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The Harmonizing Four 1943-1954

  • 1. Every Time I Feel the Spirit
    2. Who'll Be a Witness For My Lord
    3. Great Camp Meeting in the Promised Land
    4. Keep Inchin' Along
    5. I Done What You Told Me to Do
    6. When I've Done the Best I Can
    7. I'm Bound For Higher Ground
    8. One Day
    9. I Cried Holy
    10. Jesus Gave Me Water
    11. Blessed Quietness
    12. How Far Am I From Canaan
    13. Thank You Jesus
    14. Noah
    15. Precious Memories
    16. I Am on the Battlefield
    17. Lord I'm Coming Home
    18. King Jesus Will Roll All Burdens Away
    19. Never Turn Back No More
    20. Silent Night
    21. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
    22. Jesus Is a Friend to Everyone
    23. Where He Leads Me I Will Follow
    24. Mothers Prayer Has Followed Me
    25. Pray Every Step of the Way
    26. Get Right With God
    27. Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown
    28. May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You
    29. Say a Word
    30. Beyond the Sunset
    31. Gave My Heart to Jesus
    32. Mother's Prayer
    33. This Wicked Race
    34. I've Started in Jesus
    35. Joy in Beulah Land
    36. Protect My Loved Ones
    37. Working For the Lord
    38. Watch Over Me
    39. You Ought to Know the Lord
    40. Lift Every Voice and Sing
    41. Let God Abide
    42. When I'm Gone
    43. I've Been Changed
    44. Trust Jesus
    45. Come Over Here
    46. What Do You Know
    47. I Shall Not Be Moved
    48. I'll Go Lord, Send Me
    49. I Trust in God
    50. I Want to Know
    51. I Shall Rest at the End of the Day
    52. Lords Prayer, The
    53. Amazing Grace
    54. Keep Me All the Way
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ADDCD3005

  • Credits

    Acrobat's double-disc salute to the Harmonizing Four concentrates on this popular gospel group's pre-Vee Jay recordings, cut during the years 1943-1954 for the Decca, Religious, Coleman, MGM, and Gotham labels. Originally formed in Virginia, the group was usually billed on their early records as the Richmond Harmonizing Four, the Harmonizing Four of Richmond, or the Richmond Harmonizers. During this period members included leader Joseph "Gospel Joe" Williams, John Scott, Thomas "Goat" or "Snake" Johnson, and James Walker, who also sang with the Southern Sons and the Dixie Hummingbirds. The original a cappella approach was discarded when the group (which sometimes operated as a quintet) came to include singing guitarist Lonnie Smith, father of modern jazz pianist Lonnie Liston Smith. The bass clef was handled by a series of excellent deep-voiced individuals as Levi Hansley was replaced by Clarence Ross, who passed away and was succeeded by the great Mississippi-born vocalist Jimmy Jones. This comprehensive collection's 54 tracks include all of the group's early hits among a solid blend of classic standards and originals. Anyone enamored of the Harmonizing Four' Vee Jay, Atlantic, Babylon, Jewel, and Checker releases is sure to enjoy this well-stocked overview of devotional works from the group's first decade of recording activity. ~ arwulf arwulf

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