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The Essential Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson

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Mahalia Jackson rewrote the rules for singing gospel in the late '40s by bringing blues phrasing and other secular elements into sacred song, and with her powerful alto, she sang with an immediacy and conviction that are still startling when they break out of the speakers some 30 years after her death. This two-disc set collects tracks from Jackson's long stay at Columbia Records, as well as a few tracks from her previous label, Apollo Records, where she recorded from 1947 until signing with Columbia in 1954. What makes this set feel like more than a greatest-hits collection is the inspired sequencing, which doesn't move chronologically but instead is paced like a concert, helped by the placement of key live tracks, including several from her historic appearance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. Highlights are almost too many to mention, but her elegant version of "Come Sunday" with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra is majestic in scope, and her interpretations of a pair of Thomas A. Dorsey compositions, "It Didn't Cost Very Much" and "I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song" are definitive. The funky "Let the Church Roll On," featuring some wonderful stop-start stuttering piano work from Mildred Falls, rocks the house, as does the rousing, jazzy version of "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" that is included here. A beautiful and heartbreaking reading of "I've Been Buked" from Columbia's tape archives is another obvious high point. No one could worry over a note like Mahalia Jackson. The Essential Mahalia Jackson makes a marvelous introduction to the Colombia Records era of this powerful and soulful singer, and coupled with the earlier three-disc Apollo Sessions, paints a complete picture of an American treasure.
© Steve Leggett /TiVo

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1
How I Got Over Live
Mahalia Jackson
00:07:16

Mildred Falls, Piano - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Unknown, Producer - Matt Carpenter, Mastering Engineer - Edward Robinson, Organ - Clara Ward, Composer - Clara Ward, Lyricist

Originally Released 1962 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

2
Trouble of the World Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:04:44

Lilton Mitchell, Organ - Gary Pacheco, Director - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Milt Hinton, Bass - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Mildred Falls, Piano - Penny Armstrong, A&R Coordinator - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - George Avakian, Producer

Originally released 1956. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
He's Got The Whole World In His Hands Live
Mahalia Jackson
00:02:37

Tom Bryant, Bass - Cal Lampley, Producer - Mildred Falls, Piano - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Lilton Mitchell, Organ - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Traditional, Lyricist - Traditional, Composer - Geoffrey Love, Adaptor

Originally Released 1958 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

4
Walk To Jerusalem Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:02:38

Irving Townsend, Producer - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - H. Ellis, Guitar - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - B. Preston, Organ - K. Mitchell, Bass - M. Jackson, Lyricist - M. Jackson, Composer - E. Robinson, Piano - S. Manne, Drums

Originally Released 1963 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

5
Were You There? Live
Mahalia Jackson
00:05:35

Jo Jones, Drums - Joe Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Irving Townsend, Producer - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Edward Robinson, Piano - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Charles Clency, Guitar - Charles Clency, Tambourine - Charles Clency, Organ

Originally Released 1967 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

6
Walk On By Faith Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:03:53

Lilton Mitchell, Organ - Gary Pacheco, Director - James Cleveland, Composer - James Cleveland, Lyricist - Irving Townsend, Producer - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Milt Hinton, Bass - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Mildred Falls, Piano - Penny Armstrong, A&R Coordinator

Originally recorded 1963 & released 1991. All rights reserved Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
His Eye Is On The Sparrow Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:04:21

Lilton Mitchell, Organ - Gary Pacheco, Director - Civilla D. Martin, Lyricist - Nedra Olds-Neal, Producer - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Milt Hinton, Bass - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Mildred Falls, Piano - Penny Armstrong, A&R Coordinator - Charles H. Gabriel, Composer

Originally released 1958. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
I Found the Answer Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:04:17

Lilton Mitchell, Organ - Gary Pacheco, Director - Johnny Lange, Composer - Johnny Lange, Lyricist - Nedra Olds-Neal, Producer - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Milt Hinton, Bass - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Mildred Falls, Piano - Penny Armstrong, A&R Coordinator

Originally released 1959. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Take My Hand, Precious Lord Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:04:12

Lilton Mitchell, Organ - Gary Pacheco, Director - T.A. Dorsey, Composer - T.A. Dorsey, Lyricist - Nedra Olds-Neal, Producer - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Milt Hinton, Bass - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Mildred Falls, Piano - Penny Armstrong, A&R Coordinator

Originally released 1963. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:02:05

