Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions (4-CD)
by Various Artists

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  • Released: January 21, 1997
  • Originally Released: 1997
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways

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Tracks on Disc 2:

  • $0.99 on iTunes1.Sign of the Judgement - McIntosh County Shouters
  • $0.99 on iTunes2.Lay Down Body - McIntosh County Shouters
  • $0.99 on iTunes3.Lay Down Body - Seniorlites
  • $0.99 on iTunes4.Run, Mary, Run, You Got a Right to the Tree of Life - Seniorlites
  • $0.99 on iTunes5.One Morning Soon - C.J. Johnson
  • $0.99 on iTunes6.I Wanna Go Where Jesus Is - C.J. Johnson
  • $0.99 on iTunes7.You Better Run to the City of Refuge - C.J. Johnson
  • $0.99 on iTunes8.I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say - United Southern Prayer Band of Baltimore, Washington, & Vir
  • $0.99 on iTunes9.Give Me Jesus - United Southern Prayer Band of Baltimore, Washington, & Vir
  • $0.99 on iTunes10.I Am a Soldier in the Army of the Lord - United Southern Prayer Band of Baltimore, Washington, & Vir
  • $0.99 on iTunes11.Am I a Soldier of the Cross - Richard Allen Singers
  • $0.99 on iTunes12.Early, My God, Without Delay - Richard Allen Singers
  • $0.99 on iTunes13.Come and Go to That Land - Congregational Song
  • $0.99 on iTunes14.Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, Since I Laid My Burden Down - Southwest Georgia Blue Spring Missionary Baptist Association Delegation
  • $0.99 on iTunes15.Charge to Keep I Have, A - Southwest Georgia Blue Spring Missionary Baptist Association Delegation
  • $0.99 on iTunes16.Traditional Prayer with Moans - Southwest Georgia Blue Spring Missionary Baptist Association Delegation
  • $0.99 on iTunes17.Sit Down Servant - Southwest Georgia Blue Spring Missionary Baptist Association Delegation

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • $0.99 on iTunes1.Stand by Me - Lou Bell Johnson
  • $0.99 on iTunes2.We'll Understand It Better By and By - Toshi Reagon
  • $0.99 on iTunes3.What Are They Doing in Heaven Today? - Michelle Lanchester / Yasmeen / Bernice Johnson Reagon
  • $0.99 on iTunes4.Something Within - Eugene Smallwood
  • $0.99 on iTunes5.He'll Understand and Say Well Done - Rev. Donald Vails
  • $0.99 on iTunes6.Touch Me Lord Jesus - Michelle Lanchester / Yasmeen / Bernice Johnson Reagon
  • $0.99 on iTunes7.It's a Highway to Heaven (Walking Up the King's Highway) - Rev. Donald Vails
  • $0.99 on iTunes8.Little Wooden Church on a Hill - Eugene Smallwood
  • $0.99 on iTunes9.I Was Standing by the Bedside of a Neighbor (If You See My Savior) - Michelle Lanchester
  • $0.99 on iTunes10.How I Got Over - Richard Allen Singers
  • $0.99 on iTunes11.Speak to Me Jesus - Evelyn Harris / Aisha Kahlil / Sweet Honey in the Rock / Sweet Honey In The Rock Trio
  • $0.99 on iTunes12.Does Jesus Care? - Rev. Donald Vails / Horace Clarence Boyer / Horace C. Boyer, Rev Donald Vails & The Celebration Delegation
  • $0.99 on iTunes13.Just a Closer Walk with Thee - Sweet Honey in the Rock
  • $0.99 on iTunes14.God Is Still on the Throne - Rev. Donald Vails
  • $0.99 on iTunes15.God Specializes - Rev. Donald Vails / Gloria Griffin / The Rev. Donald Vails & The Celebration Delegation
  • $0.99 on iTunes16.Precious Lord - Carolyn Bolger-Payne

Tracks on Disc 4:

Product Description:

WADE IN THE WATER was produced in collaboration with National Public Radio. It is also available as 4 separate CDs.
Compilation producer: Bernice Johnson Reagon.
Recorded between 1989 and 1993. Includes liner notes by Bernice Johnson Reagon, Lisa Pertillar Brevard and Pearl Williams-Jones.
Composers: Evelyn Simpson-Curenton; Horace Clarence Boyer; Leon Roberts, Jr.; Gloria Griffin; Rev. William Herbert Brewster; Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey; Charles Albert Tindley.
Personnel: Toshi Reagon (vocals, guitar); Evelyn Simpson-Curenton (vocals, piano, organ); Rev. Donald Vails, Horace Clarence Boyer (vocals, piano); Brother John Hale, King Curly, Debbie Steele-Hayden, Elizabeth Temple, Thelma Ellison, Gloria Griffin, Grozelia Stepheny, Vertie McKiver, Carolyn Bolger-Payne, Odessa Young, Aisha Kahlil, Lawrencs McKiver, Lou Bell Johnson, Michelle Lanchester, Theresa Davis, William Boyd, Yasmeen, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Nitanju Bolade Casel (vocals); Gwendolyn Cooper-Lightner, Pearl Williams-Jones (piano); Eric Taylor (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Lisa Pertillar Brevard; Pearl Williams-Jones; Bernice Johnson Reagon.
Recording information: Bias Recording Studios, Springfield, VA (12/17/1982-08/??/1993); Demopolis, AL (12/17/1982-08/??/1993); Masterwork Studio (12/17/1982-08/??/1993); Nashville, TN (12/17/1982-08/??/1993); Smithsonian Institution National Museum Of American His (12/17/1982-08/??/1993); Springfeild, VA (12/17/1982-08/??/1993); St. Augustine Catholic Church, Washington DC (12/17/1982-08/??/1993); Union Temple Baptist Church, Washington DC (12/17/1982-08/??/1993); Waterfront Studios, Hoboken, NJ (12/17/1982-08/??/1993).
Directors: Evelyn Simpson-Curenton; Delise Perkens-Hall; Augustus Pearson.
Photographers: Eugene Smith; Tindley Temple.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Laura Rivers; Sister Rosa Lee Young; Sister Mary Wright; Annie Wilkes; Maggie Russell; Andrew Palmer.
This four-disc set, drawn from the musical examples to Bernice Johnson Reagon's outstanding National Public Radio series on African-American gospel music, deals respectively with the concert tradition in spiritual singing, the 19th-century roots of African-American congregational singing, the pioneering composers, and community gospel. As ballet music lacks a dimension without the dance, the CDs lack a dimension without the powerful mind tying the whole thing together. And to have included some of the non-African-American roots Professor Reagon illustrated in the programs would also have made this more than just another fine gospel set. But "just another fine gospel set" is pretty fine in its own right. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music

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