George Washington Phillips

Storefront & Streetcorner Gospel (1927-1929)

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Assembling the complete recorded works of A.C. & Blind Mamie Forehand, Washington Phillips and Luther Magby, Storefront and Streetcorner Gospel (1927-1929) offers a fascinating glimpse into the kind of spiritual music commonly heard throughout the urban areas of the south during the last years of the pre-Depression era. The common thread among these performers is their choice of unusual accompaniment -- the Dallas-based Phillips is backed by the dolceola, an ethereal variant of the dulcimer, while the Forehands employ antique cymbals and Magby uses a harmonium; little or nothing is known about the various artists, yet their music still packs a punch all these decades later.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:49
2 3:12
3
2:38
4
3:30
5
3:03
6
2:35
7
3:07
8 3:09
9 2:53
10 3:17
11
2:56
12 3:03
13 2:54
14 2:47
15
3:00
16
3:01
17 2:54
18
3:18
19
2:32
20 2:35
21 2:42
22 3:16
23 3:26
24
feat: Luther Magby
3:07
25
feat: Luther Magby
2:45
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