Bless This House Mahalia Jackson

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Label: Columbia / Legacy

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

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  • 1Let the Church Roll On01:39
  • 2God Knows the Reason Why03:53
  • 3Standing Here Wondering Which Way to Go03:24
  • 4By His Word01:48
  • 5Trouble of the World04:44
  • 6Bless This House04:15
  • 7It Don't Cost Very Much02:13
  • 8Summertime / Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child06:40
  • 9Just a Little While to Say Here03:50
  • 10Take My Hand Precious Lord04:14
  • 11Down by the Riverside03:30
  • 12The Lord's Prayer03:43
  • Total Runtime43:53

Info for Bless This House

„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.“ (JT Griffith, AMG)

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Mahalia Jackson
Born in New Orleans in 1911, Mahalia Jackson grew up in a shotgun home shared by 13 people. Raised by her Aunt Duke after her mother died in 1917, economic circumstances forced Jackson to quit school and work at home when she was in fourth grade. Her earliest influences were the sights and sounds of Uptown New Orleans: banana steamships on the Mississippi River, acorns roasting in Audubon Park, hot jazz bands, the beat-driven music of the Sanctified Church, and Bessie Smith's bluesy voice wafting from her cousin Fred's record player. But Jackson found her greatest inspiration at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, where she sang on Wednesday, Friday, and four times on Sunday. Even at age 12, her powerful voice could be heard all the way to the end of the block. "You going to be famous in this world and walk with kings and queens," said her Aunt Bell, predicting an illustrious future for a voice that would change the face of American music, empower the Civil Rights movement, and bring Mahalia Jackson worldwide renown. Visit:

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