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Hovie Lister and the Statesmen [CASSETTE]

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  • Audio Cassette (25 Feb. 1997)
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B000000V3Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

1. This Ole House
2. Move That Mountain
3. I've Been With Jesus
4. Everybody Will Be Happy over There
5. I'm Climbin' Higher and Higher
6. You First Day in Heaven
7. How Long Has It Been
8. Led Out of Bondage
9. Hide Me, Rock of Ages
10. My Heart Is a Chapel
11. Faith Unlocks the Door
12. Let the Lower Lights Be Burning
13. Up Above My Head
14. Light of Love
15. Something Within
16. To Me It's So Wonderful
17. Sweeter as the Days Go By
18. Without Him
19. When He Calls, I'll Fly Away
20. My Home
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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By Keith mowser on 25 Jan. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great group and great music keith
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A "Must Have" for southern gospel music fans. 9 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I grew up with Hovie Lister & the Statesman, because my uncle, Jim "Big Chief" Wetherington sang bass with the group from 1949 until his passing in 1973. The Statesman's music, to me, transcend religion. The art form they presented (and still present)with their music, while expressing the joy of religion and God, is, quite frankly, just darn-good!
This collection is the essential Statesman, and their music has withstood the test of time. I have listened to many different types of music over the years, and frankly, most music gets stale after repeated playing. Not the Statesman's music though..I have never tired of listening to it. This particular CD recording is remarkable as the quality is better than the original "analog" recording releases. In agree with other reviews that wish all of the Statesman music could be re-released.
If you like four-part-harmony music, and southern gospel music at it's finest, you must purchased this CD!!
If you like the Statesman, or remember the group, please email me, I would love to hear from you!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Sensational Statesmen Quartet 20 Dec. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Words cannot uttter the joy these men always brought to the stage, and now on this re-mastered compliation of favorites. "Get Away Jordan" never sounded to good! For those that love southern gospel male quartet singing, come listen to the "gents" that paved the way! The Statesmen on this recording are equal to the Cathedral Quartet of today. I'm sure Big Chief, Doy, Rosie, Denver, Jake and Hovie would have never guessed 40 years later there would still be a strong following of this group--folks still hungry to hear the Sensational Statesmen Quartet, yet now, remastered on CD and top quality cassette. Long live Hovie Lister & The Statesmen Quartet!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding!! 12 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a "must have" for the gospel music fan. The Statesmen have to be given credit for taking this style of music to the highest level of quality. One listening session to this CD by a southern gospel quartet fan will result in the realization that Hovie and the boys were far ahead of their time. Their arrangements were superb (earlier arrangements by Mosie Lister, later by Doy Ott and Hovie Lister). The cutting edge style led to many changes in the industry of southern gospel quartet music.
As a musician and southern gospel quartet fan, I don't find this level of quality in many of the current groups. The only group who can come anywhere close to this level is The Cathedral Quartet.
Of the original group, only Hovie Lister and Jake Hess remain - both in declining health. Denver Crumpler (tenor - early 50's); Rosie Rozell (tenor - late 50-s through 60's, late 70's); James "Big Chief" Wetherington (bass); and Doy Willis Ott (baritone) are deceased. These fellows were members in the "heyday" of the Statesmen. Honorable mention should go to both Jack Toney and Jim Hill, who also made their mark as "lead singers" following Jake Hess' departure to form "The Imperials". This is an extraordinary tribute to all of "The Statesmen", living or dead.
I personally would vote for a re-release of all Statesmen albums. (or at least the "live concerts")
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Phenominal 6 Jan. 2000
By PESmith - Published on
Format: Audio CD
What a memory recall! I grew up with this music and since receiving the CD, have listened to it in the car, at work and at home. If you like old-time Southern Gospel music, then this will fill your need.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a wonderful CD! 25 May 1999
By N. Callaghan - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What a wonderful CD! As a teenager in the 50s I loved going to the "Singings" in Memphis, and the Statesmen and Blackwoods were my favorites. When I got a little older and moved away I gave away all of my recordings (along with my Elvis albums--why do we do these things?) and had not heard the music since then until I stumbled onto it on I had no idea it was even available. I had forgotten how good the Statesmen were--the wonderful, close harmonies, the distinctive quality of their voices, the exceptional piano work. The quality of this CD is outstanding, you would think these songs were recorded yesterday, not 40 years ago. More, please!
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