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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Goodbye, Babylon - Pt.I - Rev. T.T. Rose and Singers
  2. Are You Washed In the Blood Of the Lamb - Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters
  3. Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind On Jesus) - Roosevelt Graves And Brother
  4. Present Joys - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
  5. All I Want Is That Pure Religion - Blind Lemon Jefferson
  6. Satisfied - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers
  7. As the Life Of a Flower - Chuck Wagon Gang
  8. Thou Carest Lord, For Me - Holy Ghost Sanctified Singers
  9. Lift Him Up That's All - Washington Phillips
  10. Rock My Soul - Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet
  11. There's a Light Lit Up In Galilee - Ernest V. Stoneman's Dixie Mountaineers
  12. Crucifixion - Arizona Dranes
  13. Crying Holy Unto the Lord - The Blue Chips
  14. I'll Never Go Back - Louvin Brothers
  15. God's Gonna Separate the Wheat From the Tares - Mahalia Jackson
  16. Blessed Are the Poor In Spirit - Luther Magby
  17. I Belong To the Band - Hallelujah - Rev. Gary Davis
  18. River Of Jordan - Carter Family
  19. Sow Good Seeds - Lil McClintock
  20. I'll Be Satisfied - Bryant's Jubilee Quartet
  21. Troubled 'Bout My Soul - Frank Palmes
  22. Dry Bones - Bascom Lamar Lunsford
  23. Jesus My All - Carlisle Brothers
  24. Creep Along.,Moses - Taskiana Four
  25. Joy Bells - Tennessee Music and Printing Company Quartet
  26. He Gave Me a Heart To Love - Elder David Ross
  27. O Day - Bessie Jones And The Sea Island Singers

Disc: 2

  1. There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down - Brother Claude Ely
  2. Memphis Flu - Elder Curry And Congregation
  3. The Bible's Right - Sister O.M. Terrell
  4. Standing In the Need Of Prayer - Stanley Brothers
  5. The Blood That Stained the Old Rugged Cross - Carl Smith
  6. How About You - Thomas A. Dorsey
  7. Jesus Is a Mighty Good Leader - Skip James
  8. Murillo's Lesson - Charles Butts Sacred Harp Singers
  9. Glory Glory Glory Glory To the Lamb - Kentucky Ramblers
  10. Come Over Here - Elder Richard Bryant's Sanctified Singers
  11. I'm Gonna Cross the River Of Jordan - Some O' These Days - Jaybird Coleman
  12. Milky White Way - Trumpeteers
  13. Deliverance Will Come - Johnson Family Singers
  14. Daniel In the Den Of Lions - North Carolina Cooper Boys
  15. Goin' On To Heaven In the Sanctified Way - Sister Cally Faney
  16. No More, My Lord - Jimpson
  17. This World Can't Stand Long - King's Sacred Quartette
  18. God's Getting Worried - Virginia Dandies
  19. Get Right Church - Empire Jubilee Quartet
  20. Move Members Move - Rosie Hibler And Family
  21. Lover Of the Lord - Huggins & Phillips Sacred Harp Singers
  22. The Old Ark's A Moving - A.A. Gray and Seven Foot Dilly
  23. On My Way To Heaven - Blind Roger Hays
  24. The Bible's True - Uncle Dave Macon
  25. Ship Of Glory - Prince Family Sacred Singers
  26. Since I Laid My Burden Down - Elders McIntorsh and Edwards
  27. Precious Lord, Hold My Hand - Elder Effie Hall and Congregation
  28. When the Saints Go Marching In - Blind Willie Davis
  29. Jonah, Come Out the Wilderness - Roaring Lion

