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Friday, 7 November 2014

"When I Reach That Heavenly Shore : Unearthly Black Gospel, 1926-1936"; Edward W. Clayborn; Christopher King

If you like the music of Blind Willie Johnson as much as I do, you'll appreciate this song by Edward W. Clayborn

Taken from 'When I Reach That Heavenly Shore : Unearthly Black Gospel, 1926-1936', available as a 3LP/3CD set on Tompkins Square, December 9th, 2014.

"Among the most powerful music to be captured on 78 rpm in America during the 1920s and 1930s are those recordings of black sanctified and gospel singing. Ranging from plaintive mourning to unbridled ecstasy, the sacred music from this time period represents a flowering of diverse and idiosyncratic rural songs styles. At no time was there a wider panorama of religious songs in America. Selected exclusively from Christopher King's private collection, the 78s included here represent the most unhinged, the most compelling survey of pre-war black gospel. Of the 42 tracks in this 3CD/3LP collection, 34 have never been reissued until now".

Bravo Chris!

One of the great gospel songs, by McCollum's Sanctified Singers - Glory! Glory! Hallelujeh

First Listen, More Tracks

More samples of the "Guitar Evangelist", Edward W Clayborn (Document Records)

"Your enemy can't harm you, but watch your close friend" YouTube (some song titles!)

New York Times Review ("Soul-Baring Gospel")

"The esteemed record collector and producer Christopher King has amassed a great trove of prewar gospel on 78-r.p.m. discs, and with “When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel, 1926-1936”, a three-CD or three-LP compilation due out on Tompkins Square on Tuesday, he unfurls a conscientious and often riveting sample".

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