The Fairfield Four
were once among the finest hard gospel ensembles around. Unfortunately, they didn't stay together as long as their comrades, disbanding in 1950 due to business problems. They reunited 30 years later, then received a National Heritage Fellowship award in 1989. This wonderful 1992 release features awesome harmonies, a guest appearance from the Nashville Bluegrass Band
on "Roll, Jordan Roll," and soaring, magnificent lead vocals from Walter Settles
, Isaac Freeman
, and Rev. W.L. Richardson
. Old-timey gospel at its best, vividly presented via contemporary technology.