Please recommend your favorite gospel artists, records, and compilations. My particular likes are inside.
I love gospel music, in many different guises. I tend to like it a bit more gritty, so vocal quartet gospel from the Golden Age is not my favorite. On the other hand I love large choir gospel, I love pre-war country gospel, and I am particularly enamored of gospel funk right now.
Here is a (pretty partial) list of records I have:
My two big loves right now are
This May Be My Last Time Singing
& Fire In My Bones
, and they prompt this question. What I like about them is that they are gritty, funky, and unexpected.
I've loved Rance Allen
Various "mountain gospel" compilations.
American Primitive 1 & 2
The two gospel funk records on Numero: Good God!
I love the honky tonk gospel of Fern Jones
A bunch of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Mahalia Jackson records.
U2's early albums.
A couple of shape note compilations.
I do not tend to like anything "easy listening."
I've seen this question
What else might I enjoy listening to?