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Dragnet For Jesus

4.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Cleveland's Wynona Carr was a sadly underrated master of metaphor in gospel songwriting. Her best-known release during her 1949-54 heyday was "The Ball Game," an extended metaphor with Satan as the pitcher, Solomon as the umpire, and so on. She had several other similarly clever songs, including "Dragnet for Jesus" (inspired by the TV show) and "15 Rounds for Jesus," that were never released at the time. It's thought that Specialty Records felt the songs were a little too clever and not straightforwardly devotional enough. There may also have been concern about the effect a jump-blues feel would have on a conservative record-buying public, although contemporary records by Sister Rosetta Tharpe and songs by Mahalia Jackson scarcely a decade later were equally jazzy. This 26-song collection covers a lot of stylistic ground: on "I'm a Pilgrim Traveler" (modeled on the blues song "St. James Infirmary") and an "Our Father" recorded at the Rev. C.L. Franklin's Bethel Baptist Church, she shows off a full-voiced sanctified style with impressive power and expression. Turning the tables on R&B artists who were not above rewriting gospel numbers with secular lyrics, she borrows back Wynonie Harris's "Good Rockin' Tonight" and rewrites it as "I Heard the News (Jesus Is Coming Again)." --Bob Bannister
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B000000QMP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,397 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Gutierrez on March 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
'I Heard Mother Pray One Day' is probably worth the cost of entry. Sister Carr is definitely underrated and under-appreciated. My guess is if she had focused less on gospel she would have been a bigger deal. She also had the curse of the successful novelty recording (although some of her novelty songs like dragnet are pretty darned entertaining). Anyway buy this album and put a track on a mixed tape and people will almost always ask... "Who is that?!"
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if you dont dig wynonna, you must have grown up on pluto. this is her greatest album, and although her secular work is fine, these are the tunes that symbolize the Golden Age of Gospel.
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By JJ on November 9, 2002
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is the only word for this Cd of this sadly neglected "great".
The voice is out of this world and this really is gospel at its very best.
If you are already a gospel fan or just want reat music in your collection then this is one that you must get.
"Sister" Carr stand up to any of the gospel greats from this era as this album proves.
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I ordered the CD and I am so glad I did. The songs are wonderful, I have enjoyed listening to this CD over and over. This is good old gospel music, and makes me want to get out of my chair, raise my hands, and tell all my problems they better get out of the way 'cause the Lord is moving mountains, and removing every obstacle out of the way of his people. Sister Wynona Carr has a wonderful voice. She tells stories with her songs and her music lifts me up and puts the joy of the Lord back in my day and in my heart.
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This is a great album full of bouncy well sung gospel.

Then the last song comes up(#26 Our Father: fragmented). Wynona is singing at Aretha Franklin's father's church. The performance and vocal power unleashed is a stunner. It is humbling. They just don't make singers like this any more. Lorraine Ellison is the only one who touches this.
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Very pleased . I was not aware of this artist, heard "Life Is A Baseball Game" on the movie 42 and wanted it. Found it on this product and purchased the CD based on the sample songs. If you enjoy the "back in the day" spirituals, you will want to add this to your collection. Sister Carr is one of the pioneers of gospel music.
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By A Customer on June 15, 1999
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great recordings from a great singer just look me in the eye and tell me that 'dragnet for jesus' or 'fifteen rounds' aren't immortal tracks that cross over all boundaries of genre and time.
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This is a beautiful album. I love the classic gospel music. Feel good music, and reminds you how blessed we are to have God in our lives.
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