Monday 3 August 2020

Vinyl Joblottin' Ep.2 - African-American Spirituals in Europe

Welcome to Vinyl Joblottin'

Each week on Vinyl Joblottin’ we buy a bundle of vinyl at auction (or find one in a record shop, charity shop, car boot sale, etc). The records are a slice of a collection, giving us a glimpse into a collector’s past. Then we spin each joblot into a theme for you.
After I won a joblot of African-American Spirituals vinyl I looked on Discogs (the online music database) for similar records. I was surprised to find that the highest number of releases were from France (30%) while only 8% were from the USA. The French public have a long standing affinity with the music. As early as the 1870s Fisk University sent its first troupe of ‘Jubilee Singers’ to France to raise money for the instituition. For 7 years these singers gave concerts throughout Europe. 
This episode features records from a joblot of 6 records that cost £11.09. Alban Low is your joblotter for this 20 minute episode.
1 - Mumbling Word - Josh White
2 - World Prayer - Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi
3 - Deep River - Paul Robeson
4 - Will He Welcome Me There - The Sensational Nightingales
5 - Steel Away - Al "Fats" Edwards
6 - Carribean Cutie - Fatty George
This radio programme is part of the A World In London Radio Series, more information at

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