Black History Collection: Soul of the Church
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(Jan 19, 2010)
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According to the very scant notes on the box, the guests were usually filmed on location to save on travel costs (specific locations are not indicated, though are occasionally mentioned by program hosts). Consequently, guests include a mix of recording artists and regional talent, with back-up choirs drawn from local congregations such as the Golden Leaf Baptist Choir of Memphis and the combined Gospel Light and Glory Gospel Choruses of Charlotte, North Carolina. Song choices are Golden Age classics, such as "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" (sung by Marie Knight), "Nobody Knows" (Highway QCs), "I'm Goin' Home on the Morning Train" (Ruth Brown), and "There's Not a Friend Like Jesus" (Ernestine Washington). This is down home gospel, straight from the church to the screen, without any hint of commercialization (other than the commercials for laxatives and skin lightening creams).Read more ›
WHERE IS THE ARETHA 'AMAZING GRACE' CONCERT???????????
They should never have released this under the title it has. It should be called what it is "TV Gospel Time"; classic Black Gospel programing from Gospel's golden age. Then they should have slapped a list of names on the cover like: James Cleveland, Albertina Walker and the Caravans, Marie Knight, Highway QC's, The Harmonizing Four, Ernestine Washington, Blind Boys of Mississippi, Roberta Martin, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Sallie Martin, Alex Bradford, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Mahalia Jackson and many other well known and less known but immensely talented artists.
The review by 'Black Grooves' gives a better description of this collection than anything you will get with the set itself. Yet despite the inept packaging we owe a huge debt to Hollywood Select Video for making this stuff available. I hope there will be a Volume Two (there are other programs from this series out there). It's a riveting assemblage of talent and a wonderful glimpse back to a time when artists would unashamedly croon, jump, shout, testify and proclaim Jesus on television in a way we will never see again.
Spiritually, musically and historically important. A must see for almost everyone. Besides that, it's just a lot of fun!
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Video quality not too great, but understandable because of the timeframe and format. Gospel television show shot in black and white.Published on July 10, 2014 by Troublescandyman
I recommend mostly for the music which is incredible and raw. It is like eating home cooking. But it is also fascinating to see the commercials and how over the 3 years this show... Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by stellared