Clara Ward

Surely God Is Able

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The Pilgrim Jubilees were among the greatest of Mississippi quartets: subtle swing, fine guitar, and a terrific time-sense. A treasure trove, it was deleted a while back. The Ward Singers brought free quartet singing to a pinnacle in the 1950s, and this album has some of their most moving songs, among them "Surely God Is Able" and "He Knows How Much I Can Bear." (The cover's claim of mid-price status became history when the label changed hands.)