Fire in My Bones: Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007 Box set
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MP3 Music, October 4, 2011
Audio CD, Box set, October 27, 2009
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Fire In My Bones provides a small peek at the incredible diversity and power of post-war black gospel. Much of this music is raw, distorted and might sound a bit strange. But it is not presented as a novelty freak show or as "outsider music." This is gospel - which we must always remember translates as "the good news" - as it has been sung and performed in tiny churches and large programs, from rural Georgia to urban Los Angeles. It is clearly among the most vibrant, playful, beautiful and emotionally charged music in the world.
Produced by Mike McGonigal. Package design by Grammy-winner Susan Archie.
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This collection takes a slightly different look at gospel music-not attempting a rehash of the usual gospel music/performers from the golden age of gospel music (just after WWII through the late 50's/early 60's)that even today exerts a powerful hold on listeners. There are many people who listen to nothing but gospel music,and anyone who listens to blues music should be aware of,at least,the more well known country (BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON,SISTER GERTRUDE MORGAN,REVEREND GARY DAVIS,"MISSISSIPPI" FRED McDOWELL,REV.J.M. GATES,ELDER CHARLES BECK 1946-56 as examples),and gospel singers/collections ("Angola Prison Spirituals","Prison Blues of the South","Como Now",Sam Cooke and THE SOUL STIRRERS,"NAOMI SHELTON AND THE GOSPEL QUEENS",Rev. Overstreet,CAMPBELL BROTHERS-"You Can Feel It","Spreading the Word-Early Gospel Recordings","Goodbye Babylon","Nuggets of the Golden Age of Gospel 1945-1958","Guitar Evangelists-Vol.1 & 2") available. As far as I know all the above are still available and are very worthwhile owning.Read more ›
Production values range from loose to damn near nonexistent. Now, if that's a problem, stick to American Idol. But consider this: When God unleashed the Big Bang, I'll bet that things got a little messy and I'll bet that God didn't care 'cause He was having too much fun. The same standards apply to these CDs. If something isn't falling off or flying into the corner, the Spirit isn't shaking you hard enough.
Don't get me wrong. The music works. Oh boy, does it work. These folks knew what they were doing. On many of the songs, the singer does a solemn and stately reading of the first line, then, with no hint of a warning, the drums, bass, and ugly electric guitar kick you in the back of the head and you're gone. There are tracks where you'd swear that James Brown's Famous Flames or the Stax/Volt crew snuck into the studio and plugged in. The singers growl, howl, moan, and scream in every pitch that lurks inside the human animal and it always fits the song!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is just fantastic. Period.
If you have any kind love for dirty lo-fi gospel, blues or spirituals than you MUST by this.
I really dig the pre 1970's stuff on this...the other tracks not so muchPublished 12 months ago by Boss Moss
The track "What Can I Do Without the Lord" is credited to "Ray Branch and His Guitar." That's a young Rev. Read morePublished 17 months ago by New Texture
I wish I could find a bazillion of albums like this. I like good music, but I'm in a pickle: if I listen to the hip hop - which I like - I get depressed by... Read more
I've been a fan of old-time folk, blues and country for awhile now, but have managed somehow to miss out on most gospel recordings from the old days. Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by John Porcellino
The CD w rating was only because of the quality of the music. I understand they came from poor recordings but I do enjoy themPublished on December 5, 2013 by Joyful
well worth hearing the various sounds put out by the various artists
versions i've never heard before
Other Worldly Recording. I purchased it because I am getting older and in unpredictable times and age range. Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by Audio Enthusiast
This was absolutely awesome!!!! i loved it. It set my soul on Fire!!!! Thank you sooooo much. I am excited. Please buy.Published on May 22, 2013 by R. Lowe