Shirley Caesar - I Remember Mama

Tuesday 1st May 1990
Shirley Caesar - I Remember Mama
Shirley Caesar - I Remember Mama

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11324-28281
LABEL: Word 7019108504
FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album

Reviewed by Dulcie Dixon

The First Lady of black gospel music hits top form with this live set.  From the catchy opener "I Cannot Stop Praising Him", the listener is caught and held. Predictably, on a live album, Shirley preaches, teaches and sings praises with no reservations and with the same declamatory power she demonstrated with the Caravans all those years ago. The album is dedicated in memory of her mother, Hallie Martin Caesar, who is passionately eulogised on the title track. Shirley takes out time to share fond memories of her mother, who was a tower of strength and gave so much love. The lyrics fit beautifully with the tune and later Shirley talks and yells of her first "real" experience of Jesus.  (Mama knew that she wasn't playing church no more...) It makes you laugh and it makes you cry, and as you sing along with the backing vocalists, it's as though you knew 'Mama' personally. Side B is not as addictive, but it does have a melodious finish with "What Would You Do?", a song asking if you'll be ready when the Saviour comes. The last line continues to ring in your spirit, even when it's ended. Overall a good album, produced by Bubba Smith and Shirley herself.

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Reader Comments

Posted by louisianna in somewhere @ 05:24 on Dec 9 2011

your an amazing singer! i love the way GOD uses you! ur my fav singer!

Posted by rasheda patterson in bennettsville S,C @ 02:16 on Mar 10 2007

hello, Ms.Shirley Caesar my name is rasheda patterson and i am 14 years old and i want you to know that i am your Biggest fan. i loved all of your songs to say that i am not saved i try hard to have a good life i really want to get saved but things just come in my way. so could you pray for me and your story was beatiuful i wish i could talk to you in person and come to your concert but money and transporation is hard. i really love you so much. and may god bless.

Posted by ilene @ 22:56 on Feb 5 2007

have mamy kids do uyou have.and whats the names of your Parents?

Posted by Barry douglas in fluvanna county @ 17:24 on Dec 7 2006

That sad but remember god loved them best and to be absent from us but to be present with the lord and dont worry dont fear god was ready for them and they are smileing down at there kids and seeing how bless they were/are........Shirley ceaser i love you god has bless you and and what i do comes from you i am a16teen year old chaplin that love god just like you do and i want to join your fan club please and if god willing i hope i can get a photo of you please

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