Mahalia Jackson - Gospels, Spirituals, & Hymns





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If the bazillion packagings and repackagings of Mahalia Jackson's music confound you and you don't know where to start, this expertly compiled, carefully annotated double-disc box set is for you. Jackson wasn't just gospel music's first international superstar--she was among its earliest adherents and inventors. Working with the great composer and former blues singer Thomas A. Dorsey in the late 1930s, Jackson gave a distinctly blues-trained, jazzy sass and grace to Dorsey's material and the other hymns and spirituals she sang. More than any other performer, she helped to define gospel music itself as a transcendent, rootsy, melismatic, and heady spiritual sound. Culled from her sides for Columbia in the 1950s and 1960s, some of the arrangements in the set are not ideal and may sound quite a bit dated, but that voice shines and soars and dives straight to the center of your heart. Whether backed by a simple organ or piano or with full studio accompaniment, Jackson's booming, instantly recognizable contralto is indescribable, exciting, and forever a wonder to behold. And if you think that's an exaggeration, you don't own this record.

1. Didn't It Rain
2. My God Is Real (Yes, God Is Real)
3. Walk Over God's Heaven
4. If I Can Help Somebody
5. Come On Children, Let's Sing
6. What a Friend We Have In Jesus
7. I Found the Answer
8. It Is Well with My Soul
9. Great Gettin' Up Morning
10. You Must Be Born Again
11. Elijah Rock
12. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well
13. A Satisfied Mind
14. Keep Your Hand On the Plow
15. Roll, Jordan, Roll
16. Calvary
17. In My Home Over There
18. I Will Move On Up a Little Higher
19. In the Upper Room
20. The Christian's Testimony
21. If We Never Needed the Lord Before (We Sure Do Need Him Now)
22. A City Called Heaven
23. Trouble of the World
24. Without God I Could Do Nothing
25. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
26. Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
27. His Eye Is On the Sparrow
28. God Put a Rainbow In the Sky
29. He's Got the Whole World In His Hands
30. A Rusty Old Halo
31. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
32. Dear Lord, Forgive
33. I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About In My Song
34. Search Me Lord
35. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again
36. Walk On By Faith

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