The Golden Gate Quartet - Gospel Songs and Spirituals

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Gospel Songs and Spirituals
Willie Johnson, baritone
Henry Owens, 1st tenor
William Langford, 2nd tenor and guitar (track 23 only)
Arlandus Wilson, bass
all tracks recorded in 1938/39
all titles (traditional-Public Domain), except “Dipsy Doodle” (Larry Clinton)
01 Preacher and the Bear (That Ol’ Time Religion) 00:00
02 Go Where I Send Thee 02:48
03 Job (I’m on My Way) 05:09
04 Gabriel Blows His Horn 07:46
05 Born Ten Thousand Years Ago 10:08
06 Golden Gate Gospel Train 12:00
07 Put On Your Old Grey Bonnett 14:35
08 Massa's in the Cold, Cold Ground 16:34
09 Travelin' Shoes 19:21
10 Lead Me On and On 21:13
11 Dipsy Doodle 23:19
12 When They Ring Them Golden Bells 25:35
13 Rock My Soul 27:28
14 To the Rock 29:29
15 Packing Up - Getting Ready To Go 31:28
16 He Said He Would Calm the Ocean 33:25
17 What a Time 36:10
18 Hide Me in Thy Bosom 38:36
19 I Looked Down the Road and I Wondered 40:55
20 You'd Better Mind 43:46
21 Every Time I Feel the Spirit 46:36
22 I'm a Pilgrim 49:25
23 Jonah in the Whale 52:36
24 The Valley of Time 55:00
25 Our Father 57:44
The GOLDEN GATE QUARTET” was the most influential Gospel Group of his time.
Their music was deeply rooted in Church tradition (listen to the first track here and guess where “rap” comes from) but also they adopted some of the subtle changes that jazz brought to Church Music, that in turn one of its main sources.
You could also tell that the Mills Brothers gave the Quartet some idea about imitating the sound of horns with voice.
Golden Gate, known since 1931, when they started, to the days of these recording, their first ones, as GOLDEN GATE JUBILEE QUARTET, developped a highly original, and sensational, way of Gospel singing with enormous swing and breathtaking precision that made you think to the best swing big bands!
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