The Swan Silvertones

Pray for Me/Let's Go to Church Together

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Pray for Me/Let's Go to Church Together Review

by Ron Wynn

The Swan Silvertones perfected their shimmering, explosive vocals while on Vee-Jay Records from 1956-1964. The elastic, dazzling falsetto of Claude Jeter, which was later adapted and reworked by Al Green, was contrasted by any number of powerful second lead singers within the group: Paul Owens, Louis Johnson, or Azell Monk. The songs on this disc, with one exception, cover the Silvertones' last great period and offer resounding harmonies, soaring leads, and remarkable music. The lead selection, "Sinners Crossroad," is actually the Silver Quintette, an Indiana group probably most famous for having on its roster two future soul stars in Roscoe Robinson and Joe Henderson.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Swan Silvertones 03:10 Amazon
2 The Swan Silvertones 02:29 Amazon
3 The Swan Silvertones 02:31 Amazon
4 The Swan Silvertones 02:07 Amazon
5 The Swan Silvertones 02:18 Amazon
6 The Swan Silvertones 02:04 Amazon
7 The Swan Silvertones 02:46 Amazon
8 The Swan Silvertones 02:39 Amazon
9 The Swan Silvertones 04:15 Amazon
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The Swan Silvertones 02:50 Amazon
11 The Swan Silvertones 02:45 Amazon
12 The Swan Silvertones 03:10 Amazon
13 The Swan Silvertones 03:39 Amazon
14 The Swan Silvertones 02:48 Amazon
15 The Swan Silvertones 04:17 Amazon
16 The Swan Silvertones 02:26 Amazon
17 The Swan Silvertones 03:27 Amazon
18 The Swan Silvertones 02:42 Amazon
19 The Swan Silvertones 03:39 Amazon
20 The Swan Silvertones 03:40 Amazon
21 The Swan Silvertones 03:01 Amazon
22 The Swan Silvertones 02:04 Amazon
23 The Swan Silvertones 01:58 Amazon
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