Mahalia Jackson : Newport 1958

Mahalia Jackson : Newport 1958


Mahalia Jackson live at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival with Mildred Falls (piano), Lilton Mitchell (organ), Tommy Bryant (bass)

Columbia 8071

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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A1 - An Evening Prayer
A2 - I'm On My Way
A3 - A City Called Heaven
A4 - It Don't Cost Very Much
A5 - Walk Over God's Heaven
A6 - The Lord's Prayer
B1 - Didn't It Rain
B2 - My God Is Real (Yes, God Is Real)
B3 - He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
B4 - I'm Going To Live The Life I Sing About In My Song
B5 - Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
B6 - His Eye Is On The Sparrow

Recorded on July 5, 1958, live at Newport, Rhode Island.

The 1958 Newport Jazz Festival has taken on mythic status. Over those four days in July, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Jimmy Rushing, Bennie Goodman, Jimmy Giuffre, Dakota Staton, Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington and Max Roach played. That’s quite extraordinary, as is the fact that the event was so well documented. There were hundreds of feet of film shot, and filmmaker Bert Stern edited all of that down to 84 minutes of performances punctuated by the America’s Cup yacht race, which took place off the coast of Rhode Island at that same time. Plus, we have great records from the festival, especially Miles Davis‘s Live at Newport 1958.

On Saturday, Mahalia Jackson, the greatest gospel singer ever, took the stage, and luckily her performance was recorded. The original performance was just over 45 minutes long, but the LP release was shorter.

It was a career come from heaven. Until 1948, she was singing in churches, but then she recorded a huge hit, "Movin’ on Up," for the Apollo label, and she was suddenly a star. She started appearing on Studs Terkel’s TV show in 1950, went on a European tour, and in 1954 started hosting her own CBS radio show. Then she caught the attention of legendary Columbia producer John Hammond, who signed her.

Moving past 1958, she sang at the Kennedy inaugural, for the civil rights March on Washington, for Indira Gandhi, and at her friend Martin Luther King’s funeral. She died a few years later at the age of 61.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under