Debut release on this label, an incredible package of early gospel music, in a deluxe handcrafted wooden box (designed by Susan Archie, who was previously responsible for the Grammy-winning Charley Patton boxset on Revenant). 5 CDs featuring 135 songs (1902-1960), 1 CD featuring 25 sermons (1926-1941). Notes and essays by musicologists and scholars. Contributors include Lynn Abbott, David Evans, Ray Funk, Anthony Heilbut, Kip Lornell, Luigi Monge, Paul Oliver, Opal Louis Nations, Bruce Nemerov, Guido van Rijn, Ken Romanowski, Tony Russell, Doug Seroff, Dick Spottswood, Warren Steel, David Tibet, Gayle Dean Wardlow, and Charles Wolfe. 200 page book with Bible verses, complete lyric transcriptions, and notes for each recording, plus over 200 illustrations. Reverently packed in raw cotton and housed in a deluxe 8" x 11" x 2.5" cedar box. "If you're not sure where you'll stand on judgement morning, we have five CDs of guitar evangelists, holiness string bands, jubilee gospel quartets, sacred harp choirs and sanctified jug music to rock your soul plus one CD of shouting sisters and powerful preachers to deliver the message about your starry crown." According to Greil Marcus: "The best country-religious music collection I have ever heard."
"Goodbye, Babylon" is one of the most impressive collections of gospel recordings ever assembled. -- Will Hermes, Spin, March 2004
...we should study and cherish collections like Goodbye, Babylon. -- Matt Labash, Weekly Standard, March 15, 2004
This fantastic box of holy ruckus is the greatest anthology of antique Southern sacred song and oratory ever assembled. -- David Fricke, Rolling Stone, January 22, 2004