Hello Sunshine: The Volt Recordings
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- Released: June 24, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Specialty
- 1.Hello Sunshine
- 2.Surrender To His Will
- 3.I'm Going To Live This Life I Sing About
- 4.I Know God Cares For Me
- 5.I'm Mighty Grateful
- 6.The Name Of Jesus
- 7.We See God With The Eyes Of Our Soul
- 8.Try God And See
- 9.Step To Jesus
- 10.I'll Get Home Someday
- 11.It's Been A Mighty Good Day
- 12.Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)
- 13.Think Of His Goodness
- 14.Let My People Go
- 15.Beams Of Heaven
- 16.Bringing In The Sheaves
- 17.Hear My Prayer
- 18.Amazing Grace
All selections in stereo except track 18.
Recorded in 1969-70.
Personnel: Rev. Maceo Woods (vocals, organ); George Jordan (vocals, piano); Lawrence Ester, Melvin Smothers, Lora Burton, Doris Sykes, Pearl McCombs, Richard Jackson (vocals); Dorothy Clark, Vera Miller (alto); Lance Wright, Eric McKinney, Albert Branham, John Connelly (tenor saxophone); Albert Medders (organ); Bill Carson (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Recording information: Chicago, IL (1969-1970).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Lance Wright; John Connelly.
Arranger: Rev. Maceo Woods.
Chicago-born-and-bred minister Maceo Woods has led one of the nation's most dynamic gospel choirs since 1960. These recordings made for Stax Records' Volt subsidiary in 1969 and 1970 capture his magnificent 32-voice Christian Tabernacle Choir at its popular peak, rocking the room like a big band on uptempo numbers and hamonizing with such amazing breath control that they end up sounding like one huge church organ. Included in this marvelous 18-track collection (taken from Woods' original Hello Sunshine and Step to Jesus albums) is the title track, an optimistic piece of progressive gospel that crossed over to the secular charts and became a staple of choir repertoires across America. Another highlight is an extended organ instrumental version of "Amazing Grace," a huge seller when Woods originally recorded it in 1954. If you want to go to church, this is the one to do it with. ~ Cub Koda
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