I’m Saved And Sanctified (And Running For My Life And Filled With The Holy Ghost!)

A great uptempo old school (1973) traditional song from Rev. Maceo Woods & The Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir. This should get your motor running so you can head out on the highway looking for adventure in whatever might come your way today.  (This song moves right along…I’m exhausted by the end of the 25 second intro!!)  Great vamp starting at 4:13…the walking bass line is perfect.

 

  1. I'm Saved And Sanctified Rev. Maceo Woods & The Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir 5:36

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Over There

They really DID make great music “back in the day”! Here is a gem from an arcane “lost” album from James Cleveland working with The New Jersey Mass Choir back in 1983. This is THE BEST; the song grabs you from the opening measure and doesn’t let you go! I love the vamp where the voices split on the stereo…but it fades away all too fast…it leaves you wanting MORE!

 

  1. Over There 4:42

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Trouble In My Way (Unplugged)

This is a song from a female trio from Fort Worth TX named “Perfect Praise” that was formed in 1993 by singer Shonna Stallworth. Shonna at 16, Shonna wanted to start a gospel group and originally found 11 other singers to sing with, but the group ultimately pared its self down to three voices; Shonna, her sister Trina, and her cousin Lolita Sheriow.

 

  1. Trouble In My Way (Unplugged) 2:15

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In 1999 they released their only album titled “Sanctified Soul” They received some recognition, spending two weeks on BillBoard’s Gospel Albums chart, topping out at #14.  This is one of the “unplugged” cuts on the album where the singers reminise about some songs they know. I love how real they are while speaking about this song. The vocals, backed only by a keyboard, speak for themselves.

We Are On Our Way – Mix

Woke up this morning with this song playing in my mind and can’t get rid of it. Might as well put together a mix of various people a nd groups doing the song including Rev. James Cleveland and The Southern California Community Choir, The Gospel Music Workshop of America Choir and The St, James Mass Choir. This song is THE song used for processionals in black churches.

  1. We Are On Our Way Various 11:09

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When We All Get To Heaven

A classic from Donald Vails. This really is the definitive version of this great song. And the soloist!! That woman hits high notes I didn’t even know were invented.

 

  1. When We All Get To Haven Donald Vails and The Choraleers 7:52

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone. This morning I have two songs for you. A traditional Christmas song with a wonderful gospel spin on it from a vocalist named Marjorie Jacobs singing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The other isn’t a gospel song, but it IS a wonderful piece of acapella vocal music. Enjoy them both and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.

 

  1. Oh Come Let Us Adore Him Marjorie Jacobs & The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 4:41

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  1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Knudsen Brothers 3:44

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Amen

Adam McKnight is featured soloist for the finale of one of Atlanta’s favorite holiday classic events with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra called “Gospel Christmas”. This particular performance was the 25th anniversary of the event and featured special guest The Pointer Sisters.

 

  1. Amen Adam McKnight, The Pointer Sisters and The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 4:04

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Lord Do It

A gospel classic from Rev. James Cleveland. This first cut might be the original, but in my mind the second version performed by Joyful Voices of Inspiration and featuring Norris Welch on lead solo with some help from James Early, it the best there is. Great music for a Sunday morning.

 

  1. Lord Do It Rev. James Cleveland 4:42

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  1. Lord Do It Joyful Voices of Inspiration 5:43

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It’s Real

A nice contemporary gospel song with different kind of feel (I think because it doesn’t use traditional gospel/blues chords) from The Motor City, Detroit Michigan.

 

  1. It's Real St. James Choir of Detroit Michigan 3:33

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This song, “Oh Give Thanks” must be by the same choir…has the same feel to it and you can tell it’s the same Hammond B3 organ

 

  1. O Give Thanks ?????? 4:02

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Hallelujah I Found Him

“I’m so glad I found the Lord Jesus in time…”. Here’s a nice “down home” version of this song…from the “barn yard” as the singer says. I first heard this song sung by Jerome Kyles choir at Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan years ago.

Just as an aside, I remember I was playing the Morningstar version of this song at some JVOI get together and Norris Welsh popped up and said something to the effect of “put on some REAL gospel music, will you?”  Apparently it wasn’t HIS cup of tea.  Do you still feel that way Norris??

 

  1. Hallelujah I Found Him Rev. Gerald Thompson 6:50

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  1. I'm So Glad I Found The Lord Jesus In Time Morningstar Baptist Church Choir 8:07

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