Le Gospel 1939-1952

Various Artists

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Le Gospel 1939-1952 Review

by John Bush

It shouldn't be surprising that a French label is able to compile a much better gospel overview than any Americans; having looser copyright laws to work around makes the proposition more profitable. Gospel 1939-1952 is wisely separated into three discs, one of spirituals and preachers, one focusing on the modern quartet sound, and the third dealing with the fount of female-fronted gospel during the music's golden era. The wealth of musical jewels on display is awe-inspiring, ranging from the first selection (the primal harmonic gem "Rock My Soul" from the Golden Gate Quartet) to the last ("Nobody's Fault But Mine" from Sister Lotta Peavey). It does include a bare few of the songs found on any gospel collection worth its salt. Gospel 1939-1952 also excels by its resurrection of rare material -- "Building on the Good Shore" by Sister Rosetta Winn, "Slippin' and Slidin' Up the Golden Street" by Julius Daniels, and "Well, Well -- Don't Worry About Me" by the Five Gospel Stirrers.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Golden Gate Quartet 02:03 SpotifyAmazon
2
Selah Jubilee Singers 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
3 Sensational Golden Light Quartet of Philadelphia 02:23 SpotifyAmazon
4 Professor J. Earle Hines 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
5 Professor Johnson 02:51 SpotifyAmazon
6
Gatemouth Moore 02:27 SpotifyAmazon
7 Rev. Campbell 02:28 SpotifyAmazon
8 Rev. Kelsey 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
9 Seventh Day Adventists Choir 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
10 Reverend J.M. Gates 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
11 The Charioteers 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
12 Wings Over Jordan Choir 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
13 Wright Brothers 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
14 Blind Willie Johnson 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
15 Josh White 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
16
Julius Daniels 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
17
Elder Roma Wilson 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
18 Rev. Gary Davis 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
19 Rev. Utah Smith 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
20 Henry Green 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
21 Elder Charles D. Beck 02:05 SpotifyAmazon
22 Rev. M.E. Holmes 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
23
The Trumpeteers 02:41 SpotifyAmazon
24 Harmony Kings 02:45 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:29 SpotifyAmazon
2 The Original Five Blind Boys of Mississippi 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
3
The Sensational Nightingales 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
4 The Dixie Hummingbirds 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
5
Bells of Joy 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
6
Spirit of Memphis Quartet 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
7
02:47 SpotifyAmazon
8 The Soul Stirrers 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
9 Pilgrim Travelers 02:33 SpotifyAmazon
10 Brother Joe May 02:51 SpotifyAmazon
11 The Boyer Brothers 01:54 SpotifyAmazon
12
The Radio Four 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
13 The Fairfield Four 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
14 The Harmonizing Four 02:35 SpotifyAmazon
15 Chosen Gospel Singers 02:43 SpotifyAmazon
16 Evening Star Quartet 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
17 Southern Stars 03:46 SpotifyAmazon
18 The Swan Silvertones 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
19 Silvertone Singers 02:29 SpotifyAmazon
20 Sky Light Singers 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
21 Jordan River Singers 02:59 SpotifyAmazon
22
Echoes of Zion 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
23 Spiritual Stars 02:22 SpotifyAmazon
24 Gospel Stars 02:26 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Sister Rosetta Tharpe 02:20 SpotifyAmazon
2
Marie Knight / Sister Rosetta Tharpe 03:30 SpotifyAmazon
3 Marie Knight 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
4
Mahalia Jackson 02:21 SpotifyAmazon
5
Mahalia Jackson 03:37 SpotifyAmazon
6 Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke 02:41 SpotifyAmazon
7 Ethel Davenport 02:56 SpotifyAmazon
8 Arizona Dranes 02:28 SpotifyAmazon
9 Kate McTell 03:00
10 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
11 Willie Mae Williams 02:22 SpotifyAmazon
12
Evangelist Sister Winn 02:43 SpotifyAmazon
13 Wynona Carr 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
14 02:12 SpotifyAmazon
15 Clara Ward 02:59 SpotifyAmazon
16 The Original Gospel Harmonettes 02:30
17 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
18 Jackson Gospel Singers 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
19 Sallie Martin Singers 02:09 SpotifyAmazon
20 Cora Martin 02:12 SpotifyAmazon
21 The Angelic Gospel Singers 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
22 Sister Birch 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
23 Madame Ernestine 02:34 SpotifyAmazon
24
Sister Lotta Peavey 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
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