John Work, Heavenly Gate Quartet, Various Artists
Recording Black Culture
14 marvelous cuts of evolving African-American roots music, recorded in the rural South in the 1930s and 1940s by one of America’s premier black folklorists, John Wesley Work III: sacred harp singing, now forgotten black string-band music, blues, and gospel quartets — some of them anticipating doo-wop rock ‘n roll and other urban genres of black music. Comprehensive liner notes booklet as well.
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