If Jesus Can’t Fix It

Last night as I drove home from JVOI rehearsal, this song came on and it knocked my socks off.  Why hadn’t I heard this before??  Whatever the reason, I had to share it with you all. It’s my new “favorite song”!

The first version is by Ms. Le’Andria Johnson who, not surprisingly, won BET’s “Sunday Best” gospel singer competition.  This woman can SING and her album “The Experience” is beautifully produced.

 

  1. If Jesus Can't Fix It Le'Andria Johnson 5:59

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The second version, the original as it were, is by The venerable Mississippi Mass Choir from an album they recorded live with James Moore at Jackson State University in 1995.  Also a remarkable recording! 

  1. If Jesus Can't Fix It Mississippi Mass Choir 6:04

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Just Another Day (That The Lord Has Kept Me)

It’s a twofer Sunday.  First off, some GREAT B-3 organ and then a great bluesy version of the same song from the GMWA Mass Choir at the nation convention in Birmingham AL in 2016.

 

  1. Just Another Day (That The Lord Has Kept Me Eustice Matthew Williams 5:04

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  1. "Just Another Day That The Lord Has Kept Me - GMWA Birmingham 2016 - Dan "Spiffy" Neuman on guitar" GMWA Mass Choir 4:30
  2. Just Another Day That The Lord Has Kept Me - GMWA Birmingham 2016 GMWA Mass Choir 4:30

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In Your Presence

Twinkie Clark (nee Elbertina) is the eldest daughter of Mattie Moss Clark who was Director of the Music Department for The Church of God in Christ.  With her sisters, Twinkie headed the Clark Sister who had a huge impact on contemporary gospel. Twinkie was well versed as an organist and could make the B3 be a true instrument of praise.  This song showcases Twinkie’s talents.

 

  1. In Your Presence (Elbertina) Twinkie Clark 5:10

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Stand By Me

What does it take to make a great gospel song.  At the minimum:

Great song: “Stand By Me”.
Great Composer: Thomas A. Dorsey, “The Father of Gospel Music”.
Classic Lyrics: “When the storms of life are raging, stand by me…”
Great singer/soloist: R.H. Harris (Predecessor to Sam Cooke in The Soul Stirrers).
Great accompaniment: Just a wonderful Hammond B3 organ.

VOILA!!  What more do you need? Instant winner.   Enjoy.

 

  1. Stand By Me R. H. Harris & The Masonic Quintet 5:04

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All of My Help

This song has it all.  Great B3 organ, fantastic opening leas soloist, great uptempo body with outstanding bass and a beat that is perfectly slightly syncopated off the beat by just a touch, and a great bridge. an energetic vamp and a super finale.  What more could one ask for??

 

  1. All Of My Help Greg Kelly & The Miracle Temple Mass Choir 6:49

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My Liberty

So this is a B3 organ instrumental accompaniment track for “My Liberty“, the song first made popular by The Southeast Inspirational Choir” with Yolanda Adams.  If you know the song, sing along.

 

  1. My Liberty Dwayne Dunham 2:13

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I’ll Fly Away on Hammond B3

 

“I’ll Fly Away,” written by Albert E. Brumley in 1929, is a hymn most associated with American Baptists and the Church of Christ. It is an optimistic song about an earthly death that leads to everlasting life in glory with Christ.

“I’ll Fly Away” has been called the most recorded gospel music song, beginning with a recording by James and Martha Carson, the “Barn Dance Sweethearts” of WSB Atlanta, in 1946, followed two years later by the Chuck Wagon Gang in 1948

 

  1. l'll Fly Away Stanley Wilder 3:09

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Some glad morning when this life is o’er,
I’ll fly away;
To a home on God’s celestial shore,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

Chorus
I’ll fly away, Oh Glory
I’ll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

When the shadows of this life have gone,
I’ll fly away;
Like a bird from prison bars has flown,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away)

Chorus

Just a few more weary days and then,
I’ll fly away;
To a land where joy shall never end,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away)

 


 

You Must Come In At The Door

I can’t believe I haven’t posted this song yet.  How did I overlook it.?? I immediately thought of  “You Must Come In At The Door” when I listened to yesterday’s post, “Come On in The Room”.

This is another song that starts off with a Milton Biggham telling a story, but the fast moving walking bass line, the piano and the marvelous Hammond B3 punctuating the story are wonderful. This is one of the songs that got me hooked on gospel so many years ago. Enjoy!

 

  1. You Must Come In At The Door Georgia Mass Choir 6:20

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(Never Can Forget) What You’ve Done For Me

Okay, so I watched a YouTube video last night of The Trinity UCC of Chicago choir singing “(Never Can Forget) What You’ve Done For Me”.  That led to a serious case of earworm and that lead to this post; THREE (3) versions of the song, each of which I love.  For the version from the Trinity UCC, I spliced in a solo intro from another recording because I love that too…you can hear the change in quality, if not a bit in pitch, but it works..IMHO.   The version from the GMWA Youth Choir has the best fidelity, and the last version is good old time music.  Have a wonderful day.  And NEVER forget all the wonderful things He’s done for you.

 

  1. Never Shall Forget What He's Done For Me Trinity UCC of Chicago Gospel Choir 8:57

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  1. (Never Shall Forget) What He's Done for Me Gospel Music Workshop of America Youth Choir 6:36

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  1. (Never Can Forget) What He's Done For Me Eddie Robinson & Mount Olive Fort Lauderdale Mass Choir 5:56

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I Won’t Complain

This song, “I Won’t Complain” has become a torch-y classic since it was first released by the late Rev. Paul Jones in 1990 shortly before he was tragically murdered.

Here we have Boston’s own, the incomparable Brother Dennis Montgomery from the faculty of The Berklee School of Music noodling around playing and instrumental B3 version of “I Won’t Complain” while showing some students technique and style.  I LOVE this cut!!!!!!

 

  1. I Won't Complain Dennis Montgomery 4:51

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