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Shakin the Rafters

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Audio CD, July 2, 1991
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 2, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027JY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By TimothyFarrell22 on June 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
After reading Tom Wait's list of music you should hear on amazon, I decided I had to hear this album. I was expecting a lot, and I can say that my expectations were met. This was truly one of the best works of spiritual music I've heard. The choir has harmony that seems impossible considoring the fact there are 120 members! How many rehersals must this have taken? For some odd reason, nobody sings out of sync it seems. There is much passion in the delivery, these people seem to want to give it their best for the album they are cutting. Or maybe this was just an average day for them. The greatest spiritual album by far, this is certainly a must by for any fans of the genre. I wish all churches were like this!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cromulus on October 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I found my way here through Tom Waits' recommendation. He calls this the greatest Rock 'n Roll Album but that's probably only because he's allowing for a much broader spectrum, one that allows for rock music's roots to be included. Your category might be smaller and more exclusive. If that's the case go with his other recommendation - "Little Richard/The Specialty Sessions"

Now onto "Shakin' The Rafters". You don't have to be a Christian to appreciate the music. What you have to like is hearing people's joyousness shine through their work and you would have to look past the flaws in the recording and the occasional "who stepped on a duck?" notes that can happen when one isn't concerned with making the "ideal" record, where imperfections are digitally re-mastered away, but rather with capturing the spirit of the occasion.

Basically, if you like Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Ottis Redding, Irma Thomas or Smokey Robinson then you'll like this. And you can like it just fine without being a Christian.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Norm Evans (normanevans@usa.net) on December 27, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This gospel selection had my feet tapping, and my heart up and praising God! "Shakin the Rafters" is gospel at its best, and a must for any collection. The first four cuts are all up tempo selections, and I was especially taken with these.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Proe on January 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I love classic Black Gospel Music and have been a collector of such for more than 20 years. This CD takes me back to the time when I first attended a Holiness church. One can feel the Spirit through the songs, especially Heaven Belongs To You, Said I Wasn't Gonna tell Nobody, He Stays In My Room, and He Is Such An Understanding God. One feels the genuineness, sincerity, and soulfullness in the voices. Prof. Alex Bradford is in a class with such foundationary greats as Roberta Martin, Mahalia Jackson, Thomas Dorsey, and Clara Ward. For any serious lover of choir albums, this CD is a must for your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carmenmiranda on January 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I agree with a previous reviewer who wished he could give it ten more stars. This CD will get you going whether you want it to or not---even my teenagers, who usually groan when I put my music on, like it. One of the other things I really like about it is what you hear after the song is over--they laugh and talk and you can tell they are having just as great a time as it seems. When I listen to this CD I feel like I've just gone to church, but I also feel like I've just been to a really good party. Can't recommend it highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jujube on October 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Although this large choir must rehearse a lot, this album is not a studio recording. This is live church and every ounce of their joy, love and praise to God is poured into it.

If "Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody" doesn't lift you out of your seat, you should check your pulse to see if you're still alive.

The rest is a sure testimony of comfort strength and love.

The music is the best of call and response style, with ample improvisation, hand clapping and the sound of over 100 voices in full strength makes this one of my favorites.

I'm sitting and working and have this on full blast right now and can't wipe the smile off of my face.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "cinderelli" on August 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a great CD! I bought this about 7 years ago after listening to it at a music store. The more I listened to the songs, particularly "Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody" and "Gonna Ride That Glory Train", the more I couldn't help but think, "Wow, these people are singing about something!" It was one of many, many things that I think God used to grab my attention and now I am a Christian. Praise the Lord!
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Format: Audio CD
Coming from the "choral Mecca", as one of my fellow graduate students so eloquently put it, the sound of the Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir is to "Minnesota Chorale" as Bob Marley is to "gangsta rap". It's not that the similarities cannot be made, but the overall goal of the music is so different from one to the next, they really need to be examined separately.

This recording is so important to the American musical experience because of it's historical place both geographically and chronologically. The sound of American "Black" gospel is captured beautifully in this album. With an ever-present energy of the instruments, driving the choir in an almost honky-tonk tonality, the choir is bubbling with energy on each track.

Solos are not what we think of as solos, They are just a single voice punctuating the overall message. Sometimes part of the choir, sometimes alone, but always engaged. More importantly, this is not a beautifully blended sound so familiar to the listeners of choirs originating in the western European tradition. In fact, each singer is a soloist. It is the tapestry of souls, screaming out their conviction of having attained salvation, which rises up in a variety of timbres to become this beautifully colorful jubilation.

Each time I hear the shrieking soprano, I smile. One cannot truly understand the experience of the traditional American gospel choir without the screaming soprano hanging out on that almost impossible pitch that makes the whole thing sound like it's about to burst right out of the church. This, young people, is what is referred to "raising the roof"; or in the south, as "having church". When the pastor declares that you're gonna "have church this morning", you better hang on.
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