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Album Review

Fine late-'50s/early-'60s material, stunners led by Inez Andrews, Shirley Caesar, Albertina Walker, and Josephine Howard.

Customer Reviews

awesome, a great find

I got turned onto this album from the liner notes of a Jerry Ragovoy complilation disk. He says that this was the music that influenced him so I checked it out and it is stunning. Download and listen to Mary Don't you weep and you should be sold.


This is truly one of the groups that is the foundation of what gospel is today. This is gospel in its truest form when the words could be felt, heard and understood. The many voices that have come from this group should never be forgotten. Traditional gospel...good ole singin.

Not that's what I'm talkin' about!

This album is hot - feel the soul pourin' out of these songs...


Formed: 1952 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '50s, '60s

During the period stretching from the late '50s to the mid-'60s, the Caravans went unrivaled as the nation's most popular touring gospel group; acclaimed as one of the greatest female acts ever to arrive on the spiritual music front, their fluctuating roster was unparalleled as a launching pad for future superstars -- Shirley Caesar, Inez Andrews, Bessie Griffin and James Cleveland were just a few of the ensemble's alumni who later went on to solo fame. The Caravans were formed in Chicago in 1952...
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