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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMVX0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
2. It's a Highway to Heaven
3. Hide Me in Thy Bosom
4. I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song
5. Peace in the Valley
6. What Could I Do?
7. I'm Waiting for Jesus
8. I Don't Know Why
9. If You See My Saviour
10. If We Ever Needed the Lord Before
11. Thy Servant's Prayer, Amen
12. Search Me Lord
13. When the Gates Swing Open
14. My Desire
15. Old Ship of Zion
16. How Many Times
17. I'll Tell It Wherever I Go
18. Never Turn Back
19. The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow

Editorial Reviews

On this 16-track collection we get to hear some legendary artists perform the great compositions from "the father of gospel music." Includes Take My Hand, Precious Lord Marion Williams; When the Gates Swing Open Dixie Hummingbirds; (There'll Be) Peace in the Valley R. H. Harris; Highway to Heaven Alex Bradford (with Dorsey on piano), and others.

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You can feel every story he sings about in his songs.
Tophas Anderson, III
I just love this cd It is so hard to get the old time gospel music that has words of prayer and thanksgiving.
Yvonne Little
A very good CD which has to be heard to be appreciated.
Robert Brown

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Shepherd on October 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Back in 1973, I bought the double LP set and was able to fit the whole set on one CD, so why this had to be abbreviated, I'll never know. The whole two-record set clocks at just over 77 minutes and the one track left off was a bit over two and a half minutes. The track in question is "Let Us Go Back To God" by the great Sallie Martin. At the time of the recording, Ms. Martin and Willie Mae Ford Smith were considered the living legends of Gospel Music and both starred in the film, "Say Amen, Somebody!". Sallie's voice is dry and husky, but carries a great deal of conviction and heart. "I'll Tell It" showcases her in a slight swinging style of the late thirties. She was certainly one of a kind and her presence is greatly missed. In fact, the vast majority of these artists are no longer with us, but these recordings each bear a testimony of significance in these troublesome times. Marion Williams is truly the best voice here as she sings the title cut with so much fire, the listener is first amazed and then running for cover. As she sings, "Please, Sir, Please, Sir...oh, Lordy!!, one can scarcely contain himself until the hushed ending of the performance, asking himself, "What did I just hear?!" Williams goes on to sing four more tracks, sometimes pulling up southern delta blues phrasing and handling one in particular, "If We Ever Needed The Lord Before" with breakneck tempo as if being self propelled into the stratosphere. Professor Alex Bradford, of whom Chuck Jackson has paid homage to in many of his recordings for both Wand and Motown, is heard on no less than three tracks. "How Many Times" is his definitive track, displaying his soul-stirring shake-the-rafters swing during the first half of the song. The performance then gives way to a dizzying display of joy that is undeniable.Read more ›
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tophas Anderson, III on November 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD is one of the greatest collections of gospel music ever. This father of gospel music and master songwriter has captured the essence of his relationship with his God and has passed that relationship on to subsequent generations for us to consider. The songs are so well done. You can feel every story he sings about in his songs. I recommend this collection to people of all ages and races.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I enjoy my "Precious Lord" CD very much. These songs, by Thomas A. Dorsey are truly from the heart, and the artists have done a wonderful job of singing them as they were meant to be sung. I especially enjoyed the booklet with his story that came with the CD. I'm waiting for the movie!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth C. Jones on January 23, 2004
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This is a wonderful album, I love it! Dorsey is a master, and this album includes a powerful testimony before track one, describing the moving story of the death of his wife, and the inspiration for writing "Precious Lord, Take My Hand". Top to bottom this album is a gospel classic!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By WLJ on February 16, 2006
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Five stars does not do justice to this classic. Trust me; if you are a fan of true spiritual gospel music, this is the CD for you. A CD for all times that will magnify your collection.

PEACE.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lady T on April 20, 2008
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This is truly a classic of that old time spiritual gospel we all grew up on. Every time I hear anything by Dr. Thomas Dorsey, it takes me back to my childhood and going to church with my grandmama in Alabama... a MUST have CD!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janis Starcs on December 23, 2009
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This is a reissue of a double-fold album I bought over thirty years ago and almost wore out. It features some of the greatest black gospel performers of modern times in the music of perhaps the greatest composer in that genre. Recommended without reservation. It can't fail to stir your soul if you are even remotely receptive to the genre. Five stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Brown on January 31, 2007
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I first heard of Thomas Dorsey on a PBS program. I was very impressed

then,and this album has just increased my love of his music. A very good

CD which has to be heard to be appreciated. Highly recommended!
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