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Amazing Grace: Mississippi Delta Spirituals By The Hunter's Chapel Singers Of Como, Miss.
Genres: Blues, Pop
This spellbinding blues-gospel blend from 1966 is one of the best (albeit not particularly broadly celebrated) revivalist records of the '60s. Tennessee-born Mississippi Fred McDowell was 64 when he cut the 16 tracks found... more »
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This spellbinding blues-gospel blend from 1966 is one of the best (albeit not particularly broadly celebrated) revivalist records of the '60s. Tennessee-born Mississippi Fred McDowell was 64 when he cut the 16 tracks found here. Still, he was only a half-dozen years into a recording career that would end with his death in 1972. For this outing, the Delta bluesman explores his reverent side with assistance from his wife, Annie Mae, and their church choir from Como, Mississippi. With McDowell's assured guitar and fiery but friendly vocals in the fore, the choristers wrap themselves around the songs with enraptured ebullience. A few of these tunes will feel familiar to pop fans; "Jesus on the Main Line" was covered by Ry Cooder, while the Rolling Stones adopted "You Got to Move." Everything here, however, makes a deep connection. --Steven Stolder
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A different kind of gospel
J. Christmas | New Brunswick, NJ | 07/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you think Amazing Grace is a cliche, you probably haven't heard the very different rendition found on this album.Simple, unembelished, and raw, the arrangements here bring out the emotional complexity, irony, and anger in southern black christianity.Today's gospel music is all polish and electronic keyboards, attempting to appeal to young people through the infusion of elements like rap. I wonder if there are many groups like this left today, delivering the music in a more "authentic" and ultimately more satisfying way."
Solid rural black gospel blues
M. J. Smith | Seattle, WA USA | 08/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Every track on this collection is solid rural blackgospel blues. Fred McDowell is joined in his vocals by his wife and three members of Hunter's Chapel in Como, Miss. McDowell accompanies the group on bottleneck guitar.This is the powerful, raw blues polished not in the recording studio but in life. Their voices blend in an emotional range ranging from rough and raw to nearly lyrical. Jesus Is On the Main Line could have easily come off a recording from the teens or twenties. You Got to Move has a smoother, more forties and beyond sound. Amazing Grace is a wonderful rendition with the voices interweaving - somewhat as if you merged the call and response style with a lining out style -- the result is absolutely spectacular."
The Real Deal
James Michael Smith | Conyers, GA USA | 10/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The old time blues/gospel music on this collection is as real and raw as it gets. You'll recognize lots of the tunes but you have never heard them like this. If the first and last tracks of this album don't move you, you're half dead anyway!"