Marie's Return

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Tuesday 18th December 2007

Gospel matriarch Marie Knight records new album

ONE OF THE giants of gospel music, 78 year old Marie Knight, who in the '40s and '50s worked as a gospel duo with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, has made a surprise comeback with a new album, 'Let Us Get Together'. The album is a celebration of the songs of the Rev Gary Davis and is released on MC/Dixiefrog. Wrote Mojo magazine, "Knight had never heard of the guitar-playing street singer and so brings an independent mind to well loved pieces like 'Samson And Delilah', 'I Am The Light Of This World' and '12 Gates To The City'. But since the guitar accompaniments by Larry Campbell preserve the spirit of the originator, the result is a collection beautifully poised between a tribute and a reappraisal, rising to a magnificently sombre climax in Death Don't Have No Mercy, with Kim Wilson wailing an antiphony on harmonica."


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