Wade in the Water, Volume 4: African-American Community Gospel
by Various Artists
- Released: April 19, 1994
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Smithsonian Folkways
- $0.99 on iTunes1.Jesus Is On The Mainline - The Gospel Harmonettes
- $0.99 on iTunes2.Ye That Without Sin, Cast The First Stone - Brother John Hale
- $0.99 on iTunes3.Nobody Knows The Trouble I See - The Poole Brothers
- $0.99 on iTunes4.Charge To Keep I Have, A - The Poole Brothers
- $0.99 on iTunes5.There'll Be Singing Over Yonder - The Century Gospel Singers
- $0.99 on iTunes6.Nearer, My God, To Thee - Four Eagles Quartet
- $0.99 on iTunes7.Put Your Trust In Jesus - The Angelic Harmonizers
- $0.99 on iTunes8.Who'll Be A Witness (For My Lord)? - The Golden Gates Quartet
- $0.99 on iTunes9.Lead Me, Guide Me - Donald Vails & The Celebration Delegation
- $0.99 on iTunes10.God Is So Good To Me - Donald Vails & The Celebration Delegation
- $0.99 on iTunes11.Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray - Bernice Johnson Reagon
- $0.99 on iTunes12.Peace In The Valley - The Henry Davis Singers
- $0.99 on iTunes13.Hold To God's Unchanging Hand - The Union Temple Baptist Church
- $0.99 on iTunes14.Let All The People Praise Him - St Augustine Catholic Church Gospel Choir
- $0.99 on iTunes15.Yes, Lord (Church Of God In Christ Chant) - Bible Way Temple Radio Choir
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Performers include: The Gospel Harmonettes, The Golden Gates Quartet, The Angelic Harmonizers, Bernice Johnson Reagon.
Includes liner notes by Bernice Johnson Reagon.
The WADE IN THE WATER series is a companion to the National Public Radio series of the same name.
Liner Note Authors: Lisa Pertillar Brevard; Bernice Johnson Reagon.
Recording information: Bias Recording Company, Springfield, VA (12/12/1992-07/04/1993); Demopolis, AL (12/12/1992-07/04/1993); Washington DC (12/12/1992-07/04/1993).
The final release in the series, Wade in the Water, Vol. 4: African American Community Gospel focuses on the sacred music of two vastly different areas of the U.S. -- Washington D.C. and rural Alabama -- to illustrate the differences brought about by local perspective. The eight Alabama tracks run the gamut from newly arranged renditions of traditional favorites to popular hits to original compositions; all are in the quartet style, which remains the primary gospel vehicle throughout the state -- group anniversary celebrations are even regularly held, with other quartets traveling from miles around to perform in their peers' honor. In D.C., the trend is toward performances connected with the worship services of the urban church community; again, however, the scope is vast, including traditional styles, processional praise songs and a contemporary reading of "Peace in the Valley." ~ Jason Ankeny