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Too Close [Prof. Alex Bradford]

  • 1. Too Close to Heaven
    2. Lord, Lord, Lord
    3. He Lifted Me
    4. I Don't Care What the World May Do
    5. He Leads Me Safely Through
    6. God Is All - (previously unreleased, Take 7)
    7. Just the Name of Jesus
    8. Right Now
    9. Don't Let Satan Turn You 'Round
    10. Life's Candlelight
    11. He'll Wash You Whiter Than Snow
    12. Oh Lord, Save Me
    13. Holy Ghost
    14. Crossing over Jordan - (previously unreleased, Take 2)
    15. If Mother Knew
    16. I Dare You
    17. I Can't Tarry
    18. Without a God
    19. Safe in Jesus' Arms - (previously unreleased, Take 7)
    20. Meeting Ground, The - (previously unreleased, Take 5)
    21. What Did John Do?
    22. There's Only One Way (To Get to Heaven) - (previously unreleased, Take 1)
    23. What Folks Say About Me
    24. Truth Will Set You Free, The - (previously unreleased, Take 2)
    25. God Searched the World
    26. Lifeboat, The
    27. Man Is Wonderful, The
    28. Move Upstairs - (previously unreleased, Take 1)
    29. This May Be the Last Time
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SPCD-7042-2

  • Credits
    ProducerOpal Nations; Lee Hildebrand; Alex Bradford; Art Rupe; Sonny Bono; Bumps Blackwell; Opal Nations (Compilation); Lee Hildebrand (Compilation); Opal Nations (Reissue); Lee Hildebrand (Reissue)

    Personnel includes: Alex Bradford, Charles Brown, John Maxwell, Willie James McPhatter, Kenneth Washington, Calvin White, Bessie Griffin, Princess Stewart, The Bradford Specials, The Men Of Song.
    TOO CLOSE includes 6 previously unreleased tracks.
    Personnel: Prof. Alex Bradford (vocals, whistling, piano, celesta); Willie James McPhatter (vocals, organ); Jonathan Jackson, Charles E. Campbell (vocals, background vocals); Calvin White, Louis E. Gibson, James E. Brandon, Kenny Washington, Sallie Martin, Bessie Griffin, Billy Harper (vocals); Charles Brown (organ, drums, bongos, tambourine); Willie Washington (organ); John Maxwell (tambourine); Princess Stewart (background vocals).
    Audio Remixer: Joe Tarantino.
    Liner Note Authors: Opal Nations; Lee Hildebrand.
    Recording information: J & M Recording Studios, New Orleans, LA (06/19/1953-12/??/1958); Radio Recorders, Holl (06/19/1953-12/??/1958); Universal Recorders, Hollywood, CA (06/19/1953-12/??/1958); Universal Recording Studios, Ch (06/19/1953-12/??/1958).
    Arranger: Prof. Alex Bradford.
    These are the hits, to the extent that gospel has hits. "Too Close to Heaven," the opener and title track, did sell a million copies in the mid-'50s, when not even many pop records did that. Other highlights: "He Lifted Me," "He Leads Me Surely Through," "Right Now," "Don't Let Satan Turn You 'Round," plus "He'll Wash You Whiter Than Snow," with the great Sallie Martin, and the previously unreleased "Move Upstairs," with the equally great Bessie Griffin. Plus four more outtakes. Very interesting liner notes but they spell out very few musical specifics. ~ Dave Marsh

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