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Sacred Roots of the Blues (When the Sun Goes Down Series) [Import]

Sacred Roots of the Blues Audio CD
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listen  1. GabrielElder Charles Beck & His Congregation 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Amazing GraceRev. J.M. Gates 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Oh, Death!Pace Jubilee Singers 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Certainly LordDeacon A. Wilson 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Go Down MosesTuskegee Institute Singers 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Po' Mo'ner Got A Home At LastFisk University Jubilee Quartet 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The LiarRev. Isiah Shelton 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. JobGolden Gate Jubilee Quartet 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've SeenMarian Anderson 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Deep RiverPaul Robeson 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Poor MournerDinwiddie Colored Quartette 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Honey In The RockBlind Mamie Forehand 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Lion And The Tribes Of JudahLonnie McIntorsh 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Fifty Miles Of Elbow RoomRev. F.W. McGhee And Congregation 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. He Got Better Things For YouMemphis Sanctified Singers 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Promise True And GrandWashington White 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Leave It TherePace Jubilee Singers 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Going Up The King's HighwayConnie Rosemond 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Hide You In The BloodTaskiana Four 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Peter On The SeaUtica Institute Jubilee Singers 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Ezekiel Saw De Wheel/Swing Low, Sweet Chariot/Keep Yo' Hand On The Plow, Hold OnHall Johnson Negro Choir 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Happy Am IElder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Precious Lord, Take My HandThe Heavenly Gospel Singers 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Holding On Part 1Mme. Ernestine Washington And The Milleraires 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Holding On Part 2Mme. Ernestine Washington And The Milleraires 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. I'm Free At LastThe Southern Sons 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Preach My WordThe Five Trumpets 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 22, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B00022UJ70
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,748 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Reissue producer and annotator David Evans utilizes the Bluebird and Victor catalogs to create a fascinating documentary of the history of African-American religious music. This audio chronology spans from the plantation shout of slaves beginning to transform what they were learning in white churches of the 18th and 19th century ("Gabriel") all the way through to the 1940s’ syncopated "rhythmic spiritual" sound of Newark’s Southern Sons (1942’s "I’m Free at Last," cited some two decades later by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in his speech at the March On Washington) and the Five Trumpets ("Preach My Word," a live 1949 performance in Atlanta that Dr. King may even have witnessed).

Among the highlights here is "Oh Death!" performed in 1927 the Pace Jubilee Singers, a song that was also popular among southern whites, as testified by Dr. Ralph Stanley’s Grammy award-winning performance on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack. Also Rev. Isaiah Shelton and a group of sisters’ 1927 release of the first version of "The Liar," whose refrain was recast into "Leave My Woman Alone" by Ray Charles in 1956.

Stellar solo performances include Marian Anderson’s "Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen" from 1924, and Paul Robeson’s "Deep River" from 1927 were both arranged and published by Harry T. Burleigh, a protégé of Dvorak, who was an ardent supporter of Negro spirituals as the basis for "a great and noble school of music."

The Reverend W. Herbert Brewster of Memphis supplied songs freely to many top gospel singers, including Mahalia Jackson, Clara Ward, and Madame Ernestine Washington, who sang his "Holding On" with The Milleraires in 1954. Brewster attracted a considerable white following, including a young Elvis Presley, who, in a reversal of racial seating policies during slavery times, often attended Brewster's services in a section reserved for whites.

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3.0 out of 5 stars As expected. February 27, 2014
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This album is a collection on non-professional performers doing gospel music. It is ragged, the voices are frequently out of tune, the timber of the voices are occasionally strident. That said it is as advertised - a grass roots look at an idiom of music fundamental in the development of blues. I would say it is unpolished Americana. Advised only for those who have a desire for authenticity vs. polish.
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This along with any other compilations in the RCA "When The Sun Goes Down" series are well worth obtaining as the selections are for the most part excellent and the transfers are surprisingly well done. Highly recommended!
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