Various Artists

Amazing Gospel

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This archival recording showcases 15 stompin', shoutin', sanctifyin' gospel numbers from the 1920s. Some of the songs utilize a full choir, some are more stripped down, accompanied by a single guitar or organ (even a dulceola!), and there are a handful of a cappella numbers. Regardless of the ensemble, all of the tracks burn with an intensity sorely lacking in most contemporary gospel. Highlights include Rev. Sister Mary M. Nelson's blistering "Royal Telephone," the gentle harmonies of the Pace Jubilee Singers on "Certainly Lord," and the haunting barebones rasp of "Nobody's Fault but Mine" shouted by the sorely undervalued Blind Willie Johnson. Not just for church-goin' folks, Amazing Gospel will appeal to anyone who had a religious experience listening to The Anthology of American Folk Music or any of Lightnin' Hopkins' recordings. Testify!

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