A Closer Walk With Thee

Although clearly inspired by the old Baptist hymn, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”, this song is an original composition from the 1970’s.  It’s old school gospel with great vocals and wonderful blues/gospel piano chords throughout; listen closely to the piano, the musician does a wonderful job. Great song!

  1. A Closer Walk With Thee Rev. Maceo Woods & The Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir 3:58

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When I Get Home

One of the MANY almost “lost” songs from Rev. James Cleveland.  I just discovered that there are well over albums by James Cleveland and the various groups he sang with from his first album ” The Voices Of Tabernacle Starring James Cleveland – Today” released in 1959 though to the last album before his death in 1991, “Rev. James Cleveland And The LA Gospel Messengers”.  This album is from 1979.

  1. When I Get Home Rev. James Cleveland and The Cleveland Singers 3:04

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They Got The Word

As the world awaits the testimony of James Comey this morning, several songs came to mind for today’s Song of the Day:

I’ve Got A Testimony
Great Judgement Day
Trouble In My Way
All My (Upcoming??) Trials
Complicated
Everybody Ought To Know
Give It Up
Let Us Go Into The House (or the Senate, as the case may be)
My Story Continues
One Thing I Know
We’re Glad You’re Here
What He’s Done
When He Speaks

but the one I chose is this real country gospel song from The Georgia Mass Choir, “They Got The Word”, with Mamma Mosie Burks singing lead.

  1. They Got The Word Georgia Mass Choir 5:39

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Wade In The Water

The AMAZING late Eva Cassidy singing  her interpretation of the spiritual “Wade In The Water”.  This song was originally performed by The Fisk Jubilee Singers in a much more “classical” style back in the early 1900’s

IF you have yet to be introduced to the music of Eva Cassidy, IMMEDIATE go listen to her on YouTube.  Her “Live At Blues Alley” album is one of the best.  Period. Eva really only become a sensation after her tragic death from melanoma in 1996.  The “Eva By Heart” album this song is from was the first studio album she recorded before she died and was the third album published after her death. Just listen to her magnificent voice…how sad we lost her at such a young age.

  1. Wade In The Water Eva Cassidy 4:01

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Trouble In My Way – Revisited

Here are two very different versions of the old song “Trouble In My Way”.  The first is from Castro Coleman who grew up making “quartet style” gospel music this version is presented in. Castro started out playing the gospel with The Legendary Williams Brothers, The Canton Spirituals and The Pilgrim Jubilees (all famous gospel quartets). He later started his own group The True Believers which launched them in the gospel industry with their album “In This Place”.

The second version is a perfect example of what comes from a sanctified church like The Church of God in Christ.  Rip roaring, fully animated with hand clapping and lead by gospel great Myrna Summer, the song is filled with the Holy Spirit. Each song is great in it’s own right, but my heart lies with the COGIC version.

 

  1. Trouble In My Way Castro Coleman & Andre Tate 4:39
  2. Trouble In My Way Myrna Summer and The Refreshing Spring COGIC Choir 3:35

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Only A Look

Only A Look is a gospel song written by Thomas Whitfield. It expresses generations of prayers for the good Lord to keep the “Balm in Gilead” flowing for his people. This version is performed by James Cleveland & Roberta Martin, as well as members of The Caravans, Albertina Walker, the Barrett Sisters & others.
 
This cut is a nice piece of gospel history combined with some wonderful singing.
 
  1. Only A Look James Cleveland, Roberta Martin, The Caravans, The Barrett Sisters, Albertina Walker 8:19

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God Has Smiled On Me

I can’t believe that I haven’t posted this song yet, because it is a classic written by Rev. James Cleveland, as well as being one of my favorite songs, and one of the first gospel songs I learned.

Here are two renditions of the song. First, the original from James Cleveland’s first big album recorded with The Voices of Tabernacle Choir followed by a beautiful duet by The O’Neal Twins from their 25th Anniversary album.

Gospel music began to take a new direction in 1960, and James Cleveland was one of the moving forces behind this movement. During this time he began to channel his efforts into gospel choirs, and he was concerned about the sound and tone quality of these ensembles. One of the most popular gospel choirs to emerge during the 1960s was the Voices of Tabernacle from Detroit. Writer Tony Heilbut stated, “The Voices” were the most musically disci­plined gospel choir ever, and were like the Mormon Tabernacle”.

 

  1. God Has Smiled On Me Rev. James Cleveland 4:25

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The O’Neal Twins are Edward and Edgar O’Neal.  They started singing in St. Louis, Missouri, in the late 1950s in front of storefront churches. They cut their first record in 1962 and in 1969 they were voted the “World’s Greatest Gospel Duo” by the National Association of Television and Radio Artists.

 

  1. God Has Smiled On Me The O'Neal Twins 4:53

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The Lord Is Blessing Me (Yet again!)

  1. The Lord Is Blessing Me Gospel Legends featuring Milton Biggham 6:19

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Some of the “old songs of the church” just never get stale. Case in point, “The Lord Is Blessing Me”.  Just about a year ago I did a post with two versions of this song, but I found this version and just wanted to share it will all of you.

This recording was part of a CD/DVD package put together by Milton Biggham, one of the founders of the MALACO gospel music label and founder of the Georgia Mass Choir.  He gathers several “gospel legends” together for a weekend of spontaneous singing and let the tape roll.  This is an example of what happens when you let a room full of great gospel singer go at it.  If you watch the video, you can see that everyone is standing in a group “having some church”…nothing fancy, and they just sing when given the cue.  Since all the songs featured in the collection are “old songs”, these folks know them as well as their name.

Pick a note and join in and sing along; it will make your day!!

The Finishing Line

“Pick yourself a winner who has never lost a race; God always comes out a winner at the finishin’ line.” – Dorothy Love-Coates

  1. The Finishing Line Marvin Williams 3:58

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Here is a remake of a classic song written and recorded by Dorothy Love-Coates, one of the great woman of gospel.  The lyrics are so great.

This version is by a guy named Marvin Williams who I came across on YouTube a while back.  His About page simply says, “A fun loving guy who loves to sing and bang on the piano. I love vintage gospel footage and traditional gospel music.”  If you like his sound you can find lots of songs by Marvin on his YouTube page, https://www.youtube.com/user/MrVarnellWilliams/videos.

I Love Jesus

  1. I Love Jesus Albertina Walker and the Lighthouse Evangelist Baptist Church Choir 4:26

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Another great old song from Rev. Jerry Goodloe’s Evangelical Choir of The Lighthouse Baptist Church in Chicago IL, and Ms. Albertina Walker’s home church for many years.