The first volume of gospel recordings on French label Fremeaux & Associes, titled Gospel, Vol. 1: 1926-1942
, is a fantastic collection displaying a wide variety of artists, from the famous (Louis Armstrong
's lovely a cappella version of "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen") to the obscure (Arizona Dranes
' jaunty "I'll Go Where You Want Me To"). The great deal of care that was put into the selection and sequence of this two-disc set makes it a standout among other labels issuing historical recordings in that this set is a nice listen from start to finish. The following two collections in Fremeaux & Associes' gospel series parallel this one in terms of the timeline but are slightly more focused thematically.