A recent 3 CD compilation issued by the New York-based Tompkins Square label reaches new heights in showing off the primitive beauty of post-war black gospel. Called Fire In My Bones, this collection consists of 80 recordings, made between 1944 – 2007. It examines more than six decades of what its compilers call “Raw, rare and otherworldly African American Gospel.” The description is apt. This music offers a deep look at how belief in supernatural entities and myths can fuel one’s creative fires. This music sometimes sounds dark and tortured and is occasionally so raw it is startling. Yet its subject matter is thematically identical to the most sophisticated Bach Chorales and Handel’s Messiah
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