Disc: 3

  1. Down On the Old Camp Ground - Dinwiddie Colored Quartet
  2. My Lord's Gonna Move This Wicked Race - Norfolk Jubilee Quartet
  3. Your Enemy Cannot Harm You (But Watch Your Close Friend) - Edward W. Clayborn
  4. Ain't Gonna Lay My Armor Down - McVay & Johnson
  5. I'll Fly Away - Martha Carson
  6. Heavenly Vision - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
  7. Lord I Just Can't Keep From Crying - Blind Willie Johnson
  8. Lower My Dying Head - The Jubilee Gospel Team
  9. You've Got To Move - Two Gospel Keys
  10. That Home Above - Flatt And Scruggs
  11. Golden Gate Gospel Train - Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet
  12. I'll Be Rested (When the Roll Call Is Called) - Roosevelt Graves And Brother
  13. Down On Me - Eddie Head And His Family
  14. Goin' To Rest Where Jesus Is - Blind Joe Taggart
  15. Got Heaven In My View - Louis Washington
  16. Judgement - Rev. Sister Mary Nelson
  17. I Want Two Wings To Veil My Face - Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers
  18. We Got the Same Kinda Power Over Here - Rev. D.C. Rice and Sanctified Congregation
  19. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today - Washington Phillips
  20. That Great Day - T.C.I. Women's Four
  21. I'm Bound For Home - North Canton Quartet
  22. I Am In the Heavenly Way - Washington White
  23. Over In the Glory Land - Sam Morgan's Jazz Band
  24. Death In the Morning - Rev. Anderson Johnson
  25. In the Land Where, We'll Never Grow Old - Maddox Brothers & Rose
  26. Bathe In That Beautiful Pool - Dock Walsh
  27. I'll Have a New Body - Hank Williams and the Drilling Cowboys

Disc: 4

  1. Walking My Lord Up Calvary Hill - Stoney Cooper
  2. Christ Arose - Sheffield Quartet
  3. If You See My Saviour - Thomas A. Dorsey
  4. Let Jesus Lead You - The Jubilee Gospel Team
  5. Found a Wonderful Savior - Golden Gae Jubilee Quartet
  6. He Is My Story - Arizona Dranes And Choir
  7. I Remember Calvary - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers
  8. Take Your Burden To the Lord And Leave It There - Blind Willie Johnson
  9. If You Follow Jesus - Rev. W. M. Mosley
  10. Hide Me In the Blood Of Jesus - Blind Benny Paris And Wife
  11. I'll Be a Friend To Jesus - Wade Mainer
  12. Standing On the Promises - Tennessee Mountaineers
  13. Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane - Mother McCollum
  14. I've Got Salvation In My Heart - Stovepipe No.1
  15. I Mean To Live For Jesus - Blind Alfred Reed
  16. When Was Jesus Born? - Heavenly Gospel Singers
  17. Come To the Savior - Blue Sky Boys
  18. I Want Jesus To Walk With Me - Dorothy Melton
  19. He's Coming Soon - Laura Henton
  20. Return Again - OKeh Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers
  21. I Am the True Vine - Rev. Gary Davis
  22. Sweet Story Of Old - Bela Lam and His Greene County Singers
  23. I'll Lead a Christian Life - Elder Golden P. Harris
  24. I'm Leaning On the Lord - Famous Blue Jay Singers
  25. Where He Leads Me, I Will Follow - Blind Willie Harris
  26. Jesus Is Getting Us Ready For the Great Day - Luther Magby

