Rolling Stone - 10/28/93, p.755 Stars
- Classic - "...[THE GREAT 1955 SHRINE CONCERT] confirms gospel's supreme ability to transport [listeners] to the heights of unalloyed joy and inspiration..."
Personnel: Bob King (vocals, guitar); James Cleveland (vocals, piano); Joe May, Annette May (vocals, background vocals); Dorothy Love Coates, Ethel Davenport, R.B. Robinson, Kylo Turner, Jesse Whitaker, George McCurn, Odessa Edwards, Jesse J. Farley, James W. Alexander, Keith Barber , Albertina Walker, Paul Foster, Sam Cooke, Cassietta George (vocals); Henry Woods, Evelyn Starks, James Roots (piano); Charles May (background vocals).
Liner Note Authors: Opal Nations; Lee Hildebrand.
Arranger: Dorothy Love Coates.
The power and splendor that was gospel in the '50s radiates throughout the performances on The Great 1955 Shrine Concert. The Pilgrim Travelers, with twin powerhouse leads Kylo Turner and Keith Barber, get things started in fiery fashion, followed by the dynamic Caravans, whose roster at that time included Albertina Walker and Rev. James Cleveland, who doubled as a pianist. Also on the bill were Brother Joe May, justifying his "Thunderbolt of the Midwest" nickname; the Soul Stirrers, with Sam Cooke still in the fold; and the Original Gospel Harmonettes, concluding the proceedings with a flourish. Anyone who attended certainly felt the spirit, as will anyone who listens to this magnificent 14-song set. ~ Ron Wynn