Item description for Close Harmony: A History of Southern Gospel Music by Various...
Close Harmony: A History of Southern Gospel Music by VARIOUS ARTISTS
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Studio: Dualtone Music Group
Record Label Dualtone Music Group
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.214375 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2004
Publisher DUALTONE MUSIC GROUP
ISBN 5558917024 ISBN13 9785558917024 UPC 803020119024
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More Like This, Please! Jan 31, 2006
This is a splendid and much needed compilation of pioneering artists in the Southern Gospel field. For well-deserved kudos, I'll simply defer to laudatory comments posted below, though I might suggest this could have been formatted as a box set considering the wealth of excellent material from all groups involved. My only quibble: the booklet should have included dates and artistic personnel for each song. Valuable historical items such as this necessitate more in-depth documentation . Otherwise, this delightful disc brings a bygone and sadly missed era back to life.
Good introduction to a little-known musical style Jan 22, 2005
The key to appreciating this album is the "history of" part in the title... Southern Gospel is a very particular subgenre of American music, with many fans who would take offense at it being considered a "country" style... In the years since its mid-20th Century heyday, Southern Gospel has become more of a mom'n'pop, DIY musical style, with hundreds of artists recording for self-owned or small independent labels, supported by a network of religiously-motivated fans. Modern Southern Gospel has a much mellower sound than the old stuff, incorporating the soft pop style of groups like the Carpenters, with electronic keyboards and modern production laid on top of the vocal harmony tradition the style was originally known for. This volume concentrates on the old stuff, with tracks by foundational artists such as the Blackwood Brothers, the Chuck Wagon Gang, the LeFevers and the Stamps Quartet, as well as some rarer, archival recordings by less well-known artists. (The legendary African-American gospel group the Golden Gate Quartet are included as well, showing their stylistic influence on their white counterparts, and hey, who am I to complain? They always sound good.) Still, this older version of the Southern style may seem a bit foreign to modern SG fans, especially since the genre's country roots are fairly plain... Southern Gospel is still a genre that honors tradition, however, and an archival collection like this should be much welcome among the faithful... it's also a fine introduction for anyone making the move from, say, bluegrass gospel into the more overtly devotional SG style.
(PS - the liner notes draw heavily on the authoritative book on the style, "Close Harmony," by Appalachian State University history professor James R. Goff... I imagine anyone who's really into the style will want to pick that book up as well...)
Fine introduction to Southern Gospel Dec 2, 2004
Dualtone's reissue of this Crossroads Music compilation features fourteen Southern Gospel selections from 1920 through 1955. This project is an outgrowth of the academic studies of history professor James Goff at Appalachian State University, and his book of the same title. The recordings include well-known names like The LeFevre Trio, Stamps Quartet and Blackwood Brothers, as well as numerous lesser-known, but no less worthy artists.
For the most part these are vocal tracks with musical accompaniment. Unsurprising, given that the Southern Gospel music industry grew out of the need for songbook publishers and singing schools to advertise their wares via touring quartets. As radio and records began to dominate live performance as a means for hearing music, these gospel acts became stars apart from their initial sponsors.
This is an excellent introduction to the genre, with extensive introductory and song-by-song notes by Dr. Goff. The remastering, from a wide variety of source material, brings it all together into a pleasurable, cohesive disc.
Great survey of Southern Gospel Nov 9, 2004
This is an excellent introduction to Southern Gospel music. Songs from the giants in the field - Statesmen, Blackwood Brothers - as well as more obscure groups - Rebels Quartet, Homeland Harmony Quartet. Good sound quality considering the age and obscurity of some of the selections. Highly recommended.
save money Oct 3, 2004
This is the poorest quality CD I have evey purchased. Have to turn volumn up and down to listen. Not very enjoyable.Some of it sounds like recorded in a tunnel, or very far from artists. Will most likely never to it again.