Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Wade In The Water Mix

This is a study of the old spiritual tune, Wade In The Water. 
We present what we consider some of the greatest versions of the song. We've got mod, hammond-grooves, soul, blues, jazz, gospel and even some Tijuana Brass. But it was Brother Jack McDuff's smokin' version that inspired this mix.
Wiki says:
"The song, Wade In The Water relates to both the Old and New Testaments. The verses reflect the Israelites' escape out of Egypt as found in Exodus:14. The chorus refers to healing: see John 5:4, "For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had."
Many sources claim that songs such as "Wade in the Water" contained explicit instructions to fugitive slaves on how to avoid capture and the route to take to successfully make their way to freedom. This particular song allegedly recommends leaving dry land and taking to the water as a strategy to throw pursuing bloodhounds off one's trail. It has repeatedly been reported that Harriet Tubman, who helped hundreds of slaves flee to the North, sang this spiritual as a warning to runaway slaves so she might be its author."

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"Wade In The Water Mix"

Wade in the water
Wade in the water, children,
Wade in the water
God's gonna trouble the water.

Artist Listing:
1. Graham Bond Organization
2. Ian & The Zodiacs
3. Brother Jack McDuff
4. Marlena Shaw
5. Little Sonny
6. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
7. Staple Singers
8. Ramsey Lewis Trio
9. Soul Stirrers
10. St. James Missionary Baptist Church Congregation, Mississippi



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