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- Sister O.M. Terrell by Sister O.M. Terrell
8/10 Mike Staff review, 05 September 2014
I'm struggling to find much information about this tape by Sister O.M. Terrell. So far I've figured out that she lived in Greenville, South Carolina, and recorded these tracks in 1948 with her voice and a guitar. Sister Rosetta Tharpe is an obvious comparison point, not only because there are similarities in their sort of proto-rock'n'roll gospel, but also because I'm only young and she's the only similar artist from the era that I've heard! Soz.
This tape is really good, the guitar's got quite a metallic twang to it that's slightly saturated and distorted and she's a very skilled guitarist, twanging rhythmically away in a nonstop torrent of notes as she sings in an joyously impassioned, full-throated holler. This has none of the solemnity that you'd expect from spiritual music, it's jumpy, fast-paced and fun. The tape I'm reviewing weirdly has CD skipping noises on the second track which is a bit mystifying because I'm definitely listening to it on a tape player, but the songs themselves are a fascinating and spirited glimpse back at the pre-rock'n'roll gospel sounds of the 1940s.
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