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Negro Religious Songs and Services

  • 1. Do, Lord, Remeber Me - Jimmie Strothers/Joe Lee
    2. House Done Built Without Hands
    3. Oh the Lamb of God Done Sanctified Me
    4. We Are Almost Down to the Shore - Jimmie Strothers
    5. Shine Like a Star in the Morning - Joe Lee
    6. Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down - Bozie Sturdivant
    7. Down on Me - Dock Reed
    8. Certainly Lord - Dock Reed/Vera Hall
    9. Man of Calvary, The
    10. Wasn't That a Mighty Storm
    11. Holy Babe - Paul Hayes/Aaron Brown/Joe Green/Kelly Pace
    12. Meet Me in Jerusalem
    13. When I Lay My Burden Down
    14. In New Jerusalem
    15. Steal Away - Turner Junior Johnson
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1514

  • Credits
    EngineerJohn A. Lomax, Jr.; Ruby T. Lomax; John A.; Harold Spivacke; Alan Lomax; Lewis Jones

    Recorded between 1934-1942.
    Performers include: Jimmie Strothers, Joe Lee, Turner Junior Johsnon, Kelley Pace, Aaron Brown, Joe Green, Matthew Johnson, Paul Hayes, Sin-Killer Griffin, Bozie Sturdivant, Dock Reed, Vera Hall.
    Originally released as RECORDING LABORATORY on Library Of Congress (AFS L10).
    This is part of Rounder's The Library Of Congress Archive Of Folk Culture series.
    Liner Note Author: B.A. Botkin.
    Photographer: Harold Spivacke.
    Folklorist John Lomax and his son Alan Lomax made the recordings collected here between 1934 and 1942 for the Library of Congress. Negro Religious Songs and Services is an amazing, moving compendium of period sacred songs and hymns. Most pieces are solo and a cappella. In these pieces, one hears the inspirations for more secular styles. "Certainly, Lord," with its sad, inflected delivery and repeated line after two varying lines, is clearly a blues ready to be born. "Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down" features the title as a line thrice repeated three times. This opportunity for thematic variation and improvisation is the recorded future shadow of jazz and soul vocals. ~ Tom Schulte

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (12/99-1/00, pp.91-2) - "...appeals on several levels....these spiritual tracks show their vocalists' unconditional conviction through hard times with little or no accompaniment..."
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