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The Best of the Davis Sisters [Vinyl]


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1. Twelve Gates to the City
2. Sinner Man Where You Gonna Run To
3. I Want to Be More Like Jesus
4. You Got the River of Jordan to Cross
5. When I Get Inside
6. Shine on Me
7. Plant My Feet on Higher Ground
8. He's My King
9. Rain in Jerusalem
10. Blessed Quietness
11. What He's Done for Me
12. Jonah
13. (Jesus) He's My Precious King
14. We Need Power
15. Tired
16. Bye and Bye
17. Jesus Gave Me Water
18. I Believe I'll Go Back Home
19. He'll Understand and Say Well Done
20. There Is a Tree on Each Side of the River
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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  • Vinyl (July 1, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 1978
  • Label: Savoy Records
  • ASIN: B00008FQ9E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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They have been my favorite gospel artists ever since.
Ernie Davis
There was something special in their sound and overall artistry.
D. K. Jones
So if you enjoy old skool gospel music then you will like this.
Ms.Kay

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Jones on December 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Davis Sisters are some of the hardest singing women from the great days of Gospel's past! There was something special in their sound and overall artistry. Aretha Franklin said in her autobiography that Jackie Verdell would sing so hard at their concerts that you could acutally see spots of "pee" on her choir robe afterward and one listen to this compilation of some of their most intense, heartfelt performances, and you'll be a believer! Jackie possessed a monument of a voice that could completely shatter all of your senses, as is evident on classics like "Shine On Me", "I Believe I'll Go Back Home", and "I'm Tired"! Ruth Davis, the group founder,is arguably one of the best soloists in gospel music history! Her ferocious contralto wail is soaked in divinity, just listen to her and Jackie's call and response on songs like "Bye and Bye", "(Jesus) He's My Precious King", and her emotioanal testimony at the end of "Jesus Gave Me Water" providing one of the disc's obvious highlights! Their harmonies are airtight and angelic, far more artistic than many of their contemporaries and you will be more than uplifted at the end of listening to the Davis Sisters' praises!

Every Song on this disc is a gem! It's a shame that the Davis Sisters were ill-fated and none are living anymore, Jackie being the last to pass in 2002! But their music will stand the test of time!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Wimbush on August 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have been searching the net for months to get to this page. I love the Davis sisters so much that I play the tape every time I get into my car. Oh boy! can they sing!!...I sing right along with them and when I reach my destination, I am so uplifted. I love those girls so much. I only wish that I had the words so that my Sunday school class can sing the songs. I purchased the tape a couple of months ago. We sing each second Sunday of each month, and I only can wish that I had a voice like any one of the Davis sisters. My heritage is Philadelpha also. Please send me whatever you can on the Davis Sisters. The next time that I am in Phila. I just want to shake their hands, give them a big old hug and listen to them sing. Everyone tells me that I am a spitting image of Patti LaBelle as well. I thank you for this site and please respond as soon as possible. God Bless.

Shirley
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I'm not a religious person at all, but I've always liked gospel music ever since I was a child. This CD, THE BEST OF THE FAMOUS DAVIS SISTERS, is fantastic!

I've never heard of them but I took a preview listen on Amazon's product page when it popped up under "what other customers bought," after I did a search on Shirley Caesar, and I was blown away by what I heard.

The Davis Sisters have that wonderful rockin' and rollin' sound that gets you into the spirit -- regardless of what faith you happen to be. I've never heard of them but according to the very small blurb on the CD's inside cover there are five Davis sisters who are singing, but they have such magnificent voices that it sounds like a full choir.

Music wise, it's that full-blown gospel fervor (like the scene in the movie The Color Purple, where Shug Avery confronts her preacher father in the musical number "Maybe God Is Tryin' To Tell You Somethin'") on almost every track. That uninhibited sound, matched only by the frenetic music, is so pure and honest, which is what probably draws me toward this type of music, despite the lyrics. I love it!

Again, I have no religious affiliation but there's something so visceral about this CD, which stirs something deep inside, that I can't help but "move with the spirit" (as the saying goes). I now understand the correlation between rock and roll music and why many rock pioneers like Phil Spector, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, etc., where influenced by Gospel music.

Sound quality is good being that this wasn't a popular mainstream group or produced by a giant record company like Colombia or Atlantic, but don't expect a polished sound.
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By Carl Bean on October 19, 2014
Format: Audio CD
NONE WERE BETTER THAN THE FAMOUS DAVIS SISTERS OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA. RUTH DAVIS THE HARDEST SINGING WOMAN IN AMERICAN BLACK GOSPEL, COULD SQUALL AND BELT AS VOCIFEROUSLY AS ANY MALE, JACKIE VERDELL INFLUENCED MANY INCLUDING THE QUEEN OF SOUL, ARETHA FRANKLIN!! THE OTHER SINGERS HELD THEIR OWN AS WELL, AUDREY, ALFREDO, THELMA, IMOGENE GREEN.AND PIANIST, CURTIS DUBLIN. THEY PUT THE SOUL IN SOUL MUSIC!!! WAY BEFORE THE TERM WAS COINED. YES IT ALL CAME FROM THE BLACK CHURCH. DON'T MISS THIS ONE PEOPLE!!!!!!
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I discovered the Famous Davis Sisters of Philadelphia 50 years ago when I was eight years old. They have been my favorite gospel artists ever since. I still have most of their LP's!, The Best of the Davis Sistersand needless to say they are just about worn out. The gospel artists today only wish they could sing with such power and conviction.

Deacon E
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By Anthony C. Allen on August 20, 2011
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I bought this music for the pastor of my church. She was tickled pink that I was able to find this album. She apparently went to school with the artists back-in-the-day...LOL
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