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Black Vocal Groups Vol 1

Sing On - Original Valentine Choral Club Quintette
Give Me That Old Time Religion - Original Valentine Choral Club Quintette
Jerusalem Morn - Sunset Four
Do You Call That Religion? - Sunset Four
Barnum's Steam Calliope - Sunset Four
Didn't He Ramble - Sunset Four
Walk in Jerusalem Just Like John - Sunset Four
You Must Have That True Religion - Sunset Four
Good News Chariots Coming - Sunset Four
Oh Lord What a Mourning - Sunset Four
Hand Me Down the Silver Trumpet, Gabriel - Sunset Four
Wade in the Water - Sunset Four
You Must Come in at the Door - Sunset Four
When I Came Out of the Wilderness - Sunset Four
Plantation Days - Grace Outlaw
I've Got a Home in That Rock - Grace Outlaw
In Some Lonesome Graveyard - Grace Outlaw
Sleep My Mother - Bessemer Melody Boys
Didn't They Crucify My Lord - Bessemer Melody Boys
Motherless Children - Bessemer Melody Boys
In My Father's House - Bessemer Melody Boys
When I Get Home - Bessemer Melody Boys
Sun Didn't Shine - Bessemer Singers

While students of American a cappella history can find many re-issues of gospel groups from the 1930's and beyond, this import from Austria is one of the few that captures the music from the roaring '20s. Of the four groups represented here, The Sunset Four were most productive with 13 of the 25 songs on CD They have snippets of future bass imitation on 'Jerusalem Morn' and barbershop - like chord ringing on 'Didn't He Ramble.' But perhaps 'Barnum's Steam Calliope' is most notable, for its unique vocal imitation of the famed circus instrument. The audio quality reflects the fact that old (and sometimes scratched) '78s were used to make the CD, but anyone interested in early 20th Century a cappella will happily overlook those flaws because of the unique performances captured here, all but two are a cappella.

Item code: 3359C | 1 CD | $15.98 add item to cart
Gospel  | United States
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