George Avakian, Producer - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Arranger - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist

Originally Released 1956 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

11
The Lord's Prayer Live
Mahalia Jackson
00:03:59

Tom Bryant, Bass - Cal Lampley, Producer - Mildred Falls, Piano - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Lilton Mitchell, Organ - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Albert Hay Malotte, Composer - Albert Hay Malotte, Lyricist

Originally Released 1958 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

12
Walk Over God's Heaven Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:02:33

The Falls-Jones Ensemble, Performer - Irving Townsend, Producer - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Thomas A. Dorsey, Composer

Originally Released 1954 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

13
My God Is Real Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:03:37

Cal Lampley, Producer - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Kenneth Morris, Composer - Kenneth Morris, Lyricist

Originally Released 1958 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

14
Just A Little While To Stay Here Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:03:44

Nedra Olds-Neal, Producer - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Milt Hinton, Bass - Ralph Jones, Organ - The Falls-Jones Ensemble, Piano - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Mildred Falls, Piano - Gus Johnson, Drums - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist

Originally Released 1963 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

15
There Is A Balm In Gilead Live
Mahalia Jackson
00:05:30

Jo Jones, Drums - Joe Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Irving Townsend, Producer - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Edward Robinson, Piano - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Charles Clency, Guitar - Charles Clency, Tambourine - Charles Clency, Organ

Originally Released 1967 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

16
When The Saints Go Marching In Live
Mahalia Jackson
00:03:01

Tom Bryant, Bass - Cal Lampley, Producer - Mildred Falls, Piano - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Lilton Mitchell, Organ - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist

Originally Released 1958 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

17
Let the Church Roll On Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:01:38

J. Cleveland Chorus, Arranger - Nedra Olds-Neal, Producer - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Milt Hinton, Bass - Ralph Jones, Organ - The Falls-Jones Ensemble, Piano - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Mildred Falls, Piano - Gus Johnson, Drums - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - M. Jackson, Arranger

Originally released 1956. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

18
You'll Never Walk Alone Live
Mahalia Jackson
00:04:38

R. RODGERS, Composer - R. RODGERS, Lyricist - O. Hammerstein II, Composer - O. Hammerstein II, Lyricist - Mildred Falls, Piano - Irving Townsend, Producer - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer

Originally Released 1962 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

DISC 2

1
In The Upper Room Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:07:10

Lilton Mitchell, Organ - Gary Pacheco, Director - Nedra Olds-Neal, Producer - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Milt Hinton, Bass - L.E. Campbell, Composer - L.E. Campbell, Lyricist - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Mildred Falls, Piano - Penny Armstrong, A&R Coordinator - M. Jackson, Arranger

Originally released 1963. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:03:45

Lilton Mitchell, Organ - Gary Pacheco, Director - Nedra Olds-Neal, Producer - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Milt Hinton, Bass - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Arranger - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Mildred Falls, Piano - Penny Armstrong, A&R Coordinator - Traditional, Composer

Originally released 1963. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Calvary Live
Mahalia Jackson
00:03:44

Jo Jones, Drums - Joe Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Irving Townsend, Producer - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Edward Robinson, Piano - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Charles Clency, Guitar - Charles Clency, Tambourine - Charles Clency, Organ

Originally Released 1967 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

4
Didn't It Rain Live
Mahalia Jackson
00:03:42

R. Martin, Arranger - Cal Lampley, Producer - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer

Originally Released 1958 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

5
If I Can Help Somebody Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:03:45

A.B. Androzzo, Composer - Harpo Marx, Piano - Irving Townsend, Producer - Mahalia Jackson, Performer

Originally Released 1964 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

6
I'm On My Way Live
Mahalia Jackson
00:02:39

Tom Bryant, Bass - M. Jackson, Composer - M. Jackson, Lyricist - Cal Lampley, Producer - Mildred Falls, Piano - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Lilton Mitchell, Organ

Originally released 1958. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

7
I Can Put My Trust In Jesus Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:03:15

Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Unknown, Producer - Kenneth Morris, Composer - Kenneth Morris, Lyricist

Originally Released Prior To 1972 Couch And Madison Partners

8
It Don't Cost Very Much Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:03:15

T.A. Dorsey, Composer - T.A. Dorsey, Lyricist - Cal Lampley, Producer - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer

