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Alabama: Black Secular & Religious Music

  • 1. My Gal Treats Me Mean (But I Can't Leave Her Alone) - Wiley Barner
    2. If You Want a Good Woman - Get One Long and Tall - Wiley Barner/Get One Long & Tall
    3. Molly Man - Rev. Moses Mason
    4. John the Baptist - Rev. Moses Mason
    5. Go Wash in the Beautiful Stream - Rev. Moses Mason
    6. Christ Is Coming Again - Rev. Moses Mason
    7. Horse Paweth in the Valley, The - Rev. Moses Mason
    8. Judgment Day in the Morning - Rev. Moses Mason
    9. Red Cross the Disciple of Christ Today - Rev. Moses Mason
    10. Shrimp Man - Rev. Moses Mason
    11. Showers of Rain Blues - Edward Thompson
    12. Florida Bound - Edward Thompson
    13. Seven Sister Blues - Edward Thompson
    14. Up on the Hill Blues - Edward Thompson
    15. When You Dream of Muddy Water - Edward Thompson
    16. West Virginia Blues - Edward Thompson
    17. When the Saints Go Marching In
    18. Sister Mary Wore Three Lengths of Chain
    19. I Want to Go Where Jesus Is
    20. You Gotta Stand Judgement for Yourself
    21. Texas Blues - Marshall Owens
    22. Try Me One More Time - Marshall Owens
    23. Going North
    24. I Can't Get No Hearin' from My Babe
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5165

  • Credits
    ProducerJohnny Parth

    Performers include: Moses Mason, Marshall Owens, Wiley Barner, Edward Thompson, Slim Duckett, Tom Bradford.
    Personnel: Eddie Thompson, Tommy Bradford, Marshall Owens (vocals, guitar); Mose "Red Hot / Ole Mose" Mason (vocals, banjo); Wiley Barner (vocals, accordion); Will Jennings (guitar).
    Audio Remasterer: Gerhard Wessely.
    Recording information: Birmingham, AL (08/15/1927-10/25/1934); Chicago, IL (08/15/1927-10/25/1934); Grafton, WI (08/15/1927-10/25/1934); King Edward Hotel, Jackson, MS (08/15/1927-10/25/1934); New York, NY (08/15/1927-10/25/1934).
    Unknown Contributor Role: Rev. Moses Mason.
    This intriguing compilation from Document Records collects the complete recorded works of Alabama singers Wiley Barner (both sides of a 78 issued in 1927 by Gennett Records), Moses Macon (eight tracks recorded for Paramount Records in 1928), Edward Thompson (six tracks for Paramount in 1929), Slim Duckett and Pig Norwood (four tracks recorded for Okeh Records in 1930), Marshall Owens (two tracks issued in 1932 by Paramount in 1932), and Tom Bradford (two tracks recorded for the Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song in 1934). Most of what is here holds only historical and archival appeal, although a few things do jump out, including the goofy street vendor song, "Shrimp Man," by Moses Macon (who was also known as Red Hot Ole Mose) and three samples of his wheezing, pneumatic sermons, which feature a man in such kinetic frenzy that you fear he might explode as he struggles to simultaneously breathe and get words out. Marshall Owens manages to get some interesting open-string harmonic overtones out of his guitar on "Try Me One More Time," while Edward Thompson proves himself a sprightly guitar player on "West Virginia Blues." These recordings were transferred from 78s, and the sound quality varies markedly from track to track, reaching a nadir on Thompson's sides, which are so full of scratches, pops, and hailstorm hiss that the actual songs seem to be playing from two doors down during a loud construction project. ~ Steve Leggett

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