Fire in My Bones: Raw Rare + Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007 (3-CD)

by Various Artists
Fire in My Bones: Raw Rare + Otherworldly
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Format: CD  (3 Discs)
Item:  TPKS 2271
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2009
  • Label: Tompkins Square

Entertainment Reviews:

Down Beat - p.79
4.5 stars out of 5 -- "The quality of the supercharged music stays at a high level all the way."
Billboard (p.32) - "This three-disc compilation collects 80 recordings of various unpolished styles, in all their haunting glory....Essential for anyone interested in gospel..."
Paste (magazine) (p.67) - "[S]o gritty and genuine that it seems to emanate from below....An equally inspirational and informative document of American soul."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.98
5 stars out of 5 -- "[C]ompelling....Most of the 80s selections were originally issued on independent regional labels with many of the musicians either street-corner evangelists, storefront church preachers, family bands or congregational groups."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $0.991.Peace in the Valley - Rev. Lonnie Farris
  • Buy for $0.992.Rock and Roll Sermon - Elder Charles D. Beck
  • Buy for $0.993.If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again - Rev. Anderson Johnson
  • Buy for $0.994.I'm a Soldier - The Phillips' Specials
  • Buy for $0.995.How Long - Sister O.M. Terrell
  • Buy for $0.996.Better Get Ready - Elder R. Wilson & Family
  • Buy for $0.997.So Glad - Rev. Robert Ballinger
  • Buy for $0.998.Wasn't That a Mystery - Madison County Senior Center Singers
  • Buy for $0.999.When the Saints Go Marching In - Precious Bryant
  • Buy for $0.9910.Get Back Satan - Rev. Roger L. Worthy & His Sister Bonnie Woodstock / Rev. Roger L. Worthy / Bonnie Woodstock
  • Buy for $0.9911.I Got a Telephone in My Bosom - Amazing Farmer Singers of Chicago
  • Buy for $0.9912.I Made a Vow to the Lord - Rev. Steward & Family
  • Buy for $0.9913.You've Got to Move (When the Lord Gets Ready) - Two Gospel Keys
  • Buy for $0.9914.Down by the Riverside - Snooks Eaglin
  • Buy for $0.9915.Stand by Me - Sister Mathews
  • Buy for $0.9916.Wicked Shall Cease from Troubling, The - Nathaniel Rivers
  • Buy for $0.9917.That's Alright (Since My Soul Has Got a Seat Up in the Kingdom) - Laura Rivers
  • Buy for $0.9918.Why Sorrow Done Passed Me Around - Georgia Fife and Drum Band
  • Buy for $0.9919.Don't Let Him Ride - Mississippi Nightingales
  • Buy for $0.9920.He's Coming Back - The Brinson Brothers / Elder & Sister Brinson
  • Buy for $0.9921.By His Word - The Holmes Sisters
  • Buy for $0.9922.Where Could I Go - Lucille Barbee
  • Buy for $0.9923.Stand by Me - Brother George & His Sanctified Singers
  • Buy for $0.9924.I'll Never Turn Back - Shelby Bransford Jr.
  • Buy for $0.9925.You Without Sin Cast the First Stone - Isaiah Owens
  • Buy for $0.9926.Storm Thru Mississippi - Henry Green
  • Buy for $0.9927.I'm Pressing On - Brother Willie Blue

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.Jesus' Blood - Golden Stars
  • Buy for $0.992.Glory Glory Hallelujah - Napoleon Strickland
  • Buy for $0.993.John Saw - Grant & Ella
  • Buy for $0.994.Since He Touched Me - The Shaw Singers
  • Buy for $0.995.God's Mighty Hand - Rev. Utah Smith
  • Buy for $0.996.What Can I Do Without the Lord - Ray Branch
  • Buy for $0.997.Angels - Prof. Johnson & His Gospel Singers
  • Buy for $0.998.Truth in the Gospel, The - Goldie Haynes & Choir
  • Buy for $0.999.Walk with Me - Rayborn Brothers Quintet
  • Buy for $0.9910.Spirit of the Lord - The Abraham Brothers
  • Buy for $0.9911.I've Got Heaven on My Mind - Hickory Bottom Harmoneers
  • Buy for $0.9912.In God's House - Sisters of Song
  • Buy for $0.9913.Does Jesus Care - Marie Knight
  • Buy for $0.9914.If I Could Not Say a Word - Joe Townsend
  • Buy for $0.9915.Where the Sun Never Goes Down - Willie J. Williams
  • Buy for $0.9916.I Heard It Throught the True Vine - Flora Molton
  • Buy for $0.9917.Father, I Stretch My Arm to Thee - Rev. G.W. Killens & Mt. Calvary Congregation / Mt. Calvary Congregation / Rev. G.W. Killens
  • Buy for $0.9918.Nobody Knows - Robert Brown & the Sons of the South / Robert Brown / Sons of the South
  • Buy for $0.9919.How Much I Owe - The Radio Four
  • Buy for $0.9920.My Testimony - Abner Jay
  • Buy for $0.9921.Prayer /I Love the Lord - Clear Creek Missionary Baptist Church Congregation
  • Buy for $0.9922.Same Man - The Gospel Writers
  • Buy for $0.9923.I Know I Got Religion - Hogman Maxey / Andy Mosely
  • Buy for $0.9924.He's My Rock, My Sword, My Shield - Fannie Bell Chapman
  • Buy for $0.9925.Working on a Building - Rev. Louis Overstreet
  • Buy for $0.9926.Lord, Hold My Hand - True Loving Five
  • Buy for $0.9927.Fire Shed in My Bones - Boyd Rivers

