Terrific gospel sides by the terrific Smith's Sacred Singers, a quartet from
Pictures' lyrics are in the same socially progressive vein as those of Only a Tramp (a.k.a. Tramp on the Street) and Father's a Drunkard and Mother Is Dead, two other late nineteenth-century pop numbers that became gospel standards.
He Will Set Your Fields on Fire (w: L.L. Brackett; m: C.M. Ballew) is associated with Bill Monroe and Carl Story, but, obviously, the song predates their recordings. I know nothing about its year of origin, save that it was no later than 1927 (the date of this 78)! Fabulous song.
Meet Me There (w: Fanny J. Crosby; m: William Kirkpatrick, 1885). Camp-meeting-style
Where We'll Never Grow Old (a.k.a. Never Grow Old) (w/m: Jas. C. Moore). For background, here's a typically outstanding entry from the Internet's best website, Cyber Hymnal: Never Grow Old. I had no idea the song was a lift!
When Jesus Comes (w/m: James W. Gaines, 1923)
Shouting on the Hills (a.k.a There'll Be Shouting) (w/m: E.M. Bartlett, 1925)
I Will Sing of My Redeemer (w: Philip P. Bliss, 1876; m: James McGranahan, 1877)
I Want to Go to Heaven (w/m:?). I can find nothing on this!
We Shall Rise (a.k.a. Hallelujah, We Shall Rise) (w/m: John E. Thomas, 1904)
Working for the Crown (w: Mrs. H.A. Mabry; m: H.A.R. Horton, 1899)
Lord I'm Coming Home (w/m: William J. Kirkpatrick, 1892)
The Church in the Wildwood (a.k.a. Little Brown Church in the Vale) (w/m: William S. Pitts, 1857). One of the most famous sacred choruses ever.
All 78s are from my collection, and ripped and restored with MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab MX. The sound quality ranges from so-so to very good. Some of these needed a lot of work. To the songs:
Click here to hear: Smith's Sacred Singers, 1926-1930
He Will Set Your Fields on Fire--Columbia 15144-D (1927)
Meet Me There--Columbia 15401 (1929)
Pictures from Life's Other Side--Columbia 15090-D (1926)
Where We'll Never Grow Old--Same
When Jesus Comes--Columbia 15371-D (1928)
Shouting on the Hills--Columbia 15110-D (1926)
I Will Sing of My Redeemer--Columbia 15144-D (1927)
I Want to Go to Heaven--Columbia 15230-D (1927)
We Shall Rise--Same
Working for the Crown--Columbia 15401-D (1929)
Lord I'm Coming Home--Columbia 15371-D (1928)
The Church in the Wildwood--Columbia 15551-D (1930)