It’s Another Day’s Journey

Here’s a classic from James Bignon’s Georgia Mass Choir. I’ve posted the version of this song recorded by LaShun Pace Rhodes, but that was released in 1998, 11 years after this recording was made.

  1. It's Another Days Journey Georgia Mass Choir 3:28

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The Struggle Is Over

I love this song. EVERYONE goes through hard times, but young black kids growing up in urban setting can have it really hard, so when these young men and women sing “You’ve been in this place long enough, and your mountainside has been rough…the struggle is over for you”…it goes right to my heart.

  1. The Struggle Is Over Youth For Christ 7:52

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The Youth for Christ Choir, led by T.L. Barrett, was an approximately 40-member ensemble of children ages 12 to 19, which grew out of his Tuesday night weekly choir meetings.

T.L. Barrett is a complicated figure. Context colors perceptions of the man. To many on Chicago’s South Side, Barrett has been known for more than four decades as an activist and pastor, an influential figure in the city’s black community, and an active participant in numerous projects and initiatives intended to improve social and economic conditions on the South Side.

In the 1970s, Barrett’s congregation included many noteworthy Chicago-area musicians, such as Maurice White and Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire, Donny Hathaway, and Phil Cohran. Barrett, recording as Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir, released the album Like a Ship (Without a Sail) in 1971. The album featured instrumental contributions from Phil Upchurch, Gene Barge, Charles Pittman, and Richard Evans (of Rotary Connection). It was reissued by Light in the Attic Records in 2010 to critical acclaim and praise from musicians such as Jim James and Colin Greenwood. Barrett also released several further albums of music over the course of the 1970s, as well as discs of sermons; he also recorded as Rev. T.L. Barrett.

Something About God’s Grace

So here we have the same song from two choirs both brought to America’s attention by Rev. James Cleveland; The Charles Fold Singers and The Donald Vail Choraleers.

So, the question for today is, how far into the song do you have to go until you figure out the tune or song that THIS song was based on. You’ll know when you hear it…the riff/chord structure just makes you think…”I KNOW that…it’s from….uh…________!!!! (You fill in the blank.) So, two versions of the same song, each given their own unique treatment by the artist.

  1. Something About God's Grace James Cleveland Presents The Donald Vails Choraleers 4:20
  2. Something About God's Grace Rev. James Cleveland & The Charles Fold Singers 5:17

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Lord Give Me A Patient Spirit

Here is a real oldie from on of Rev. James Cleveland’s early choirs, The Southern California Community Choir. This is real deal gospel, from the roots of old school mass choir recordings.

  1. Lord Give Me A Patient Spirit Rev. James Cleveland and The Southern California Community Choir 4:19

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Abundantly Blessed

There are some songs and some performances that one never forgets and this is just one of those songs. It was performed by The New England Gospel Ensemble that was originally started at The New England Conservatory by James Early and Donnell Patterson, as I understand it. It still continues to this day under the directorship of Renese King.

The NEGE performed this song during the intermission at a Joyful Voices concert in Waltham years ago and it bowled me over. The solo was sung by Eddie Mallory and was exquisite, as was the entire song. This is a version of Abundantly Blessed that makes me recall that performance. It’s a great song because each of it’s three sections are great. Enjoy.

  1. Abundantly Blessed Dr. Ed Montgomery · The Abundant Life Cathedral Choir 6:56

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Glad About It

I had this song in my iTunes library, but it had no info as to artist and album…so I did a bit of research. It’s by Joe Pace and The Colorado Mass Choir and it features great vocals by Alicia Williamson & Maurice Carter. Another version of this song was a huge hit for LaShun Pace Rhodes

  1. Glad About It Joe Pace & The Colorado Mass Choir 4:19

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Let Go. Let God

I don’t know where I get some of these songs. As many of you know I listen to iTunes while walking my dog Jack. This song came on and it was like I NEVER EVER heard it before.

It’s an interesting recording because it the recording quality sounds fairly amateurish, but don’t like that fool you. It’s a nice song; authentic if nothing else. I wouldn’t publish it here if I didn’t think some of you might like it. Always interested in hearing whant you think…just leave a comment if you want.

  1. Let Go. Let God Memphis Praise Fellowship Mass Choir 6:59

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To My Father’s House

I can never get tired of this great song written by the late Walter Hawkins. Although I have posted a couple of versions in the past, this one caught my ear the other day and I want to share it all with you.

I cant’ find any information on the 103rd Street Gospel Choir other than the fact that the album was released by and England production company that put out lots of “Best Of”s and compilation albums of all sorts of genres of music from Franl Sinatra to oldies to gospel.

  1. To My Fathers House 103rd Street Gospel Choir & Pat Lewis 2:59

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