Various – Memphis Marvels – Memphis Gospel 1927 – 1960 – 4CD
Gospel Travelers, Queen C Anderson, Brewster Singers, Angel Voices, Spirit Of Memphis Quartet, Southern Wonders, Songbirds Of The South, Sons Of Jehovah, Prisonaires, Bethel Quartet, Silvertones, Southern Jubilee Singers, OV Wright & The Sunset Travelers, Spirit Of St James etc.
This is a terrific selection of Memphis gospel. It starts in the late twenties with, among others, the recordings of The I.C. Glee Quartet, The Bethel Quartet and AC & Blind Mamie Forehand, through the thirties and forties with The Spirit Of Memphis Quartet and then into the early fifties with The Songbirds Of The South and The Southern Wonders and on to the late fifties soulful sounds of The Dixie Nightingales and OV Wright and The Sunset Travelers. Compiler Opal Louis Nations has dug deep into his collection to chart the development of Memphis gospel with hard-to-find rarities from labels like Perkins, Peacock, Sun, Pepper and Duke and even rarer test pressings made at radio stations.
It's a great anthology - it doesn't matter which track you choose, it's guaranteed to be a belter! For example The Gospel Travelers God's Chariot in which all hell lets loose in the sound effects department and Queen C Anderson's belted-out call-and-response blockbuster I Never Heard Of A City which segues into the handclapping stomper These Are They. Then there's The Spirit Of Memphis Quartet delivering their deep, and I mean deep, harmonies on the old classic Happy In The Service Of The Lord. The Sunset Travelers really take off on their vocals and drums steamer Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down, The Southern Wonders bring a bit of down-home swing to Lord Stand By Me and Cassietta George sings like a woman possessed as she leads The Songbirds Of The South on their tremendous version of Ninety Nine And A Half Won't Do.
I could go on and on because every one of the 105 tracks here is stacked with wonderful moments. They weren't kidding when they called this box set Memphis Marvels!
The Gospel Travelers: 1. God's Chariot, Pt. 1 - 2:53 2. God's Chariot, Pt. 2 - 2:50 Sons of Jehovah: 3. High Cost of Living - 2:12 4. Teach Me Lord - 2:26 The Brewster Singers: 5. So Glad I've Got Good Religion - 3:27 6. The Old Landmark - 3:29 Southern Wonders: 7. How Much More Can I Bear - 2:45 8. Come on Over Here - 3:00 Queen C. Anderson with The Brewster Ensemble: 9. I Never Heard of a City/These Are They - 2:54 A.C. & Blind Mamie Forehand: 10. I'm So Glad Today - 2:40 11. I Wouldn't Mind Dying If Dying Was All, Pt. 2 - 3:29 Angel Voices: 12.. Tell the Angels - 2:59 I.C. Glee Quartet: 13. When They Ring Dem Golden Bells - 3:19 The Sunset Travelers: 14. My Number Will Be Changed - 2:43 Angel Voices: 15. Walkin' & Talkin' with Jesus - 3:28 James Anderson & the Anderson Harmoneers: 16. Something Within Me - 3:36 Spirit of Memphis Quartet: 17. Happy in the Service of the Lord - 3:14 18. How Many Times - 3:08 Songbirds Of The South: 19. He Is Able - 2:51 Rev. W. Herbert Brewster & His Camp Meeting of the Air: 20. The Hope of This World Is Jesus - 3:40 21. Give Me That Old Time Religion - 3:08 Sons of Jehovah: 22. Rock My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham - 2:40 23. I John Saw - 1:53 The Brewsteraires: 24. Bye and Bye I Will See Jesus - 2:49 Southern Wonders: 25. Who Is That Knocking? - 2:50
