Sound Of Life

Sound of Life: Workout

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This 20-track compilation, part of the expansive THIS IS GOSPEL series of reissues, is a near-perfect encapsulation of the career of Shirley Caesar, one of the greatest black gospel singers of her generation. These are original recordings, with minimal musical backing (rarely more than a piano and a vibrant chorus) and a charming echo-heavy, somewhat lo-fi sound. Whether decrying drug use in the community ("King Heroin") or celebrating the Holy Spirit ("I Believe"), this is classic black gospel in its purest form. Duets with Claude Jeter and Albertina Walker round out the collection.

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