Raise your voice and make a joyful noise with Spirit of the Church: A Celebration of Black Gospel Music (Volume 1),a soul-stirring celebration of the Lord and Black history coming to DVD from Green Apple Entertainment.
Unlike any other music, gospel is a life celebration, uniquely inspiring spiritual zeal with fervent harmony that urges listeners enthusiastically to their feet. Once limited to an oral tradition among African-Americans unable to read and later to the rich cultural history of Black churches, today this soul-stirring music has transcended barriers, embraced by Americana mainstream and capturing creative and spiritual imaginations around the world.
No other program, film or single album captured the heart of the “Golden Age of Gospel” as did TV Gospel Time (1962-65). Airing Sunday mornings on NBC, this Chicago-based show merged song and God’s word, attracting a primarily African-American audience and sponsors, but introducing the genre to a broader audience.
Volume One of this 12-disc collection–four shows in their entirety, transferred from the original kinescopes and rarely, if ever, seen since their original broadcast–includes performances by such iconic artists as Brother Joe May, Marie Knight, Robert Anderson, The Caravans, The Soul Stirrers, Inez Andrews, Paul Foster, Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke and Rev. Milton Brunson & the Thompson Community Singers
And what a bonus track! Two command performances by Gospel Queen Mahalia Jackson (“Be Not Dismayed” and “Blow Out the Candles”) and original ’60s commercials.
Can I hear an amen?
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