Nuggets of the Golden Age of Gospel 1945-1958

Nuggets of the Golden Age of Gospel 1945-1958


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This wonderful four-disc, 105-track box of postwar Afro-American gospel releases from the 1940s and 1950s was compiled by record collector and gospel historian Opal Louis Nations, and it perfectly captures what was surely a golden age for black gospel. Gospel as we now know it emerged in the South in the early '30s, an outgrowth of the right to assemble and the advent of gospel songwriters like Thomas A. Dorsey (who had sung previously in the secular arena as Georgia Tom), who brought the blues to church, tossed in some ragtime piano rhythms, and almost single-handedly created the genre to the point that his compositions were simply known as "Dorseys." Then, in the early '40s, performers like Sister Rosetta Tharpe added a kind of theatricality (not to mention electric guitar) to the mix, and this generous box chronicles the confluence of all this. There is so much to marvel at here, including the opening track, "Walk Around," by the Five Soul Stirrers, Tharpe's jazzy, bluesy "Didn't It Rain" (complete with her concise electric guitar runs), the Five Blind Boys of Alabama's beautiful and haunting "Mother's Song," Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers' intimate "Pilgrim of Sorrow" (the take included here has some off microphone conversation that only adds to the song's feel of immediacy), Lou Rawls & the Pilgrim Travelers' doo wop-inflected (before doo wop was even a named genre) "Come Home," and Sister Marie Knight's uptown jazz version of "Trouble in Mind," a song that had long been performed as a secular blues, albeit with a high degree of spiritual overtones. Gospel, of course, traveled back to the secular side of the tracks when soul arose in the 1960s, but the roots of that explosion are here in this delightful collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/2009
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065712624
catalogNumber: 77126
Rank: 99074


Disc 1

  1. Walk Around @@Rebert H. Harris & The Five Soul Stirrers
  2. I'm Tramping
  3. I've Got a Home in That Rock
  4. He Knows How Much You Can Bear @@The Golden Harmonizers
  5. He Knows My Heart @@Golden Melodeers
  6. The World Can't Do Me No Harm
  7. How Far Am I from Canaan @@Thomas Johnson & The Harmonizing Four
  8. Each Day
  9. Lead Me to That Rock @@Joe Van Loan & The Canaanites
  10. Angels, Angels, Angels @@Mdm Edna Gallmon Cooke & The Mt. Vernon Men's Choir
  11. Mother's Song
  12. Jesus Is the Name @@Willie Smith
  13. Same Train
  14. The Lord's Prayer
  15. Wings of Faith
  16. One Day
  17. I'd Rather Serve Jesus
  18. At the Cross
  19. The Lord's Gospel Train @@Mary Deloach
  20. Bedside of a Neighbor
  21. There Is Rest for the Weary
  22. They Buried Sin, Pt. 1 @@Rev. Elder "Gatemouth" Moore & The Bessemer Big Four
  23. On the Highway
  24. Sending Up This Prayer, Pt. 2 @@Morgan Babb & The Radio Four
  25. Jesus Be My Keeper @@Cecil Shaw & The Union Spiritual Harmonizers
  26. Walking in Jesus Name
  27. Where Could I Go @@Sister Lucile Barbee
  28. Bye and Bye, Pt. 1 @@Chuck Carbo & The Delta Southernaires

Disc 2

  1. Let Us Run @@Bessie Griffin & The Caravans
  2. Come Over Here
  3. Out on the Ocean Sailing @@Ann Cole & The Colmanaires
  4. Four & Twenty Elders @@Phil Phillips & The Gateway Quartet
  5. No Matter How You Pray @@Mahalia Jackson & The Belleville Choir
  6. Amazing Grace @@Jones Brothers Quartet
  7. Ship of Zion @@Mayflower Singers
  8. Jesus Bears the Cross @@Keys Of Heaven
  9. My God Is Real
  10. All on the Altar @@Tony Harris & The Traveling Four
  11. Another Soldier Gone
  12. Trouble in Mind @@Sister Marie Knight
  13. Toll the Bells @@Afro Quintette
  14. I Need Thee @@Detroit Harmonettes
  15. There'll Be No More Sorrow
  16. One Day When I Was Walking (I'm in His Care) @@Ever Ready Gospel Singers
  17. Send My Child Home to Me @@Gene Allison & Israelite Travelers
  18. Angel
  19. Lord Have Mercy
  20. Two Wings Flying Home, Pts. 1- 2 @@Bro Bill Louis
  21. There Is a Fountain @@Little Johnny Taylor & The Stars Of Bethel
  22. Cry Sometime
  23. Holding On, Pt. 2 @@Mdm Ernestine Washington & The Milleraires
  24. Where Is My Wandering Child? d?
  25. This Train @@Rev Ballenger
  26. Old Time Religion @@Rev James Cleveland & The Caravans
  27. Nothing Will Move Me (From the Love of God) @@Rebert H. Harris & Christland Singers

