Pilgrim Travelers: Cliff White (guitar); Edgar Redmond (saxophone); Ray Johnson (piano, organ); Ernie Freeman (piano); Jimmy Bond (bass guitar); Sharkey Hall, Eddie Beal, Frank Capp, John Ewing , Rene Hall, Stu Williamson , Tommy Tedesco , Bobby Bryant , Dave Wells .
Personnel: Lou Rawls (vocals); Lou Rawls; Cliff White, Rene Hall, Tommy Tedesco (guitar); Edgar Redmond (saxophone); Stu Williamson , Bobby Bryant (trumpet); John Ewing , Dave Wells (trombone); Eddie Beal, Ernie Freeman Combo (piano); Sharkey Hall, Jimmy Bond (drums); Frank Capp (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Billy Vera.
Arrangers: Rene Hall; James W. Alexander; Jack Hoffman; James Alexander ; Lowell Jordan; Sam Cooke; Zelda Samuels.
Recorded during the same period of time as his breakthrough jazz record Stormy Monday, this set of gospel music reunited Lou Rawls with the group that he performed with regularly during 1957-1959, the Pilgrim Travelers. Rawls sounds quite comfortable singing some of gospel's greatest hits even if a few of the arrangements would be more suitable for a country rather than soul singer. The first 11 selections formed the original LP. The next three numbers use a similar group with a horn section but are secular in nature even if they contain the same passion as Rawls' religious work. "Count on Me" was previously unreleased and the other two songs were formerly out as a single. Finally "'Til the Last Leaf Shall Fall" is from the gospel dates but also has never been out before. Listeners who enjoy gospel music will find this to be a worthwhile set of heartfelt music. ~ Scott Yanow
Did You Stop To Pray This Morning
That's Heaven To Me
Poor Pilgrim Of Sorrow
Walking In The Light Of The Lord
If He Holds Your Hand
Stand By Me Father
Wade In The Water
Jesus, Be A Fence Around Me
Didn't It Rain?
Please Let Me Be The First To Know
Count on Me - (previously unreleased)
'Til the Last Leaf Shall Fall - (previously unreleased)