Thursday, August 22, 2013
The coolest record ever made: A Sunday Morning Shellac preview!
This is the (Rex) Humbard Family from (I'm guesstimating) the early 1950s. The disc is a Sacred (litearlly, as in the label name) 78 which has endured its share of plays but which yielded decent results for me from both sides. I couldn't wait until Sunday to share these two--especially The Glorybound Train, a "descriptive novelty with sound effects"--so here they are. Sunday, I'll be posting ten more from Sacred and Sharon label shellac, including three more Humbards.
This may be the coolest gospel novelty side ever recorded, and I've heard tons of them. Cooler, even, than the Statesmen Quartet's Everyobdy's Gonna Have a Terrible Time Down There, if that's possible. I love this particular style of gospel, though I'm not sure how to categorize it. It's not quite southern gospel, not quite country, and it's not quite in a cowboy music vein.... More than anything, it sounds like the kind of family-group gospel that I loosely label as "northern gospel." How that gels with Humbard's birthplace of Arkansas, I know not, but I'm just telling it as my ears hear it. Televangelist Rex, you might know, officiated at Elvis' funeral. True.
Elvis, by contrast with Rex, sounded southern as can be when he did gospel.
Anyway, an awesomely enjoyable side backed with a cool ballad of a gospel type you (or, at least, I) don't hear every day. You'll be glad you downloaded these two:
The Glorybound Train
The Glorybound Train (Descriptive Novelty with Sound Effects)--The Humbard Family (Sacred 74)
You've Gotta Walk That Lonesome Road--Same.