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Classic African American Gospel from Smithsonian Folkways


Download links and information about Classic African American Gospel from Smithsonian Folkways. This album was released in 2008 and it belongs to Gospel, World Music genres. It contains 24 tracks with total duration of 01:16:53 minutes.

Release date: 2008
Genre: Gospel, World Music
Tracks: 24
Duration: 01:16:53
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No. Title Length
1. Jesus Going to Make Up My Dying Bed (Horace Sprott) 4:23
2. Oh Lord, I'm So Glad I Got Good Religion (Starlight Gospel Singers) 2:25
3. Thank You, Lord (Blessed) 3:48
4. When I Was Sinkin' Down (The Fisk Jubilee Singers) 2:35
5. Just Got Over At Last (Little Brother Montgomery) 2:22
6. Moses Smote the Waters (Thrasher Wonders) 2:03
7. Soon, One Mornin' (Willie Gresham) 4:59
8. Dry Bones - Ezekiel Saw the Wheel (The Missionary Quintet) 5:31
9. Holy Ghost (Juanita Johnson & Gospel Tones) 3:18
10. Where Could I Go (Ernestine Washington, Bunk Johnson) 2:53
11. Oh, What a Beautiful City (Sonny Terry, Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie McGee) 2:26
12. You've Got to Move (Two Gospel Keys) 2:48
13. Let the Church Say Amen (Elder Charles Beck) 1:15
14. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (Bishop Bowen & The Combined Gospel Choirs) 4:50
15. If I Had My Way (Rev. Gary Davis) 4:46
16. Low Down Death Right Easy (Dock Reed) 2:18
17. He's My Rock (Brother John Sellers) 2:24
18. Hallelujah, It Is Done (Elizabeth Cotten) 1:33
19. We Praise Your Holy Name (The Mississippi Mass Choir) 5:52
20. Don't Let His Name Go Down (First Independent Holy Church Of God-Unity-Prayer) 1:27
21. Go Tell It On the Mountain (Fannie Lou Hammer) 3:05
22. Been In the Storm So Long (Mary Pinckney) 3:08
23. Medley: Every Time I Feel the Spirit / Swing Low Sweet Chariot / They Hung Him On the Cross (Medley) (Leadbelly) 3:27
24. It's Time to Make a Change (Madison's Lively Stones) 3:17



This 2008 collection, which includes tracks from the post-war period right up to the millennium, dispels any notion that African-American gospel has just one sound. Vocal ensembles, guitar evangelists, “shout” bands, and blues pianists are just some of the artists that represent this foundational American style. The album opens with the 66-year-old sharecropper Horace Sprott singing the spiritual, “Jesus Going to Make Up My Dying Bed,” a song that dates back to the mid-19the century or earlier. Jazz meets gospel on “Where Could I Go,” a 1946 recording that features the well-known New Orleans jazz trumpeter Bunk Johnson and the vocalist Sister Ernestine Washington. You can hear plenty of rock ‘n’ roll and R&B in “He’s My Rock,” a 1959 recording by Brother John Sellers. Including a track by the great folk singer Elizabeth Cotton is always a good move; her 90-second-long “Hallelujah, It is Done” leaves you begging for more. Gospel groups can be mighty big, and on “We Praise Your Holy Name,” we hear the 100 voices of the Mississippi Mass Choir. One of the most rousing sounds on earth is the music of the trombone “shout” bands of the Eastern seaboard, and this album closes with an exciting example of the style, “It’s Time to Make a Change,” by Madison’s Lively Stones.