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Mighty Day: 25 Gospel Greats

  • 1. I'm Going to Hold On - Goldia Haynes/Various Artists
    2. My God Is a Mighty Man - Anthony Butler/Various Artists
    3. God Don't Like It - Reverend Anderson Johnson/Various Artists
    4. Lord's Gospel Train, The - Mary Deloatch/Various Artists
    5. Blind Barnabas - Golden Gate Quartet/Various Artists
    6. I'm His Child - Ernestine Washington/Various Artists
    7. Gospel Train - Wright Brothers Gospel Singers/Various Artists
    8. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again - Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey/Various Artists
    9. Mighty Day - Bessemer Sunset Four/Various Artists
    10. Judgement's Coming - Anthony Butler/Various Artists
    11. I'm Going to That City - Sister O.M. Terrell/Various Artists
    12. Stay on the Right Side of the Road - The Blue Chips/Various Artists
    13. Nobody's Fault But Mine - Sister Lotta Peavey/Various Artists
    14. Let the Church Roll On - Cornfed Four/Various Artists
    15. Two Wings - Utah Smith/Various Artists
    16. My Journey to the Sky - Sister Rosetta Tharpe/Various Artists
    17. Didn't It Rain - Elder Charles D. Beck/Various Artists
    18. Lead Me to the Rock - The Heavenly Gospel Singers/Various Artists
    19. I'm So Happy and Free, The Lord Saved Me - Rev. Lonnie Farris/Various Artists
    20. After a While - Wright Brothers Gospel Singers/Various Artists
    21. I'm a Witness for My Lord - Rev. Kelsey/Various Artists
    22. My Time Done Come - Golden Gate Quartet/Various Artists
    23. Truth in the Gospel, The - Goldia Haynes/Various Artists
    24. This Train - Rev. Robert Ballinger/Various Artists
    25. J-E-S-U-S Spells Jesus - Brother Miller & the Milleraires/Various Artists
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 322011

  • Credits
    ProducerGary Atkinson

    Personnel: Sister Rosetta Tharpe (vocals, guitar); Roosevelt Fenoy, Jesse Wright, Henry Owens, Arlandus Wilson, Willie Connell Johnson, Goldia Haynes, Anthony Butler, William H. Wright Jr., Mary Deloatch, Marie Knight (vocals); Sam Riley, Walter Wright, Fred Whitmore (tenor); Henson Massey, Wash Ivey, Monroe Wright (baritone); George Wright, Jimmy Bryant Singers, Pat Gaines (bass voice); Gene Phillips (guitar); Pat Patton (banjo); Ellis Horne (clarinet); Bunk Johnson (trumpet); Turk Murphy (trombone); Alfred Miller, Joe Liggins, Sammy Price, Burt Bales (piano); Deacon McMillan, Odie Payne, Jr., Wallace Bishop (drums).
    Audio Remasterer: Alan Taylor.
    Liner Note Author: Gillian George.
    Recording information: Atlanta, GA (11/12/1928-??/??/1958); Chicago, IL (11/12/1928-??/??/1958); Dallas, TX (11/12/1928-??/??/1958); Hollywood, CA (11/12/1928-??/??/1958); Jefferson Hotel, Dallas, TX (11/12/1928-??/??/1958); Los Angeles, CA (11/12/1928-??/??/1958); Miami, FL (11/12/1928-??/??/1958); Nashville, TN (11/12/1928-??/??/1958); New York, NY (11/12/1928-??/??/1958); San Francisco, CA (11/12/1928-??/??/1958); Washington DC (11/12/1928-??/??/1958).
    Director: Norridge Mayhams.
    This wonderful set of period gospel tracks ranging from the 1920s through the mid-'50s from Document Records has all the proof you'll ever need that gospel was instrumental in the creation of rock & roll, R&B, doo wop, soul, and even rap and hip-hop, as track after track clatters along on explosive rhythms and inventive vocal arrangements. It's also obvious here how much gospel and the blues cross-pollinated each other through the decades, moving in tandem like two sides of the same coin. Check out the energetic trashcan rhythm of Anthony Butler's "My God Is a Mighty Man" or Rev. Kelsey's free-form rap sermon on "I'm a Witness for the Lord" to hear the roots of the hip-hop generation. Rev. Robert Ballinger manages to create a kind of rockabilly/jazz hybrid with his version of "This Train," while Mary Deloatch's "The Lord's Gospel Train" is nothing short of bluesy rock & roll. Then there are the amazing vocal simulations of the Wright Brothers Gospel Singers, who literally create the sound of an engine approaching with their voices on "Gospel Train" (there are a whole lot of communal trains roaring through this collection, a metaphor that links these sides to the era in which they were recorded -- in time cars would become more dominant in songs as the 20th century marched on and away from community and toward increased personal insularity). Other gems here include Elder Charles Beck's jazzy and swinging "Didn't It Rain" and the great Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey's off-the-cuff vocal on "If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again." Mighty Day is a delightful compilation that lifts the spirit and sets the feet moving -- no matter what one's philosophical or spiritual denomination might be. ~ Steve Leggett

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