Mahalia Jackson – Bless This House (1956/2015) [Qobuz 24-96]

Mahalia Jackson – Bless This House (1956/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 44:27 minutes | 493 MB | Genre: Jazz, Gospel
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

Bless This House was released in 1956 and features Mahalia Jackson and the Falls-Jones Ensemble. This LP is a favorite of the gospel purists who feel alienated by Jackson’s collaborations with pop artists like Percy Faith and Harpo Marx. The songs on Bless This House feature great supporting performances by pianist Mildred Falls and organist Ralph Jones. Highlights include a jazzy, swinging “Let the Church Roll On,” a dark, bluesy “Trouble With the Word,” and energetic versions of “Down By the Riverside” and “It Don’t Cost Very Much.” Bless This House includes some of Jackson’s most serious offerings and reflects the influence of blues singers Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey on her vocal style. A great introduction to Jackson’s joyous, religious music and a good beginning for new listeners. ~~ AllMusic Review by JT Griffith

Tracklist:
1. Let the Church Roll On 01:39
2. God Knows the Reason Why 03:53
3. Standing Here Wondering Which Way to Go 03:24
4. By His Word 01:48
5. Trouble of the World 04:44
6. Bless This House 04:15
7. It Don’t Cost Very Much 02:13
8. Summertime / Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child 06:40
9. Just a Little While to Say Here 03:50
10. Take My Hand / Precious Lord 04:14
11. Down by the Riverside 03:30
12. The Lord’s Prayer 03:43

Personnel:
Mahalia Jackson, vocal
Falls-Jones Ensemble

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