Marion Williams

The New Message/Standing Here Wondering

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This two-fer from Collectables features a pair of out of print recordings by gospel vocalist Marion Williams: New Message and Standing Here Wondering, both originally issued on Atlantic in 1969 and 1971, respectively. Several traditional gospel hymns are interspersed with reflective hits of the times including "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," "My Sweet Lord," "People Got to Be Free" and three from the pen of Bob Dylan, "I Shall Be Released," "Wicked Messenger," and "I Pity the Poor Immigrant." Along with the majestic background vocals of the Sweet Inspirations and the Dixie Hummingbirds, several stellar jazz musicians are present including Keith Jarrett, Hank Jones, Ray Bryant, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Junior Mance and Joe Zawinul, making these thoughtful and passionate sessions highly recommended.

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