Speakers Push Air

Randy’s Goin’ To Church…
August 21, 2008, 1:13 pm
Filed under: Mixes

I may have told this story before. Out on a beach in southern Italy about 3 years ago, I played roots reggae on the Unsound system all night, and was still going when the sun rose over the sea. It was Sunday morning, everyone was joyously battered and it felt good. So I dropped “Oh Happy Day” by The Edwin Hawkins Singers.

Some people appreciated it, but some – perhaps more – reacted with astonishment, or sarcasm or downright anger. “What are you playing this Christian shit for?” asked one particularly abrasive reveller. The fact that pretty much every tune I’d played in the preceding hours was also “Christian shit” seemed entirely lost on this guy, and many others. I was dumbfounded.

Speaking as someone who thinks Dawkins isn’t enough of a bully, I don’t see a lack – or rejection – of faith as any kind of barrier to a genuine love for gospel music. Aside from the fact that gospel is as much a part of the DNA of most contemporary music as blues and soul (which is just gospel that wants to get laid, anyway), this stuff is beautiful, joyous, uplifting, stunning. I don’t care if what people are yearning for isn’t there, it’s the yearning itself that does it for me.

So, brothers and sisters, I offer up to you my first gospel mix. If there is such a thing as a gospel purist (although that seems unlikely), they might argue that I’ve stretched the definition a tad – there’s New Orleans 2nd line jazz from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, there’s 70s soul-gospel from the Marion Gaines Singers, there’s a lot of blues. But every track is, at base, a gospel track.

Hope you enjoy it.

(click the pic for the mix)


00.00 Aretha Franklin – How I Got Over
04.15 Marion Williams – Packin’ Up
06.22 Elder Richard Bryant – Come Over Here
09.24 Clarence Williams – Old Time Religion
12.12 The Famous Blue Jay Singers Of Birmingham Alabama – Jesus Met The Woman At The Well
14.35 Marie Knight – Gospel Train
16.55 Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Up Abovce My Head (I Hear Music In The Air)
19.17 Blind Willie Johnson – Run To The City of Refuge
22.39 Big Bill Broonzy – This Train (Bound For Glory)
25.35 The Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Jesus On The Mainline
30.47 Sister Wynona Carr – Dragnet For Jesus
33.29 Lavern Baker – Saved
36.18 The Marion Gaines Singers – Grandma’s Hands
38.10 Sam Cooke & The Soulstirrers – Touch The Hem Of His Garment
40.08 The 5 Blind Boys Of Alabama – Hallelujah
42.28 The Sojourners – Run On
45.36 The Abysinnian Baptist Gospel Choir – I Want To Ride That Glory Train
49.08 The Dixie Hummingbirds – Trouble In My Way
51.50 Mahalia Jackson – There’s Not A Friend Like Jesus
54.25 The Edwin Hawkins Singers – Oh! Happy Day

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“Speaking as someone who thinks Dawkins isn’t enough of a bully” – right on, D!

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