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Thread #89700   Message #1696599
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
17-Mar-06 - 09:01 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Bright Morning Star
Subject: RE: Origins: Bright Morning Star
The only "Shaker Magazine" I can find is published in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and has nothing to do with the Shaker (religious) Society.
The Shaker Society of Sabbathday Lake, Maine, started to issue "The Shaker Quarterly" in 1971, an organ for devotional writings and also for scholarly essays on Shakerism. I lack access to this journal.

"The Checklist of "Shaker Song Manuscripts" (in Patterson) doesn't help since each MS. may contain from one to a large number of songs.

The Library of Congress has a recording, one of twelve tracks, Call Number Greenhays GR703. It is sung by Happy Traum, issued 1980.

"Bright Morning Stars," as sung by the Stanley Brothers,is the single verse plus the 'typical calling of the mornners', as Lomax phrases it (fathers, mothers, etc.) which appears in several related songs, including "The Other Bright Shore," "Some Have Fathers Over Yonder," etc.
The most complete and independent version is the one under copyright by Judy Collins (1962), quoted above by Joe Offer.