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Golden Gate Quartet: Rock My Soul

Golden Gate Gospel Train
Jonah in the Whale
Go Where I Send Thee
Sampson
Massas In the Cold Cold Ground
Preacher and the Bear
Noah
Our Father
Job
Rock My Soul
Stalin Wasn't Stalin
Jezebel
Dip Your Fingers in the Water
He Never Said A Mumblin Word
Didn't it Rain
The Sun Didn't Shine
Anyhow
Blind Barnabas
Comin In On A Wing and A Prayer
Times Windin Up

When the GGQ burst onto the gospel music scene in the 1930's out of the Tidewater region of Virginia, black churches were quite musically conservative and not given to rhythmic experimentation or nods toward popular music. Thus there was a fair amount of head-shaking when the GGQ emerged as the leader of a very fine pack of Gospel groups during a very difficult and trying time in American history. Appearing on a North Carolina radio station led to a move north, then to a Bluebird recording contract. The strong beat and counterpoint in those first recordings are looked upon as a turning point in Gospel music, a rebirth of the spiritual. "Rock My Soul" has 20 marvelous tunes, recorded from 1937 to 1943, all of them upbeat, rhythmic, harmonic hits. Listen to "Golden Gate Gospel Train," "Jonah In The Whale," "Go Where I Send Thee" and the vocal "horns" on "Massa's In The Cold Cold Ground," the title tune-this is amazing stuff. Humorous songs like "Preacher and the Bear" and "Jonah In the Whale" have as much novelty pop in them as Gospel. "Stalin Wasn't Stallin" (about the defeat of Hitler by the Russians) and "Comin' In On A Wing and a Prayer" feed nicely on the "God is on our side" sentiment of WWII. Not at all maudlin or dire like some Gospel groups, the GGQ are cheerful, joyous and celebratory in their music, and we think they are one of the best, and most interesting, of all time!

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Item code: 2831C | 1 CD | $14.98 |add item to cart
Gospel  | Primarily a cappella | Male | United States
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