Voices of the Civil Rights Movement Black American Freedom Songs 1960-1966

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    • Voices of the Civil Rights Movement – Freedom now chant
    • 1. Freedom Singers – Freedom Medley: Freedom Chant; Oh Freedom: This Little Light of Mine
    • 2. Betty Mae Fikes – This little light of mine
    • 3. Betty Mae Fikes – If you miss me from the back of the bus
    • 4. Lord, hold my hand while I run this race
    • 5. Willie Peacock – Get on board, children
    • 6. Willie Peacock – Calypso freedom
    • 7. Freedom now chant
    • 8. Hollis Watkins – Oh freedom
    • 9. Amanda B. Perdew and Virginia Davis – Ain' Scared of Nobody
    • 10. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
    • 11. Rev. Laurence Campbell – Sermon
    • 12. We are soldiers in the army
    • 13. Fannie Lou Hamer – Go tell it on the mountain
    • 14. Fannie Lou Hamer – Wade in the water
    • 15. Willie Peacock – Come bah yah
    • 16. Fannie Lou Hamer – Walk with me, Lord
    • 17. Sam Block – Jesus on the mainline, tell him what you saw
    • 18. Sam Block – Freedom train
    • 19. Mabel Hillary – Don't you think it's about time that we all be free
    • 20. Carlton Reese – We're marching onto freedom land
    • 21. We shall overcome
    • 22. SNCC Freedom Singers led by Emory Harris – We'll never turn back
    • 23. SNCC Freedom Singers led by Rutha Harris – We shall not be moved
    • 24. CORE Freedom Singers – Certainly, Lord
    • 25. CORE Freedom Singers – Get your rights, Jack
    • 26. SNCC Freedom Singers led by Cordell Reagon – Which side are you on?
    • 27. SNCC Freedom Singers led by Bernice Johnson – Woke up this morning with my mind on freedom
    • 28. Bernice Johnson – Been in this storm so long
    • 29. SNCC Freedom Singers led by Cordell Reagon – Dog, Dog
    • 30. Integration Grooves – The A & P Song
    • 31. SNCC Freedom Singers led by Bertha Gober – Oh Pritchett, Oh Kelly
    • 32. Bertha Gober – I told Jesus
    • 33. Alabama Christian Movement Choir led by Carlton Reese – 99 1/2 won't do
    • 34. Alabama Christian Movement Choir led by Mamie Brown – I'm on my way
    • 35. Cleo Kenedy – City called heaven
    • 36. SNCC Freedom Singers led by Marshall Jones – In the Mississippi River
    • 37. SNCC Freedom Singers led by Cordell Reagon – Ain' gonna let nobody turn me 'round
    • 38. Jimmy Collier and the Movement Singers led by Diane Smith – Will the circle be unbroken
    • 39. SNCC Freedom Singers led by Charles Neblett – Governor Wallace
    • 40. SNCC Freedom Singers led by Matthew Jones – Ballad of Medgar Evans
    • 41. Cordell Reagon – Uncle Tom's Prayer
    • 42. Freedom Singers led by Matthew Jones – Oginga Odinga
    • 43. SNCC Freedom Singers – We shall overcome

    This super double-CD reissue documents a central aspect of the cultural environment of the Civil Rights Movement, acknowledging songs as the language that focused people's energy. These 43 tracks are a series of musical images, of a people in coversation about their determination to be free. Many of the songs were recorded live in mass meetings held in churches, where people from different life experiences, predominantly black, with a few white supporters, came together in a common struggle. These freedom songs draw from spirituals, gospel, rhythm and blues, football chants, blues and calypso forms. The enclosed booklet written by Bernice Johnson Reagon provides rare historic photographs along with the powerful story of African American musical culture and its role in the Civil Rights Movement. "The music of the spirit with the history of the flesh." — New York Daily News

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