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Newport 1958
Mahalia Jackson
Newport 1958
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Gospel
It was 1958 at the Newport Jazz Festival, and the announcer said it all: "Ladies and gentlemen, it is Sunday, and it is time for the World's Greatest Gospel Singer, Miss Mahalia Jackson." And, with that all-too-appropriate...  more »


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All Artists: Mahalia Jackson
Title: Newport 1958
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony Japan
Release Date: 1/13/2008
Album Type: Original recording remastered, Import
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Gospel
Styles: Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Urban & Contemporary, Traditional
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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It was 1958 at the Newport Jazz Festival, and the announcer said it all: "Ladies and gentlemen, it is Sunday, and it is time for the World's Greatest Gospel Singer, Miss Mahalia Jackson." And, with that all-too-appropriate introduction, Jackson broke into a stirring rendition of "An Evening Prayer" that set the tone for a classic performance. Over the course of her 45-minute set, she performed pop-tinged numbers ("Didn't It Rain"), a few trad tunes ("I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song"), and songs immersed with soul ("Keep Your Hand on the Plow"). On all of these numbers, Jackson's voice rang loud and clear, backed simply by piano and organ. Recorded at a time when her longtime fans were questioning her increasing fame and popularity, the "Queen of Gospel" proved shiningly, once again, that she still knew how to use her God-given gift of voice. --Jason Verlinde

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Steven | Germany | 01/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Here we hear the great artist in an original-restaured recording of the 1958 NEWPORT FESTIVAL, being in good form and having a great athmosphare.
Fortunately COLUMBIA-LEGACY found the original tapes and went on to restaure the real tapes, giving up the company's old goal to mix the live-recordings with studio-cuts to commercialize it.
Thank God the Legacy producers gave us back a time-document so precious and unique and i pray for more such holy sounds."
SUPERB Sound Quality Highlights a Brilliant Performance
Mike DiMartino | Rochester, NY | 06/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I almost did not buy this CD, thanks to the pathetically inaccuate review claiming the sound quality is terrible. Amazon needs to remove such irresponsible and careless reviews. Now read a review from someone who's collected Newport recordings since 1963.

Yes, at the END of the concert, we hear Mahalia OFF-MICROPHONE: she's merely making her stage exit while still singing to the people! Naturally the volume of her voice fades into the thunderous ovation as she moves further away from the mikes. But this lasts for just a few bars--out of a nearly one hour concert--hardly anything that warrants a review calling the entire concert poorly recorded. And actually, hearing that spontaneous moment captured, while the audience cries for "MORE!" is one of the many exciting, inspiring you-are-there moments on this CD.

Mahalia does return, steps right up the the mikes, and gives her loyal, rain-soaked audience TWO encores, including "Jesus Met the Woman at the Well."

As Columbia Legacy did with the 1956 Duke Ellington Newport concert, the Voice of America STEREO tapes were used from Mahalia's concert. The audio is so real sounding, and superior in every way to previous issues, which have therefore become obsolete, I guarantold you!

Any fool who can't hear THAT truly needs to "Keep His/Her Hand on the Plow," Lord have mercy!!!"
It's all Good, even when it's so-so
P3 Mikey | 11/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Queen of Gospel sings live in 1958 long before there was "MTV Unplugged". Most of the tracks are clear but a few clearly show what happens in a live concert when Ms. Jackson steps away from the microphone or claps. It's raw, powerful and un-choreographed and that's what makes this album a one of a kind. Need further proof, listen to the cheers of "more" and "Brava" at the end of tracks "Didn't It Rain" and "The Lord's Prayer". If you want a clear track of "His Eye Is On The Sparrow", sorry but you'll need to buy something else of Ms. Jackson."