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • Buy for $0.991.Power Is the Heart of Man - Brother & Sister W.B. Grate
  • Buy for $0.992.Don't Let the Devil Ride - Ike Gordon
  • Buy for $0.993.Holy Rock - Reverend Billy H. Grady
  • Buy for $0.994.Pray on, My Child - Willamette Gospel Singers
  • Buy for $0.995.Jesus Is Sweet to Me - Sensational Skylights
  • Buy for $0.996.I Want to Live (So God Can Use Me) - Willie Eason
  • Buy for $0.997.I'm Just a Voice - Helen McGiver & The McGiver Singers
  • Buy for $0.998.You Ought to Been There - The B.C. Harmonizers
  • Buy for $0.999.You Better Get Ready - The Bible Aires Spiritual Singers
  • Buy for $0.9910.Help Me - Lula Collins
  • Buy for $0.9911.So Soon - Little Ax & The Golden Echoes
  • Buy for $0.9912.Introduction / Rock Daniels - Bishop Eric McDaniels
  • Buy for $0.9913.Very Last Mile, The - John Boswell & The True Sounding Boswellettes
  • Buy for $0.9914.What God Can Do - Leon Pinson
  • Buy for $0.9915.Let the Redeemed Say So - Reverend John Wilkins
  • Buy for $0.9916.Sweet Home - E.L. Burtis
  • Buy for $0.9917.Little Old Fashioned, A - Elizabeth Phillips
  • Buy for $0.9918.How Long - Charles White
  • Buy for $0.9919.At a Time Like This (Pt. 1) - Isaac Haney & the Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir / Isaac Haney / Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church
  • Buy for $0.9920.God Rode in the Windstorm - James Earle Hines Goodwill Singers
  • Buy for $0.9921.Go Devil Go - Ira Mae Littlejohn
  • Buy for $0.9922.This Train - Elder Samuel Patterson & The Christian Crusaders
  • Buy for $0.9923.Victory Shall Be Mine - Straight Street Holiness Group
  • Buy for $0.9924.Lord Is My Shepherd, The - Mosby Family Singers
  • Buy for $0.9925.Some Sweet Day - Perry Tillis
  • Buy for $0.9926.Swing Low - Theotis Taylor

Product Description:

Liner Note Author: Mike McGonigal.
Photographers: Axel Kuestner; Mark Weber.
Fire in My Bones is an absolutely magnificent gospel music collection. Not because its quality is consistently high -- it isn't -- but precisely because everything about it is so delightfully all-over-the-place. If your experience with African-American gospel music has been mainly limited to incidental encounters with the Golden Gate Quartet or Mahalia Jackson, then prepare to be startled: on this sprawling three-disc set, which covers more than 60 years of mostly obscure gospel recordings, you'll hear the deeply spooky "Wasn't That a Mystery" (performed by the Madison County Senior Center Singers), the even spookier "Get Back Satan" (by Rev. Roger L. Worthy and his sister Bonnie Woodstock), the heartrendingly beautiful "Does Jesus Care" (by Marie Knight), and the irresistibly funky "Help Me" (by Lula Collins). In a few instances the sound quality is poor enough to be a barrier to enjoyment of the music, but in most cases where the recording is particularly ragged, it only adds to the music's often otherworldly beauty. A few tracks, such as the Rev. Utah Smith's "God's Mighty Hand" and the jaw-dropping "Prayer (Excerpt)/I Love the Lord," blur the distinction between sermon and song -- on the latter track, the congregation's singing rises and falls like an enormous whale coming to the surface. A few of these tracks really are clunkers, but frankly, even those come as something of a relief, giving your ears and heart a moment of rest before being lifted inexorably up again. Fantastic. ~ Rick Anderson
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  • UPC: 894807002271
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