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The Best of Nashboro Gospel

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The Best of Nashboro Gospel examines the gospel output of Nashville's Nashboro Records, a subsidiary of the Excello blues label. The 27-track collection combines the Nashboro albums All Time Gospel Hits and Best Loved Gospel Songs, Vol. 2 with a handful of bonus tracks, in good-sounding mono except for one stereo cut. The recordings span the years 1950-1968 with a mixture of groups and soloists, the best-known of which are the Fairfield Four and the Swanee Quintet. There are a number of driving performances with electric guitar, similar in style to the Staple Singers; smooth, pop-oriented vocal groups; and plenty of unvarnished, roof-raising gospel shouting. A companion anthology, It's Jesus Y'all, follows the Nashboro story into the '70s. Universal acquired the Nashboro masters a few years ago, so it is possible that some of this material may not be made available again.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:57
2 2:50
3 2:30
4
2:47
5 2:40
6 3:24
7 2:36
8 3:17
9 2:50
10 2:41
11 2:51
12 1:54
13 2:34
14 2:59
15 2:58
16 2:35
17 2:47
18 2:29
19 2:41
20 2:59
21 2:35
22 2:55
23 2:33
24 2:45
25 3:12
26 3:18
27 2:37
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