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Rev F W McGee Vol 2 1929 - 1930

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Rev. F W McGee


Rev. F W McGee
01 - From the jailhouse to the throne
02 - Paul`s heavenly vision
03 - Shine-drinking
04 - Women`s clothes (you can`t hide)
05 - The book of life
06 - Jesus in the fire
07 - I looked down the line and I wondered
08 - Jesus the Lord is a saviour
09 - Testifyin` meetin`
10 - Dead cat on the line
11 - I`ve seen the devil
12 - Holes in your pockets
13 - I got to leave here
14 - Everybody don`t know who Jesus is
15 - My wife`s a holy roller
16 - Nothing to do in hell
17 - A dog shall not move his tongue
18 - Fifty miles of elbow room (take 1)
19 - Fifty miles of elbow room (take 2)
20 - The sure route excursion to hell - part 1
21 - The sure route excursion to hell - part 2

With the second volume in the series, Rev. F.W. McGee’s gospel style turns almost exclusively to straightahead preaching, with only minimal musical backing. It’s not that much of a stretch to suggest that this kind of gospel is a kind of early precursor to rap — the rhythms and patterns of McGee’s preaching are highly musical, and his wordplay on sides like Women’s Clothes (You Can’t Hide) and Testifyin’ Meeting is lyrical and imaginative. While these sermonizing records are by no means the place for new listeners to begin, for historians they offer fascinating insight into another of the many facets of the pre-war gospel sound. – Jason Ankeny

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