Sunday, April 22, 2012
Blackwood Brothers Quartet--Gloryland Jubilee
90 cents at Goodwill, and what a deal. Average condition, but I made it sound fairly fresh from the press. This LP features 1953-1959 material by this great quartet (not counting three tracks that appear to be unique to this LP), and I only know this because I have this excellent discography to consult.
The previous owner had grease-penciled "Srn. Gospel" at the top of the jacket (as in, Southern Gospel), but I removed this, along with a bunch of album-wear marks. In other words, the image you see is semi-fake. But the music.... Nothing fake there, even if I did retouch it with audio filtering, click removal, etc. Removing unwanted details from sound is different from removing unwanted visual details. I don't know why, but trust me. We like to think it is, anyway.
Musician credits: Wally Varner, piano; J.D. Sumner, bass; James Blackwood, lead tenor; Bill Shaw, high tenor; and Cecil Blackwood, baritone. These are the masterful performers we're about to hear. The LP was released in 1964, and nothing beats finding a gem like this 1) cheap and 2) not in fake stereo. To the sounds:
Gloryland Jubilee--Blackwood Brothers Q.
A Wonderful Time Up There--1958
How About Your Heart--1954
I Can't Stand Up Alone--1959
I've Found the Way
The Touch of His Hand--1956
Something Old, Something New--1956
One Step (Toward the Lord)--1953
All Upon the Altar
Joy, Joy, Joy (To My Soul)--1953