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Dorothy Love Coates & the Original Gospel Harmonettes Vol.1& 2
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2001
Her name may be Dorothy, but this is certainly nothing to do with 'somewhere over the rainbow' this is real down to earth gospel at it rarest and best. The name Dorothy means 'gift of God' and this voice certainly is, had she gone into secular music she could have outshone any female blues or soul singer, many of them probably learnt a great deal from her. These recordings begin with her 1951 hit 'I'm sealed' through some great gospel classics many written by Dorothy herself, along with others by Roberta Martin, Thomas A Dorsey and the great 'These are They' by Rev. Herbert Brewster. All sung, hollered and moaned as only the old time gospel singers can do it, ably backed by the Gospel Harmonettes. If you like Mahalia or Aretha or any of the many soul and r'n'b singers who have tried to copy them, then you'll love Dorothy Love Coates
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on 22 January 2015
I was utterly stunned, by this wonderful mesmerising Music, so good, and so profound. The quality of the harmonising between the singers was simply breathtaking, superb, and magical. Personally I do not take much notice of the words in Gospel, me being an Atheist, to me Gospel music is the most insightful link between 1950s R&B and 1960s/1970s Soul Music, and the singing and harmonising is simply stupendous, I also very much admire this Music because of the very important part in played in the lives of the people whilst living under Apartheid in the USA for centuries, and was an important component of the Civil Rights Struggle.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2009
Apparantly Dorothy Love Coates resisted all attempts to turn her secular same as Mahalia Jackson-that's why she's so much better than Aretha Franklin.That great ragged voice is a Guvenor voice.
Listen to these songs and you see where rock'n'roll came from-its not a long way off Ray Charles' mid 50s recordings like That's enough-which was taken from her original.
So in fact was the Supremes' You can't hurry love-for me something of a nothing song whether No 1 or not but it was a secularised version of her You can't hurry God.
Another song -99 and a half won't do-simply provided a title for a Wilson Pickett hit.
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