JAMES ROBERTS & MARTHA CARSON 'I'm Gonna Let It Shine'

JAMES ROBERTS & MARTHA CARSON 'I'm Gonna Let It Shine'

  • $15.00


Known as James & Martha Carson, this husband & wife team was a very popular fixture at radio WSB in Atlanta in the late 1940s, and this British Archive re-issue, despite some problems, is a welcome addition. James Roberts was the son of Kentuckian Fiddlin’ Doc Roberts, one of the premier old-time fiddlers to be recorded in the 1920s; in addition to recording with his father, James cut many old-time duets with Asa Martin as Martin & Roberts. Martha Carson—also from the hills of eastern Kentucky—of course went on to be a very popular gospel singer in the 1950s. But I think many would agree that the best music that either recorded was as a gospel duet with mandolin & guitar, on a few great recordings that they made for the White Church and Capitol labels right around 1950. The 8 songs that they cut for White Church are all gems, a clear, lovely duet with nice mandolin by Roberts and Martha’s solid & bold guitar runs—these tracks alone make this CD worth having. In addition, there are a few similar cuts from Capitol that are every bit as good, such as the wonderful LIVING IN THE PROMISED LAND. Some misguided soul at Capitol Records chose to foul up most of the other songs for that label by overdubbing (poorly) an echoed-up chorus, and we cannot figure out why BACM has chosen to include several later songs by Martha—these are so different that they perhaps should have been saved for another album. So, an album that would have rated a top recommendation from us had it been limited to the best 12 or 14 tracks, falls a bit short by being somewhat of a hodge-podge (it’s a good example of “less is sometimes more”). But we still recommend this for the classic cuts that it does contain. MAN OF GALILEE, I AIN’T GOT TIME, HE WILL SET YOUR FIELDS ON FIRE, I’LL FLY AWAY, etc.

Track Listing:

  • I'M GONNA SING SING SING
  • SHINNING CITY
  • I BOWED DOWN
  • HE'LL PART THE WATER
  • I WANNA REST
  • OLD BLIND BARNABUSS
  • GOTTA A LITTLE LIGHT
  • SALVATION HAS BEEN BROUGHT DOWN
  • HE WILL SET YOUR FIELDS ON FIRE
  • WHEN HE HEARD MY PLEA
  • BUDDED ON EARTH TO BLOOM IN HEAVEN
  • I'M GONNA LET IT SHINE
  • SWEETEST GIFT A MOTHER'S SMILE
  • MAN OF GALILEE
  • I AIN'T GOT TIME
  • THERE'S AN OPEN DOOR WAITING FOR ME
  • WE WILL RISE AND SHINE
  • I'LL FLY AWAY
  • DON'T SELL HIM ANYMORE DRINK
  • WHEN GOD DIPS HIS LOVE IN MY HEART
  • LIVING IN THE PROMISED LAND
  • HEAVEN'S JUBILEE
  • CITY ON THE HILL
  • CROSSING OVER JORDAN