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The Best of Sacred Steel

  • 1. Don't Let the Devil Ride - Sonny Treadway
    2. Call Him by His Name - Glenn Lee
    3. Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Poor Man's Friend - Willie Eason
    4. I Feel Good - Chuck Campbell
    5. End of My Journey - Darick Campbell
    6. Train, The - Ted Beard
    7. Without God - Robert Randolph
    8. Precious Lord Take My Hand - Josh Taylor
    9. Just a Closer Walk with Thee - Aubrey Ghent
    10. Since I Laid My Burden Down - Calvin Cooke
    11. Say Yes! - The Lee Boys
    12. Where Could I Go But to the Lord - Darick Campbell
    13. Footie's Medley [Pink Panther] - Footie Covington
    14. Then Comes Joy - Elton Noble
    15. Praise the Lord Everybody - Henry Nelson/Aubrey Ghent
    16. Near the Cross - Willie Eason
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CD539

  • Credits
    ProducerRobert L. Stone

    Liner Note Author: Robert L. Stone.
    Editor: Robert L. Stone.
    Photographer: Robert L. Stone.
    With numerous CDs and a DVD, the Arhoolie label has been the company most responsible for spreading awareness of music from African-American Holiness-Pentecostal churches centered around the steel guitar. This 16-track CD functions as a sampler of sorts of this distinctive style, including instrumental and vocal selections from half a dozen previous Arhoolie releases. With 14 artists represented -- including, in the Campbell Brothers and Aubrey Ghent, some of the best-known exponents of the instrument in the genre -- it gives a good idea of the range of approaches to be heard in what's come to be known as "sacred steel." Material-wise, it's very much centered around upbeat gospel songs (a notable exception being Footie Covington's rendition of the Pink Panther theme), though both the arrangements and the guitar specifically often show a clear blues influence. For secular listeners, the exuberant swoops of the steel are the big attraction, as otherwise this is largely modern African-American gospel in nature, with the backup usually employing electric bands, owing large debts to blues, soul, and (more distantly) funk. Sometimes, however, other influences from the larger music world creep through, with Willie Eason's "Near the Cross," for example, drawing from elements of country and Hawaiian music. Because of its range within the style, this is a recommended compilation for those who are interested in sacred steel, but not intensely enough to spring for single-artist collections of the instrument's practitioners. ~ Richie Unterberger

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  • Genre: Gospel
  • Label: Arhoolie CD539
  • Distributor: ADA
  • Analog/Digital: n/a
  • Mono/Stereo: Stereo
  • Studio/Live: Studio
  • UPC: 096297053928
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