Disc: 5

  1. Daniel Saw the Stone - Silver Leaf Quartette of Norfolk
  2. Called To the Foreign Field - Alfred G. Karnes
  3. Hallelujah To the Lamb - Ridgel's Fountain Citians
  4. You Need Jesus On Your Side - Deacon A. Wilson
  5. Pace Jubilee Singers - You'd Better Mind
  6. J.T. Allison's Sacred Harp Singers - Exhilaration
  7. Ernest Phipps and His Holiness Singers - If the Light Has Gone Out of Your Soul
  8. Brown's Ferry Four - Keep on the Firing Line
  9. Bailes Brothers - Romans Ten and Nine
  10. Wade Mainer - Standing Outside
  11. Monroe Brothers - Sinner You Better Get Ready
  12. Blind Willie McTell - I Got to Cross the River of Jordan
  13. Dock Reed and Vera Hall Ward - Free at Last
  14. Bessie Johnson's Sanctified Singers - The Whole World In His Hand
  15. Mahalia Jackson - Amazing Grace
  16. Blind Mamie Forehand - Honey in the Rock
  17. Seventh Day Adventist Choir - On Jordan's Stormy Banks We Stand
  18. Elder J.E. Burch - My Heart Keeps Singing
  19. Joshua White - I Don't Intend to Die in Egyptland
  20. Daniels Deason Sacred Harp Singers - Primrose Hill
  21. Daniels Deason Sacred Harp Singers - Primrose Hill
  22. Mrs. L. Reed & Mrs. T.A. Duncans - Light in the Valley
  23. The Georgia Peach - When the Saints Go Marching In
  24. Jimmie Strothers - Down to the Shore
  25. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Strange Things Happening Every
  26. Rev. T.T. Rose - Goodbye, Babylon part 2

Disc: 6

  1. Rev. J.M. Gates - Gettin' Ready For Christmas Day
  2. Rev A.W. Nix - Black Diamond Express to Hell Part 1
  3. Rev A.W. Nix - Black Diamond Express to Hell Part 2
  4. Rev. J.C. Burnett - The Downfall of Nebuchadezzar
  5. Rev. Isaiah Shelton - The Liar
  6. Rev. Emmet Dickinson - Hell and What It Is
  7. Elder J.E. Burch - The Church And the Kingdom
  8. Rev. T.E. Weems - If I Have a Ticket Lord Can I Ride
  9. Rev. Benny Campbell - You Must be Born Again
  10. Rev. E.D. Campbell - Take Me to the Water
  11. Jubilee Gospel Team - Oh, Lord Remember Me
  12. Rev. E.S. (Shy) Moore - Christ, the Teacher
  13. Rev. Johnny Blakey - King of Kings
  14. Elder Otis Jones - O Lord I'm Your Child
  15. Rev. Webb - Moses was Rescued by a Negro Woman
  16. Rev. George Jones - That White Mule of Sin
  17. Deacon Leon Davis - Deacon's Prayer Service
  18. Rev. S.J. Worell - The Prodigal Son
  19. C.H. Gatewood - Well of Salvation
  20. Rev. F.W. McGee - Jonah in the Belly of the Whale
  21. Rev. J.C. Burnett - The Gambler's Doom
  22. Hallelujah Joe - The Prodigal's Return
  23. Rev. T.E. Weems - God is Mad with Man
  24. Rev. J.M. Milton - The Black Camel of Death
  25. Rev. J.M. Gates - Death Might Be Your Santa Claus

