I have been hyping up Latin week all week so imagine my embarrassment when I found out the album I had scheduled for today was already posted back in December. Boy was my face red. Well I had already recorded this but ran out of of room this month so due to this error, here it is now. I guess I could have just pulled another record but I really did not want to listen to any more albums for January. Anyway, here is a quick deviation for the week. It was $2. I got it for the Carter Family, more than likely.
Here is a collection of gospel numbers from various groups on the RCA Camden label. So I imagine this has been culled from other sources as was RCA Camden style. I believe this came out in 1963. Pretty straight old school gospel with such groups as The Carter Family, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, Stuart Hamblen, the Statesmen Quartet with Hovie Lister, The Speer Family, and the discoverer of Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner.
Pretty good album. I liked a lot of these songs. However, I went with a jumping little number, “God’s Love” by the Speer Family. Also, since I mentioned the Carter’s, I guess I should include “On The Sea Of Galilee”.
This was 80 cents. This is the third Connie Smith album I have posted so I am hip to buying any of her early albums. Use the blog’s search function to check out earlier posts on Smith as I am too lazy to paste links. As normal with the third blog post that I do for people, I can of exhausted my information on Smith in the previous posts.
This was Smith’s fourth album and her first gospel recording, a trend that would continue into the 70’s. Released in 1966, the album features 12 gospel songs backed by country session musicians. The result is an excellent album of songs played in a simple old school country style.
For a sample, I really wanted to use “The Wayfaring Pilgrim” but this record has seen much use and the song skipped. So instead I decided to post “He Set Me Free” which Hank Williams borrowed from with “I Saw The Light”. I was a bit disappointed in Hank about this even though Dylan and Shane McGowan among others have borrowed melodies from existing material. I also decided to post one of my favorite gospel tunes, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”.
To me, this is everything that a gospel record should sound like compared to the others I have bought. This is a top rated album for sure.