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Dust on the Bible
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
When the "Queen of Country Music" emerged with this gorgeous gospel album in 1959, her ticket was already written. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," her breakthrough 1952 single, remains one of the most significa... more »
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When the "Queen of Country Music" emerged with this gorgeous gospel album in 1959, her ticket was already written. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," her breakthrough 1952 single, remains one of the most significant recordings in country-music history. Wells followed that No. 1 smash with a string of top 10 hits throughout the 1950s, and Decca rewarded her with a lifetime contract in 1959. Why this Wells gem was reissued by MCA (at a super-budget price, no less) while the rest of her catalog languishes is anyone's guess, but who's complaining? Wells's austere and poised delivery is a godsend when compared to the pretentious, overwrought singing that too often dominates modern gospel music. The pure-as-snow arrangements range from fiddle-and-steel to organ-and-chorus, but attention is always focused on Wells's pristine voice. --Marc Greilsamer
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