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 27, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: October 27, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • 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: Dust-to-Digital
  • ASIN: B0000DBOCB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,616 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By BP Mills on December 9, 2005
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I have had this set for over a year and I still have not listened to it all. 135 songs of such diverse and interesting variety and styles. The music is so raw in most cases that it speaks to the gut first, then the heart.
Dust to Digital is the best outfit in the world for locating and assembling such massive historical recordings. This is the most pleasureable set of gospel (if you can limit it to that genre) music, ever. Thank you DtoD.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By B. Marshall on July 7, 2008
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Look up. Does it say "in stock"? It does? Buy it! The hell with the damn money - life's short, and this jewel from Dust To Digital is worth every cent. Goodbye, Babylon is a rich, deep vein of mixed ore - plenty of utilitarian coal, a good leavening of gold, and a double handful of diamonds. For starters, the box set itself is a beautiful object, made with respect and love. For musical trainspotters, there's plenty here to enjoy and mull over - by far the larger proportion not found on any of my other compilations. And for people like me, who are trawling for that elusive and rare combination of passion and melody, humanity and heartbreak, yearning and joy - it can be found here. I distilled the six CDs down to a compilation that I listen to as I would any good music, and as frequently - it's a great Sunday morning CD and, if you live in the suburbs like I don't, it'll freak the neighbours. Oh, unless you live in the southern states of the US, of course. Ahem. Anyway, sift through and you'll find beautiful songs that will lift your spirits, old weird America stuff that'll make you smile and sing along, and a wealth of really interesting music that draws from many traditions. This one is special, and worth it. Enjoy.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alias on May 13, 2006
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This set includes 5 music CD's plus 1 preaching CD. All six are good ones and each individual CD is put together according to a single theme; salvation, judgement, etc. I listen to this over and over again and I never tire of it. Maybe this is a bit pricy, but still it's worth every cent.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas McPhee on January 4, 2007
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This is one of the most wide-ranging and wonderful collections of early roots music I've found. The performances range from gospel quartets and choirs through blues and jug bands, pulling together influences from gospel, bluegrass and country, jazz, and blues. And then there's an entire disc of sermons, with such gems (no pun intended) as "Black Diamond Express to Hell". Great stuff, and a wonderfully eclectic collection of early roots music, gospel or not.

The sound quality is very good, especially given the age of many of the sources.

There's not a ton of historical/biographical info in the 200+ page book, but the inclusion of all the lyrics of every song is a huge win. The packaging is as cool as it looks, but isn't terribly practical for day-to-day use. That wasn't a problem for me, as I ripped all six CDs and have primarily played them off my computers, but could be a nuisance for some.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Stimpson on January 12, 2010
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i haven't a religious bone in my body, but this boxed set has provided me with one of the most moving listening experiences of my life. a good deal of this music is full of an intense yearning, coming from men and women who didn't have an easy lot in life. the sacred harp singing is a particular highlight for me. turn off whatever might provide a distraction and set aside an afternoon to listen. my budget prevents me from buying boxed sets such as these very often, but, to the best of my knowledge, there's no other collection of american religious music with this kind of scope and attention to detail - from mastering to liner notes (lyrics!) to packaging. i'm not usually one to care about packaging but the wooden box feels like a lovely personal touch - apparently the cotton comes from the label owners' farm. be forewarned that the discs can slide around in the box and out of their protective sleeves, though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 3twenty6 on February 4, 2014
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Five stars does not do justice to this magnificent collection. This set picks up where the second disc of the "Social Music" collection on Harry Smith's "Anthology of American Folk Music" leaves off. A few of the songs here do appear on the Smith collection, but for the most part, Goodbye, Babylon uses Smith's work as a springboard into the deeper realms of spiritual music from the first half of the 20th century.

Practically every note of the collection is a highlight and serves as a wonderful launchpad for deeper investigation into the amazing world of early 20th century gospel music. Some of the tunes are by well-known folks (Hank Williams, Uncle Dave Macon, the Carter Family) and some are by completely obscure names that you'll never see anywhere else.

If you're an amateur (or not-so-amateur) musicologist or blues/folk/race/hillbilly record nut, this is a phenomenal collection of tracks. Lovingly assembled, lavishly-packaged, and beautifully annotated, "Goodbye, Babylon" can be the start of a million explorations, or the focus of a single deep dig.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By opihb on September 18, 2011
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If you'r looking for church music, Gospel, songs from the heart, then listen to this wonderful collection, starting from the early days in the 20th century. Wonderful !!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Y. Beauvais on January 11, 2013
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marvelous box, chock full of gems, some obscure some well known. Extremely intelligently sequenced, out of chronological order and with no regard to race or region, hence making a very strong point for the magnificence, color-blindness, and time-defying power of music. Sound quality is as good as any such collections comprised of old 78 transfer. The moron who left the only non 5-star review of this extraordinarily revelatory set, claiming this is atrocious sounding, has clearly never heard old recordings. Ignore his ignorance and buy this now. It is a must-own for all or any who cares about American music.
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