Rejoice and Shout
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"Rejoice And Shout"
(Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2011)
This is a truly stunning, thoughtful, well-crafted documentary charting the evolution of African-American gospel music from its plantation-day roots to its modern, pop-infused incarnations. Mixing insightful contemporary interviews with electrifying archival performances, the film shows how gospel music developed as a style of expression and as a performing art, as well as its role in the changing social tides of American life. Interviewees include various academics, as well as legendary performers such as Marie Knight, Mavis Staples, Ira Tucker, Sr. (of the Dixie Hummingbirds), Andre Crouch and others. What's most moving is the vibrant archival footage of the genre's great artists -- The Blind Boys of Alabama, Mahalia Jackson, The Golden Gate Quartet, Dixie Hummingbirds, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Staple Singers, Edwin Hawkins and many others, including glimpses into wild Pentecostal services and churchy choirs up North.
A strong narrative thread pulls it all together, giving a cogent, compelling view of one of America's great, neglected artforms, deftly exploring how the style became increasingly more businesslike and grew to incorporate new techniques and styles -- such as coordinated dance moves and electric guitars -- that many considered profane, yet were undeniably soul-shaking and powerful. Ultimately, the film concludes, it's all praise and it's all good. Sure is great to see it all on film, too, especially the old stuff -- amazingly, not a lot of the vintage performances are available on DVD, which is tragic given the power of the clips seen here. Indeed, this film is generously programmed with about half the screen time given over to several world-class performances, stuff that will rock your soul. Great film, highly recommended! DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To World Music)
This is a documentary of Black American Gospel music which mixes OUTSTANDING perfomances with some learned commentary that rarely gets in the way.
This is similar to another gospel documentary DVD entitled "The Story of Gospel Music," which features many of the same artists and a couple of the same commentators, but this DVD has a better selection of Gospel performances.
This film begins with a lovely child doing a powerful version of Amazing Grace. Then we hear from Smokey Robinson (doing commentary) and we see the legendary Ira Tucker Sr. (I'm proud to say he's my homeboy from Spartanburg SC) of the Dixie Hummingburds along with Ira Jr. and the sister of gospel legend Clara Ward commenting from a theater in Philadelphia. The performances dig deep. We get some quartets from the early 1900s singing Negro Spirituals in glee club and barbershop type harmony (one VERY rare clip from a 1922 Lee Deforest experimental sound film has the Utica Quartet singing "Deep River") along with the Norfolk Jubilee Quartet and the Rust College (from Holly Springs, Miss.) choir. We also get into some CLASSIC mind-bending performances from the Dixie Hummingbirds and the Swan Silvertones (apparently at Newport in the 1960s) that truly have to be seen to be believed! The legendary "TV Gospel Tme" show from the 1960s features the 5 Blind Boys from Alabama, a young James Cleveland singing solo, a young Shirley Ceaser and the Caravans, Brother Joe May (briefly), and Sister Rosetta Tharpe's rocking guitar on "Down by the Riverside." Clara Ward and her crew turn in a frenzied (but obiously choreographed) perfromance that can leave you dizzy and out of breath, sort of a gospel version of James Brown & his Famous Flames!Read more ›
Producer Joe Lauro - who runs the archival film company Historic Films - has a most amazing collection of rare musical performances and every time I see his name associated with a project, I know I'm in for some wonderful rare, and often "unseen in years" footage. That's the case here with many rare performances - mostly from Gospel TV shows from the 1950s. The quality is superb. My only regret is that most of them are not shown as complete songs. That would make this two-hour film many hours longer. (Hey, I'm fine with that!). I had hoped that the DVD release would have included full performances as "bonus features" but, sadly, that is not the case. The only "Special Features" are the Theatrical Trailer and THREE "Additional Interviews". These consist of Marie Knight (about 2 minutes), Andre Crouch (10 minutes of interview) and Darrel Petties.
The film itself features interviews with the above-mentioned Tucker (along with his son Ira Jr.), Willa Ward, Smokey Robinson (on the impact of "the Holy Spirit" on him as a child) and a bevy of gospel historians and authors).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
$2.99 worth spending I rented it but if you know anything about Gospel Music from Quartet to Choir you will love this.A must add to your collection!!!!Im going to buy it later!Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Absolutely fabulous documentary with vintage footage of some of the great gospel groups. We need more documentaries on this subject. Fantastic performers and fantastic music. Read morePublished 9 months ago by LadyR
I love this dvd. I love gospel music and this dvd gave me new insight into the background of some of gospel's more prolific singers and groups. I watched about 10 times.Published 9 months ago by Carolette Lonestar
it was a blessing buying this DVD love it oh yesas for the price outstandingPublished 11 months ago by charles smith
WE really enjoyed this documentary, a must see for gospel music lovers, especailly those who want to learn about the history of this inspirational genre.Published 12 months ago by Netta
Great gospel music sister enjoyed for gift, fast shipping from sellerPublished 15 months ago by T. Allen
This feature DVD covered some Artists and subjects that I missed in the past. Very good documentary.Published 16 months ago by Leon Wilson
This is a holiday gift for my brother who loves gospel music. I saw a trailer of this filmand it looked like the perfect gift for himPublished 17 months ago by Linda Young