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Como Now


  • 1. When The Gates Swing Open - Mary Moore
    2. It's Alright - John Edwards Singers
    3. I Can See So Much - Brother & Sister Walker
    4. Jesus Builds A Fence Around Me - Della Daniels/Ester Mae Smith
    5. Trouble In My Way - Como Mamas - (featuring Mary Moore)
    6. If It Had Not Been For Jesus - Irene Stevenson
    7. If It Wasn't For The Lord - Brother & Sister Walker
    8. New Burying Ground - John Edwards Singers
    9. God's Unchanging Hand - Como Mamas - (featuring Mary Moore)
    10. I Can't Afford To Let My Saviour Down - Rev. Robert Walker
    11. Talk With Jesus - The Jones Sisters
    12. Lil' Old Church House - Irene Stevenson
    13. Send Me I'll Go - Como Mamas - (featuring Mary Moore)
    14. Help Me To Carry On - Brother & Sister Walker
    15. Move Upstairs - Della Daniels/Ester Mae Smith
    16. Somebody Here Needs You Lord - Mary Moore
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DAP-014

  • Credits
    ProducerMichael Reilly
    EngineerMichael Reilly

    The 21st-century equivalent of a field recording, this collection was the result of Brooklyn R&B label Dap-Tone's placing an ad in a local paper in Como, Mississippi, where a homegrown gospel music scene had existed for decades. Locals responded, showing up at a Como church for the recording project. The results: some of the rawest, most affecting old-school gospel you're likely to hear. These a capella performances of traditional spirituals drip with passion and emotional commitment. And while these singers may be unknown, there's nothing remotely amateurish about these tracks. It would be easy to imagine some enterprising soul mounting a successful tour featuring some of these unassuming talents. Ultimately, the music undeniably trumps the intriguing backstory, and that's the most important thing.

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (p.66) - "Stevenson's emotion-charged, unpolished performance of 'If It Had Not Been For Jesus' is the disc's most compelling selection....Stevenson executes powerful melismas and sustains with aplomb..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "16 performances by ordinary people singing extraordinarily, with total engagement and honesty, rough, ready and rip-roaringly righteous, thrilling and moving..."
    Clash (magazine) (p.106) - "[S]tick with it; the warmth and soul of the singing shines through and make this an essential listen."
    URB (Magazine) (p.84) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "These songs are filled with intensity and drama....Tales of individual spirituality manifest throughout....The compilation succeeds because at its core it is 100% real music."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he Jones Sisters' own 'Talk With Jesus' is a masterwork in beautiful harmonising. It's further proof that Daptone is one of the most exciting and innovative soul labels in existence today."
    Signal To Noise (magazine) (p.75) - "Spirituality and music have been intricately linked in many ways across many of the world's cultures, but in Como, Mississippi the connection seems especially solid, direct, unassailable and irresistible."
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