Brother Joe May

Thunderbolt of the Middle West

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Brother Joe May was the male counterpart to Mahalia Jackson, a full-voiced tenor of amazing range and power. Although he recorded prolifically for the Nashboro label for the bulk of his career, this 27-track collection brings together his earliest recordings for the Specialty label. Although many of these tracks feature him working with the Sallie Martin Singers, Sister Wynona Carr, the Pilgrim Travelers, and his daughter Annette May, the real star of the show is Brother Joe, whose voice simply soars no matter what the surroundings.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:05 Amazon
2
00:40 Amazon
3 03:01 Amazon
4 02:33 Amazon
5
02:21 Amazon
6 02:38 Amazon
7 03:17 Amazon
8 02:41 Amazon
9
02:24 Amazon
10 02:51 Amazon
11 02:55 Amazon
12
feat: Wynona Carr
03:03 Amazon
13 02:49 Amazon
14
feat: Wynona Carr
02:46 Amazon
15
03:01 Amazon
16 02:41 Amazon
17 02:35 Amazon
18 02:34 Amazon
19
02:11 Amazon
20 02:37 Amazon
21 03:05 Amazon
22 02:25 Amazon
23 02:34 Amazon
24
feat: Annette May
02:44 Amazon
25 02:35 Amazon
26
feat: Annette May
03:27 Amazon
27 02:28 Amazon
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