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       The following (more-or-less) alphabetical list is intended as a companion to Steven Sabols' Sacred Harp and Related Shape-Note Music: Resources, where you will find reviews for most of them. At Berkley Moore's searchable Shape Note Recording Index, you can find tune-lists for many recording titles, and you can search by a tune name to discover which recordings include it. Berkley Moore has an updated list (January 2009) with many more recordings at Recordings Index. Remember to check my search page also; new listings appear frequently, especially among used recordings.

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All Hayle to the Days; Celia Harper Conducting Harper's Hamper   Cala-United   Audio CD
American Christmas: Shapenote Carols from New England and Appalachia; Anonymous, William Billings, Edward French, R. Herron, Jeremiah Ingalls, John Massengale, John G. McCurry, Daniel Read, Joseph Stephenson, Timothy Swan, William Harvey Jr. Swan, Christmas Traditional, Composers   Wesley Rogers (Performer)   Loft Recordings (August 5, 2003) Audio CD
American Christmas; Anonymous, George Frederick Handel, John Jacob Niles, American Traditional, Christmas Traditional, John Francis Wade (Composers)   Frederick Jodry, Joel Cohen (Conductors)   Boston Camerata (Performer)   Erato (September 7, 1993) Audio CD
Some of the tracks are Shape-note hymns.
1. I. Prepare The Way: Watchman Of Zion [of the Mennonite shape-note tradition, according to M. J. Smith, review at Amazon.]
2. I. Prepare The Way: Kingsbridge [in
The American Harmony. Performed with instruments, rather than women's voices; Cohen states that this reflects what we know about early practice in English country churches.] Kingsbridge was incoporated into The Sacred Harp.]
3. I. Prepare The Way: Bozrah [in several shape note tune books, including
The Sacred Harp, where the tune name is "The Traveler".]
4. I. Prepare The Way: Baptismal Anthem ["Baptismal Anthem is from
the Original Sacred Harp with the addition of the alto line but no shapes." - M. J. Smith, review at Amazon.]
5. II. A Virgin Unspotted: A Christmas Hymn (Stephenson) [in
Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music Part Second, 1813]
6. II. A Virgin Unspotted: A Virgin Most Pure - A Virgin Unspotted
7. II. A Virgin Unspotted: Boston
[in The Sacred Harp tune name is "Boston."]
8. III. Lo, The Bridegroom: The Heavenly Courtier
9. III. Lo, The Bridegroom: Pretty Home
10. III. Lo, The Bridegroom: The Midnight Cry [19th c., American; it is in
The Sacred Harp.]
11. IV. I Wonder As I Wander: Wayfaring Stranger [flute solo]
[it's in The Sacred Harp]
12. IV. I Wonder As I Wander: Slow Traveller
13. IV. I Wonder As I Wander: I Wonder As I Wander
14. IV. I Wonder As I Wander: Lullay, Thou Tiny Little Child
15. V. Shepherds Rejoice: Lovely Vine
[in The Christian Harmony North Carolina and Alabama)."]
16. V. Shepherds Rejoice: Adeste Fideles
[in The Sacred Harp tune name is "Portuguese Hymn"]
17. V. Shepherds Rejoice: Still Water
18. V. Shepherds Rejoice: While Shepherds Watched (Folksong)
19. V. Shepherds Rejoice: Sherburne [in The Sacred Harp
20. V. Shepherds Rejoice: Shepherds Rejoice
[The Sacred Harp tune name is "Plenary".]
21. VI. Light Of The World: Fulfilment [The Sacred Harp spelling of the tune name is "Fulfillment".]
22. VI. Light Of The World: Fulfilment
23. VI. Light Of The World: Hush My Babe, Lie Still And Slumber
[in The Sacred Harp tune name is "Charlestown".]
24. VI. Light Of The World: Jesus The Light Of The World
25. VI. Light Of The World: Joy To The World [in
The Continental Harmony, "Father" Kemp [R. C. Kemp], 1857.]        Amazon Dealers - New        Amazon Dealers - Used

The American Vocalist ~ Spirituals, 1850-1870; William Billings, Daniel Read, et al., Composers.   (October 20, 1992)   Audio CD
Joel Cohen conducting the Boston Camerata, Schola Cantorum Boston, et al.

