Various Artists – Gospel: The Essential Album

Excellent introduction to gospel music

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Among the recent stream of gospel compilations, this one stands out for the quality of its selections and also for stressing that this music is far from limited to museum pieces. Gospel: The Essential Album serves up the expected contributions from classic acts like The Swan Silvertones, The Mighty Clouds Of Joy, The Original Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, The Dixie Hummingbirds and Mahalia Jackson, but also offers plenty of great music made in the last 30 years, including tracks by Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Norman Hutchins and Mary Mary. Highly recommended.

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