The Essential Mahalia Jackson (Legacy)
Released: Mar 2004
It's impossible to know where to begin with a lifetime of platinum Mahalia -- thus The Essential. Starting with an intimate, rousing mono recording of "How I Got Over," everything's in this two-disc set: "Precious Lord," "Elijah Rock," a Mahalia-style "Walk In Jerusalem" -- and those are just the appetizers. "Didn't It Rain" is so on it's almost hard to take.