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SELECTIONS 1976-1988

Selections 1976 1988


This is a 34-track double-CD compilation drawn from Sweet Honey in the Rock's first eight albums, covering their 13-year, seven-album tenure at Flying Fish Records, plus one album recorded for Redwood Records. The song choices and non-chronological sequencing highlight the group's consistently impressive vocal interaction during a time when nine different singers made up a quartet or quintet (not counting sign language interpreter Shirley Childress Johnson, who joined in 1980), the only constant member being founder Bernice Johnson Reagon. Employing influences including folk, R&B, and even reggae, musically Sweet Honey remains primarily a gospel group; in fact, in their impassioned multiple leads, they often sound like a pocket gospel choir. Though founded in the 1970s, Sweet Honey has its roots in the 1960s, specifically Reagon's earlier group, the Freedom Singers, and though they touch on feminist concerns and such topical issues of the '80s as apartheid, the political material grows out of the civil rights movement and the labor movement that preceded it, their imagery drawn equally from Biblical and left-wing terminology. Much of their material is original and much is written by Reagon, but they also include traditional folk songs such as "Wade in the Water" and traditional African songs, and there are lyrics adapted from such sources as the Bible and Kahlil Gibran. The album includes two previously unreleased tracks. While inevitably fans may quibble with some of the omissions from Selections, its two-plus hours provide a comprehensive view of Sweet Honey's early work. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
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    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Westerville
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  • Label: Flying Fish
  • UPC: 018964066727
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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. Ella's Song
  • 2. Wade In The Water
  • 3. Denko
  • 4. On Children
  • 5. Echo
  • 6. Joan Little
  • 7. Beautitudes
  • 8. Peace
  • 9. Sitting On Top Of The World
  • 10. More Than A Paycheck
  • 11. Crying For Freedom In South Africa
  • 12. They Are All Falling Around Me
  • 13. Mae Frances
  • 14. I'm Gon' Stand!!!
  • 15. Feel Something Drawing Me On
  • 16. In The Upper Room
  • 17. Seven Principles
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. Testimony
  • 2. Oughta Be A Woman
  • 3. Fannie Lou Hamer
  • 4. Meyango
  • 5. Run, Mourner, Run
  • 6. As Long As I Have Breath In My Body (Previously Unreleased)
  • 7. No Images
  • 8. Sometime
  • 9. Gift Of Love, The
  • 10. Biko
  • 11. My Way
  • 12. State Of Emergency
  • 13. Cape Fear River Chant (Previously Unreleased)
  • 14. Rivers Of Babylon
  • 15. Stranger Blues
  • 16. Oh Death
  • 17. Breaths
 
HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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