Golden Age Gospel Quartets, Vol. 1 (1947-1954)

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Golden Age Gospel Quartets Vol 1 1947 1954
  • CAT # SPCD-7069-2

    1. These Old Bones 2:27
    2. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today 2:36
    3. The Old Rugged Cross 4:56
    4. He Will Remember Me (arr.) 2:30
    5. Glory,glory, Since I Laid My Burden 3:38
    6. Where Shall I Be? 2:32
    7. He Means So Much To Me 2:34
    8. Heaven In My View 2:50
    9. Faith And Grace 2:35
    10. By And By 2:33
    11. Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb 2:25
    12. Jesus, I'm Thankful 2:19
    13. Let Jesus Lead You 2:37
    14. Mother, I Need Your Prayer 2:41
    15. Peace In The Valley 3:21
    16. Christ Is All 2:47
    17. Before This Time Another Year 2:39
    18. Leaning On The Lord 2:29
    19. I'm Coming Home 2:58
    20. He Won't Deny Me 2:25
    21. Weary Traveler 2:42
    22. My Old Home 2:32
    23. There Is A Fountain 2:50
    24. Marching Up To Zion 1:59
    25. Since Jesus Came Into My Heart 4:10
    26. He'll Be There 2:52

The accent is on harmony in this collection of 26 striking gospel quartet performances, the bulk of them sung entirely a cappella. Such major lights of gospel music's Golden Age as the Pilgrim Travelers, the Soul Stirrers (featuring R.H. Harris, Paul Foster, and Sam Cooke), the Swan Silvertones (featuring Claude Jeter), and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama (featuring Clarence Fountain) are presented alongside lesser known and often just as remarkable quartets like the Southern Harmonizers, Golden Echoes, Paramount Singers, Detroiters, Chosen Gospel Singers, and West Coast Jubilees. The majority of the tracks have been gathering dust in Specialty Records' vault for over 40 years and are now, at long last, seeing the light of day.

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