On The Battlefield… Great Gospel Quartets
Delmark DE 760 (2002) – United Series
United’s most popular gospel artists included Robert Anderson (Working The Road – The Golden Age of Chicago Gospel Delmark 702), Staple Singers, and The Caravans but recorded many other lesser-known, talented groups. By 1952, a harder edged, more dramatic “shout” type of gospel singing had taken the place of the conservative jubilee tradition. The introduction of the knee-drop, ad-lib, preacherly interjections, swing-lead and exaggerated vocal ornamentation had taken hold of black quartet. On The Battlefield features United’s gospel quartets; Southern Tornadoes, Veteran Singers, Spiritualaires, and Joiner’s Five Trumpets. Contains 25 tracks including 17 previously unissued.