Porter Wagoner and The Blackwood Brothers Quartet - The Grand Old Gospel (1966/2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

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Porter Wagoner and The Blackwood Brothers Quartet - The Grand Old Gospel (1966/2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Porter Wagoner & The Blackwood Brothers Quartet - The Grand Old Gospel (1966/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 32:38 minutes | 636 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Recalling an era of all-night singalongs and Sunday dinners on the ground – that old time religion, as the song says – "The Grand Old Gospel" is rare example of mainstream Nashville releases making plain the connection between the country gospel of acts such as Porter Wagoner and the Southern gospel of great quartets such as The Blackwoods.

Though this longstanding fellowship has rarely been played up in any explicit sense, let alone exploited commercially, the two styles have always shared an audience. In fact, countless country stars through the decades have first learned to sing in the Southern gospel style prominent at camp meetings and other revivals, or in the traveling shape-note singing schools that proliferated in the first half of this century.

Wagoner was no exception to this rule, raising his youthful voice with a Baptist church congregation on old numbers such as 'When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder'. And make no mistake: Though the two acts get equal billing here, these albums are Porter Wagoner projects through and through. Wagoner and the Blackwoods are accompanied by an A-team band that doesn't do anything much differently than it would have on any other Wagoner release – though that does sound like the quartet's longtime accompanist, Wally Varner, chording along at times, even kicking off a few numbers.

In fact, the Blackwood Brothers – who, along with the Statesmen, were the finest groups Southern gospel produced – barely provide much more than backing vocals on most tracks. Missed opportunities aside, though, 1966's Grand Old Gospel and 1967's More Grand Old Gospel are consistently engaging efforts, of a piece both with one another and with Wagoner's solo gospel work.

Tracklist:

01 - When I Reach That City
02 - Hide Me, Rock of Ages
03 - The Family Who Prays (Never Shall Part)
04 - My Last Two Tens
05 - If We Never Meet Again
06 - Good Mornin' Neighbor
07 - Trouble in the Amen Corner
08 - There's a Higher Power
09 - I See a Bridge
10 - I'm Using My Bible for a Road Map
11 - A House of Gold
12 - Wait a Little Longer, Please Jesus

Produced by Chet Atkins.
Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, TN.

Analyzed: Porter Wagoner and The Blackwood Brothers Quartet / The Grand Old Gospel
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -0.03 dB -12.38 dB 1:44 01-When I Reach That City
DR12 -0.16 dB -14.92 dB 3:18 02-Hide Me, Rock of Ages
DR12 -0.03 dB -15.04 dB 2:40 03-The Family Who Prays (Never Shall Part)
DR14 -1.01 dB -18.11 dB 2:53 04-My Last Two Tens
DR12 -0.82 dB -15.53 dB 2:53 05-If We Never Meet Again
DR12 -0.04 dB -14.18 dB 2:34 06-Good Mornin' Neighbor
DR15 0.00 dB -16.68 dB 3:45 07-Trouble in the Amen Corner
DR11 -0.03 dB -14.01 dB 2:05 08-There's a Higher Power
DR14 0.00 dB -16.46 dB 3:03 09-I See a Bridge
DR11 0.00 dB -14.46 dB 2:18 10-I'm Using My Bible for a Road Map
DR12 0.00 dB -14.49 dB 2:38 11-A House of Gold
DR13 0.00 dB -14.62 dB 2:46 12-Wait a Little Longer, Please Jesus
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2689 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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