Sacred Roots of the Blues (When the Sun Goes Down Series)
 : Sacred Roots of the Blues (When the Sun Goes Down Series)

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by: Sacred Roots of the Blues

Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0828766008425
Format: Import
Item Dimensions: 5052520575
Label: RCA Victor
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: RCA Victor
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: RCA Victor
Release Date: June 22, 2004
Studio: RCA Victor

Disc 1:
  1. Gabriel
  2. Amazing Grace
  3. Oh Death
  4. Certainly Lord
  5. Go Down Moses
  6. Po' Mo'ner Get a Home at Last
  7. The Liar
  8. Job
  9. Nobody Knows de Trouble I've Seen
  10. Deep River
  11. Poor Mourner
  12. Honey in the Rock
  13. The Lion and the Tribes of Judah
  14. Fifty Miles of Elbow Room
  15. He Got Better Things for You
  16. The Promise True and Grand
  17. Leave It There
  18. Going Up the King's Highway
  19. Hide You in the Blood
  20. Peter on the Sea
  21. Ezekiel Saw de Wheel/Swing Low, Sweet Chariot/Keep Yo' Hand on the ...
  22. Happy Am I
  23. Precious Lord, Take My Hand
  24. Holding on, Pt. 1
  25. Holding on, Pt. 2
  26. I'm Free at Last
  27. Preach My Word
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Product Description:
Reissue producer and annotator David Evans utilizes the Bluebird and Victor catalogs to create a fascinating documentary of the history of African-American religious music. This audio chronology spans from the plantation shout of slaves beginning to transform what they were learning in white churches of the 18th and 19th century ("Gabriel") all the way through to the 1940s’ syncopated "rhythmic spiritual" sound of Newark’s Southern Sons (1942’s "I’m Free at Last," cited some two decades later by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in his speech at the March On Washington) and the Five Trumpets ("Preach My Word," a live 1949 performance in Atlanta that Dr. King may even have witnessed).

Among the highlights here is "Oh Death!" performed in 1927 the Pace Jubilee Singers, a song that was also popular among southern whites, as testified by Dr. Ralph Stanley’s Grammy award-winning performance on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack. Also Rev. Isaiah Shelton and a group of sisters’ 1927 release of the first version of "The Liar," whose refrain was recast into "Leave My Woman Alone" by Ray Charles in 1956.

Stellar solo performances include Marian Anderson’s "Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen" from 1924, and Paul Robeson’s "Deep River" from 1927 were both arranged and published by Harry T. Burleigh, a protégé of Dvorak, who was an ardent supporter of Negro spirituals as the basis for "a great and noble school of music."

The Reverend W. Herbert Brewster of Memphis supplied songs freely to many top gospel singers, including Mahalia Jackson, Clara Ward, and Madame Ernestine Washington, who sang his "Holding On" with The Milleraires in 1954. Brewster attracted a considerable white following, including a young Elvis Presley, who, in a reversal of racial seating policies during slavery times, often attended Brewster's services in a section reserved for whites.

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