This is one of my most favorite songs, and I believe this is the original version introduced by The Donald Vails Choraleers (Choraleers…great name!) in 1978. The soloist is Cynthia Felder who went on to release one solo album, “New Songs of Zion”, in 1993
The Donald Vails ChoraleersWith A Made Up Mind4:21
The Charles Fold singers hailed from Cincinnati Ohio and often performed with Rev. James Cleveland in the 70’s and 80’s. I’m not sure who wrote this song; I don’t think it’s a Cleveland song, but it’s wonderful and sister Rosetta Davis is sensational. I’d like this played/sung at my funeral/homecoming!!
I'll Be Going HomeRosetta Davis & The Charles Fold Singers9:31
This is one of those great “sleeper” songs that sort of lulls you at the start and then builds and builds and builds…an 11 minute mini church service as it were. The song is very “Smallwoodesque” in that respect, like his “Hold On, Don’t Let Go” The soloist on this cut is Lecresia Campbell.
Magnify HimGospel Heritage Praise & Worship Conference Mass Choir11:35
Every summer two large, week long, gospel “conventions” are held. One was started in 1967 by Rev. James Cleveland and is sponsored by his “Gospel Music Workshop of America”. The other dates way back to 1932 when Thomas A. Dorsey, the “father of gospel music”, held the first “National Convention of Choirs and Choruses”. This cut was recorded at the 1980 NCCC convention held in New York City. Give the song a chance, it gets better and better as it goes along, especially when the entire choir gets going after the solo intro.
Cast Your CaresThe Mass Choir of The National Convention of Choirs & Choruses7:01
I can’t find much about this choir online, all I know is that this song was recording in 1996. This is a great, big choir, big sound song. I love it.
Oh…and just as an aside, I added the songs from the last 30 some odd posts on this blog to the Song of the Day streaming audio player. The player now has just over 1,000 songs that I’ve posted since November 12, 2015!!!
We've Come To Glorify The LordFaith Tabernacle Mass Choir4:01
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This song was also recorded by The Chicago Mass Choir, but Steven Daniels and his Shiloh Gospel Choir do it justice as well. It doesn’t have the soaring screaming guitar on the intro that Chicago Mass has; not sure if that’s good or bad…it’s just different.
He's AlrightSteven Daniels and Shiloh Gospel Choir5:38
A nice old school rendition of “You Should Have Been There”. Sister Emma Tucker is a new name to me, but it’s clear she’s the real deal. For fun I added a song that follows the “the Lord told me” theme from Ms. Fontella Bass of “Rescue Me” fame from 1965.
You Should Have Been ThereSister Emma Tucker2:26
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You Don't Know What The Lord ToldFontella Bass3:37
A somewhat different version of “Come By Here”, bu the tune is similar, which is also know as “Kumbya”. The song “Kumbya” was written sometime in the 1920’s; there is dispute about the original composer. There is no uncertainty however that the title Kumbya was a derivative od “Come by yer” or “Come by yah” as might have been said by the creole speaking peoples of the South Carolina Gullah Islands. A story once circulated that Kumbya was an African word and that the song was African in origin. THAT is not true; there is no African word kumbya that would be in any way relevant to this song
Here’s a wonderful old song of the church that seems appropriate for this Father’s Day morning. I like this cut for three reasons; 1.) it doesn’t ramble on and on and on, 2.) it is performed beautifully by a college choir, and 3.) it is a selection from the great African American Heritage Hymnal, a wonderful resource for churches and individuals alike.
Father, I Stretch My Hands to TheeMorgan State University Choir5:13