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Various Artists - Gospel Music

Gospel Music

Various Artists

Hyena - 9346

Hyena Records
250 W. 57th Street, Suite 725
New York, NY 10107

Available from Hyena Records web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

Upon occasion forces come into perfect coherence, it happens rarely but, when they perfectly coincide the blinders fall away and a picture beyond words appears. Joel Dorn, a producer and founder of Hyena Records and Lee Friedlander, a renowned photographer, - two long time friends who have an abiding love of gospel music - put together this compilation. It is not intended as a best of or any such appellation just a collection of Gospel music that they might have heard on the radio back when it was being played on the radio. There can always be dispute about whether this is the strongest song that this person or group did and so forth, and there will always be disagreement, however this is one of the best collections of Gospel music to come out in a long time.

There is a lack of complete liner notes here as to when and where the songs were recorded, but that evidently wasn't part of what they wanted to do. I would have liked a couple more of Lee's photographs, and his can be breath taking, however that was not to be, the focus is on the music. We are the richer for the attention to this detail. This is a collection that is both abounding and deep, and goes to the depths of the emotional riches of the intention of Gospel music, which is to provide an amazing emotional experience. Some of the performs are well known beyond the Gospel field; The Staple Singers, Mahalia Jackson and The Soul Stirrers with Sam Cooke; and some are not as widely know however equally capable of moving the soul; Troy Ramey & The Soul Searchers, The Trumpeteers, and The Consolers. There is not a weak cut here and the best news is that they may do this again and provide other volumes for our listening pleasure. This is truly one of the finest collections of any kind to come along in a long time. You are urged to go out and get this disc so that you do not miss the pleasure it will bring.

Track List:

  • Precious Lord (Slim & The Supreme Angels)
  • Go Where I Send Thee (Golden Jubilee Quartet)
  • Oh Mary, Don't You Weep (The Swan Silvertones)
  • Strange Man (Dorothy Love Coates)
  • The Last Mile Of The Way (The Soul Stirrers)
  • Motherless Child (The Harmonizing Four)
  • What He Done For Me (The Violinaires)
  • Waiting For My Child (The Consolers)
  • Where Shall I Go (The Trumpeteers)
  • Stand By Me (The Staple Singers)
  • This May Be The Last Time (Original Five Blind Boys of Alabama)
  • This May Be The Last Time (The Staple Singers)
  • Trouble In My Way (The Swan Silvertones)
  • Get Right Church (Rev. James Cleveland)
  • My God Is Real (Mahalia Jackson)
  • One Day (The Angelic Gospel Singers & The Dixie Hummingbirds)
  • By The Power Of God (Troy Ramey & The Soul Searchers)
  • He Decided To Die (Rev. James Cleveland)

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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