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Gospels, Spirituals, & Hymns Box set

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36 Columbia recordings-including three unreleased tracks-from the Queen of Gospel! Here are Didn't It Rain; Come On Children, Let's Sing; Elijah Rock; A Satisfied Mind; Roll, Jordan, Roll; Great Gettin'Up Morning; A City Called Heaven , and more.

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If the bazillion packagings and repackagings of Mahalia Jackson's music confound you and you don't know where to start, this expertly compiled, carefully annotated double-disc box set is for you. Jackson wasn't just gospel music's first international superstar--she was among its earliest adherents and inventors. Working with the great composer and former blues singer Thomas A. Dorsey in the late 1930s, Jackson gave a distinctly blues-trained, jazzy sass and grace to Dorsey's material and the other hymns and spirituals she sang. More than any other performer, she helped to define gospel music itself as a transcendent, rootsy, melismatic, and heady spiritual sound. Culled from her sides for Columbia in the 1950s and 1960s, some of the arrangements in the set are not ideal and may sound quite a bit dated, but that voice shines and soars and dives straight to the center of your heart. Whether backed by a simple organ or piano or with full studio accompaniment, Jackson's booming, instantly recognizable contralto is indescribable, exciting, and forever a wonder to behold. And if you think that's an exaggeration, you don't own this record. --Mike McGonigal
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 18, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: August 18, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • ASIN: B000009RB9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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...she is still considered the "Queen of Gospel". She has been dead for about 30 years and NO gospel artist can compare to her. Not even the late Rev. James Cleveland can get this much respect. When you hear Mahalia sing, it's like GOD singing. That's how powerful her voice was. Even when I have my doubts on life, I depend on Mahalia to pick me up (and she does). This collection is the best collection out there (IMO) on Ms. Jackson. I recommend this to all. I wished I was alive to have heard her sing live, but at least I have this collection.
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I bought this CD and Volume II back in 2002. My mother loved Mahalia Jackson, so I grew up listening to her in vinyl round the clock it seemed. I actually thought I couldn't stand to hear another Mahalia Jackson song as long as I lived. But as an adult, I found myself humming some of the songs my mother had played over and over, and one day I realized I missed Mahalia's voice. When I bought these collections of hers, I actually went searching specifically for Mahalia Jackson music. Imagine my mother's surprise when I told her I had Mahalia Jackson blasting in my house the way she'd done when I was growing up! :-) There are still more Mahalia Jackson songs that I'm looking for that, in all the songs on these collections, weren't included. That's my only disappointment with these. But the quality of the recordings -- classic Mahalia!
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About a year ago, I was looking to expand my Gospel collection. I remembered hearing Ms. Jackson's version of "Go Tell it on the Mountain" when I was young -- and I remembered that I liked that song, liked it a LOT.

Thinking back to my younger days, I took a chance and invested in this CD, and Volume II, at the same time. WOW!! Suffice it to say that those two Mahalia CDs now receive more playing time than any of my other CDs.

One drawback; however, I learned not to play these on my stereo when it was time to go to sleep -- I just couldn't keep still -- my feet kept moving to the music -- the music is just too powerful, too stimulating -- had to limit it to daytime use only.

I would have loved to have been in the live audience to hear Ms. Jackson sing while she drew breath upon this earth.

Does it get any better than this ... I think NOT.

I hope I run into Mahalia and Elvis when I make it to heaven, and I hope that I get to hear them belt out those gospel tunes with their heavenly voices -- definitely something to look forward to! Wow, again!
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I have heard this complete collection. There is no singer today who can match the power and soul of Mahalia Jackson. If you want to know what it is like to be in a song and feel a song, then you have to hear Mahalia's voice. She was the greatest Spiritual singer who ever lived. I don't know what she had, but she had it. If you want someone to touch your soul, then Mahalia's singing can do just that. As Martin Luther King said, " A voice like Mahalia's comes along once in a 1000 years."
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Listen to the piano bass line in "Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho." I can listen to that alone and rejoice! Then, there is Mahalia Jackson's voice, a little rougher than Ella Fitzgerald but there is a child-like joy as she sings these gospel songs. For this evidence, listen to, "If I Can Help Somebody." The recording is superb as if I were listening to the album on vinyl. Superb stuff!
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i love this box set.i love my gospel music.and this is very essential to any collection.Mahalia Jackson is a Supreme vocalist with so much feeling &Soul.she is a true pioneer.this is timeless and quality with a capitol Q.you will be moved and feel the spirit.
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It's hard to believe you can get this much for $16.99. I'm not talking about quantity, although there is that. I mean quality. I bought this album for a much higher price when it came out, and it was worth it. There is a vast range here, most of it superlative, some completely without peer. "Elijah Rock" is sublime, breathtakingly moving, quietly majestic, resonant.
Listen to her in "I Will Move On Up a Little Higher" or "In the Upper Room" and you'll know why she will always belong with the top artists. Never surpassed. What comes out of her is more than words, more than music. It's as if Someone Else is talking through her.
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While Mahalia Jackson sings you can actually feel that she had the widest audience in the world. Today I feel that her songs and music have a great number of listeners searching for a varity of old favorite songs. CL 1343 Great Gettin' Up Morning albun is one I pray to find. It truly is The World's Greatest Gospel Albun ever. God Put A Rainbow In The Ski - His - To Me It's So Wonderful - Just To Behold His Face - My Journey To The Ski - When I've Done My Best - Tell The World About This - How Great Thou Art - He Must Have Known. Perhaps you can find the albun on this site and listen to the great power that comes to you from her voice.
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