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Gloryland / Anger, Marshall, Anonymous 4

Audio Samples

>Lancaster, Sarah : I'm on my Journey Home
>Walker, William : An Address for All, song
>Traditional, American : Wayfaring Stranger, religious ballad
>Moore, James C. : Where We'll Never Grow Old, gospel song
>Carter, Thomas W. : Ecstasy ("Oh, When Shall I See Jesus"), revival song
>Traditional, American : The Wagoner's Lad, folk song
>Traditional, American : Mercy-Seat ("From Ev'ry Stormy Wind that Blows"), folk hymn
>Traditional, American : Return Again ("Saviour, Visit Thy Plantation"), revival song
>Traditional, American : The Lost Girl, folk song
>Houser, William : Palmetto ("Shall We Gather at the River"), folk hymn
>Traditional, American : Pleading Savior ("Gently, Lord, O Gently Lead Us"), folk hymn
>Walker, William : Merrick ("Saviour, Visit Thy Plantation"), revival song
>Root, George Frederick : The Shining Shore, gospel song
>Price, F. : Saint's Delight ("When I Can Read My Title Clear"), revival song
>Dean, Emmett S. : Just Over in the Gloryland, gospel song
>Traditional, American : You Fair and Pretty Ladies, folk song
>Traditional, American : Parting Friends, folk hymn
>Vanhoose, H.W. : Green Pastures, gospel song

Album Summary

>Lancaster, Sarah : I'm on my Journey Home
>Walker, William : An Address for All, song
>Traditional, American : Wayfaring Stranger, religious ballad
>Moore, James C. : Where We'll Never Grow Old, gospel song
>Carter, Thomas W. : Ecstasy ("Oh, When Shall I See Jesus"), revival song
>Traditional, American : The Wagoner's Lad, folk song
>Traditional, American : Mercy-Seat ("From Ev'ry Stormy Wind that Blows"), folk hymn
>Traditional, American : Return Again ("Saviour, Visit Thy Plantation"), revival song
>Traditional, American : The Lost Girl, folk song
>Houser, William : Palmetto ("Shall We Gather at the River"), folk hymn
>Traditional, American : Pleading Savior ("Gently, Lord, O Gently Lead Us"), folk hymn
>Walker, William : Merrick ("Saviour, Visit Thy Plantation"), revival song
>Root, George Frederick : The Shining Shore, gospel song
>Price, F. : Saint's Delight ("When I Can Read My Title Clear"), revival song
>Dean, Emmett S. : Just Over in the Gloryland, gospel song
>Traditional, American : You Fair and Pretty Ladies, folk song
>Traditional, American : Parting Friends, folk hymn
>Vanhoose, H.W. : Green Pastures, gospel song
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"A sequel to Anonymous 4's hit album 'American Angels', 'Gloryland' sets off on another musical journey into the rich songbook of traditional American folk music. Joined by new-grass stars Darol Anger and Mike Marshall, 'Gloryland' weaves lyric folk songs, religious ballads, shape-note and gospel hymns into a musical tapestry that shimmers with joy and creativity. ""Medieval meets country...they resemble those small vocal ensembles that blossomed in 1940's popular music."" -New York Times"

Gramophone Magazine
Anonymous 4 is the team of four women who were acclaimed for "American Angels", which stayed in the Billboard classical charts almost a year and a half, ending at the top. "Gloryland" is a continuation of the "Angels" repertoire, this time benefiting considerably from two instrumentalists playing various types of violin, mandolin and guitar. ...a winning formula that draws on the sheer sincerity of gospel hymns... Intonation and ensemble are impeccable; sources and styles are well researched; and the recording is vivid.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Mike Marshall (guitar, mandocello, mandolin); Darol Anger (mandolin, violin).

Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA.

Anonymous 4's 2004 album American Angels, a collection of folk and gospel songs that stood in contrast to the a cappella group's usual focus on ancient and classical vocal music, was a major hit, reaching the top of the Billboard classical chart and selling a reported 80,000 copies. Surprisingly, Anonymous 4 picked this moment to announce that they would no longer be a full-time entity. Nevertheless, two years later, they are back with Gloryland, a follow-up to American Angels containing "Folk songs, Spirituals, [and] Gospel hymns of Hope & Glory." There are, however, changes. The group has wisely brought in two instrumental accompanists, Darol Anger on violin and mandolin, and Mike Marshall on guitar, mandolin, and mandocello, and given them co-billing. And the part-time nature of the foursome is reflected in the carefully delineated performing credits, which show that all of them are not present on all tracks -- in fact, A4 get together on only nine out of 19 -- but that Marsha Genensky, who penned the liner notes and is awarded an assistant producer credit, is on all but two, an instrumental reading of "Wayfaring Stranger" by Anger and Marshall, and a solo by Susan Hellauer on "The Wagoner's Lad." Hellauer, meanwhile, is on every track but three. It is thus not a surprise to read in the liner notes that Genensky and Hellauer are forming their own duo, the Lost Girls. As with American Angels, the performances by the singers in their various combinations are lovely and pristine. If anything, in fact, the singing is too pretty; this is rural music usually performed by untrained voices, and the effect of hearing Anonymous 4 render it is not unlike hearing Judy Collins sing an old folk song; it's beautiful, but it doesn't sound real. The instrumentalists are a big help in this regard, however, adding an underpinning of authenticity to the sound. On their own, the members of Anonymous 4 come off like a small Protestant choir in a country church that has somehow been transported to heaven, removing the imperfections and personalities of the singers and turning them into angels. Even the songs about secular concerns (mostly lost love) sound not of this world. ~ William Ruhlmann