Southern Wonders: 1. Gambling Man - 2:45 2. There Is Rest for the Weary - 2:53 The Prisonaires: 3. Softly and Tenderly - 2:33 Sons of Jehovah: 4. Something Within - 2:48 5. What Could I Do - 2:35 The Jones Brothers: 6. Gospel Train - 2:18 Southern Jubilee Singers: 7. Forgive Me Lord - 2:59 8. There's a Man in Jerusalem - 2:24 The Prisonaires: 9. Frank Clement (What About) - 3:03 Spirit of Memphis Quartet: 10. My Life Is in His Hands - 2:57 Bethel Quartet: 11. So Glad I've Got the Stone 2:58 12. Jesus, the Light of the World - 2:50 The Dixie Nightingales: 13. I've Got a New Home - 2:43 Spirit of St. James: 14. I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray - 3:01 15. Any Way You Bless Me Lord - 2:43 Spirit of Memphis Quartet: 16. Joshua Fit the Battle of Jerico / Mother Gone On / Carnation Milk Ad / Swing Down Chariot / Freedom / Ezekiel Saw the Wheel A'Rollin - 14:35 Southern Wonders: 17. I'll Fly Away - 2:51 Frank Perkins & Sons of Jehovah: 18. On an Island - 2:28 19. Teach Me (Our Prayer) - 2:24 The Silvertones: 20. These Bones Gonna Rise Again - 2:55 Unknown: 21. I'm Working on the Building - 2:15 The Brewsteraires: 22. When We Shall Meet Face to Face - 3:24 23. King's Highway - 2:42
The Sunset Travelers: 1. Yes, Yes, I've Done My Duty - 2:42 2. I Am Building a Home - 2:54 3. Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down - 2:41 Southern Wonders: 4. I Was a Sinner - 2:45 5. My Jesus Is All - 2:54 The Silvertones: 6. Oh What a Beautiful City - 2:13 7. Swing Swing - 2:51 The Four Stars: 8. That's Enough for Me to Know - 2:13 9. Way Up on High - 2:11 The Gospel Travelers: 10. There's a Man at Your Door - 2:14 Sons of Jehovah: 11. On Calvary - 2:16 12. Keep Me and Teach Me - 2:34 The Brewsteraires: 13. Treading the Wine Press Alone - 2:47 14. Wait Until My Change Comes - 2:56 Spirit of Memphis Quartet: 15. Milky White Way - 2:27 Songbirds Of The South: 16. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well - 2:54 17. 99½ Won't Do - 2:35 18. Where Could I Go - 1:56 Queen C. Anderson & The Brewster Sisters: 19. Jesus Is the Perfect Answer 2:42 Sons of Jehovah: 20. Waiting for Me - 2:19 Southern Wonders: 21. As an Eagle Stirreth Her Nest - 2:51 22. The Chapel - 2:53 The Dixie Nightingales: 23. In My Savior's Care - 3:05 The Brewster Sisters: 24. Bank in the Sky - 3:33 I.C. Glee Quartet: 25. Riding on the Seminol - 2:54 The Brewsteraires: 26. Hold On - 2:54 Sons of Jehovah: 27. Jesus Hold My Hand - 2:19 28. Wdia Saturday Song - 1:24 Southern Jubilee Singers: 29. He Never Left Me Alone - 3:00
O.V. Wright & The Sunset Travelers: 1. Lazarus - 2:51 2. Move These Things - 2:44 A.C. & Blind Mamie Forehand: 3. Honey in the Rock - 2:45 4. I Wouldn't Mind Dying If Dying Was All, Pt. 1 - 3:19 Sons of Jehovah: 5. The Holy Bible - 2:39 6. Jesus Hear My Plea - 2:35 The Prisonaires: 7. A Prisoner's Prayer - 2:42 Southern Wonders: 8. Lord, Stand by Me - 2:31 9. More Like Jesus - 2:58 Spirit of Memphis Quartet: 10. Sweet Honey in the Rock - 2:41 11. I'll Be Satisfied - 2:56 The Brewsteraires: 12. That's Enough - 2:37 13. Jasper Walls - 2:25 The Jones Brothers: 14. Look to Jesus - 2:51 Hunki Dori: 15. Workin' on the Building - 2:16 16. I Hear the Savior Calling - 2:11 Southern Jubilee Singers: 17. Blessed Be the Name - 3:02 Sons of Jehovah: 18. It's Me Lord - 2:14 19. We Are Blessed - 2:23 I.C. Glee Quartet: 20. All My Sins Been Taken Away - 3:12 21. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again - 3:22 Queen C. Anderson & The Brewster Sisters: 22. These Are They - 2:47 Southern Wonders: 23. Thank You, Jesus - 3:16 Sons of Jehovah: 24. WDIA Song - 2:04 The Brewsteraires: 25. More of Jesus and Less of Me - 3:10 26. Where Shall I Be When That First Trumpet Sounds - 2:45 Hunki Dori: 27. Old Time Religion - 1:16 28. Down Home - 2:16
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