Released: Jan 1960
Label: Vanguard Records
Odetta Gordon recorded this collection of songs in 1960, and at the time it was touted as recordings of "traditional negro spirituals," but in the liner notes she said that they were Christmas spirituals that "...could not have happened in Africa alone, or in the United States alone. They are the result of the experience of slavery." Her throaty voice carries both the weight of oppression and the heavy, reverent love for the birth of Jesus Christ. Her rich and emotional vocals are accompanied by sparse bass and percussion.