Rev. F.W. McGee

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2: 1929-1930

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With the second volume in the series, Rev. F.W. McGee's gospel style turns almost exclusively to straightahead preaching, with only minimal musical backing. It's not that much of a stretch to suggest that this kind of gospel is a kind of early precursor to rap -- the rhythms and patterns of McGee's preaching are highly musical, and his wordplay on sides like "Women's Clothes (You Can't Hide)" and "Testifyin' Meeting" is lyrical and imaginative. While these sermonizing records are by no means the place for new listeners to begin, for historians they offer fascinating insight into another of the many facets of the pre-war gospel sound.

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