Review - God's Got It: The Legendary Booker and Jackson Singles

Artist: Rev. Charlie Jackson

Although these recordings were made in the '70s, they could have been committed to tape at any time during the past 50 years. Rev. Jackson's raw, Mississippi-gospel style is as stripped-down and visceral as the most revered bluesmen. That he's solely accompanied by his own electric guitar and the occasional backing vocalist does little to modernize his approach. Released on the tiny Booker label and on his own label, none of these 18 tracks employ either the polished style of Sister Rosetta Tharpe or the buzzing ecstasy of the sacred-steel players. Rather, the Reverend sounds practically dejected on songs, such as "Lord You're So Good," almost as if he's bummed out that he's been saved. This is praise music from an entirely different perspective.

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