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Gospel Train

Sister Rosetta Tharpe


In African American folklore, trains portend deliverance. They figure the promise of safe passage from here to there, pointing the way from conditions of constraint, perhaps literal bondage...
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extras Exclusive listening notes by Gayle Wald
foil stamped Yes
mastering studio Sterling Sound
remastering details Remastered
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color Black
exclusive VMP Exclusive
jacket style Tip-On
jacket type Single
label Mercury
mastering engineering Ryan Smith
pressing location QRP
release type Reissue
By the Numbers

1 LP
format
1956
original release year
33 1/3 RPM
speed
12 INCH
vinyl size
180 gram
weight
Description

In African American folklore, trains portend deliverance. They figure the promise of safe passage from here to there, pointing the way from conditions of constraint, perhaps literal bondage, to freedom or at least release. From this vantage, Rosetta Tharpe’s Gospel Train is an aptly named album. It is a collection of old songs — old as in venerable but also old as familiar — that mark her “return” to the fold after several years of fraught experimentation for Decca Records, which had been trying to rebrand her for the R&B era. As an album of gospel songs and spirituals, Gospel Train thus represented as a re-righting of Tharpe’s professional path via the repertoire of African American spiritual song.

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