Various Artists – Shanachie Records, The Great Gospel Women

Mike McGonigal

By Mike McGonigal

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The Great Gospel Women

Various Artists
A glorious guide to Gospel’s greatest women

The one book you'll need to read if and when you get bitten by the gospel bug is The Golden Age of Gospel by Anthony Heilbut, who assembled this collection, and its male-themed counterpart. This compilation gives much attention to Mahalia Jackson and Marion Williams, naturally, but it's primarily essential as a means of discovering many lesser-known, amazingly strong singers, like the golden pipes of Jessie Mae Renfro, Bessie Folk, Marie Knight and the great Cora Martin.