Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday Morning with Chanticleer

Chanticleer How Sweet The Sound COVER Chanticleer Reflections cover

To continue on the tradition of posting beautiful Gospel music on Sunday mornings, I once again turn to the San Fransisco-based chorale Chanticleer. I must say, they have and have had some of the most spectacular voices, including the oh-so-talented Matt Alber. The ensemble ofter perform a capela, or without the benefit of musical support, other than their own vocal instruments. The first song you hear will be Wade In The Water, a track off the album Reflections. The song was written in 1901 by John Wesley Work II and his brother, Frederick J. Work, and performed by the Fisk Jubilee Singers. It is an iconic spiritual, and they handle it beautifully.

The first track off the brilliant How Sweet The Sound is Jesus Hits Like An Atom Bomb off the album How Sweet The Sound. The song, a gospel jewel from the 1950s, is a soulful and if you aren't clapping along, I'll have to check your pulse. Enjoy.

And, finally, once again we return to the old favorites, like (Give Me That)Old Time Religion off the album Reflections. The song is over 140 years old, with the first notice of it being sung back in 1873. It was a standard in many Protestant Hymnals, but seemed to have gained favor in the American South. Some say the slaves in the South used it as a work song, helping to keep the song around. It has been performed by many Country singers, but never quite like this.

For more about Chanticleer, check out their official website. You can purchase How Sweet The Sound from Chanticleer, or buy the physical CD from Amazon. You can purchase Reflections from iTunes, or Amazon. If you enjoyed this music, take a moment to support Chanticleer and other men's chorus who continue to make great music available to us all. Buy their music, attend their shows, or give a small donation, just help keep the music coming.

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