If you're here for old, old gospel 78s, then you came to the right place. Straight from my collection, and ripped and restored by me, and sorry about the bad copy of the Bethel Jubilee Quartet, but they were just too good not to include, and someone help me, I can't seem to end this sentence, hellllp.
Ah. There we are. Okay. Now I'm. Typing in. Sentence fragments.
Anyway, nine shellac selections, with sound quality that varies from quite good (Peerless Quartet, 1926) to yikes! (Old Sacred Southern Singers, 1929). I did what I could. All of the restoration is my doing, hence my fault.
I scanned the Bethel Jubilee Quartet label so I could show you how battered it is, but of course I was moved to retouch it, so what can I say. The flip-side label looks like someone used a pocket knife on it. Yet it's the better-sounding side. I guess that's because, luckily enough, 78 rpm sound is contained in the area around the label, not in it. (No, I'm not on doubled sinus meds....)
I should note that Emma L. Ashford's anthem, Lift Up Your Heads, is still popular. Check Youtube for contemporary performances (I spotted at least three). Does anyone know the year of composition for Heads (which I keep mistyping as Gates)? I'm guessing late 1800s.
Great material, acceptable antique sound quality. What are you waiting for?
To the gospel: Sunday morning shellac
Where the Gates Swing Outward Never--Old Sacred Southern Singers (Brunswick 357; 1929)
Will My Mother Know Me There?--Same
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say--Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler (Victor 16490; 1910)
Ain't It a Shame to Work on Sunday--Bethel Jubilee Quartet (Victor 19289; 1923)
Tell Mother I'll Be There--Peerless Quartet (Victor 19877; 1924)
In the Sweet Bye-and-Bye--Peerless Quartet (Victor 20669; 1926)
The Home Over There--Same
Lift Up Your Heads (E.L. Ashford)--Columbia Mixed Quartette (Columbia A-1713; 1915)