Disc 3

  1. So Glad I'm Here @@Rev. H.B. Crum & The Golden Keys
  2. Our Prayer @@Dixieland Singers
  3. Jesus, I'll Never Forget @@Little Joe Cook & The Evening Star Quartet
  4. God's Creation @@James Phelps & The Gospel Song Birds
  5. Prayer for Tomorrow
  6. Yes It's Me Lord, That Came to Thee
  7. Who So Ever Will
  8. Pilgrim of Sorrow
  9. I Can See Everybody's Mother
  10. He's Alright with Me @@Argo Gospel Singers
  11. I Was So Happy @@Johnnie Taylor & The Highway Q.C.'s
  12. Jesus Is Listening @@Candi Staton & The Jewel Gospel Trio
  13. Lord, Will I Meet Them Again @@Mitchell Aires Quintet
  14. I Want to Go to Heaven @@Original Gospel Stars
  15. Burying Ground @@Julius "June" Cheeks & The Sensational Nightingales
  16. Sinner's Crossroads
  17. I Need Thee @@Joe Hinton & The Spirit Of Memphis
  18. Uncloudy Day @@Mavis & The Staple Singers
  19. Jesus Remembers @@Claude Jeter & The Swan Silvertones
  20. That's Enough @@Judy Clay & The Drinkard Singers
  21. Wonder How Long @@Morgan Babb & The Philco Singers
  22. Every Now and Then @@Bessie Griffin & The Gospel Consolators
  23. Let's Have Church
  24. Come Home @@Lou Rawls & The Pilgrim Travelers

Disc 4

  1. I Can See So Much
  2. Sit Down and Rest Awhile @@O.V. Wright & The Sunset Travelers
  3. Didn't It Rain @@Evelyn Freeman & The Exciting Voices Chorus
  4. I'm Not Tired Yet @@Inez Andrews & The Caravans
  5. Careless Soul @@Hardie Clifton & The Brooklyn All Star Singers
  6. Glad to Be in the Number
  7. Walk with Me @@Lou Rawls & The Chosen Gospel Singers
  8. I've Been Changed @@Jackie Verdell & The Davis Singers
  9. Let's Go out to the Programs, Pt. 2 @@Ira Tucker & The Dixie Hummingbirds
  10. I've Been Lifted @@Ollie Nightingale & The Dixie Nightengales
  11. Love Lifted Me @@Dorothy Love Coates & The Gospel Harmonettes
  12. Open Our Eyes @@Leon Lumpkins & The Gospel Clefs
  13. My Father's House @@Rosie Wallace & The Imperial Gospel Singers
  14. Roll, Jordan, Roll @@Gospel Tones
  15. Didn't It Rain
  16. Rock My Soul @@Roberta Martin & The Roberta Martin Singes
  17. It's a Pity @@Paul Arnold & The Gospelaires
  18. Come by Here @@'Little Sugar' & The Hightower Brothers
  19. Hard to Get Along @@Della Reece & The Meditations
  20. Mother Bowed
  21. Jesus Is Real @@Willie Joe Ligon & The Mighty Mighty Clouds Of Joy
  22. The Love of God @@Johnnie Taylor & The Soul Stirrers
  23. When I Lay This Body Down @@Marion Williams & The Stars Of Faith
  24. Jesus Let Me Sleep @@Howard "Slim" Hunt & The Supreme Angels
  25. I Never Knew @@Victory Five
  26. Didn't It Rain

