In addition,a portion of any profits from this set helps musicians in New Orleans,who lost their livelyhood due to Hurricane Katrina.

This collection takes a slightly different look at gospel music-not attempting a rehash of the usual gospel music/performers from the golden age of gospel music (just after WWII through the late 50's/early 60's)that even today exerts a powerful hold on listeners. There are many people who listen to nothing but gospel music,and anyone who listens to blues music should be aware of,at least,the more well known country (BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON,SISTER GERTRUDE MORGAN,REVEREND GARY DAVIS,"MISSISSIPPI" FRED McDOWELL,REV.J.M. GATES,ELDER CHARLES BECK 1946-56 as examples),and gospel singers/collections ("Angola Prison Spirituals","Prison Blues of the South","Como Now",Sam Cooke and THE SOUL STIRRERS,"NAOMI SHELTON AND THE GOSPEL QUEENS",Rev. Overstreet,CAMPBELL BROTHERS-"You Can Feel It","Spreading the Word-Early Gospel Recordings","Goodbye Babylon","Nuggets of the Golden Age of Gospel 1945-1958","Guitar Evangelists-Vol.1 & 2") available. As far as I know all the above are still available and are very worthwhile owning.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Rials on October 30, 2009
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There have been some classic gospel releases in the last few years. (Dust to Digital's - Goodbye Babylon and Take Me To The Water; Revenants's American Primitive Vol. 1.)But this one is different from the others. Instead of mining out more Pre War Gospel, they catch us up on the years following. From 1944-2007 is where this set is based. If your a fan of Kevin Nutt's (who serves as a Adviser on the set) Sinner's Crossroads show on WFMU then you will eat this up. A classic release from Tompkins Square and nice box set design from Susan Archie.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott McWade on January 3, 2010
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Much of this music, like much of the nuggets genre, was produced for it's own reward. This music made the people that performed it, feel good. Music performed as an excercise in enjoyment. The enthusiasm, just like with nuggets, is contageous. Those that compiled it, perform their own excercise, unearthing it. The lineage from originator to listener is complete, enthusiasm and praise. Let it wash over you, you will be better for it. Blessed. Funky, too.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Gelb on January 6, 2010
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I bought this collection after hearing a couple of songs on columbia's radio station. I'm not particularly a gospel fan but the songs i heard sounded great. I could easily hear gospel's influence on r&b, blues and rock and roll. The sound quality is raw because of the rarity of the tracks but that does not diminish from the enjoyment of the music. If you love early r&b and blues, I would highly recommend this album. If you love gospel and Jesus, then it really is no brainer. Either way the album is full of win!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ed C. Fields Jr. on May 10, 2012
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This music makes sense if one understands the nature of the God and Jesus these musicians and singers worshipped. They worshipped the Big Guys, the God of thunder, lightning, and earthquakes and the Son of God who stood up for the oppressed and the poor and gave His life for them. Now that God's job is to help you with your finances and find you a spouse and Jesus has been demoted to caring about the self esteem of middle class Americans, it's not surprising that so much 'Christian' music is now shallow, slick, and banal. Fire In My Bones, on the other hand, is powerful music for a powerful God and elevates Vision (As in, 'Without a Vision, my people perish') over message (As in, 'repent or go to hell'). The songs don't tell you why you should go to heaven, they make you want to sign up right now.
Production values range from loose to damn near nonexistent. Now, if that's a problem, stick to American Idol. But consider this: When God unleashed the Big Bang, I'll bet that things got a little messy and I'll bet that God didn't care 'cause He was having too much fun. The same standards apply to these CDs. If something isn't falling off or flying into the corner, the Spirit isn't shaking you hard enough.
Don't get me wrong. The music works. Oh boy, does it work. These folks knew what they were doing. On many of the songs, the singer does a solemn and stately reading of the first line, then, with no hint of a warning, the drums, bass, and ugly electric guitar kick you in the back of the head and you're gone. There are tracks where you'd swear that James Brown's Famous Flames or the Stax/Volt crew snuck into the studio and plugged in. The singers growl, howl, moan, and scream in every pitch that lurks inside the human animal and it always fits the song!
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