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A Long Time to Freedom

Ella Jenkins
A Long Time to Freedom
This release contains pre-order items. The Vinyl LP version ships on or around July 26, 2024.
At the start of the 1970s, Ella Jenkins released A Long Time to Freedom, an album made for all ages but geared toward adult listeners. In the album, she adapts long-established, historically significant Black gospel songs, spirituals, and blues songs collected from the churches, jukeboxes, and record stores of her youth. Songs including "I'm Gonna Tell God All My Troubles" and "How High's the Water" reflect her active role in the ongoing struggle for Black liberation in mid-century America. Joining Ella are her accompanists Brother John Sellers, who learned to sing in churches and collaborated with Northern blues legends, and Joseph Brewer, who enjoyed a career participating in world-famous symphonies and operas, representing the changing makeup of traditionally exclusionary musical spaces.

Track Listing

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The Wilderness Ella Jenkins 03:21
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102
I'm Gonna Tell God All My Troubles Ella Jenkins 03:24
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103
Heaven Ella Jenkins 02:30
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104
When the Roll is Called Up Yonder Ella Jenkins 02:50
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105
Tol' My Captain Ella Jenkins 02:48
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106
I'm Gonna Ride This Train Ella Jenkins 03:54
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107
Jimbo Ella Jenkins 02:13
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108
Another Man Done Gone Ella Jenkins 01:58
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201
Soft Pedal Blues Ella Jenkins 03:15
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202
Po' Man's Blues Ella Jenkins 03:01
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203
A Friendly Loan Ella Jenkins 02:38
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204
How High's the Water Ella Jenkins 01:24
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205
An Old Lady and Her Horse Ella Jenkins 02:56
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206
If You Ever Get Down Ella Jenkins 02:58
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207
Freedom's Coming Mighty Soon Ella Jenkins 02:44
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A Long Time Ella Jenkins 03:29