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Margaret Allison   Piano
Shirley Caesar   Vocals
James Cleveland   Piano,Vocals
Clarence Fountain   Vocals
Ernestine Washington   Vocal Ad-Libs
Wynona Carr   Piano,Vocals
Lou Rawls   Vocals
Lonnie Liston Smith   Guitar
Della Reese   Vocals
James W. Alexander   Vocals
Morgan Babb   Guitar,Vocals
Bessie Griffin   Vocals
Clara Ward   Piano,Vocals
Roebuck "Pops" Staples   Guitar
Joe Washington   Piano
Hayes Alvis   Bass
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Oscar Lee Bradley   Drums
Lorenzo Brown   Vocals
Howard Carroll   Guitar
Gwendolyn Cooper   Organ
Leroy Crume   Guitar
Duncan   Drums
Frank Fields   Bass
Evelyn Gay   Piano
Milt Hinton   Bass
Osie Johnson   Drums
Eddie Lester   Guitar
Ernest McLean   Guitar
Alfred Miller   Organ
Ernie Newton   Bass
Earl Palmer   Drums
Sullivan Pugh   Guitar,Vocals
Bertha Smith   Piano
Terry Snyder   Drums
Prof. Herman Stevens   Organ
Kirk Stuart   Piano
Ira Tucker   Vocals
Joseph Wallace   Guitar
Rev. George W. Warren   Vocals
Marty Wilson   Drums
Rev. Maceo Woods   Organ
William Stewart   Guitar
Kelly Owens   Piano
Bernice Cole   Vocals
Curtis Dublin   Piano,Vocals
Charlotte Nelson   Piano
Arthur Crume   Guitar
Tommy Gaither   Guitar
Sam Price   Piano
Iola Pugh   Vocals
Leon Lumpkins   Piano
Paul Owen   Vocals
Conrad Frederick   Piano
William Neal   Piano
Emory Radford   Organ
McKinney Jones   Guitar
Bobby King   Guitar
Royal J. Abbit   Piano
Clem Reed   Vocals
David Bryant   Bass
Willie Smith   Vocals
Sam Reese Sheppard   Drums