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Works Details

>Lancaster, Sarah : I'm on my Journey Home
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Violin); Darol Anger (Mandolin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Mandolin); Mike Marshall (Mandocello); Mike Marshall (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Walker, William : An Address for All, song
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Mandolin); Darol Anger (Violin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Mandolin); Mike Marshall (Mandocello); Mike Marshall (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830s

>Traditional, American : Wayfaring Stranger, religious ballad
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Mandolin); Darol Anger (Violin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Mandocello); Mike Marshall (Mandolin); Mike Marshall (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 18th Century

>Moore, James C. : Where We'll Never Grow Old, gospel song
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Mandolin); Darol Anger (Violin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Guitar); Mike Marshall (Mandolin); Mike Marshall (Mandocello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Written: circa 1914

>Carter, Thomas W. : Ecstasy ("Oh, When Shall I See Jesus"), revival song
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Mandolin); Darol Anger (Violin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Mandocello); Mike Marshall (Mandolin); Mike Marshall (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Written: circa 1844

>Traditional, American : The Wagoner's Lad, folk song
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Violin); Darol Anger (Mandolin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Mandocello); Mike Marshall (Guitar); Mike Marshall (Mandolin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.

>Traditional, American : Mercy-Seat ("From Ev'ry Stormy Wind that Blows"), folk hymn
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Violin); Darol Anger (Mandolin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Guitar); Mike Marshall (Mandolin); Mike Marshall (Mandocello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.

>Traditional, American : Return Again ("Saviour, Visit Thy Plantation"), revival song
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Violin); Darol Anger (Mandolin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Guitar); Mike Marshall (Mandocello); Mike Marshall (Mandolin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.

>Traditional, American : The Lost Girl, folk song
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Violin); Darol Anger (Mandolin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Guitar); Mike Marshall (Mandolin); Mike Marshall (Mandocello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.

>Houser, William : Palmetto ("Shall We Gather at the River"), folk hymn
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Mandolin); Darol Anger (Violin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Mandolin); Mike Marshall (Guitar); Mike Marshall (Mandocello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Written: circa 1859

>Traditional, American : Pleading Savior ("Gently, Lord, O Gently Lead Us"), folk hymn
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Violin); Darol Anger (Mandolin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Mandolin); Mike Marshall (Guitar); Mike Marshall (Mandocello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.

>Walker, William : Merrick ("Saviour, Visit Thy Plantation"), revival song
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Violin); Darol Anger (Mandolin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Mandocello); Mike Marshall (Guitar); Mike Marshall (Mandolin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Root, George Frederick : The Shining Shore, gospel song
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Violin); Darol Anger (Mandolin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Mandolin); Mike Marshall (Guitar); Mike Marshall (Mandocello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1856

>Price, F. : Saint's Delight ("When I Can Read My Title Clear"), revival song
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Violin); Darol Anger (Mandolin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Mandolin); Mike Marshall (Guitar); Mike Marshall (Mandocello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.

>Dean, Emmett S. : Just Over in the Gloryland, gospel song
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Mandolin); Darol Anger (Violin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Mandocello); Mike Marshall (Mandolin); Mike Marshall (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Written: circa 1906

>Traditional, American : You Fair and Pretty Ladies, folk song
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Violin); Darol Anger (Mandolin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Guitar); Mike Marshall (Mandocello); Mike Marshall (Mandolin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.

>Traditional, American : Parting Friends, folk hymn
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Mandolin); Darol Anger (Violin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Mandolin); Mike Marshall (Guitar); Mike Marshall (Mandocello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.

>Vanhoose, H.W. : Green Pastures, gospel song
  • Performers: Darol Anger (Violin); Darol Anger (Mandolin); Anonymous 4 (Voice); Mike Marshall (Guitar); Mike Marshall (Mandocello); Mike Marshall (Mandolin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Written: 1963