Reviews - REVEREND CHARLIE JACKSON.. God's Got It (CASE101)

THE NEW YORK TIMES
"All it takes is the volatile growl of his singing, the terse twang of his Fender guitar and a lone congregation member clapping and singing responses for the Rev. Charlie Jackson to rock the heavens on 'God's Got It'. The songs [here] were collector's-item singles that the White Stripes must wish they owned." - JON PARELES

THE ONION / AV CLUB
" [these songs] capture a talent as raw and unusual as any put to record; these songs each pack a soul-wrenching drama into the length of a pop single. The song that lends this collection its title finds Jackson working the same riff to hypnotic effect, cycling through problems and their sole solution with a fervor righteous enough to move a hardened atheist. "Wrapped Up And Tangled Up In Jesus" begins with Jackson fishing and wishing God would snare him securely on His line, then explodes into a celebration when that wish comes true. "Something To Think About" uses traditional blues and gospel imagery to mourn the loss of civil-rights leaders with a vow to keep fighting. Most of these songs feature little more than his guitar and vocals, with some in-the-distance handclaps, backing vocals, and the occasional unprompted affirmation. They need little more." - KEITH PHIPPS

ROLLING STONE
"In the 1970s, this Mississippi-born man of God made a series of holy-blues singles for the tiny Booker and Jackson labels. This set has 'em all: heated sermons of need, devotion and joy, blessed by Jackson's thunder-and-Lightnin' Hopkins voice and crusty-tremelo, railroad-boogie riffing. "If you need it, God's got it," goes the opening hymn. But the reverend rocks it." - DAVID FRICKE

BOSTON PHOENIX
"4 Stars"
"This retrospective is fire-breathing proof that the distance between blues and gospel is less than a razor's edge. Cut by the guitar-slinging Reverend Jackson between 1970 and 1978, the 18 sides here sound as if they'd been made 30 years earlier, they're so full of dust from Jackson's native Mississippi and old-fashioned preacher's brimstone. The musical sermon "Wrapped Up and Tangled Up in Jesus," a confession of religious awakening, is raw as anything by the Fat Possum label's juke-joint kings. And "Testimony of Rev. Charlie Jackson," with its probing tremolo guitar, is a hair-raising story of Jackson's first stroke and recovery. But his best storytelling is on "Something To Think About," where he sings about Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, and the struggle for civil rights, declaring, "In the middle of the ocean/In the middle of the night/We'll keep on fighting/Until we bring daylight." - TED DROZDOWSKI
Review In Full: http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/music/otr/documents/03103858.asp

ALL MUSIC GUIDE
"4.5 stars out of a possible 5"
What better way to kick off a new label than with the collected singles of the obscure but monumental
singer and guitarist Reverend Charles Jackson. Jackson's music is deeply rooted in the Mississippi Delta tradition, and his singles for the Booker label in New Orleans, and his own Jackson label make manifest the inseparable connection between the sinning music of Saturday Night and the sanctified music of Sunday morning. Like Fred McDowell and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jackson's sound is one that comes from the well of the body. These 18 tracks reflect history certainly, but more than that they offer a striking view of how country blues became urban blues-in the arms of the Southern churches. In all, this set deserves to be sold along with the Fat Possum recordings from the Delta for sheer listening pleasure, and paid as much attention to as Arhoolie's Sacred Steel series. That's right, Fat Possum style electric guitar sacred gospel music. What an auspicious beginning for a new label." - THOM JUREK
Review In Full: http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&uid=MISS70308061602&sql=Alefjzf03ehpk

PREFIX
"4 Stars" 
"Well if you need it, God's got it. He's got everything thing you need. He's got everything a poor man need." So the album begins. Apparently Reverend Charlie Jackson needed an earth-shattering voice, demonic blues-guitar skills, and a commanding stage--well, altar--presence. And he got it. With just his voice, a Fender Mustang guitar (with a beautiful vibrato-marinated tone), and a few stomping feet and clapping hands, Reverend Charlie Jackson immediately ignites any listener who can claim at least a spoonful of soul. Singing self-referential songs, rehashing old blues, and playing sans bass may be all the rage these days--I'm looking at you, Jack White--but if you want to hear something in this style and be completely electrified, put on God's Got It and shout along"
- LAWRENCE LANAHAN
Review In Full: http://www.prefixmag.com/reviews.php?page=R&a=1&rt=cd&rf=RevCharlieJackson%20GodsGotIt%20080503

DUSTED
'Holy Ghost Power'
"Reverend Charlie Jackson fits into a long lineage of gospel performers touched by facets of the Blues. It's an illustrious family that includes Blind Willie Johnson, Reverend Louis Overstreet and Elder Roma Wilson among
a host of others. Each of these men used the simple instrumental tools associated with the oft-considered profane music to galvanize their audiences- whether they were congregations or the record-buying public. Jackson's early Seventies singles for the Booker and Jackson are collected on God's Got It, the inaugural release on the CaseQuarter label out of Montgomery, Alabama; a imprint initiated to circulate little known rawboned
gospel gems from the past, present and future. From the opening chiming strums of the title track, it's evident that these sides are the real deal...." - DEREK TAYLOR
Review In Full: http://www.dustedmagazine.com/reviews/918

ROOTS & RHYTHM
"Essential. These recordings are among the most exciting and intense gospel recordings you are
ever likely to hear. This is one of the great reissues of the past few years." - (FS)
Review In Full: http://www.rootsandrhythm.com/roots/New_Releases/latest_072803.htm#REVEREND%20CHARLIE%20JACKSON>

ORLANDO (FL) WEEKLY
"Although these recordings were made in the '70s, they could have been committed to tape at any time during the past 50 years. Rev. Jackson's raw, Mississippi-gospel style is as stripped-down and visceral as the most revered bluesmen." - JASON FERGUSON