Technical Credits

Willie Love   Vocal Group
Margaret Allison   Vocal Group
Inez Andrews   Vocal Group
Willie Banks   Vocal Group
Shirley Caesar   Vocal Group
Clarence Fountain   Vocal Group
Cassietta George   Vocal Group
Albertina Walker   Vocal Group
Marion Williams   Vocal Group
Sam Cooke   Vocal Group
Lou Rawls   Vocal Group
Ben Vaughn   Vocal Group
Lonnie Liston Smith   Vocal Group
Anne Marie Moss   Vocal Group
Gene Allison   Vocal Group
James W. Alexander   Vocal Group
Sam Mitchell   Vocal Group
Joe Hinton   Vocal Group
Morgan Babb   Vocal Group
Bessie Griffin   Vocal Group
Lee Richardson   Vocal Group
Roscoe Robinson   Vocal Group
Roebuck "Pops" Staples   Vocal Group
Lawrence Abrams   Vocal Group
Johnny Adams   Vocal Group
Paul Arnold   Vocal Group
Ray Babb   Vocal Group
Jethroe Bledsoe   Vocal Group
Henry K. Bossard   Vocal Group
Johnny Bragg   Vocal Group
Lorenzo Brown   Vocal Group
Napoleon Brown   Vocal Group
Archie Brownlee   Vocal Group
Thomas L. Bruster   Vocal Group
Bill Crosby   Vocal Group
Leroy Crume   Vocal Group
A.J. Durr   Vocal Group
Odessa Edwards   Vocal Group
Rev. Paul Exkano   Vocal Group
Johnny Fields   Vocal Group
Paul Foster   Vocal Group
Mozel Franklin   Vocal Group
Clay Graham   Vocal Group
Tony Harris   Vocal Group
Fred Howard   Vocal Group
John Jefferson   Vocal Group
Rev. Claude Jeter   Vocal Group
Thomas "Snake" Johnson   Vocal Group
Isaiah Jones   Vocal Group
Vera Kolb   Vocal Group
Earl Malone   Vocal Group
George McCurn   Vocal Group
Norsalus McKissick   Vocal Group
Mildred Miller   Vocal Group
Jimmy Moore   Vocal Group
Robert Reed   Vocal Group
R.B. Robinson   Vocal Group
Mavis Staples   Vocal Group
Frances Steadman   Vocal Group
Spencer Taylor   Vocal Group
Olice Thomas   Vocal Group
Beachy Thompson   Vocal Group
Ed Thurman   Vocal Group
Ira Tucker   Vocal Group
Jackie Verdell   Vocal Group
Rev. George W. Warren   Vocal Group
Jesse Whitaker   Vocal Group
Lloyd Woodard   Vocal Group
Bill Woodruff   Vocal Group
Elyse Yancey   Vocal Group
Dewey Young   Vocal Group
William Stewart   Vocal Group
John Drue   Vocal Group
William Gresham   Vocal Group
Eddie Hollins   Vocal Group
Jake McIntosh   Vocal Group
Pervis Staples   Vocal Group
Bernice Cole   Vocal Group
Josephine McDowell   Vocal Group
Kitty Parham   Vocal Group
Clyde Riddick   Vocal Group
Lucille Shird   Vocal Group
Tommy Tucker   Vocal Group
Henrietta Waddy   Vocal Group
Orlandus Wilson   Vocal Group
Claude Babb   Vocal Group
George Babb   Vocal Group
James Babb   Vocal Group
Alfreda Davis   Vocal Group
Audrey Davis   Vocal Group
Ruth Davis   Vocal Group
Obadiah "Scoop" Carter   Vocal Group
Otto "Jeff" Jeffries   Vocal Group
Sam Bell   Vocal Group
James Henry Dawkins   Vocal Group
Judy Guions   Vocal Group
Ollie Hoskins   Vocal Group
Willie Joe Ligon   Vocal Group
James Phelps   Vocal Group
Alexander Sharp   Vocal Group
Cleotha Staples   Vocal Group
Rosie Wallace   Vocal Group
Ed Lewis   Vocal Group
Leon Lumpkins   Vocal Group
Paul Owen   Vocal Group
Robert K. Dawkins   Vocal Group
Charles Richardson   Vocal Group
Robert Lattimore   Vocal Group
Dorothy Love   Vocal Group
Chris Tyler   Vocal Group
Gloria Griffin   Vocal Group
Curtis Kelly   Vocal Group
Wayne Wesley Johnson   Vocal Group
Oliver Howard   Vocal Group
Spencer Jackson   Vocal Group
Clyde Wright   Vocal Group
Orville Brooks   Vocal Group
Ernest Booker   Vocal Group
William Samuels   Vocal Group
Billy Marshall   Vocal Group
Joseph "Gospel Joe" Williams   Vocal Group
Charles Jones   Vocal Group
Willie Heath Neal   Vocal Group
Thomas J. Spann   Vocal Group
Creadell Copeland   Vocal Group
Marie Waters   Vocal Group
Levi Hansley   Vocal Group
Junius Parker   Vocal Group
Bobby King   Vocal Group
A.C. Littlefield   Vocal Group
Jesse J. Farley   Vocal Group
Robert Washington   Vocal Group
David Aron   Vocal Group
Huey Brown   Vocal Group
Bobby Mack   Vocal Group
Clarence "Baby" Brooks   Vocal Group
Edward James Brumfield   Vocal Group
Clarence Mills   Vocal Group
Willis Williams   Vocal Group
Joseph Cook   Vocal Group
Louis Hampton   Vocal Group
Vernon Maynor   Vocal Group
R. Mines   Vocal Group
Ella Mae Morris   Vocal Group
Clem Reed   Vocal Group
Arthur Lee "Bob" Beatty   Vocal Group
Delores Barrett   Vocal Group
Sanders Cooper   Vocal Group
Saíeta "Trinity" Campbell   Vocal Group
Maggie Staton   Vocal Group
Lucy Smith   Vocal Group
James "Big Jim" Anderson   Vocal Group
Eddie Phillips   Vocal Group
William Bobo   Vocal Group

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