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Album Review

Two dozen stunning leftovers from the Best Of albums. The material here is less famous, but the best of it — "Peace Be Still," "Get on Board," "These Are They," plus the many alternate takes of Coates' best-known numbers — ranks with the finest material produced in gospel's 1950s golden age. Coates, at this point, had taken her testifying, preaching vocal style to a new height that imbues even the tracks originally tossed aside with fierce spirit and an unquenchable thirst for freedom. Anthony Heilbut's notes are an excellent combination of informative and enraptured.

Biography

Born: 1930 in Birmingham, AL

Genre: Inspirational

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Perhaps the most underrated gospel vocalist and songwriter of black gospel's golden age, Dorothy Love Coates represented, in the words of Craig Werner's A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race and the Soul of America, "the best of what the early '60s offered: a model of call and response rooted in an unflinching engagement with history; an understanding of the world that sends pulses of energy back and forth between gospel and the blues; an unwavering commitment to the...
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