An American Idyll; Daniel McCabe, et al.   Fleur De Son - #57924, June 24, 1997   Audio CD

Christmas in Early America; Columbus Consort   Audio CD/MP3
Desire For Piety / Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers; Benjamin Franklin White, Henry G. Mann, et al., Composers.   New World Records (June 10, 1997)   Audio CD
Folk Music U.S.A.: Vol. 1; MP3
       Rocky Road: Shape-Note Singing

Glory Shone Around: A Christmas Collection; Northampton Harmony, Tony Trischka et al.   Rounder Records, 1995
Includes "Sherburne" ("Glory Shone Around")     Sound Samples Available
       Audio CD

In the Spirit: Alabama's Sacred Music Traditions; Henry Willett, editor   Black Belt Press   Paperback & Audio CD   *OP
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Joe Beasley Memorial Sacred Harp Album
Underwritten by the Joe Beasley Memorial Foundation. This 2-CD or 2-tape set, each with a 28-page booklet, has tunes that Joe recorded in 1954 at an Old Flatwoods (Nauvoo, AL) night singing, in 1976 and 1977 at Concord (Winfield, AL), and in 1978 at the Shady Grove (Double Springs, AL) Dutch Treat Singing.

Kisses Sweeter Than Wine; The Weavers.   Omega Classics (February 14, 1994)   Audio CD Set (2)
This Two-CD Set includes one track entitled "Two Shape Note Hymns" - (previously unreleased). One of the two hymns is "Evening Shade." They sing it very fast!

A Land of Pure Delight: William Billings: Anthems; William Billings.   Paul Hillier conducting His Majesties Clerkes.   Harmonia Mundi (Fra) - #907048 (March 2, 1992)   Audio CD

Liberty Tree; Joel Cohen, Boston Camerata.   Wea/Atlantic/Erato - #21668, August 18, 1998   Audio CD

Music of the American Revolution; Milnes, McCoy, et al.   New World Records - #80276 (May 29, 1996)   Audio CD
This is not Shape Note Music per se; however, Neely Bruce is one of the Conductors. "Of interest to shape-note singers are four choral pieces by composers Billings ("Lamentation Over Boston"and "Independence") and Wood ("Warren" and "A Hymn on Peace")." - from Steven Sabol's description

Present Joys, Blessings Past; The 1998 Potomac River Sacred Harp Singing Convention
Two-CD Set Field Recording: Singing from The Sacred Harp, 1991 edition, The B. F. White Sacred Harp, 1992 Cooper Edition, and "New Traditions" (songs recently composed in the Sacred Harp Tradition). Underwritten by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington through the Susan Wantland Memorial Fund for Shape-Note Singing. This recording is dedicated to her memory.
       order information

Rivers Of Delight; Word Of Mouth Chorus   Wea/Atlantic/Nonesuch - #71360, July 25, 1989.   Audio CD

Sacred Harp Singing; Alabama Sacred Harp Singing Convention of August 1942   (January 13, 1998)   Audio CD
See Warren Steel's Review
"Alabama Singing Convention" Sound Samples Available

The Shapenote Album; Loft Recordings - #1042 (August 7, 2001)   Audio CD
Composers: Justin Morgan, Daniel Read, et al.

Showers of Blessings
      From the 1995 Garden State Sacred Harp Convention - more than 30 songs from this strong and joyous singing. An excellent learning and sing-along recording. Cassette $12. Now also available on CD, $17. (Both prices include postage.)

The Sound of the Dove: Singing in Appalachian Primitive Baptist Churches (Music in American Life); Beverly Bush Patterson.   University of Illinois Press (Pro Ref, March 1995)   Audio CD
Steven Sabol's Review of the recording

Southern Harmony; Book & CD; see Books
Southern Harmony; William / Gregg Smith Duckworth Singers, 1996   Audio CD

Southern Journey, Vol. 9: Harp Of A Thousand Strings - All Day Singing From The Sacred Harp; Alan Lomax Collection (Rounder Series), Southern Journey (Rounder Series), Alabama Sacred Harp Singers.   (August 10, 1998)   Audio CD

Southern Journey, Vol. 10: And Glory Shone Around - More All Day Singing From The Sacred Harp; Alan Lomax Collection (Rounder Series), Southern Journey (Rounder Series), Alabama Sacred Harp Singers.   (August 10, 1998)   Audio CD

The Colored Sacred Harp; Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers.
See Warren Steel's Review
       Audio CD     Sound Samples Available

The Social Harp ~ Early American Shape-Note Songs; sung by traditional singers led by Hugh McGraw (Rounder 0094, August 2, 1994)   Audio CD

White Spirituals From The Sacred Harp; Alabama Sacred Harp Convention.   Audio CD
Includes "Sherburne" MP3 (While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks)

Southern Journey, V. 9: Harp of a Thousand Strings ~ All Day Singing From the Sacred Harp;
       Includes these Christmas selections:
           Christmas Anthem

Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention;   MP3
       57 songs, including "Present Joys"
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