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Gospel Tradition: Roots & Branches
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Christian, Gospel
The only multi-artist anthology in Sony Legacy's 1991 Gospel Spirit series (which also includes albums dedicated to Paul Robeson, the Golden Gate Quartet, and Mahalia Jackson), The Gospel Tradition provides an overview of ... more »
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The only multi-artist anthology in Sony Legacy's 1991 Gospel Spirit series (which also includes albums dedicated to Paul Robeson, the Golden Gate Quartet, and Mahalia Jackson), The Gospel Tradition provides an overview of Christian music that spans multiple decades and genres. The oldest recordings here date to 1927; the newest selection--the Chuck Wagon Gang's "I'm Headed for the Promised Land"--was cut in 1956. Strict nonsecular performers are intermixed with artists best known for their secular work, including Bessie Smith, Bob Wills, and the Sons of the Pioneers. Of particular note is Washington Phillips's impossibly lovely "What Are They Doing in Heaven Today?" The all-embracing spirit behind The Gospel Tradition makes this a wonderful primer for anyone interested in exploring devotional expression in many forms. --Steven Stolder
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Mark.Leaney@citec.com.au | Brisbane, Queensland Australia | 08/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is truly a wonderful collection - Gospel is new to me but what a way to start. I have been wondering if there was ever a Volume 2? Apart from "Im Headed for the Promised Land" the other 2 standout tracks are "Count Your Blessings" - Jackson Gospel Singers, and definately "In That Great Gettin' Up Morning" - Leonard De Paur Infantry Chorus, to put those hairs up on the back of your neck. Devotional music indeed. Listen to this and read Alan Lomax's "The Land where the Blues Began" (also reviewed in these pages) at the same time and be transported. Strong stuff."