A Long Time To Freedom

Ella Jenkins

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Format: LP

Cat No: FW07754LP

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Release Date:  26 July 2024

Label:  Smithsonian Folkways

Packaging Type:  Slip Sleeve (CD or Vinyl)

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  093070775411

Genres:  Childrens  Childrens  

  • Description

    At the start of the 1970s, Ella Jenkins released A Long Time to Freedom, an album made for all ages but geared toward adult listeners, now available on vinyl for the first time in over fifty years. In the album, she adapts long-established, historically significant Black gospel songs, spirituals, and blues songs collected from the churches, jukeboxes, and record stores of her youth. Songs including "I'm Gonna Tell God All My Troubles" and "How High's the Water" reflect her active role in the ongoing struggle for Black liberation in mid-century America. Joining Ella are her accompanists Brother John Sellers, who learned to sing in churches and collaborated with Northern blues legends, and Joseph Brewer, who enjoyed a career participating in world-famous symphonies and operas, representing the changing makeup of traditionally exclusionary musical spaces.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. The Wilderness
      • 2. I'm Gonna Tell God All My Troubles
      • 3. Heaven
      • 4. When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
      • 5. Tol' My Captain
      • 6. I'm Gonna Ride This Train
      • 7. Jimbo
      • 8. Another Man Done Gone

      Side 2

      • 1. Soft Pedal Blues
      • 2. Po' Man's Blues
      • 3. A Friendly Loan
      • 4. How High's the Water
      • 5. An Old Lady and Her Horse
      • 6. If You Ever Get Down
      • 7. Freedom's Coming Mighty Soon
      • 8. A Long Time