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Wade in the Water - African Am Box set, Compilation

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 21 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Compilation
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B000001DJM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. There Is A Balm In Gilead - Florida A & M University Concert Choir
2. We Shall Walk Through The Valley In Peace - Princely Players
3. Roll, Jordan, Roll - Princely Players
4. I've Been Buked And I've Been Scorned - Florida A & M University Concert Choir
5. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Princely Players
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Sign Of The Judgement - McIntosh County Shouters
2. Lay Down Body - McIntosh County Shouters
3. Lay Down Body - Seniorlites
4. Run, Mary, Run, You Got A Right To The Tree Of Life - Seniorlites
5. One Morning Soon - Rev. C.J. Johnson
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Stand By Me - Lou Bell Johnson
2. We'll Understand It Better By And By - Toshi Reagon
3. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? - Bernice Johnson Reagon, Yasmeen, And Michelle Lanchester
4. Something Within - Rev. Eugene Smallwood
5. He'll Understand And Say Well Done - Donald Vails And The Celebration Delegation, Debbie Steele Hayden
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Jesus Is On The Mainline - Gospel Harmonettes
2. Ye That Without Sin, Cast The First Stone - Brother John Hale
3. Nobody Knows The Trouble I See - Poole Brothers
4. A Charge To Keep I Have - Poole Brothers
5. There'll Be Singing Over Yonder - Century Gospel Singers
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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By A Customer on Jan. 29 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have never heard such pure perfection in vocals. Rich, outstanding recording quality (surpassing Smithsonian norm). Not necessarily for the taste of "contemporary" gospel fans, this set is for people who love old gospel music, acapella perfect, that sends chills down your neck and warms your heart.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Breathtaking Vocals Jan. 29 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have never heard such pure perfection in vocals. Rich, outstanding recording quality (surpassing Smithsonian norm). Not necessarily for the taste of "contemporary" gospel fans, this set is for people who love old gospel music, acapella perfect, that sends chills down your neck and warms your heart.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wade In The Water Oct. 20 2007
By Anne D. Smith - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This compilation is an educational and inspirational program which chronicles a little known segment of AMERICAN music!!! It is fabulous. There is something for everyone. Truly to gift to the world.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Open your ears to a Whole New World Feb. 19 2015
By Sabooski's Meow - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This set contains 4 cds each housed in individual jewel cases, all packed in a slipcase. Each of these cds (which can be purchased individually as Vol.1, 2, 3, and 4) contain complete lyrics, credits and background info to gain historical perspective.

CD#1 Volume 1, African American Spirituals: The Concert Tradition,19 tracks, Total Time= 62:25

CD#2 Volume 2, African American Congregational Singing,19 tracks, TT= 69:07

CD#3 Volume 3, African American Gospel: The Pioneering Composers,16 tracks, TT= 66:43

CD#4 Volume 4, African American Community Gospel,15 tracks, TT= 59:27

It should be noted that the inclusions here offer up a broad overview of the Southern Black Gospel experience, the operative word here is "broad". Each volume expands on the religious/spiritual music expression of gospel singers, songwriters and choirs. Though tied together in the glory of Jesus Christ, each volume exacts a slightly different example of expression.

These "differences" might be an issue with prospective buyers who might be better served with an individual cd purchase, depending on taste. The only difference would be price considerations. Here you have the package as a whole body of work.

Case in point: right from the get-go I found Vol.1 (The Concert Tradition) to be the most accessible (to me anyway) because many of the songs have been mined before from various artists of the 50's and 60's folk scene (Cash, Weavers, and Odetta come to mind). If you choose only one of the four start here.

The second cd, Vol.2 (Congregational Singing) has that familiar congregational gospel (ie chorus, choir) sound that newbees might anticipate, and works great along with Vol.1 as a noticeable companion piece.

The third, Vol.3 (The Pioneering Composers), is more congregational expression, where the vocal ambience rises and falls (almost like Gregorian Chant) and comes across very spontaneous. Of course the "vibe" feels like you are evesdropping through a Church window or door. You'll catch a partial sermon or confession. This is very mellow stuff though parts reminded me of Brian Eno's 'My Life In The Bush of Ghosts' (of all things!).

The fourth cd, Vol.4 (Community Gospel), returns the listener back to a Vol.2 feel for it includes gospel recordings (though contemporary compositions) of some of the local southern composers (movers and shakers in the modern tradition) who are instrumental in keeping this particular American music alive.

The overall impression of this box set is huge. You do not need a special understanding of this sub-genre to appreciate the significance though I suppose it would help (the liner notes will get you started fine). The traditional style elaborated on here through these 4 cds dates back to just after the Civil War when Fisk University (founded 1866) began its collecting and categorizing of the spirituals, hymns, songs and stories of the Black experience in America, codified in this gorgeous music.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Roots Of Gospel Music Oct. 24 2013
By damusiqlover - Published on
I enjoyed this collection of soul stirring spirituals. These songs were really heartfelt and puts you in the mind of church. A lot of the spirituals had sound theology in the lyrics as well. This is the true heart of Gospel music before industrialization came and entertainment for the masses. I am 24 years and I find this album uplifting and inspiring to listen to in comparison to a lot of the contemporary gospel music. The anointing on these songs just take you to another and put you in the mind of being devoted to Christ. This is what Gospel music should be intended for. Though Gospel music may have involved in sound and technology it has lost its way from what our ancestors intended it for . There is still some great contemporary gospel music out there that is intending but this is true ministry. Sometimes less is more in music for it to be sincere and genuine.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Enjoy the African-American Music Experience. Nov. 10 2010
By Jay D. Weaver - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This box set is a wonderful way to experience the faith music of the African American community. It is thrilling to listen to spirituals, gospel music, great anthems, and congregational singing. I bought it for our church library.