During the 1990s the Document label brought out a seven-volume series devoted to recordings made during the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s by African-American preachers and their congregations. In keeping with the alphabetical nature of the lineup, Vol. 6 contains two dozen titles recorded over a 12-year period by individuals whose names began with letters R through W. As was the case with Vol. 4, the earliest recordings in this collection are burlesques of preachers and spirituals dating from 1924. "John Jasper's Camp Meeting, Pts. 1-2" was performed by a comedic quartet billed as the Three Deacons & Sister Lowdown. A pair of rather austere monologues by one M.R. Ward were recorded in 1926, while the following year's harvest includes offerings from Reverend J.W. McBride, who recorded as Reverend Sundown Jesse; Reverend George H. Sims (whose recording is slightly marred by missing opening grooves removed by a "rim chip"); a certain Reverend Webb; and the Reverend Leora Ross, who delivered sermons with singing by the Church of the Living God Jubilee Singers. Her playlist includes a reference to current events in "God's Mercy to Colonel Lindbergh." In 1928 H.T. Roberts recorded a two-part sermon with singing backed by organist Bob Ricketts and called it "Who Is Ya?" Tracks nine through 14 were recorded in 1935 by Reverend Nathan Smith and his Burning Bush Sunday School pupils. Lastly, "The Bonus Have Found the Stingy Man Out" and "Almost a Christian" were waxed in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in July 1936 by Reverend R.H. Taylor and congregation. Each volume in the series has merit and there's enough of interest in this installment to recommend it to anyone interested in this kind of historic material.
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