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Gospel Music Makes Me Feel Alright!

Gospel Music Makes Me Feel Alright!

by Ken Whiteley Ken Whiteley

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Overview

White gospel singers generally fall into two broad categories: those who use the music to shore up traditional Christian values in a wicked world, and those who use the music to encourage progressive social change. (Black gospel singers, somehow, have historically managed to fuse those seemingly irreconcilable approaches.) Canadian singer and songwriter Ken Whiteley falls solidly in the latter camp, and has done so in both solo and group settings since his work in the 1970s with the Original Sloth Band. The performances collected here were recorded in Toronto during a series of workshop-style concerts in 2003, and find Whiteley working with an eclectic group of like-minded musicians including bassist George Koller, guitarist Colin Linden and drummer Bucky Berger, and ten singers. Whiteley's singing is front and center, for better and for worse; his voice is a rather limited instrument, and on a few numbers (notably the excruciating "Travelling On" and "In Your Hands") he is pushing the limits of his range and agility. But he's a wonderful slide guitarist, and the arrangements are mostly excellent; those that involve the most voices and instruments tend to be the most effective. Two of the album's most effective songs, powerful renditions of "Sing With Me" and "I Don't Want to Be Lost," come at the end of the program. Recommended with only slight reservations.


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Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2004
Label: Borealis Recording
UPC: 0773958115927
catalogNumber: 1159
Rank: 165349

Tracks

  1. Bring Peace
  2. Good News
  3. No Ways Tired
  4. Let My Life Be Prayer
  5. Gospel Music (Makes Me Feel Alright)
  6. Moses' Last Miracle
  7. In the Night
  8. Travelling On
  9. In Your Hands
  10. Voice of the Lord
  11. Wilderness
  12. Sing With Me
  13. I Don't Want to Be Lost

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ken Whiteley   Primary Artist,Dobro,Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,national steel guitar,Electric Dobro
Ginny Hawker   Vocals,Guest Appearance
George Koller   Vocals,Double Bass,String Bass,Guest Appearance
Colin Linden   Dobro,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Electric Dobro,Guest Appearance
Pat Patrick   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Chris Whiteley   Guitar,Harmonica,Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Jackie Richardson   Vocals,Guest Appearance
David Wall   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Bucky Berger   Drums
Amoy Levy   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ciceal Levy   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Melisa Devost   Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Ken Whiteley   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
David Lang   Live Sound
Nik Tjelios   Engineer
Curtis Burrell   Composer

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