Precious Lord: The Great Gospel Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey

Precious Lord: The Great Gospel Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey

by Rev. Thomas A. DorseyRev. Thomas A. Dorsey


Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Thursday, May 20


Thomas A. Dorsey is the father of gospel music, pure and simple. After turning his back on a successful career in the blues, Dorsey wrote many of the most important and enduring songs of inspiration. PRECIOUS LORD is a wonderful collection of his best-known songs recorded in 1973 by singers who are gospel superstars in their own right. The Dixie Hummingbirds, one of the best vocal groups in the history of gospel, offer jubilee takes on "I'm Waiting for Jesus" and the rousing "Hide Me in Thy Bosom." Bessie Griffin lends her raw alto to "Search Me Lord," laid down by a funky organ and guitar that belie Dorsey's past as the blues great Georgia Tom. "(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley," the song that was a hit for both Red Foley and Elvis Presley, gets a jumping treatment by R. H. Harris. The vocal center of the album, however, is the great shouter Marion Williams. The breathtaking soprano lends her voice to five cuts, delivering Dorsey's landmark "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" with enough fervor to make the seated stand and the standing kneel. These are the songs that define gospel, as much now as when Dorsey wrote them. PRECIOUS LORD is the ideal introduction to Dorsey, as well as to this daunting group of performers. Boasting beautiful production and clocking in at more than 75 minutes, this disc should be a part of every collection. Karl Hagstrom Miller

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972380124
catalogNumber: 723801
Rank: 38571


  1. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
  2. It's A Highway To Heaven
  3. Hide Me in Thy Bosom
  4. I'm Going To Live The Life I Sing About In My Song
  5. Peace in the Valley
  6. What Could I Do?
  7. I'm Waiting For Jesus
  8. I Don't Know Why
  9. If You See My Saviour
  10. If We Ever Needed the Lord Before
  11. Thy Servant's Prayer, Amen
  12. Search Me Lord
  13. When the Gates Swing Open
  14. My Desire
  15. Old Ship Of Zion
  16. How Many Times
  17. I'll Tell It Wherever I Go
  18. Never Turn Back
  19. The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
James "Thunderbird" Davis   Background Vocals
Dixie Hummingbirds   Track Performer
Jessy Dixon   Organ,Background Vocals
Marion Williams   Vocals,Track Performer
Bessie Griffin   Vocals,Track Performer
Sallie Martin   Vocals,Track Performer
Charlie Barnett   Piano,Background Vocals
Prof. Alex Bradford   Piano,Celeste,Vocals,Track Performer
Alberta Carter Bradford   Organ,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Charles E. Campbell   Background Vocals
Delois Barrett Campbell   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Howard Carroll   Guitar
Paul Griffin   Organ
R.H. Harris   Vocals,Track Performer
Kenneth Rayborn   Background Vocals
Beachy Thompson   Background Vocals
Ira Tucker   Vocals
Earl Williams   Drums
Lloyd Gary   Piano
Napoleon Allison   Guitar
Christman   Bass
James Walker   Vocals
Jimmy Lee Evans   Bass Guitar
Hugh Dorsey Mayfield   Background Vocals
Willie Mayfield   Background Vocals
George Rembert   Guitar
Terrance D. Thompson   Drums
William Bobo   Background Vocals
Dennis Jones   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Richard Dearborn   Engineer
Anthony Heilbut   Producer,Liner Notes
Don Meehan   Remixing
Mark Wilder   Remixing
Nedra Olds-Neal   Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Public Domain   Composer
Karenlee Grant   Cover Design
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer
Dick Dearborn   Engineer

Customer Reviews