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Hallelujah: Collection of Their Finest
Genres: Pop, R&B, Christian, Gospel
Recorded for Hob in the late '60s after Chicago label Vee Jay folded, these sides are the last great offerings made by the Swan Silvertones prior to the Reverend Claude Jeter's departure from the group. Founded as an a cap... more »
Recorded for Hob in the late '60s after Chicago label Vee Jay folded, these sides are the last great offerings made by the Swan Silvertones prior to the Reverend Claude Jeter's departure from the group. Founded as an a cappella quartet by hair-raising, Sam Cooke-forefather lead singer Jeter around 1938 in West Virginia, the Swan Silvertones were initially called the Four Harmony Kings, but changed their name in the early '40s upon taking a Knoxville, Tennessee, radio slot sponsored by the Swan Bakery. Hallelujah's tracks fairly evenly split and/or trade lead voice between Jeter and the gravelly growl of Louis Johnson, effectively marrying the group's hard, sanctified style with the soulfully smooth falsetto groove that gave the group its signature sound. Though the big hit "Mary Don't You Weep" is absent from this collection, the Silvertones lift the rafters with their revival versions of "Only Believe," parts 1 and 2, and the supreme Jeter-Johnson vocal duel on the guitar-, snare-, and bass-supported "Amazing Grace." Also outstanding are the velvety gorgeous "Jesus, I Love You," the gospel-soul slow funk of "I've Got Myself Together," and the intricate harmonies of "Leaning on Jesus." --Paige La Grone
Great music, amateurish recording
Mark H. Whitnall | Kensington, MD USA | 08/08/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I fell in love with the Swan Silvertones when I heard their cut on the soundtrack of "The Big Easy" ("Saviour, Pass Me Not"). The harmonies, the singing, the tone of the voices were to die for. I looked forward to receiving this CD with great anticipation, but was sorely disappointed when I heard the sound quality. Most tracks (except for 10 and 11) sound like they were recorded by some guy who wandered in off the street with his portable tape recorder. The sound is so bad the magic of the group is totally missing on these cuts. Luckily, track 10 ("I've Got Myself Together") is almost worth the price of admission - it really cooks. There is no warning about the sound quality in the Amazon listing or on the CD cover. I'd like to buy other CDs by this group, but I'm afraid of getting cheated by unacceptable sound quality.- Hunt"
Hallelugah I finally found it
Charles M. Lee | harrisburg, PA USA | 04/06/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I first became aware of Swan Silvertones back in the late sixties when I heard a gospel sampler containing songs from the likes of Shirley Ceasar, and the Mighty Clouds of Joy. The piece I heard by Swan Silvertones was "I Only Believe" and my eyes nearly teared up. That velvety smooth falsetto was so sweet and the harmony so beautiful I felt like I was listening to angels. This is the stuff from which sprang the doo wop sound of rock and roll. These are the roots of the groups many of us came to love like the Drifters and the Temptations. After years of searching for that wonderful song I cannot believe my good fortune to have found it here. It goes to show you that "all, all , all, things, are, ah ah are, poss, cyble""