Bless This House

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Mahalia Jackson
Bless This House

[ Hallmark / CD ]

Bless This House was released in 1956 and features Mahalia Jackson and the Falls-Jones Ensemble. This LP is a favorite of the gospel purists who feel alienated by Jackson's collaborations with pop artists like Percy Faith and Harpo Marx. The songs on Bless This House feature great supporting performances by pianist Mildred Falls and organist Ralph Jones. Highlights include a jazzy, swinging "Let the Church Roll On," a dark, bluesy "Trouble With the Word," and energetic versions of "Down By the Riverside" and "It Don't Cost Very Much." Bless This House includes some of Jackson's most serious offerings and reflects the influence of blues singers Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey on her vocal style. A great introduction to Jackson's joyous, religious music and a good beginning for new listeners. - AllMusic

Tracks:

Let The Church Roll On
God Knows The Reason Why
Standing Here Wondering Which Way To Go
By His Word
Trouble With The World
Bless This House
It Don't Cost Very Much
Summertime And Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
Just A Little While To Stay Here
Precious Lord
Down By The Riverside
The Lord's Prayer