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Oh Happy Day, Edwin Hawkins
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Steve R. (swr48) from FORT COLLINS, CO
Reviewed on 8/25/2009...
This is a wonderful CD. It is a re-issue of the ORIGINAL recording by the Edwin Hawkins Singers of Oh Happy Day, done in the late 1960s--it was a huge hit then, and still carries huge emotional and spiritual power.
Sunny Maudlin | 01/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album has proved to be one of my favourites since I picked it up almost a year ago. Unlike Gospel groups like The Winans, the Edwin Hawkins Singers lean more towards traditional Gospel rather than the R&B/Pop/Gospel hybrid that The Winans helped popularize. This music consists mostly of a large Gospel choir with various soloists, piano, and organ as opposed to numerous synthesizers.
The title track "Oh Happy Day" was a huge hit for the group, making the top ten in the late 1960's and was since covered by such as artists as Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples, and BeBe Winans. The song is indeed uplifting, with a joyful performance by the singers and a lovely solo by a husky-voiced female. (My cassette version doesn't include liner notes.) "Joy, Joy" is a piano-driven ballad about enduring the hardships of life and looking forward to the joy that comes afterward. It's one of my favourite songs. Other highlights are the fast-paced "To My Father's House," the compelling "I Heard The Voice Of Jesus," and the bluesy "I'm Going Through." Also featured are the hymn-like "Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord," the jazzy "I Shall Be Free," and the R&B-ish "Precious Memories." There isn't a bad song on the album, and I highly recommend it."
Oh HaPPY dAY.
John E. Barry | S.F. | 08/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"tHE best album in my collection of 3,500 albums. It will knock you out.
,,,,and I am as white as they come!!
jack barry, san francisco"