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Dale Rose Recommend? Early Black Gospel Records? (29) RE: Recommend? Early Black Gospel Records? 21 Nov 00

Not really much to pick from, just two which contain the whole shebang. One on Yazoo and one on Document. Info and sound clips from the Yazoo at

Phillips's sermon-songs are accompanied by dolceola, a keyboard hammered dulcimer that sounds like a celestial ice cream truck. If Johnson sounds like Yahweh's wrath unsheathed, Phillips is a Sunday school picnic on heaven's lawn. His music is a unique and delightful rivulet off the blues-gospel Nile.

-- Mark Humphrey, Roundup Newsletter Never heard his music compared to an ice cream truck before, but I hear what Humphrey means.

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