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Posted By: GUEST,drew nelson
27-Nov-00 - 02:49 PM
Thread Name: Recommend? Early Black Gospel Records?
Subject: RE: Recommend? Early Black Gospel Records?
I'm a newcomer and don't know if you've gotten this one: A Cappella Gospel, 1927-1954. I have it on vinyl; it's got some really rare stuff, including a live performance in a church that must've covered 2 sides of a 45--the shrieking in the audience alone is worth the price of the album. For a change of pace (modern), get a copy of "The Gospel at Colonus," a soundtrack from the play that includes performances by the Steele Family and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama; Clarence Fountain apparently hasn't lost anything in the last 40 years.

Skip James (on Yazoo's Complete Recordings, 29-31(?)) does a couple of standards on guitar and piano that really carry his unique stamp.

And if anyone can find a copy of "The Birmingham Gospel Quartet Anthology," please grab it and let me know: apparently it's tied up in litigation (it was a Swedish import). Someone told me that the litigation stems from the fact that the Mills Brothers perform (most of the recordings are from the 20s), but I've never figured it out. But it's supposed to be out of this world.