Originally Released 1958 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

9
Part IV aka Come Sunday
Duke Ellington
00:07:56

Britt Woodman, Trombone - John Sanders, Trombone - Sam Woodyard, Drums - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Russell Procope, Alto Saxophone - Russell Procope, Clarinet - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Cat Anderson, Trumpet - Paul Gonsalves, Tenor Saxophone - Ray Nance, Violin - Ray Nance, Trumpet - Jimmy Woode, Bass - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer - Harold Baker, Trumpet - Irving Townsend, Producer - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, Piano - Jimmy Hamilton, Clarinet - Clark Terry, Trumpet - Bill Graham, Alto Saxophone - Quentin Jackson, Trombone

Originally released 1958. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Down By The Riverside Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:02:16

Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Unknown, Producer - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist

Originally Released 1963 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

11
Dig A Little Deeper Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:02:55

Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Unknown, Producer - Kenneth Morris, Composer - Kenneth Morris, Lyricist

Originally Released Prior To 1972 Couch And Madison Partners

12
Come On Children, Let's Sing Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:01:54

Lilton Mitchell, Organ - Gary Pacheco, Director - Nedra Olds-Neal, Producer - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Milt Hinton, Bass - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Mildred Falls, Piano - Penny Armstrong, A&R Coordinator - H. SMITH, Composer - H. SMITH, Lyricist

Originally released 1960. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
I've Been Buked Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:06:30

Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Unknown, Producer - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist

Originally Recorded 1963 & Released 2004 BBC Worldwide

14
I Will Move On Up A Little Higher Part 1
Mahalia Jackson
00:02:40

M. Jackson, Arranger - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Unknown, Producer - Rev. W.H. Brewster, Composer - Rev. W.H. Brewster, Lyricist

Originally Released Prior To 1972 Couch And Madison Partners

15
I Will Move On Up A Little Higher Part 2
Mahalia Jackson
00:03:19

M. Jackson, Arranger - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Unknown, Producer - Rev. W.H. Brewster, Composer - Rev. W.H. Brewster, Lyricist

Originally Released Prior To 1972 Couch And Madison Partners

16
Great Gettin' Up Morning Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:03:40

John Hammond, Producer - M. Jackson, Arranger - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist

Originally released 1959. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

17
I'm Goin' To Live The Life I Sing About In My Song Live
Mahalia Jackson
00:04:16

T. A. Dorsey, Composer - T. A. Dorsey, Lyricist - Irving Townsend, Producer - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer

Originally Recorded 1961 & Released 2004 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

18
The Treasure Of Love Album Version
Mahalia Jackson
00:04:18

The Falls-Jones Ensemble, Performer - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - Unknown, Producer - Terry Gilkyson, Composer - Terry Gilkyson, Lyricist

Originally Released 1955 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

19
Elijah Rock Live
Mahalia Jackson
00:04:52

Mildred Falls, Piano - Irving Townsend, Producer - Mahalia Jackson, Vocal - Mahalia Jackson, Performer - J. Hairston, Composer - J. Hairston, Lyricist - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer

Originally Released 1962 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Album Description

Mahalia Jackson rewrote the rules for singing gospel in the late '40s by bringing blues phrasing and other secular elements into sacred song, and with her powerful alto, she sang with an immediacy and conviction that are still startling when they break out of the speakers some 30 years after her death. This two-disc set collects tracks from Jackson's long stay at Columbia Records, as well as a few tracks from her previous label, Apollo Records, where she recorded from 1947 until signing with Columbia in 1954. What makes this set feel like more than a greatest-hits collection is the inspired sequencing, which doesn't move chronologically but instead is paced like a concert, helped by the placement of key live tracks, including several from her historic appearance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. Highlights are almost too many to mention, but her elegant version of "Come Sunday" with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra is majestic in scope, and her interpretations of a pair of Thomas A. Dorsey compositions, "It Didn't Cost Very Much" and "I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song" are definitive. The funky "Let the Church Roll On," featuring some wonderful stop-start stuttering piano work from Mildred Falls, rocks the house, as does the rousing, jazzy version of "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" that is included here. A beautiful and heartbreaking reading of "I've Been Buked" from Columbia's tape archives is another obvious high point. No one could worry over a note like Mahalia Jackson. The Essential Mahalia Jackson makes a marvelous introduction to the Colombia Records era of this powerful and soulful singer, and coupled with the earlier three-disc Apollo Sessions, paints a complete picture of an American treasure.
© Steve Leggett /TiVo

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