Contains 81 Tracks.
Personnel: Sister Rosetta Tharpe (vocals, guitar); Marie Knight (vocals); Sammy Price (guitar, piano); Grady Martin, Trevor Bacon, Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band (guitar); Buster Bailey (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Billy Bowen, Jerome Pasquall, George James, Ted Barnett, Gene Mikell, Ben Whitted, Louis Jordan, Tab Smith, Jimmy Mitchell (alto saxophone); Mike Hadley, Julian Dash, Paul Bascomb, Sam "The Man" Taylor , Stafford Simon (tenor saxophone); Ernest Purce, Haywood Henry (baritone saxophone); Clarence Wheeler, Dud Bascomb, Erskine Hawkins, Frank Humphries, Clarence Brereton, Freddy Webster, Demas Dean, Tommy Lindsay, Edna Williams, Archie Johnson, Joe Guy, Nelson Bryant, Joe Jordan, Eddie Roane, Wendell Culley (trumpet); George Stevenson , Herb Flemming, Joe Britton, David James, Don Cole, Edward Morant, Big Chief Russell Moore, Norman Greene, Eli Robinson, Floyd Brady, Harry White, Chester Burrill, Ed Sims, Gene Simon, Sandy Williams (trombone); Clyde Hart, Gene Rodgers, Ray Tunia, Howard Biggs, Arnold Thomas, Bill Doggett (piano); James Roots (organ); Wilbert Kirk, Rossiere "Shadow" Wilson, Herbert Cowans, Harold "Doc" West, Ed Bourne, Kelly Martin, Kenny Clarke, Panama Francis, Wallace Bishop (drums).
Liner Note Author: Joop Visser.
Recording information: Culver City, CA (10/31/1938-12/12/1949); Hollywood, CA (10/31/1938-12/12/1949); Los Angeles, CA (10/31/1938-12/12/1949); New York, NY (10/31/1938-12/12/1949).
Photographer: Charles Peterson .
Unknown Contributor Role: Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman.
Arrangers: Marie Knight ; Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
This four-disc box set from Proper assembles all four original volumes they issued separately with a detailed booklet of notes. Those titles -- This Train, Rock Me, Singing in My Soul, and Shout Sister Shout -- document Sister Rosetta Tharpe's Decca recordings from the late '30s through WWII. Assembled like this, they provide a nearly exhaustive portrait of Tharpe's guitar artistry, her songwriting, and her amazingly large voice. Essential. ~ Thom Jurek