CD Fire in My Bones: Raw Rare PLUS Otherworldly African-American Gospel (1944-200 [Digipak] (CD 6238157), Audio Other
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Fire in My Bones: Raw Rare PLUS Otherworldly African-American Gospel (1944-200 [Digipak]

    1. Peace in the Valley - Rev. Lonnie Farris
    2. Rock and Roll Sermon - Elder Charles D. Beck
    3. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again - Reverend Anderson Johnson
    4. I'm a Soldier - The Phillips' Specials
    5. How Long - Sister O.M. Terrell
    6. Better Get Ready - Elder R. Wilson & Family
    7. So Glad - Rev. Robert Ballinger
    8. Wasn't That a Mystery - Madison County Senior Center Singers
    9. When the Saints Go Marching In - Precious Bryant
    10. Get Back Satan - Rev. Roger L. Worthy & His Sister Bonnie Woodstock/Rev. Roger L. Worthy/Bonnie Woodstock
    11. I Got a Telephone in My Bosom - Amazing Farmer Singers of Chicago
    12. I Made a Vow to the Lord - Rev. Steward & Family
    13. You've Got to Move (When the Lord Gets Ready) - Two Gospel Keys
    14. Down by the Riverside - Snooks Eaglin
    15. Stand by Me - Sister Mathews
    16. Wicked Shall Cease from Troubling, The - Nathaniel Rivers
    17. That's Alright (Since My Soul Has Got a Seat Up in the Kingdom) - Laura Rivers
    18. Why Sorrow Done Passed Me Around - Georgia Fife and Drum Band
    19. Don't Let Him Ride - Mississippi Nightingales
    20. He's Coming Back - The Brinson Brothers/Elder & Sister Brinson/The Brinson Brothers
    21. By His Word - The Holmes Sisters
    22. Where Could I Go - Lucille Barbee
    23. Stand by Me - Brother George & His Sanctified Singers
    24. I'll Never Turn Back - Shelby Bransford Jr.
    25. You Without Sin Cast the First Stone - Isaiah Owens
    26. Storm Thru Mississippi - Henry Green
    27. I'm Pressing On - Brother Willie Blue
    1. Jesus' Blood - Golden Stars
    2. Glory Glory Hallelujah - Napoleon Strickland
    3. John Saw - Grant & Ella
    4. Since He Touched Me - The Shaw Singers
    5. God's Mighty Hand - Utah Smith
    6. What Can I Do Without the Lord - Ray Branch
    7. Angels - Prof. Johnson & His Gospel Singers
    8. Truth in the Gospel, The - Goldie Haynes & Choir
    9. Walk with Me - Rayborn Brothers Quintet
    10. Spirit of the Lord - The Abraham Brothers
    11. I've Got Heaven on My Mind - Hickory Bottom Harmoneers
    12. In God's House - Sisters of Song
    13. Does Jesus Care - Marie Knight
    14. If I Could Not Say a Word - Joe Townsend
    15. Where the Sun Never Goes Down - Willie J. Williams
    16. I Heard It Throught the True Vine - Flora Molton
    17. Father, I Stretch My Arm to Thee - Rev. G.W. Killens & Mt. Calvary Congregation/Mt. Calvary Congregation/Rev. G.W. Killens
    18. Nobody Knows - Robert Brown & the Sons of the South/Robert Brown/Sons of the South
    19. How Much I Owe - The Radio Four
    20. My Testimony - Abner Jay
    21. Prayer /I Love the Lord - Clear Creek Missionary Baptist Church Congregation
    22. Same Man - The Gospel Writers
    23. I Know I Got Religion - Hogman Maxey/Andy Mosely
    24. He's My Rock, My Sword, My Shield - Fannie Bell Chapman
    25. Working on a Building - Rev. Louis Overstreet
    26. Lord, Hold My Hand - True Loving Five
    27. Fire Shed in My Bones - Boyd Rivers
    1. Power Is the Heart of Man - Brother & Sister W.B. Grate
    2. Don't Let the Devil Ride - Ike Gordon
    3. Holy Rock - Reverend Billy H. Grady
    4. Pray on, My Child - Willamette Gospel Singers
    5. Jesus Is Sweet to Me - Sensational Skylights
    6. I Want to Live (So God Can Use Me) - Willie Eason
    7. I'm Just a Voice - Helen McGiver & The McGiver Singers
    8. You Ought to Been There - The B.C. Harmonizers
    9. You Better Get Ready - The Bible Aires Spiritual Singers
    10. Help Me - Lula Collins
    11. So Soon - Little Ax & The Golden Echoes
    12. Introduction/Rock Daniels - Bishop Eric McDaniels
    13. Very Last Mile, The - John Boswell & The True Sounding Boswellettes
    14. What God Can Do - Leon Pinson
    15. Let the Redeemed Say So - Reverend John Wilkins
    16. Sweet Home - E.L. Burtis
    17. Little Old Fashioned, A - Elizabeth Phillips
    18. How Long - Charles White
    19. At a Time Like This (Pt. 1) - Isaac Haney & the Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir/Isaac Haney/Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church
    20. God Rode in the Windstorm - James Earle Hines Goodwill Singers
    21. Go Devil Go - Ira Mae Littlejohn
    22. This Train - Elder Samuel Patterson & The Christian Crusaders
    23. Victory Shall Be Mine - Straight Street Holiness Group
    24. Lord Is My Shepherd, The - Mosby Family Singers
    25. Some Sweet Day - Bishop Perry Tillis
    26. Swing Low - Theotis Taylor
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2271

  • Credits
    ProducerMike McGonigal

    Liner Note Author: Mike McGonigal.
    Photographers: Axel Kuestner; Mark Weber.
    Fire in My Bones is an absolutely magnificent gospel music collection. Not because its quality is consistently high -- it isn't -- but precisely because everything about it is so delightfully all-over-the-place. If your experience with African-American gospel music has been mainly limited to incidental encounters with the Golden Gate Quartet or Mahalia Jackson, then prepare to be startled: on this sprawling three-disc set, which covers more than 60 years of mostly obscure gospel recordings, you'll hear the deeply spooky "Wasn't That a Mystery" (performed by the Madison County Senior Center Singers), the even spookier "Get Back Satan" (by Rev. Roger L. Worthy and his sister Bonnie Woodstock), the heartrendingly beautiful "Does Jesus Care" (by Marie Knight), and the irresistibly funky "Help Me" (by Lula Collins). In a few instances the sound quality is poor enough to be a barrier to enjoyment of the music, but in most cases where the recording is particularly ragged, it only adds to the music's often otherworldly beauty. A few tracks, such as the Rev. Utah Smith's "God's Mighty Hand" and the jaw-dropping "Prayer (Excerpt)/I Love the Lord," blur the distinction between sermon and song -- on the latter track, the congregation's singing rises and falls like an enormous whale coming to the surface. A few of these tracks really are clunkers, but frankly, even those come as something of a relief, giving your ears and heart a moment of rest before being lifted inexorably up again. Fantastic. ~ Rick Anderson

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.79) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "The quality of the supercharged music stays at a high level all the way."
    Billboard (p.32) - "This three-disc compilation collects 80 recordings of various unpolished styles, in all their haunting glory....Essential for anyone interested in gospel..."
    Paste (magazine) (p.67) - "[S]o gritty and genuine that it seems to emanate from below....An equally inspirational and informative document of American soul."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.98) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[C]ompelling....Most of the 80s selections were originally issued on independent regional labels with many of the musicians either street-corner evangelists, storefront church preachers, family bands or congregational groups."
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