The Essential Mahalia Jackson

Label
Columbia
Release date
2004
Running length
51 tracks
Running time
192:11

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Mahalia Jackson - How I Got Over (Live) 6:41 404
1 Mahalia Jackson - Walking In Jerusalem (Up In Jerusalem) 3:06 96
2 Mahalia Jackson - Trouble of the World 4:43 4,313
3 Mahalia Jackson - He's Got the Whole World in His Hands (Live) 2:36 315
3 Mahalia Jackson - Said He Would 3:24 576
4 Mahalia Jackson - Walk To Jerusalem 2:39 384
4 Mahalia Jackson - Just Over the Hill, Pt. 2 2:45 63
5 Mahalia Jackson - Were You There? (Live) 5:39 133
5 Mahalia Jackson - In the Upper Room, Pt. 1-2 5:59 19
6 Mahalia Jackson - Amazing Grace 2:19 9,529
6 Mahalia Jackson - Walk On By Faith 3:52 1,329
7 Mahalia Jackson - His Eye Is On the Sparrow 3:45 7,906
8 Mahalia Jackson - Go Tell It On the Mountain 3:10 9,763
8 Mahalia Jackson - I Found the Answer 4:16 1,544
9 Mahalia Jackson - Take My Hand, Precious Lord 4:11 3,362
9 Mahalia Jackson - I Walked Into The Garden 2:57 200
10 Mahalia Jackson - I'm On My Way to Canaan 3:42 1,440
10 Mahalia Jackson - Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho 2:06 6,776
11 Mahalia Jackson - Move On Up A Little Higher 3:00 3,783
11 Mahalia Jackson - The Lord's Prayer (Live) 3:58 232
12 Mahalia Jackson - Consider Me 3:33 501
12 Mahalia Jackson - Walk Over God's Heaven 2:12 2,710
13 Mahalia Jackson - My God Is Real 3:37 923
13 Mahalia Jackson - What Then? 2:59 74
14 Mahalia Jackson - Just A Little While To Stay Here 3:46 934
14 Mahalia Jackson - Jesus Is With Me 3:06 1,973
15 Mahalia Jackson - If You Just Keep Still 3:07 99
15 Mahalia Jackson - There Is A Balm In Gilead (Live) 5:41 124
16 Mahalia Jackson - I Have a Friend 3:05 461
16 Mahalia Jackson - When the Saints Go Marching in (Live) 6:02 188
17 Mahalia Jackson - Let the Church Roll On 1:42 569
18 Mahalia Jackson - Just As I Am 2:20 830
18 Mahalia Jackson - You'll Never Walk Alone (Live) 4:37 143
19 Mahalia Jackson - (I'm Going To) Wait Until My Change Comes 3:03 113
20 Mahalia Jackson - Dig a Little Deeper 2:58 1,185
21 Mahalia Jackson - I'm Getting Nearer My Home 3:01 189
22 Mahalia Jackson - Silent Night 5:04 15,466
1 Mahalia Jackson - In the Upper Room 7:10 5,394
2 Mahalia Jackson - Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen 2:44 5,485
3 Mahalia Jackson - Calvary (Live) 3:36 169
4 Mahalia Jackson - Didn't It Rain (Live) 3:41 387
5 Mahalia Jackson - If I Can Help Somebody 3:44 1,345
6 Mahalia Jackson - I'm On My Way (Live) 3:21 224
8 Mahalia Jackson - It Don't Cost Very Much 3:18 1,736
9 Duke Ellington - Part IV (aka Come Sunday) 7:58 629
10 Mahalia Jackson - Down by the Riverside 3:31 4,468
12 Mahalia Jackson - Come On Children, Let's Sing 1:54 2,100
16 Mahalia Jackson - Great Gettin' Up Morning 3:39 914
17 Mahalia Jackson - I'm Goin' To Live The Life I Sing About In My Song (Live) 4:15 91
18 Mahalia Jackson - The Treasure Of Love 4:17 146
19 Mahalia Jackson - Elijah Rock (Live) 4:22 181

About this album

Mahalia Jackson rewrote the rules for singing gospel in the late ’40s by bringing blues phrasing and other secular elements into sacred song, and with her powerful alto, she sang with an immediacy and conviction that are still startling when they break out of the speakers some 30 years after her death. This two-disc set collects tracks from Jackson’s long stay at Columbia Records, as well as a few tracks from her previous label, Apollo Records, where she recorded from 1947 until signing with Columbia in 1954. What makes this set feel like more than a greatest-hits collection is the inspired sequencing, which doesn’t move chronologically but instead is paced like a concert, helped by the placement of key live tracks, including several from her historic appearance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. Highlights are almost too many to mention, but her elegant version of “Come Sunday” with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra is majestic in scope, and her interpretations of a pair of Thomas A. Dorsey compositions, “It Didn’t Cost Very Much” and “I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song” are definitive. The funky “Let the Church Roll On,” featuring some wonderful stop-start stuttering piano work from Mildred Falls, rocks the house, as does the rousing, jazzy version of “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” that is included here. A beautiful and heartbreaking reading of “I’ve Been Buked” from Columbia’s tape archives is another obvious high point.

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    wonderful and beautiful and strong in the Lord!

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    Traditional Gospel Southern Gospel Black Gospel Gospel Spirituals

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