The Roots Of Soul - Part One: Gospel, Blues... and Gospel-Blues!

Artist Song Buy
The Soul Stirrers  Sleep On (1945)  buy on itunes
Louis Jordan  Caldonia (1945)  buy on itunes
Sister Rosetta Tharpe  Singing In My Soul (1945)  buy on itunes
Andy Kirk & His Clouds Of Joy with The Jubilaires  I Know (1946)  buy on itunes
Mahalia Jackson  Dig A Little Deeper (1947)  buy on itunes
The Pilgrim Travellers  Standing On The Highway (1948)  buy on itunes
The Orioles  It's Too Soon To Know (1948)  buy on itunes
The Ravens  Send For Me If You Need Me (1948)  buy on itunes
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight  Up Above My Head (I Hear Music In The Air) (1948)  buy on itunes
Ruth Brown  So Long (1949)  buy on itunes
The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi  In The Wilderness (1950)  buy on itunes
The Royal Sons Quintet  So God Can Use Me (1951)  buy on itunes
The Dominos  Do Something For Me (1951)  buy on itunes
The Dominos  That's What You're Doing To Me (1951)  buy on itunes
The Clovers  Don't You Know I Love You So (1951)  buy on itunes
The "5" Royales  Give Me One More Chance (1951)  buy on itunes
The "5" Royales  Baby Don't Do It (!952)  buy on itunes
The Orioles  Gettin' Tired Tired Tired (1952)  buy on itunes
Mahalia Jackson  He's My Light (1952)  buy on itunes
The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi  Will Jesus Be Waiting? (1952)  buy on itunes
Lloyd Price  Tell Me, Pretty Baby (1953)  buy on itunes
Faye Adams  Shake A Hand (1953)  buy on itunes
Ray Charles  Don't You Know (1953)  buy on itunes
The Midnighters  Get It (1953)  buy on itunes
Alex Bradford  Too Close To Heaven (1953)  buy on itunes
Lavern Baker  Soul On Fire (1953)  buy on itunes
Lowell Fulson  Reconsider Baby (1954)  buy on itunes
The Midnighters  Don't Say Your Last Goodbye (1954)  buy on itunes

Comment:

A lot of the CDs I compile seem to be attempts at challenging popular misconceptions or righting wrongs by hi-lighting the work and importance of undervalued artists, song-writers, etc. This mix was my attempt to prove (once again to one of my brothers) that Soul music did not spontaneously appear out of nowhere in the 1960s. It had - in the words of one of its greatest pioneers - been 'a long time coming' - and this CD endeavoured to show this fact by going back to the birth of Rhythm & Blues in the mid-1940's and demonstrating that the merging of Gospel and Blues styles which gave birth to Soul Music was a gradual process which can clearly be traced back to this time. The concept was quite simple - start off with a Gospel song (by the highly-influential Soul Stirrers) and an early Rhythm & Blues classic (by the man who pretty much invented the concept, Louis Jordan) and follow them with examples from both genres which gradually blur the dividing lines between them - Blues with increasing tinges of Gospel... Gospel with ever more elements of Blues. Among the unsung heroes (and heroines) of this story for me are the criminally-underrated Gospel songstress, Sister Rosetta Tharpe (whose guitar playing is said to have inspired Chuck Berry as much as her vocal style influenced Little Richard); The "5" Royales who made the switch from their Gospel roots as The Royal Sons Quintet to secular music quite seemlessly and led the way for so many of the Sixties Soul artists to do likewise; and The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi (so much better than that lot from Alabama in my humble opinion!) whose lead singer, Archie Brownlee foreshadowed the great Soul 'screamers' like Wilson Pickett and James Brown. Along the way there are notable milestones, such as the emergance of the great R&B vocal groups like The Orioles, bringing Gospel harmonies into the pop charts and songs like Ruth Brown's "So Long" or Lavern Baker's "Soul On Fire" which would both have sounded 'modern' ten years later. By the time we reach the final track on this particular CD - The Midnighters' "Don't Say Your Last Goodbye" - the integration of the Gospel sound into R&B is pretty much complete, setting the scene nicely for part two!

Feedback:

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Rob Conroy
Date: 7/1/2005
Nice.
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hemizen
Date: 7/1/2005
Oh yeah, nice indeed!
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Sean Lally
Date: 7/1/2005
I love this. Ambitious idea, and well executed. "Reconsider baby" is such a classic, and it's great to see the Soul Stirrers and Orioles, among others.
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Dead Man
Date: 7/2/2005
Excellent!
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Jenergy
Date: 7/2/2005
OH yeah! This is awesome. Great to see Sister Rosetta getting her recognition & I'd love to hear the boogie version of Caldonia.
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Wildheartedoutsider
Date: 7/2/2005
I'm quite sure this version of "Caldonia" is exactly the same as the version you already know - it's just that for some reason the CD I took this from listed it as "Caldonia Boogie" and for some reason I copied that! I'll ammend the track-listing to avoid any further confusion!
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Sweet!
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bazooka_paul
Date: 7/3/2005
I`ve been interested in gospel music but have no idea where to start.After reading your comments about the mix this looks like the perfect place to start!
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no borders
Date: 7/3/2005
Keep up with the history lessons!

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