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Author Topic: Robert Wilkins - Memphis Gospel Singer  (Read 14982 times)

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Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Robert Wilkins - Memphis Gospel Singer
« Reply #60 on: March 29, 2013, 05:33:35 AM »
Hey do you realise that it's five years since you raised this topic?

I guess we all live in hope of it coming to fruition at some time.

Offline funkapus

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Re: Robert Wilkins - Memphis Gospel Singer
« Reply #61 on: July 13, 2013, 09:39:34 AM »
I just today started googling, looking to see if there was any sign of this ever having been or being released, and got this thread as a search return.  Andy was here about six months ago; I would have loved to ask him about it, just to add another datapoint indicating that there is an audience for this.


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Re: Robert Wilkins - Memphis Gospel Singer
« Reply #62 on: July 13, 2013, 12:37:36 PM »
8728 views for this topic. I'd say that's some interest :)

Offline askthewinds

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Re: Robert Wilkins - Memphis Gospel Singer
« Reply #63 on: August 01, 2013, 09:45:26 AM »
I have a digital copy.

Offline Tom Rushen

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Re: Robert Wilkins - Memphis Gospel Singer
« Reply #64 on: August 04, 2013, 05:15:20 AM »
An advance copy of the long-pending expanded reissue?

Or simply a digital copy from vinyl of the long-existing album?

Offline JohnLeePimp

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Re: Robert Wilkins - Memphis Gospel Singer
« Reply #65 on: August 04, 2013, 07:44:03 AM »
I have the latter one... if anyone wants hit me up and I'll give you the link to dl/eternal damnation
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Re: Robert Wilkins - Memphis Gospel Singer
« Reply #66 on: August 05, 2013, 02:29:04 AM »
... I've taken down the notification for this forthcoming (?) CD from my RW discography just to protect Andy's nerves (that I myself trampled lotsa times over the last few years)  ;)

Offline Frank_Scott

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Re: Robert Wilkins - Memphis Gospel Singer
« Reply #67 on: September 16, 2013, 01:41:00 PM »
According to a trustworthy source the Wilkins album will now be coming out via Bear Family Records. If true, this is great news since Bear Family sound and pacaking leaves just about every other label in the dust.

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Re: Robert Wilkins - Memphis Gospel Singer
« Reply #69 on: February 12, 2014, 05:46:02 PM »
Man, that is one weird album cover.

Offline jpeters609

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Re: Robert Wilkins - Memphis Gospel Singer
« Reply #70 on: February 12, 2014, 07:29:58 PM »
Man, that is one weird album cover.
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Man, that is one weird album cover.

I agree. Using a play on Rolling Stones album art makes a twisted sense (tying in the band's cover of "Prodigal Son" and linking their name to Wilkins' pre-war song title). But it also seems forced and frankly craven. Also a little insulting to Rev. Wilkins, placing his name and image in such a milieu. I like to think that Bear Family is trying to reclaim some credit for Wilkins that had been usurped by the Rolling Stones. But it's kinda icky. BUT thank God this is finally being reissued.
Jeff

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Re: Robert Wilkins - Memphis Gospel Singer
« Reply #71 on: February 12, 2014, 10:07:08 PM »
Not a fan of the cover, either. But happy the music is going to be made available. Plus, the 28 page booklet should be pretty good, too.

(As a side note, I noticed Bear Family is working on an acoustic blues collection to be released in 2015. I think it's pretty cool they're are getting in to releasing this music, because you know the sound & packaging will be top notch. & I can't think of another company that puts out any pre war blues where both of those things can be said of their releases.)
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Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Robert Wilkins - Memphis Gospel Singer
« Reply #72 on: February 12, 2014, 10:49:27 PM »
What follows is from April 04, 2009 in this thread. Andy Cohen had been working on something similar which he described thus:

Truly, it's all but done.  The run is paid for.  The pictures for the cover
are selected, as is the track list. It is roughly 79 minutes long, and I
will be submitting a track list shortly.

The last thing was an unpublished guitar instrumental that he did, a buck
dance, according to Bill Ellis, that was never before included in any issue,
anywhere. The rest is all religious, and more than doubles the size of the
original.  It will reprint Mark Humphries' essay, and I will write
comprehensive notes, and an essay of my own.  This has been something of a
slog, as you might imagine, but it's over. There will be several
dedications, one of them to Dick, and Pete Kuykendall, who recorded most of
it, and to Richie Shulberg, who passed away a couple of weeks ago. Norman
Dayron contributed a track, and several tracks came from a 1967 U. of
Chicago concert.

We will set up a website, and as for trumpeting, yes, I shall trumpet,
loudly and long, to the entire blues world, in every way that I can think
of, and to the COGIC church, which has its world headquarters not three
miles from us.


I'm assuming that Andy's project is as dead as a dodo.

Offline Tom Rushen

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Re: Robert Wilkins - Memphis Gospel Singer
« Reply #73 on: February 13, 2014, 03:30:24 AM »
An exceptionally tasteless cover given who Rev. Wilkins was and what values he cherished. I would guess his family will be less than pleased by it, and I am genuinely sorry for that. Obviously, given how difficult it is to sell physical media these days, Bear Family has made an overt decision to use the cover parody of the Rolling Stones' album as a means of attracting attention and garnering sales from Rolling Stones fans.

Offline jpeters609

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Re: Robert Wilkins - Memphis Gospel Singer
« Reply #74 on: February 13, 2014, 05:17:51 AM »

I'm assuming that Andy's project is as dead as a dodo.


Not so sure. Just two weeks ago there was the following post on the "Real Blues Forum" by Michael Frank of Earwig Records:

"I have been hot on the trail the last few days of Reverend Robert Wilkins memorabilia for the forthcoming reissue on Riverlark Music http://riverlark.com of his 1964 lp Memphis Gospel Singer. Anyone out there who has photos of Rev. Wilkins from the 1960s please get in touch with me. I also am seeking information about his funeral service June 1, 1987 in Memphis."

The odd thing about Andy Cohen's much-anticipated release of these recordings is that it was supposed to have considerably more material than the Bear Family CD. I don't think that Andy surrendered his project to Bear Family, and I hope the Bear Family release doesn't stop him. Of course, it has been many years since Andy's project was first announced, so who knows.
Jeff

 


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