So, what is My Kind Of Gospel?

An exploration of uptempo gospel music : 1945-1965

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Some Jubilee on King

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Well, here are a pair of songs off a 10" EP on the King label. You might also see this record floating around on the Varsity or Royal labels. I have the King and Varsity versions of the record and both have the same number stamping in the dead wax. So, I am guessing these were all pressed up at the same place and labels applied as appropriate. 

So, what do we have here? The first song, Didn't It Rain is indeed by The Harmonaires. It was recorded in late 1947. I don't know much about them other then they also did some backing work with "Georgia Peach" (Clara Hudman) on the Apollo label in 1946. With this song, you can hear a straight forward example of 1940's styled Jubilee singing.

As for the second song, Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jerico, you get a chance to listen to Ms. Thelma Carpenter (left) backed by the Amory Brothers, better known as the Ames Brothers (right). This is a bit of an slick, up-town production, but certainly worthy. Ms. Carpenter provides a nice lead and the Amory Brothers do smooth nicely, as would be expected. This is not the sort of pairing that will give you sparks, but they do a nice job with a classic gospel song. 

This is a nice collection of songs from what amounts to a budget pressing.

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