The Consolers - Give Me My Flowers/Heart Warming Spirituals

Wednesday 1st December 1993
The Consolers - Give Me My Flowers/Heart Warming Spirituals
The Consolers - Give Me My Flowers/Heart Warming Spirituals

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

Reviewed by Tony May

Sullivan and Iola Pugh, aka the Consolers, are 'country', not in a country music sense but meaning that while other 50s and 60s gospel practitioners were comparitively sophisticated this duo were raw, unadorned and as Deep South rural as grits and cornbread. Ace have generously nailed together two LPs worth, 24 tracks of fierce, bluesy, raw gospel. Initial impression is of a strong essence of vintage Staples Singers sound, with Sullivan's reverb-heavy, earthy guitar echoing the Pops Staple's technique. The couple share lead singing, lolo roars and hollers in fine style, while Sullivan's vocals are typical of the classic "singing preacher" approach beloved of black congregations. The repertoire includes traditional hymns, original Pugh compositions, and the sort of music typical of black country churches. Much of the music's more blues than the usual gospel sound, and all very wonderful, impassioned music.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Give Me My Flowers [Listen]
2. How Long Has It Been [Listen]
3. I Shall Not Want [Listen]
4. Long Long Journey [Listen]
5. Some Sweet Day Afterwhile [Listen]
6. God Will Take Care [Listen]
7. Every Christian Mother [Listen]
8. I Know What It Means [Listen]
9. After The Clouds Roll Away [Listen]
10. Help Me To Understand [Listen]
11. Glad To Be In The Number [Listen]
12. My Soul's Salvation [Listen]
13. Waiting For My Child [Listen]
14. I'm Not Uneasy [Listen]
15. On God's Word [Listen]
16. The Grace Of God [Listen]
17. Won't It Be Grand [Listen]
18. I Must Tell Jesus [Listen]
19. Peace Will Prevail [Listen]
20. Wipe All Tears Away [Listen]
21. What A Friend We Have In Jesus [Listen]
22. One Of These Mornings [Listen]
23. Another Child Of God [Listen]
24. Remember Me [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Leta Terrell in Louisiana @ 15:21 on Jul 18 2006

I have loved this couple since the 1960's, when we bought an album titled "Joy In The Morning "! The song "Around God's Throne " is the most beautiful song I have ever heard. I will buy every album they make . What a gift they are to Gospel Music ! Praise the Lord ! Thanks , Leta

Reply by Johnnie Wilson in Houston, Texas @ 15:02 on Nov 26 2010

Thank you Leta.

I agree. It was a pleasure to see Mr. Pugh on the
Gospel Legends" recordings. I know albums (as we know them) are no longer produced. I would surely love to have a copy of their recordings, especially "Around God's Thorne".

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