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Gonna Let It Shine: A Concert for the Holidays

  • 1. Intro
    2. This Little Light of Mine
    3. Rise up Shepard
    4. Mary Had a Baby
    5. What Month Was Jesus Born In
    6. Shout For Joy
    7. Virgin Mary Had One Son
    8. Down by the Riverside
    9. Poor Little Jesus
    10. Freedom Trilogy: Oh Freedom / Come & Go With Me / I'm On My Way
    11. Somebody Talking About' Jesus
    12. Keep on Movin' It On
    13. O Jerusalem
    14. If Anybody Asks You
    15. Midnight Special
    16. This Little Light of Mine - (Bonus Track/Unedited)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MC-0055

  • Credits
    ProducerMark Carpentieri
    EngineerDavid Merril; Fred Guarino

    Odetta: Wendall Holmes, Popsy Dixon, Sherman Holmes (vocals).
    Personnel: Odetta (vocals); Seth Farber (piano).
    Additional personnel: The Holmes Brothers (vocals).
    The doyenne of folk and blues singers for over 50 years, Odetta has influenced artists like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and blazed a trail both for civil rights in America and human rights internationally. GONNA LET IT SHINE, recorded live at New York's Fordham University, is a sampling of the holiday spirituals that have made up a small part of her concert repertoire over the decades. Her voice remains surprisingly unweathered by time, and the warmth and empathy generated by her performances on songs like like the transporting "Mary Had a Baby," the exuberant "What Month Was Jesus Born In?" and the delightful "Shout for Joy," is palpable.

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.65) - "[A]n amazing collection of spirituals....[E]ach of the album's 15 songs is a marvel in its own way....Amazing."
    Living Blues (p.38) - "Anyone who cares about freedom and social justice will find it a bracing tonic against the negativity and despair that too often seem to pervade our times."
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