The Gospel of the Blues
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With 18 Decca tracks from 1938-1948, this CD is not only a good survey of some of Tharpe's best work, but one of the best compilations of any sort to illustrate gospel's crossover into blues, R&B, and secular music in general. Admittedly that's not the busiest cross-fertilization of popular music, but it's not one that's given much attention. And if you think you might not like this because Tharpe is sometimes described as a gospel artist, think again, for this is fine stuff on any terms, mixing the devotional exuberance of gospel with first-rate accompaniment blending blues, early R&B, and at times some swing jazz. In truth, sometimes you won't think of this as gospel at all, such is its rhythmic verve, even on the half-dozen numbers with nothing but guitar in the backup. Some other tracks find her backed by the groups of Lucky Millinder and Sammy Price, and the jubilant "Shout, Sister, Shout!" comes off as a missing link between gospel, jazz, blues, and the birth of rock & roll. "Trouble in Mind," "This Train," "Down by the Riverside," and "Up Above My Head I Hear Music in the Air" are other highlights of a set with no shortage of them.
Born: 20 March 1915 in Cotton Plant, AR
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s
Top Albums and Songs by Sister Rosetta Tharpe
||Jericho (C2C Remix)||Verve Remixed: The First Ladies||3:06||$2.39||View In iTunes|
||Shout, Sister, Shout!||The Gospel of the Blues||2:40||$1.79||View In iTunes|
||I Shall Know Him||Gospel Train||2:28||$1.79||View In iTunes|
||Didn't It Rain||The Best of Sister Rosetta Tharpe||2:41||$1.79||View In iTunes|
||Two Little Fishes, Five Loaves of Bread||Gospel Train||2:34||$1.79||View In iTunes|
||Don't Take Everybody to Be Your Friend||The Best of Sister Rosetta Tharpe||2:29||$1.79||View In iTunes|
||Up Above My Head||Golden Decade - Music of My Life (Vol. 01)||2:28||$1.79||View In iTunes|
||Can't No Grave Hold My Body Down||Black, Proud & Loud! Early Pioneers Of Rock N' Roll||2:43||$1.79||View In iTunes|
||Ain't No Grave Hold My Body Down||The Best of Sister Rosetta Tharpe||2:57||$1.79||View In iTunes|
||This Train||The Best of Sister Rosetta Tharpe||2:52||$1.79||View In iTunes|