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The Half Ain't Never Been Told, Vol. 1

  • 1. I Am Bound for the Promised Land - Alfred G. Karnes
    2. Happy on the Way - Fa-So-La Singers
    3. There's a Beautiful City Called Heaven - Virginia Dandies
    4. I'll Be Rested - Roosevelt Graves and Brother
    5. I Want My Life to Testify - Hendersonville Double Quartet
    6. Mother's Last Word to Her Daughter, A - George Washington Phillips
    7. Shall We Gather at the River? - Uncle Dave Macon
    8. Religion Is a Fortune - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
    9. He's the One - Rev. H.B. Jackson
    10. I Know That Jesus Set Me Free - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers
    11. Don't Make It Too Late - Mrs. L. Reed & Mrs. T.A. Duncans
    12. Certainly Lord - Pace Jubilee Singers
    13. I'm Gonna Sail Away - Jones Brothers Trio
    14. Good Lord Has Set Me Free, The - Elder Curry
    15. Turn Away - Lubbock Texas Quartet
    16. We'll Unerstand It Better Bye and Bye - Kentucky Mountain Chorusters
    17. Blessed Be the Tie That Binds - Primitive Baptist Choir Of North Carolina
    18. Let Your Light Shine on Me - Blind Willie Johnson
    19. I'll Be Satisfied - Bryant's Jubilee Quartet
    20. I'll Lead a Christian Life - Golden P. Harris
    21. Lower My Dying Head - Rev. B. J. Hill
    22. Christian's Flight, The - Lee Wells & His Jasper/Alabama Sacred Harp Singers/Lee Wells & His Jasper Alabama Scared Harp Singers
    23. Is Not This the Land of Beulah? - Rev. WM McKinley Dawkins
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2049

  • Credits
    ProducerRichard Nevins

    Audio Remasterer: Richard Nevins.
    Liner Note Author: Richard Nevins.
    Photographers: Doris Ullman; M.B. White.
    Yazoo has released yet another wonderful compilation chock full of recordings that are essential for roots music fans. The Half Ain't Never Been Told, Vol. 1 chronicles American rural religious music of the 1920s and 1930s. The moving, heartfelt praise and prayers included here range from a cappella choirs to solo artists with musical accompaniment to gospel groups. Unusually, the collection doesn't separate music from black and white rural music traditions, mixing in bluegrass, prewar gospel blues, sacred harp singing, spirituals, and more. With this variety of styles equally dispersed between two volumes, if you want one, you will want them both. Included on Volume 1 is Washington Phillips and several sacred harp singing groups, as well as many choirs and congregational recordings. As is always the case with compilations of such early and rare recordings, the sound quality varies widely, with a hiss ranging from barely noticeable to hissing at the same volume as any of the instruments. Nonetheless, this compilation makes an important addition to the library of roots music fans who can overlook sound quality inconveniences for the recordings' historical importance. ~ Joslyn Layne

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (1/24/00, pp.26-7) - "...possesses a raw, immediate and undiluted emotional charge that's akin to the universal power of early blues, folk and country recordings....a rare look at American music's oral traditions..."
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