The Mills Brothers Wonderful Words of Life CD
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  • Piqua, Ohio’s The Mills Brothers Remain One of America’s Most Revered and Iconic Vocal Groups

  • The Mills Brothers Recorded over 2000 Songs in a Career That Spanned Seven Decades

  • However, They Recorded Very Few Gospel Tunes

  • Wonderful Words of Life—The Inspirational Recordings Is the First-Ever Full-Length Collection of Their Highly Influential Gospel Sides

  • Among the Tracks Are Peak-Period Performances Taken from the Decca Label’s Early ‘50s Faith Series

  • The Mills Brothers’ Smooth Approach to the Material Marked These Recordings as Some of the First Pop-Gospel Sessions

  • Liner Notes by Davin Seay

  • Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision 

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    The Mills Brothers: Wonderful Words of Life—The Inspirational Recordings. CD

    One of America’s most iconic and beloved vocal groups, Piqua, Ohio’s The Mills Brothers recorded over 2000 songs during a seven-decade career, virtually every tune in the Great American Songbook, but only a tiny sliver of their voluminous discography was devoted to gospel music. Now, Real Gone Music has put together the first-ever compilation of The Mills Brothers’ inspirational sides, recordings that were, in their own way, influential on the entire genre. For The Mills Brothers brought the same creamy harmonies and savvy blend of jazz, blues, and pop to this material that they brought to their secular repertoire, eschewing the impassioned call-and-response style of the black church to create some of the first pop-gospel recordings. Half of this collection hails from a boxed set of four 45 rpm 7” singles that Decca issued in the early ‘50s as part of its Faith Series, so these are peak period performances as well. With liner notes by Davin Seay and remastering by Mike Milchner at SonicVision, Wonderful Words of Life—The Inspirational Recordings is a long-overdue look at a little-known side of one of the first African-American vocal groups to cross over into widespread popular success.

      1. Brighten the Corner Where You Are

      2. The Old Rugged Cross

      3. Holy, Holy, Holy

      4. Sweet Hour of Prayer

      5. In the Sweet Bye and Bye

      6. Bringing in the Sheaves

      7. In the Garden

      8. Just a Closer Walk with Thee

      9. Rock of Ages

      10. Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?

      11. Wonderful Words of Life

      12. I Need Thee Every Hour

      13. Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

      14. When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder

      15. Now the Day Is Over

      16. Will There Be Any Stars?

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